Challenging a Misleading Solar Ballot Initiative in Florida

The constitutional amendment’s ballot summary for voters claims that it will encourage the use of rooftop solar, when, in fact it would do the opposite. Solar users could end up paying twice as much as other utility customers.

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Earthjustice has filed a legal brief with the Florida Supreme Court, arguing that the utility-backed “Smart Solar” amendment should be removed from the ballot because it is misleading to voters.

In its brief, Earthjustice argues that the constitutional amendment’s ballot summary for voters claims that it will encourage the use of rooftop solar, when, in fact it would do the opposite. Solar users could end up paying twice as much as other utility customers.

The legal action was filed on behalf of three citizen groups: Progress Florida, Environment Florida and the Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida.

Rooftop solar panels on a beach house in southern Florida.
Rooftop solar panels on a beach house in southern Florida. (Tai Viinikka / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Case Updates

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