Go SOLAR Fest To Be Held June 6-7, 2014
Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department will host the second annual Go SOLAR Fest, June 6-7, 2014 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, in Fort Lauderdale. The event will feature the latest information on alternative and renewable energy. Dont' miss it! More...
Go SOLAR – Florida Receives Department of Energy Award to Increase Use of Solar Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the Go SOLAR – Florida team a $1.6 million SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II competitive award to make it easier for Floridians to obtain grid-tied solar installations. Go SOLAR Florida is one of 8 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 a half years.
County Commission Votes to Establish a Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program in Broward
PACE program to offer financing options for residents interested in energy efficiency retrofitting
Broward residents interested in saving energy by installing solar panels or replacing air conditioners had to have money in hand to perform the retrofit. Financing options to help defray the upfront costs for these energy efficiency improvements were limited. That changed on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, when the Broward County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to establish a commercial and residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program.
PACE programs allow property owners to pay for the cost of energy improvements and wind mitigation measures to their homes or businesses through a voluntary assessment on their property tax bill. This assessment stays with the property when it is sold since the new owner continues to receive the benefit and cost savings of the improvements. More...
You’re just a click away from your solar permit,
Imagine a process that currently takes weeks to accomplish that is now reduced to a few clicks of your mouse button. Imagine also that the system that you’re utilizing is unique to Broward County and the entire county. The Go SOLAR Online Permitting System is a unique accomplishment made possible by the Go SOLAR Broward Rooftop Solar Challenge. This is a U.S. Department of Energy grant-funded program that makes it easier for Broward County residents and businesses to convert to solar energy by reducing the cost and wait time associated with the permitting process for installing photovoltaic (PV) rooftop solar systems.
the Go SOLAR Online Permitting System is Now Live!
Go SOLAR Fest Was a Shining Success.
The Go SOLAR Fest proved to be popular. Over 1,225 local, state and federal government officials, licensed solar and electrical contractors, renewable energy companies, financial institutions, solar installers, potential customers, legal experts, homeowner associations, residents and local businesses, 54 exhibitors and 37 speakers attended the two-day event. South Florida residents along with small business owners were treated to a jam packed two-day agenda which highlighted solar for South Florida.
Go SOLAR Fest Event Highlights!
Go SOLAR Fest Highlights Video
Making Solar Energy Easy!
About Go SOLAR Broward Rooftop Solar Challenge
Go SOLAR Broward Rooftop Solar Challenge is a U.S. Department of Energy grant-funded program that makes it easier for Broward County residents and businesses to convert to solar energy, by reducing the cost and wait time associated with the installation process for photovoltaic (PV) rooftop solar systems.
Solar energy has long-term economic and environmental benefits, but the traditional application and permitting process for PV systems, which varies across Broward’s 31 municipalities, can be a barrier to those interested in retrofitting their home or business for increased energy efficiency.
Go SOLAR Broward Rooftop Solar Challenge removes that barrier by offering home and business owners and/or their contractors, who reside in participating cities, a streamlined, online application system with standardized fees, and uniform interconnection to utility systems.
According to the DOE a residential rooftop solar PV system is less than approximately 10kW and a small commercial system is less than approximately 300kW.
Broward County is one of only 22 governments in the nation to receive funding for the SunShot program. Several state and local organizations are also participating in the program, including Florida Power & Light, Broward County School Board, Broward League of Cities, Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals, State Office of Energy, and Florida Solar Energy Center.
Solar PV Installers, Manufacturers and Educational Institutions are Encouraged to Partner with Go SOLAR
Broward County’s Go SOLAR Team is seeking an Advantage Marketing agreement in two areas with solar PV installers, educational institutions, mounting manufacturers and the solar industry.
Solar PV Educational Displays: Co-Sponsorship Opportunity
Broward County is offering the opportunity of co-sponsorship on educational displays for the Government Center West lobby. The sponsor will provide and maintain a basic educational display for a three-month period about the benefits of solar energy. The display could include a solar panel or a cut-away of a panel for the public to see and touch (protected to avoid injury), a rack system, an inverter and any additional components that a resident or business would need to install a solar PV system. Also, the display should include educational signs and literature that the public can take away. Electricity will be provided. Available floor space would be a maximum of 4 feet by 10 feet.
Solar PV System Installation to Power Go SOLAR Kiosk at Government Center West
The sponsor will install a permanent solar system outside the east entrance of the Governmental Center West to power a Go SOLAR permitting Kiosk. Solar unit should include a solar panel for the public to view, along with a descriptive display of the solar system and the name and logo of company.
The company’s educational display will be available to all visitors to the Government Center West lobby. The company can provide educational information about their specific products and services. The company will be showcased as a sponsor on the Go SOLAR website, kiosk and e-newsletter.
Release of the Advantage Marketing Agreement announcement is posted on the Broward County Purchasing website
Solar PV Manufacturers Encouraged to Partner with Go SOLAR
Broward County’s Go SOLAR Team is seeking an Advantage Marketing agreement with solar PV mounting manufacturers and the solar industry.
Through this agreement, a company will provide an electronic set or sets of solar photovoltaic (solar PV) rooftop mounting system design plans as outlined in the agreement and in exchange, Broward County will include the company’s plans and required equipment list (as submitted under the agreement) as an option on the Go Solar online permitting system, which could eventually be used beyond just Broward County; will maintain the mounting plans on the permitting system for the life of the system; and will provide services to increase customer traffic to the online permitting system, as stipulated in the Department of Energy (DOE) Rooftop Solar Challenge agreement between DOE and Broward County.
The announcement is now posted on the Broward Purchasing web site.
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