Let’s keep this as simple as possible. YES on 4 NO on 1.
You will see two different solar energy Constitutional Amendment proposals on two different ballots.
Vote YES on Amendment 4 on August 30.
Vote NO on Amendment 1 on November 8, 2016.
After that, the details are murky unless you follow the money as I have.
Amendment 1 was put on the ballot because the utility companies and right-wing political groups such as Ralph Reed’s Florida Faith and Freedom Coalition paid over $7 million to put it on the ballot. If Amendment 1 didn’t help profits for FPL (subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc.), Duke Energy, Tampa Electric, Gulf Power, and Ted Cruz’s supporters in Florida Faith and Freedom Coalition, they wouldn’t have fronted the loot to put it on the ballot.
The last sentence of Amendment 1 puts a poison pill in the Florida Constitution seeming to prevent involuntary subsidy of solar infrastructure by consumers who choose not to install solar. Problem is, while preventing solar subsidy may not be reasonable in a state going under water due to fossil fuel emissions, the language is so vague that it will invite legal challenges for expansion of solar energy in Florida, EVEN free enterprise expansion (yeah for capitalism when it doesn’t own the government) of solar energy.
In contrast, Amendment 4 which was put on the ballot by our beloved Florida Legislature, is probably benign. They may have deferred to their friends in fossil fuel by moving Amendment 4 to August 30 to avoid confusion with the right-wing, utility-paid-for Amendment 1.
Thanks for not confusing us!
In summary, YES on 4 NO on 1