Initiative to open Florida solar market unlikely on ballot


A ballot initiative seeking to increase the amount of solar power generated in Florida by allowing businesses to sell sun power directly to consumers is unlikely to qualify for the 2016 ballot, supporters said.

Floridians for Solar Choice, a group of improbable allies including tea party members and environmentalists, said they’re still tens of thousands of signatures shy of qualifying for next year’s ballot. The due date for verified signatures is Feb. 1.

The group says its signature-gathering efforts will continue into the 2018 election cycle if they’re unable to pull it together by the deadline.