Solar Advocates Staved Off Amendment 1: What to Expect Now

The defeat of Amendment 1 allows for the possibility of a realistic valuation of solar to ensure that utilities and electric customers both come out winners in Florida’s clean energy future.

Opponents held their ground Tuesday as Floridians rejected a ballot measure that opponents maintained would have put into the state constitution a presumption that solar panel users are not paying their fair share of the costs of maintaining the electric grid.

Opponents claimed that Amendment 1’s passage would have given utilities a constitutional argument to impose discriminatory charges on solar users. Continue reading “Solar Advocates Staved Off Amendment 1: What to Expect Now”

Can a Homeowner’s Association Stop a Homeowner from Putting Solar Panels on the Roof?

solar-panel-roof_smallBeauty is in the eyes of the beholder. For a homeowner who installs solar panels on her roof, the electric cost savings make the solar panels an exquisite conversation piece, but perhaps for some of her neighbors who haven’t yet “gone solar,” those same solar panels may be an unwelcome sight. In fact, it is not uncommon for homeowners to be discouraged from installing solar equipment, even unintentionally, by their community associations. Community associations, as well as homeowners, should be aware of what Florida law allows and prohibits, and should guide their review and approval processes accordingly. Continue reading “Can a Homeowner’s Association Stop a Homeowner from Putting Solar Panels on the Roof?”