The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans (FLARA) has endorsed the Solar Choice Initiative, which would help expand the solar power market in Florida. Currently, Florida law does not allow local residents or businesses to buy solar power unless it is from a utility.
The Solar Choice Initiative has been proposed so anyone living in Florida that installs a solar power system would have the right to sell electricity generated by it on the open market. One might call this relatively open policy a “democratization of energy.”
You might also say that, if there was greater competition in the Florida energy markets, the local utilities might have to alter their prices. As it stands now, there isn’t a free market when it comes to electricity in Florida. Obviously, consumers and businesses don’t have a full range of choices in such a situation.
“The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans wholeheartedly endorses the Solar Choice Amendment. We believe Floridians for Solar Choice offers needed consumer protections — especially for vulnerable seniors who often have to choose between medicine and a power bill — by helping to lock in energy prices with solar power. As we face a wave of baby boomers retiring, solar can help lower electricity bills while protecting precious natural resources for future generations,” explained Bill Sauers, President of The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans.
You can imagine easily how an energy bill for a person living on a fixed income who probably isn’t working can consume a significant portion of one’s monthly income. For example, a retiree living on $1,000 a month who pays $150 per month for electricity and natural gas would surely like to pay less. Having to pay 15% of one’s monthly income for energy is steep and adds up quickly.