Florida voters will find a controversial topic on the ballot this November regarding residential solar usage, reports the Sun-Sentinel newspaper.
At issue is whether residents with solar equipment on their property should be allowed to sell energy to power companies. Although the amendment is worded to sound as if it supports solar power, it actually does just the opposite. The Florida Supreme Court has allowed the amendment to be placed on the state's November ballot, but not all of the justices are pleased about it.
Florida Supreme Court justice Barbara Pariente wrote a sharp dissent that echoed views of opponents of the initiative, which is being promoted by utility companies in the state.
"Let the pro-solar energy consumers beware," Pariente wrote in the dissent backed by justices Peggy Quince and James E.C. Perry. "Masquerading as a pro-solar energy initiative, this proposed constitutional amendment, supported by some of Florida's major investor-owned electric utility companies, actually seeks to constitutionalize the status quo."