Solar advocates from across the country joined forces with Women 4 Solar and Southeast Green for what's been described as the fastest hour on Twitter. Women 4 Solar founder, Raina Russo, who is well known in the national solar circles for hosting #SolarChat for several years, alognside of Beth Bond of Southeast Green, put together a tweet chat that inlcuded state and national leaders to discuss the reasons why Amendment 1 is so bad for Florida consumers who support solar. How many people in Florida support solar? Roughly 80% plus of Floridians support solar according to organizers fighting Amendment 1.

 

The Tweet Chat reached 1.1 million Twitter accounts and generated 7.2 million imperessions. Organizers were naturally surprised that so many advocates and voters joined the conversation. Below are the captured tweets (Although not all!) to see how the conversation went. To read in order start at the bottom and read up.

  • And a big thank you 2 #SolarMom @RainaRusso & #SolarChampion @BethSEGreen for hosting! here's a great piece w/ them
  • RT @solarfhajr: Thanks, @RainaRusso, @Women4Solar Great chat as always. Let me know if you need a bomb thrower again in the future. #noon1
  • RT @cleanenergyorg: Awesome twitter chat, #solar superstars! Fl voters Vote #NoOn1 if you support more #solar in #FL
  • RT @RainaRusso: Thank you to strong advocates that help brighten the Sunshine State @alissajean @YannBrandt @jhoysrdt @scotthomasson #NoOn1
  • RT @RainaRusso: Thank you to the experts “in the room” that always help guide us toward a cleaner future @maryannehitt & @MMC_UNC #NoOn1
  • A7 At least that's what utility consultants were gleefully sharing at conference earlier this month #NoOn1
  • RT @alissajean: A8 - Volunteer to phone bank to educate voters about Amend 1! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. #NoOn1
  • RT @RainaRusso: Please continue the #NoOn1 conversation all the way through Election Day. Please don't stop tweeting!
  • A8: Talk to family, neighbors and freinds. Volunteer at state groups working on the issue #NoOn1
  • A8: Social Media, Social Media, Social Media. Did I mention Social Media? #NoOn1
  • RT @solarfhajr: A7: #Solar customers already have rights Amend1 "gives them." 1st half is it's meaningless. 2nd half that's dangerous #noon1
  • RT @SolarWakeup: A8 Keep up the viral connections. Change your FB profile to #NoOn1 give it to your friends, family and neighbors.
  • RT @FlaSEIA: Toolkit that includes links to video, copy and paste social media posts  http://www.reenergizeflorida.com/no-on-1-toolkit.html … #NoOn1
  • A8 This is crunch time and we need all hands on deck. Here is a full list of resources for #NoOn1 - http://ow.ly/2zlQ305mIR1
  • RT @cleanenergyorg: TBTimesBiz: FL utilities' efforts to mislead voters on Amend1 solar issue are shameful http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/energy/trigaux-florida-utilities-efforts-to-mislead-voters-on-amendment-1-solar/2299278 … #NoOn1
  • RT @alissajean: Utilities watching out for their monopoly money.... #NoOn1
  • @cleanenergyorg Proponents have been reluctant 2 debate #Amendment1 but @sas_cleanenergy did have this convo w/ #MonopolyMan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzAezQ1zNcI … #NoOn1
  • RT @alissajean: A7 we are seeing attacks on #solar all over the country, time for FL to take a stand and vote #NoOn1 The nation is watching!
  • RT @RainaRusso: Beautiful to see so many passionate people taking time out to spread sunshine & dispel lies We have time for 1 last Q #NoOn1
  • RT @Vinyasun: Only precedent is utilities have colluded to deceive their customer & shackle their regulator #NoOn1 https://twitter.com/Vinyasun/status/789161347313504257/photo/1pic.twitter.com/SKQXYpIXGr
  • RT @SolarWakeup: A7 We must vote #NoOn1 so that utilities around the Country don't try to take on the power of the people
  • RT @alissajean: A7 FL is in US spotlight especially this election. Amend1 sets DANGEROUS precedent by putting deception into state const.
