Opposition Is Piling On A Proposal To Increase Access To Solar Power In Florida
A ballot petition to increase access to solar power in Florida has gotten a lot of heat from groups across the state, with utilities, cities, and even black and Hispanic organizations opposing the initiative.
The petition, which was launched early this year by conservative group Floridians for Solar Choice, seeks to secure a 2016 ballot initiative that would allow Floridians to purchase solar power directly from other consumers. Right now in Florida, consumers can purchase electricity — solar or otherwise — only from utilities.
Floridians for Solar Choice filed a legal brief with the state’s Supreme Court earlier this month, and the court will review the petition and decide whether or not the language is appropriate for it to be entered on the 2016 ballot. The petition for the initiative has gotten more than 88,000 signatures so far– it’ll need more than 600,000 to get on the state’s ballot if the Supreme Court approves the language.