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Joe Henderson: For solar energy supporters, Amendment 1 raises red flags

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In the Aug. 30 primary, Florida voters made it unmistakably clear how they feel about solar energy. Nearly 73 percent of them voted to approve an amendment providing a tax break for businesses that convert to solar power. That was just what backers of clean energy in Florida wanted, of course. Now they have a new request for voters: When Amendment 1, otherwise known as Florida Solar Energy Subsidies and Personal Solar Use Initiative, comes up in November, those same…

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Advocates extoll the virtues of Amendment 4 in roundtable discussion at USFSP campus

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Supporters of expanding the use of solar power in Florida held a roundtable discussion on the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg campus on Tuesday to discuss how the passage of Amendment 4 next week could crack open resistance to alternative energy sources in the Sunshine State. Amendment 4 exempts solar devices and equipment from being subject to the personal tangible property tax. A business that currently has solar panels is currently being taxed on the panels or devices in addition to their…

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Solar Choice reports strongest fundraising numbers to date

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Backers of an amendment that would expand consumer access to solar energy announced Thursday that they bounced back from a slow August to raise nearly $450,000 in last month. The Floridians for Solar Choice (FSC) finance report is not yet available through the state division of elections, though committee officials said the $446,670 they brought in last month put them at $211,701 cash on-hand at the end of the reporting period. The September report easily bests the cumulative $412,000 total…

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Solar amendment advocates to plead their case before Supreme Court

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Advocates for a Florida constitutional amendment to promote solar-generated electricity on Monday said they are confident the proposed language will pass Supreme Court review. Members of Floridians for Solar Choice talked to reporters at Tallahassee’s Florida Press Center. The state Supreme court will hear arguments Tuesday morning to determine whether the amendment’s wording and ballot summary passes legal muster to be placed on the 2016 ballot. Richard Turner, general counsel for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, said “21st-century technology is clashing with 20th-century rules…

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Today on Context Florida: Shifting discourse and two sides of Florida’s solar debate

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Today on Context Florida: The Florida Supreme Court recently invalidated the state’s congressional districts map, finding it had been drawn with unconstitutional intent to favor the majority party and incumbents. The decision is a Big Deal, says attorney Glenn Burhans, but noteworthy for another reason: Illustrating a shift in our judicial discourse and the proper place, if any, of sharp-elbowed dissent. Most Floridians agree: Solar power is an essential part of our energy future. In fact, Florida voters might even find…

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Florida Hispanic leader calls Tory Perfetti to resign over anti-immigration rhetoric

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In what is already a contentious presidential contest, solar energy might actually become Florida’s hottest battleground in 2016. With the involvement of energy companies, environmentalists, and politicians – not to mention competing solar power constitutional amendments — nearly everyone in the Sunshine State will take a side. At the center of the debate is Tory Perfetti, the founder of Floridians for Solar Choice, one of Florida’s most divisive and polarizing figures, spreading inflammatory rhetoric that actually insults many of the same…

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Christian conservatives question Florida’s proposed solar energy amendment

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Some Florida conservative Christians have raised concerns about the motives behind the proposed constitutional amendment promoting solar energy in the Sunshine State. Jim Kallinger, chair of the Florida Faith and Freedom Coalition – a group that calls for the government to “tighten its belt and live within its means” — is now questioning Floridians for Solar Choice. Solar Choice is seeking a spot on the 2016 ballot for a measure to allow solar energy users to sell power directly to…

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