DATE: October 5, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Jeffery Halsey, Director Broward County
Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division
The Broward County Go SOLAR program team invites all municipalities in Broward County to join the Go SOLAR Broward Rooftop Solar Challenge, a U.S. Department of Energy grant-funded program that makes it easier for Broward County residents and businesses to convert to solar energy.
Currently, there are 14 cities and seven agencies and businesses participating in the program.
Cities not participating in the Go SOLAR program can still join by completing the following:
- Execute an Interlocal Agreement and model zoning ordinance.
- Provide city staff contact information on the online permitting system. The staff contact will be notified when a permit is issued. Appropriate training by Go SOLAR team members is provided.
- Track staff time and expenses associated with any efforts related to Go SOLAR.
Solar energy has long-term economic and environmental benefits, and the Go SOLAR program is designed to reduce the wait time associated with the permitting process for installing photovoltaic (PV) rooftop solar systems.
The Go SOLAR program offers home and business owners and/or their contractors a streamlined, online application system -- which will be available in mid-November -- with standardized fees, preapproved design plans and uniform interconnection to utility systems. Users will be able to apply for and receive a permit within minutes.
Other efforts the Go SOLAR program is working toward include the following:
Permitting and Interconnection — Develop and make available best practices for streamlining and standardizing permitting and interconnection processes.
Financing — Investigate potential financing options for the installation of rooftop PV systems in residential and small commercial structures, identify the benefits and challenges of each option and provide information to stakeholders.
Planning and Zoning — Identify restrictive zoning ordinances and develop best practices regarding more favorable provisions.
Net Metering — The Go SOLAR Team and Florida Power & Light are working in collaboration to educate Broward County residents and businesses regarding net metering standards and interconnection process requirements.
Cities currently participating in the Broward County Go SOLAR Rooftop Solar Challenge program are Coconut Creek, Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Pompano Beach, Sunrise and Tamarac and Unincorporated Broward County. Participating businesses and agencies are Florida Power & Light, School Board of Broward County, Broward League of Cities, Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals, State Office of Energy and Florida Solar Energy Center.
For more information, and to join the Go SOLAR Broward Rooftop Solar Challenge team, visit broward.org/gogreen and click GO SOLAR or email firstname.lastname@example.org.