Floridians for Solar Choice

Nick Evans

Opponents of Amendment One are calling on the Florida Supreme Court to block the initiative less than a week before Election Day.  The group Floridians for Solar Choice believes amendment backers misled voters and the Court.

Attorneys for monopoly utility companies were in the Florida Supreme Court Monday arguing their proposed constitutional amendment, Consumers for Smart Solar, does what it says it will do – promote solar power.

The sun appears to be setting on a solar power ballot initiative, with organizers saying they may not collect enough signatures by a February 1st deadline.

Backers of a solar power ballot initiative are vowing to counter a conservative think tank study claiming the amendment will cost utility customers $1 billion .

Lance Cheung

Floridians for Solar Choice is uniting an unlikely crew in support of their 2016 ballot initiative.

Solar power has always been popular in the Sunshine State and as the costs come down, interest in the clean energy alternative is heating up. And so is the political battle for control of the market.

A solar ballot initiative faces a dim future in November, according to the latest Mason-Dixon poll.  Floridians for Solar Choice is scoring just 30 percent, far short of the 60 percent required to make it into the state constitution.

Consumers for Smart Solar rolled out its ballot initiative this week, hoping to overshadow the competition. But Floridians for Solar Choice, which has been collecting signatures since January, says the upstart is another attempt by the big utilities to pull the plug on an emerging industry.