If you are thinking about installing a rooftop solar system, Broward County may be able to help. The County has received a $646,367 grant to help reduce the costs and wait times for installing photovoltaic (PV), or rooftop solar systems, for homeowners and businesses.
The Rooftop Solar Challenge grant is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s $12 million SunShot Initiative. The program’s goal is to help expand solar energy uses by streamlining the application, permitting and installation processes for the PV systems.
“You would think that Florida would be ahead in the solar energy technology, but the truth is that we have been behind the times,” said Commissioner Ilene Lieberman. “This grant will help expedite installing solar solutions as an alternative energy source as the benefits become more and more popular.”
Broward County is the only government agency or organization in Florida to receive funds from this program, and only one of 22 in the nation. In District 1, the cities of Davie, Sunrise and Tamarac have partnered with Broward County on the grant.
The grant also provides a new online application process, which streamlines the process and provides financing options along with standardized fees.
This is the first of three phases of the grant with the Department of Energy. After phase one, Broward County will be eligible to receive an additional $2 million to assist in developing similar programs regionally, and eventually statewide. The Rooftop Solar Challenge is expected to save participating governmental agencies millions of dollars, generate additional money in tax revenues and help stimulate the economy.
If you have any questions about the program, please call the County’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards at 954-357-5338.