  • RT @maryannehitt: #NoOn1 fight is featured in @YEARSofLIVING season premiere w/ Cecily Strong Oct. 30 @NatGeoChannel http://yearsoflivingdangerously.com/watch/behind-the-scenes/?sm=yearsproject&st=video-4706 …
  • RT @Women4Solar: A7 Amendment 1 assumes falsely that non-solar customers are in need of additional protections. #NoOn1
  • RT @SolarWakeup: A7 First, Amendment 1 is a lesson to advocates around the Country. Our ballots are best fought with regulators #NoOn1
  • RT @FCVoters: It's wonderful to see so many #NoOn1 tweets on our timeline the last few weeks. Time to reinforce with friends and neighbors
  • A7: Also, since 3 of the utilities involved are in the top 5 in the country, they can export in other states is a success #NoOn1
  • A7: Yes, utilites across US are looking for anyway to prevent #solar. The confusing language this might become the  new model #NoOn1
  • RT @RainaRusso: Q7 DOES AMENDMENT 1 SET A PRECEDENT IN FLORIDA? COULD THE PASSAGE OF AMENDMENT 1 AFFECT THE REST OF THE COUNTRY? #NoOn1
  • RT @MaribelCBalbin: This explains this amendment much better #NoOn1 http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/election/article109017387.html … https://twitter.com/smartsolarfl/status/788499928670543872 …
  • RT @ana_maria_zea: @alissajean correct. The practice of net metering needs to be protected. #NoOn1
  • RT @alissajean: @solarfhajr one of the better sources on the topic: https://www.brookings.edu/research/rooftop-solar-net-metering-is-a-net-benefit/ … #NoOn1
  • RT @alissajean: A6 Net metering allows solar customers to get credit for #energy that they are generating on roof Amend1 puts at risk #NoOn1
  • "Florida's 'Solar Mom' is fighting to save the state’s rooftop industry from utility-backed Amendment 1" by @hnorms http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2016-5-september-october/green-life/not-so-smart-solar-amendment
  • RT @RainaRusso: A5 Floridians already have the right to own or lease solar. This amendment doesn’t change that. #NoOn1
  • RT @Women4Solar: Net Metering feeds your excess solar power back to utility, then the utility can sell the power to other customers #NoOn1
  • RT @Women4Solar: They didn't "misspeak", they got caught! #NoOn1
  • @bocamayo Florida think tank says it ‘misspoke’ about secret solar ballot strategy http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/election/article109198712.html … #NoOn1
  • A5 Amend1 would put unfair restrictions, fees on Fl #solar customers, under guise of giving them "rights" they already have #NoOn1
  • RT @RainaRusso: A5 I for one am a proud to be a solar power owner and Florida resident. Join me and vote #NoOn1
  • RT @alissajean: A5 FL voters should be worried that Amend1 would be used to attack net metering PSC comments: http://www.psc.state.fl.us/Files/PDF/Utilities/Electricgas/SolarEnergy//Florida%20Power%20and%20Light.pdf … #NoOn1
  • RT @solarfhajr: A5 Will rob #solar customers of electricity #choice. Why? Monopolies will be monopolies. #noon1
  • RT @FlaSEIA: Flood the internet with our whiteboard video!!! #NoOn1  https://youtu.be/tPODcT3cckI  via @YouTube
  • RT @flsolarchoice: FL's Constitutional amendments need 60% + 1 to pass -- we need only 40% +1 to STOP! #NoOn1
  • @PaulGonzalez10 I think constitutional amendments need 60%. We must spread the word. Vote #NoOn1 florida
  • A5: Also will set up punititive fees on current #solar customers and for future customers that will discourage more new #solar #NoOn1
  • A5: The amendment sets up the potential for the utilities to roll back #netmetering #antisolar #solar #NoOn1
  • RT @RainaRusso: Q5 HOW ARE FLORIDA’S SOLAR CUSTOMERS (PRESENT AND FUTURE) AFFECTED BY AMENDMENT 1? #NoOn1
  • RT @vinyasunpolicy: A4 Killing jobs affects the whole economy and real families. #NoOn1 http://www.utilitydive.com/news/hawaii-solar-industry-reports-39-drop-in-employment-after-the-end-of-retai/422274/ …
  • RT @cleanenergyorg: Despite expensive PR campaign firm, group behind #Amendment1 didn't buy own URL http://www.consumersforsmartsolar.com  #NoOn1
  • RT @SolarHabitats: Lets show the real power of Social Media and DEFEAT #noon1 before November 8, 2016 @SolarHabitats
  • RT @SolarRosana: A4 Solar is good for all utility customers, even those without solar! Amend1 will help no one. #NoOn1 Except utilities!
