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Solar energy advocate to discuss Amendment 4 at gathering

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Susan Glickman, the Florida Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund, will talk about solar energy in Florida during this month’s Ales and Wild Tails. Glickman will specifically discuss Amendment 4 which is on the primary ballot this August. If passed, advocates say it will end some taxes on solar and open up financing for solar leases to make solar more feasible. Emily Gorman, with the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100…

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Consumers for Smart Solar say they’ve got the signatures to qualify for November ballot

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Consumers for Smart Solar, the utility backed constitutional amendment that would outline rules for solar power in Florida, has gathered 695, 376, more than 11,000 beyond the the required 683,149 valid petitions to get on the November ballot, the group says in a statement issued Friday afternoon “Not only did we reach the required valid petitions milestone, we have also now met the petition threshold in 14 congressional districts to certify the amendment to the ballot,” said Jim Kallinger, co-chair of Consumers for Smart…

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At Tampa Tiger Bay Club, clean energy leader slams utility-backed solar power amendment

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A leading environmental activist says that the solar amendment being backed by Florida’s investor-owned utilities is doomed to be rejected when it comes before the Florida Supreme Court. Susan Glickman is the Florida Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, the organization that was raising funds to put an amendment on the ballot in 2016 that would provide Floridians the opportunity to purchase solar power from a third-party. Currently, consumers can buy electricity — solar or otherwise — only from utilities. The measure…

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Floridians for Solar Choice sues PCI Consulting in signature petition battle

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(UPDATED) Less than a week after acknowledging that a dispute with their signature-gathering vendor would severely imperil their chances of getting on the 2016 ballot, Floridians for Solar Choice (FSC) has sued PCI Consulting in federal court claiming breach of contract. The group — formed to advance a constitutional amendment to expand solar power rights for consumers and businesses in Florida — filed the suit Dec. 23 in the U.S. Southern District of Florida. It came six days after FloridaPolitics.com reported that PCI…

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Solar-power amendment now looking at 2018 ballot initiative

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The group behind one of two competing solar-power constitutional amendments is throwing in the towel on 2016 and “exploring options for a 2018 campaign,” according to a spokeswoman. As FloridaPolitics.com reported Thursday, a payment dispute with a signature-gathering firm made it unlikely that Floridians for Solar Choice would garner enough signatures to get on the ballot next year. The deadline to submit the requisite 683,149 signatures is Feb. 1. “All petitions gathered in Florida are valid for a full 24 months from the date of signing,…

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Dispute with signature gathering firm all but dooms solar power amendment from getting on 2016 ballot

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The group behind one of two competing solar-power constitutional amendments is throwing in the towel on 2016 and “exploring options for a 2018 campaign,” according to a spokeswoman. As FloridaPolitics.com reported Thursday, a payment dispute with a signature-gathering firm made it unlikely that Floridians for Solar Choice would garner enough signatures to get on the ballot next year. The deadline to submit the requisite 683,149 signatures is Feb. 1. “All petitions gathered in Florida are valid for a full 24 months from the date of signing,…

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Florida Chamber denounces Solar Choice Amendment after Supreme Court approves language

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Florida’s Chamber of Commerce strongly criticized the Solar Choice Amendment on the day the proposal passed a major legal hurdle. Mark Wilson, Florida Chamber president and CEO, denounced the amendment after its language was approved by the Florida Supreme Court Thursday afternoon. He said, as it stands, the proposal is “driven by special interests that seek to raise electricity prices” on consumers. The amendment, sponsored by Floridians for Solar Choice and backed by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, seeks to…

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