DATE: December 12, 2013
CONTACT: Kay Sommers
Broward County Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality
BROWARD COUNTY Fla. – The Go SOLAR – Florida team has launched its website gosolarflorida.org. For the next two to three years, interested parties can follow team developments, monitor coordination meetings and grant related events, and see solar related permitting products and documents developed under the grant.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded the Go SOLAR – Florida team a $1.6 million SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II competitive grant to make it easier for Floridians to obtain grid-tied solar installations.
Go SOLAR Florida is one of only eight recipients of a Rooftop Solar Challenge II award nationwide. The purpose of the award is to increase the use of and access to solar energy among the state’s residents and businesses by reducing market barriers, lowering non-hardware related installation costs and providing access to financing options over the next two and one- half years.
Broward County has played a key role in obtaining the Go SOLAR – Florida award. Broward County’s Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department and Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards worked together to develop the Go SOLAR – Florida team. According to Linda Ross, grants administrator for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards, “Go Solar – Florida is the perfect opportunity to reach out to other counties that share our concerns about environmental sustainability. We look forward to developing regional solutions that will establish the Sunshine State as a leader in the use of solar energy.”
Go Solar – Florida is a partnership of Florida counties, cities, the Florida Solar Energy Center and Florida Atlantic University representing approximately 4 million Floridians. Six Florida counties are participating (Alachua, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Orange and St. Lucie), along with nine Broward County municipalities (Cooper City, Hollywood, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Pembroke Pines, Plantation and Wilton Manors) and the City of Venice in Sarasota County.
The next big Go SOLAR – Florida event is the Go SOLAR Fest II, scheduled for June 6 and 7, 2014 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Broward County. For more information and to register, visit gosolarflorida.org. A Go SOLAR Fest III is planned for 2015.
U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative
The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national effort that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade. Through SunShot, DOE supports efforts by private companies, academia, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity to $0.06 per kilowatt-hour.
Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality
The Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department’s Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division manages programs and services for residents, businesses and visitors that help protect and preserve air, water, soil and other natural resources for this and future generations. Responsibilities include environmental regulation and monitoring, and programs that promote collaboration with local and regional governments and private sector partners, such as solar energy and climate change mitigation and response. For more information, call 954-519-1260.