Broward County will build upon the lessons, tools, and experience developed in its inaugural effort to expand their approach on a regional basis, beginning with nine (9) additional local municipalities and expanding to jurisdictions in six (6) other Florida counties (Alachua, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Orange, Sarasota, and St. Lucie). Together, the Go SOLAR Florida team will develop policies and procedures to standardize online permitting and remove planning and zoning barriers within each participating county, and work with the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) to provide a single, uniform source of structural and electrical design plans for all Go SOLAR–Florida partners. Separate committees, made up of key stakeholders from across the state, will work to achieve statewide consistency in regulatory standards and overcome financial, political, and bureaucratic hurdles that hinder the development of the solar market in Florida.
The objectives of the Go SOLAR–Florida Project, for all seven partner counties, are to:
Develop and market a consortium of early adopter, solar friendly counties within Florida focused on simplifying the solar permitting process and increasing solar installations, working toward a critical mass of solar activity that stimulates the remainder of the State toward more aggressive and comprehensive support of solar development.
Lower the soft-costs associated with grid-tied photovoltaics by standardizing the permitting process across participating jurisdictions in seven Florida counties. The goal is to reduce typical permitting times by 95%. The primary standardization will be the creation of permitting systems that use electronic delivery of pre-approved design plans within the permit process, eliminating this expense for the customer. Also included will be the creation of a long term sustainable process by transferring electronic design plan maintenance and approval to FSEC.
Standardize solar related zoning regulations.
Enhance the availability of financing options.
Expand uniform net metering and interconnection standards.
Aggressively market solar energy and solar installations across this same target area.
Go SOLAR Florida Team Poster (PDF-938Kb)
Go SOLAR Florida Receives Department of Energy Award
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the Go SOLAR – Florida team a $1.575 million, two and a half year SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II competitive award to make it easier for Floridians to obtain grid-tied solar installations. 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. More. . .