The Florida Supreme Court on Nov. 4 denied the motions for legal filings against Amendment 1 from the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association and Floridians for Solar Choice.
The two groups have claimed that the measure, sponsored by the regulated electric utilities of Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) and NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) does not actually promote rooftop solar in the state, but rather discourage it.
In addition to the two major utility-holding companies, other members for Consumers for Smart Solar include a number of business groups including Florida Black Chamber of Commerce and Florida Tax Watch. The business-backed solar group says that Amendment 1 ensures the right to rooftop solar but protects residents from “scams and rip-offs.”
On Nov. 2 the rooftop solar groups claimed in a news release that “leaked audio” confirms that supporters of Amendment 1 “intended to mislead Florida’s Supreme Court and deceive the voters of Florida.”
Patrick Altier, president of the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association issued this statement:
“We are disappointed by today’s decision from the Florida Supreme Court as we know Amendment 1 to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. We strongly believe the proposed ballot measure is deceptive, and call upon the citizens of Florida to vote no Amendment 1.”