Florida Supreme Court Okays Third-Party Solar Ballot Effort


A ruling by Florida's Supreme Court clears the way for a ballot initiative that, if approved by voters, would allow for third-party sales of solar electricity in the Sunshine State.

The initiative, drafted by Floridians for Solar Choice, requires 683,149 signatures to be collected and verified before Feb. 1, 2016, to appear on the 2016 election ballot. The proposed amendment to the Florida constitution is intended to promote solar growth by removing barriers that limit solar ownership models.

Florida is one of only four states where current law expressly denies the purchase of electricity from someone other than a sanctioned electric utility.

‘We are thrilled with the high court's ruling, so that voters may have the opportunity to vote on removing a barrier that currently blocks Florida's families and businesses from greater energy choices through the power of the free market,’ says Tory Perfetti, chairman of Floridians for Solar Choice. ‘People power is what will get us on the ballot, and we continue to gather thousands of signatures each week from Floridians eager for Solar Choice.’

For information on how to volunteer for the ballot signature effort, click here.

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