  • RT @JohnMoralesNBC6: @PaulGonzalez10 I think constitutional amendments need 60%. We must spread the word. Vote #NoOn1 florida
  • RT @FCVoters: PLEDGE to Vote No on Amendment 1, the utility-backed, anti-solar amendment - http://www.fcvoters.org/solar-pledge-no/ … #NoOn1 #solar
  • RT @RainaRusso: A4 Every ratepayer currently has right to choose whether or not to go #solar. This is a retraction of existing rights #NoOn1
  • RT @flsolarchoice: A3 - Amendment 1 = utility trick designed to slow #solar  & erect more barriers to #solar #NoOn1
  • RT @RainaRusso: A4 70% of Florida’s energy comes from fossil fuels. Amendment 1 will aid this dirty addiction. #NoOn1
  • @RainaRusso: Q4 HOW ARE FLORIDA’S NON-SOLAR CUSTOMERS AFFECTED BY AMENDMENT 1? #NoOn1
  • @mikeantheil: A3: Amend1 would finish what the utilities started more than 2 years ago - an assault on net-metering in the state. #NoOn1
  • @maryannehitt: Everyone who is pro-solar opposes Amendment 1 - 160 groups including @sierraclub @LWVFlorida @FloridaEA #NoOn1
  • @Women4Solar: A3 More Floridians love solar than apple pie! We are The Sunshine State & we want to live up to our name #NoOn1
  • @ConsumersUnion: .@ConsumersUnion Urges Floridians to Vote “No” on Amendment 1 #NoOn1
  • @SolarWakeup: A3 To be exact, 87% of Floridians view solar favorably. 70% think State should incentivize it. #NoOn1
  • @Women4Solar: A3 The Amendment is tricky and deceiving and will hurt solar growth by putting net metering in jeopardy if passed #NoOn1
  • @FlaSEIA: Proud solar supporters here!!!! #NoOn1
  • @RainaRusso If you are pro-solar and oppose Amendment 1 tweet us! #NoOn1
  • @ana_maria_zea: @BethSEGreen true! EVERY person I've described Amendment 1 to opposes it. Regardless of political affiliation. #NoOn1
  • A3: The amendment will allow the status quo which is no #solar growth. #NoOn1
  • A3: Yes! Listen to episode of Speaking of Green with Dr. Stephen Smith of @cleanenergyorg for details #NoOn1 http://www.southeastgreen.com/index.php/seg-features/speaking-of-green/season-6/16415-florida-s-anti-solar-amendment-1-a-wolf-in-sheep-s-clothing …
  • @RainaRusso: Q3 MOST FLORIDIANS AGREE THAT WE NEED MORE SOLAR IN THE SUNSHINE STATE. WILL AMENDMENT 1 SLOW THE GROWTH OF SOLAR? #NoOn
  • @mikeantheil: A2: 180 organizations oppose  A1, but the real reward is reading when a regular voter tweets #NoOn1
  • @Vinyasun: A2 Over 180 organization oppose Amendment 1 - Newsrooms call it a scam! #NoOn1 http://www.flsolarchoice.org/who-opposes-amendment-1/ …
  • @SolarWakeup: A2 We endorse #NoOn1 So does @MiamiHerald @palmbeachpost @orlandosentinel http://ow.ly/cxU7305noB8
  • @maryannehitt: It's an honor. Can't let utilities confuse Floridians with ballot measure that looks + for #solar, but is awful! #NoOn1
  • @RainaRusso: A2 Every major newspaper outlet in Florida has opposed the Amendment. Fantastic news for #NoOn1
  • @BethSEGreen:  A2 There is huge bi-partisan opposition & across every sector of business community EVERY solar company opposes it #NoOn1
  • 2: Here are some of the politically diverse groups @LWVFlorida @LP_Florida @CapitalYRs @RLCFL #NoOn1
  • A2: 17 Editorial boards of state newspapers have come out against Amend. 1 including @MiamiHerald @TB_Times @SunSentinel @naplenews #NoOn1
  • @RainaRusso: A2 There is huge bi-partisan opposition & across every sector of business community EVERY solar company opposes it #NoOn1
  • @flsolarchoice: Q2 175+ biz leaders, orgs & associations around FL - if you're not on the list yet call us http://www.flsolarchoice.org/who-opposes-amendment-1/ … #noon1
  • @elonmusk Calculated attempt to deceive Florida voters about solar vote uncovered by Miami Herald https://twitter.com/flsolarchoice/status/788720681911476224 …
  • Anti-solar utilities are behind the phony, deceptive FL solar amendment - check out @Sierra_Magazine and vote #NoOn1 http://sierraclub.org/sierra/2016-5-september-october/green-life/not-so-smart-solar-amendment …
  • A1 Proof that Amendment 1is working: Friend last night — a lawyer — had read the sample ballot and was ready to vote "yes." #noon1
  • @cleanenergyorg #NoOn1 FACT: Amendment 1 paves the way for barriers that would penalize #solar customers in #SunshineState..boooooo! http://VoteNoOn1.org 
  • A1 FPL CEO Admits dislike for #netmetering of #solar customers http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060026557/ … @bizwriterkristi #NoOn1
  • @RainaRusso: A1 The utilities backing  Amend1 are absolutely against rooftop solar & set out to deceive pro-solar voters #NoOn1
  • All 3 of those companies are publicly traded utilities representing their shareholders not their customers on this Amendment 1 #NoOn1
  • A1: @GulfPower is owned by @SouthernCompany and FPL @insideFPL is owned by @NextEraEnergyR #NoOn1
  • A1: The only supporters I am aware of are the major #utilities in #Florida Progress owned by @DukeEnergy @GulfPower @insideFPL #NoOn1
  • @RainaRusso Q1 WHO ARE THE MAIN ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING AMENDMENT 1 AND DO ANY OF THEM HAVE ANY HISTORY SUPPORTING ROOFTOP SOLAR? #NoOn1
  • @flsolarchoice: Utilities are not sorry - RT and VOTE #NoOn1 if you're DONE with voter manipulation!
  • @Women4Solar: A1 4 Investor owned utilities that control the vast majority of energy sales in Florida have put Amendment 1 forward #NoOn1
  • @flsolarchoice: thanks @RainaRusso & @BethSEGreen for having us and highlighting this CRITICAL issue in Florida on #solar #NoOn1
  • @RainaRusso: Elections just 2 plus weeks out it is imperative to explain the issues and ensure that Florida votes NO on Amendment1 #NoOn1
  • @RainaRusso: And the best solar storyteller in the nation – Frank Andorka (@solarfhajr) Contributor to @pvmagazineusa #NoOn1
  • @alissajean: Thrilled to be a part of today's #NoOn1 #solarchat! Defend #solar by voting NO on Amendment 1 - Florida, this is it!
  • @maryannehitt: Starting now - #NoOn1 Find out why phony Florida #solar ballot initiative must be stopped!
  • @Women4Solar Join the mega brainstorm w/ incredible #solar leaders. #NOOn1 will prevail! @maryannehitt of @BeyondCoal @sierraclub http://ow.ly/kCET305jAda
  • @RainaRusso: Please give it up for @ScottThomasson of @VoteSolar, extremely influential in opening up solar markets across the US #NoOn1
  • @RainaRusso: Welcome to one of the most creative solar go-getters in Florida -@Alissajean Communications & Policy Manager at SACE #NoOn1
  • @cleanenergyorg: #Solar lovers..wanna help us beat the deceptive utilities? Go here for campaign resources #NoOn1 http://www.flsolarchoice.org/amendment1/resources/ …
  • Thanks @RainaRusso @Women4Solar Happy to be a part of the #solarchat #NoOn1
  • @maryannehitt: join and learn why Florida must vote #NoOn1, the phony #solar ballot initiative
  • @Women4Solar: Thank you to our #NoOn1 co-host for making today’s event a reality @BethSEGreen
  • @Women4Solar: Tweets about #NoOn1 have already reached 423,035 accounts https://tweetreach.com/reports/17864807?s=twitter …  - let's make some noise! #SolarCha
  • We are bringing the band back together for a #solarchat on Amendment 1 in #Flordia Talking #NoOn1 get ready for the tweets
  • @Women4Solar: Simple, yet important: Always use hashtag #NoOn1 to be seen in “the room.” We want all your insightful tweets to be noticed
  • @cleanenergyorg: Recorded pres leaked shows "fraudulent" intent, "collusion" by utilities backing Amend 1 http://ht.ly/Oy3e305n0xW  #NoOn1
  • @Women4Solar: It’s time, folks! Roll up your sleeves, get your thinking caps on, and flex those Twitter fingers! 5 min countdown #NoOn1 …
  • @kendra_hubbard: Ready for our #SolarChat for #NoOn1!! That's my 2nd cup o' joe :) Doing finger curls for prep!