Group seeking to put ‘solar choice’ on Florida ballot

An organization called Floridians for Solar Choice launched a campaign in January to put greater access to local, small-scale solar on the ballot in Florida’s 2016 election.

Campaign representatives were expected to announce on Feb. 17very strong performance for signature gathering in the first month of the drive and will officially welcome new supporting organizations to the campaign.

The measure would limit or prevent “government and electric utility imposed barriers to supplying local solar electricity,” according to a copy of the petition posted on the group’s web site.

“Local solar electricity supply is the non-utility supply of solar generated electricity from a facility rated up to 2 megawatts to customers at the same or contiguous property as the facility,” according to the petition. “Barriers include government regulation of local solar electricity suppliers’ rates, service and territory, and unfavorable electric utility rates, charges, or terms of service imposed on local solar electricity customers.”

Supporters will need 700,000 signatures to get the measure on the 2016 ballot, according to the group’s web site.

A Tampa newspaper was reporting Feb. 17 that the coalition has already collected about 100,000 signatures.

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