It was designed to confuse voters with a competing measure that would have stoked the market by allowing for the sale of small-scale solar energy. The organizers of that genuine pro-solar effort failed to collect enough signatures to move forward; it likely will return in 2018. But the pro- utility measure marched onto the ballot, as power companies saw the opportunity to take a pre-emptive strike against a pro-solar effort down the road. The campaign was so dishonest - one insider likened it to political jiu-jitsu - that the state firefighters union withdrew its endorsement just days before the vote, after hundreds, if not thousands of its members complained that the campaign was using scare tactics. The voters made the right decision, and the announcement that SolarCity will move into Florida should build momentum for solar in the Sunshine State. The California-based company, a subsidiary of Palo Alto electric car maker Tesla Motors, said it would open an operations center in the Orlando area, with plans to expand into other areas of the state. The firm could employ as many as 300 in the state and operate as many as 20 warehouse locations. SolarCity has installed systems for more than 300,000 customers in 27 states, including Florida. Amendment 1 was a reminder to Floridians that they need to take control of their own consumer interests when it comes to energy policy. With SolarCitys entry into the state, the market will be creating new energy options for consumers just as the costs for solar continue to come down, technological gains make solar a smarter choice and the state fully recognizes the value of diversifying its energy mix. SolarCitys entry also reflects the emerging job market for the solar industry and the opportunities for the state in growing its employment base. Of course, stopping a solar scam is different from powering up a new industry. Consumers need to keep pressing the state to develop a more friendly energy policy for solar.
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