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Florida League of Women Voters back Floridians for Solar Choice ballot initiative

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Over the weekend, the Florida League of Women Voters voted unanimously to endorse the Floridians for Solar Choice ballot initiative, becoming the 35th organization to do so.

The ballot proposal is designed to expand solar choice by removing barriers that limit solar ownership models, and has shown early momentum in a statewide effort to get on the November 2016 ballot.

The petition for the initiative seeks to “encourage and promote local small-scale solar-generated electricity production and to enhance the availability of solar power to customers.” Under Florida’s current law, only utilities can sell electricity directly to consumers. Florida is one of only five states in the country with a law like that, and solar advocates say that it’s holding the Sunshine State back from its solar potential. If the ballot initiative is successful in 2016, businesses and property owners in the state would be able to produce up to 2 megawatts of solar power and sell it directly to consumers.

Last week Floridians for Solar Choice reported that the State Division of Elections has confirmed more than 86,000 signatures have been verified in their quest to get on next year’s ballot. While an impressive number for the first quarter of the year, the campaign needs a lot more signatures — over 600,000 more signatures (683,149) by February 1, 2016.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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