NewEnergyNews: FLORIDA’S SOLAR FIGHT GETS MEANER

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    Thursday, July 16, 2015

    FLORIDA’S SOLAR FIGHT GETS MEANER

    Second group launches solar energy ballot initiative

    Jim Turner, July 16, 2015 (Sun Sentinel)

    “A new ‘pro solar-energy’ coalition will push for its own ballot initiative as a way to counter a separate group's proposed constitutional amendment to expand the use of solar energy in Florida…Consumers for Smart Solar, a group whose leadership includes two former state lawmakers, a Jacksonville tea-party founder, and a former chairman of the Florida Public Service Commission…will race to collect signatures to get on the 2016 ballot alongside the ongoing effort by a group known as Floridians for Solar Choice [to make solar leasing possible in the state]…

    “[M]embers of the new group described the proposal by Floridians for Solar Choice — now under review by the state Supreme Court — as a ‘power grab’ by out-of-state [national solar installers like SolarCity and Sunrun]…Floridians for Solar Choice [which includes the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, the Florida Retail Federation, Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship, the Ecology Party of Florida, the Evangelical Environmental Network, Greenpeace USA, the Sierra Club Florida, the Space Coast Climate Change Initiative and The Tea Party Network] responded that the newest opposition ‘is a slickly developed campaign to potentially confuse voters’ and said it believes the effort is supported by [traditional fossil fuel and nuclear interests and utilities]…” click here for more

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