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Solar amendment supported by 66% of Floridians, new poll finds

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A solar power amendment is poised for passage, according to a new poll by the Florida Chamber Political Institute.

The survey found 66 percent of Florida voters would support solar power initiative, while 16 percent of respondents said they would vote against it.

“The Florida Chamber supports the solar energy policies in Amendment 1 and it appears Florida voters do too,” said Mark Wilson, the president and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, in a statement.

The amendment is backed by the state’s major electric companies, and outlines the rules for solar power in Florida. It would put existing law dealing with the rights of homeowners and businesses to own or lease solar equipment into the state constitution.

“Consumers for Smart Solar,” the political committee behind the amendment, has raised nearly $21.2 million since July 2015.

The committee raised more than $2.3 million between Aug. 27 and Sep. 16. That sum included $900,000 from Florida Power and Light Company, $250,000 from Duke Energy, and $325,000 from Gulf Power Company.

Consumers for Smart Solar had nearly $3.2 million cash on hand as of Sept. 16, records show.

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