The May 29 letter that supports Amendment 1 on the November ballot was from Kevin Doyle, the executive director of the so-called Consumer Energy Alliance-Florida. This isn’t a Florida consumer group, but an oil industry group out of Houston.
They know that Amendment 1 is a product of FPL and that it is designed to stop consumers from setting up their own solar-energy systems.
Three Florida Supreme Court justices unsuccessfully voted to keep Amendment 1 off the ballot because it is misleading.
In 2012, I installed a 10,000-watt solar system in my house. I was able to do this with a $2-a-watt payment from FPL and a 30 percent federal income tax credit. I have reduced my electric bill by at least 85 percent.
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Amendment 1 would outlaw the $2-a-watt payment.
FPL and Doyle would have you believe that the payment to me is unfair because it is wrong for FPL customers to subsidize people like me. This is flat-out wrong. The sole source of money to create the electricity we all need comes from customers’ monthly bills.
For $20,000, FPL customers were relieved from creating those 10,000 watts for the next 25 years, which is how long the system should last. I have assumed the cost of maintenance and insurance and my excess clean electricity is pumped back into the grid for all others to use.
Based on FPL’s most recent solar project at FIU, the FPL charge just for building its solar arrays was $4.3 per watt. That’s $43,000 for those same 10,000 watts. Add 25 years of maintenance and it would not be surprising that FPL will stick it to its customers for $100,000 for those 10,000 watts.
So who’s subsidizing whom? The thousands of home solar systems have not cost FPL customers one thin dime. To the contrary, we have saved them tens of millions.
In November, vote No on Amendment 1.