MIAMI, Oct. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On November 8, 2016 Amendment 1: Florida Solar Energy Subsidies and Personal Solar Use Initiative will appear on the general election ballot. This amendment will ensure that consumers have the right to own or lease solar equipment installed on their property and generate their own electricity. Like all other energy sources, solar energy has to play by the same consumer protection rules. State and local governments will maintain the ability to protect consumer rights and public health, safety, and welfare. They will also ensure that consumers who do not choose to install solar (electricity users) are not required to subsidize the costs of backup power and electric grid access to those who do.
The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Honduran-American Chamber of Commerce, and the South Florida Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce strongly support Amendment 1. "Recent studies show how Florida is one of the states with the fastest growth of Hispanic owned businesses in the country," said Julio Fuentes, President and CEO of the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "Currently 22% of businesses in the state are Hispanic owned. We see how more and more Hispanics are confident in the state's economic climate to make the leap to self-employment. To continue encouraging this trend, we strongly support Amendment 1 on the November 8th General election."
"The amendment clearly expands access to solar energy for Florida residents and businesses. As well, it safeguards solar energy users from fraudulent practices, and protects 'electricity only' persons from being forced to subsidize solar energy," said Luis De Rosa, President of the South Florida Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce. "Our Chamber represents many of these businesses in Miami-Dade County. We believe that promoting renewable energy alternatives - being an environmentally sound and economically wise policy - is in the interest of our members and of all the residents of our great state."
"As Florida continues to advance renewable energy alternatives, we must insist that it be both environmentally sound as well as protect the interests of all consumers," said Fuentes. "By voting YES on Amendment 1 on November 8th we are on track to do just that."
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SOURCE Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce