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Florida Solar Initiative Approved by Supreme Court

Floridians for Solar Choice, a grassroots organization, cleared an important hurdle when its Florida solar power ballot initiative was ruled by the state Supreme Court to be unambiguous and single-subject. The initiative, which may be placed on the 2016 ballot if enough petition signatures are collected, posits that Florida should allow residents and businesses to purchase solar-generated electricity from non-utility energy providers.

At Climate Progress, contributor Erin Auel wrote: “Although solar is growing exponentially nationwide, it has not thrived in Florida. Florida is one of a handful of states that prohibit residents from purchasing electricity from a source other than an electric utility. This has locked out third-party solar rooftop companies, such as SolarCity and SunRun, which install rooftop solar panels on a customer’s property at no cost and sell solar-generated power to that customer at a reduced electric rate.”

Further, according to Auel, the ballot initiative would do much to facilitate compliance with Florida’s Clean Power Plan, which requires fossil fuel power plants to cut emissions by 25 percent by 2030. He states: “According to a survey conducted by the Republican firm North Star Opinion Research, 74 percent of Florida voters say they support the Solar Choice ballot proposal. And recent polling by Public Policy Polling found that 63 percent of Florida voters say they support the Clean Power Plan.”

Floridians for Solar Choice recently announced in an email that it has collected approximately 250,000 signatures so far. “We’ve won round one, but we need you to join us in the battle for round two,” the message said. For more information on Floridians for Solar Choice, and to sign the petition, go here.

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