Unusual Coalition Seeks Ballot Measure To Expand Solar Power

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — An unusual coalition announced Wednesday they are joining a petition drive meant to expand the use of solar energy in Florida.

Those in the coalition include Tea partiers, Libertarians, conservative Christians, Florida’s largest retail association and clean energy advocates.

Members said they want to take the issue to the voters because they are frustrated the Legislature has done little to advance use of the clean energy in the state that gets the most solar radiant energy east of the Mississippi River. They blamed it on the millions of dollars power companies pump into political donations and lobbying.

The group will try to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot that would allow private companies not regulated as utilities to sell up to two megawatts of solar energy to customers. The solar facilities would have to be on the same…

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