Go SOLAR BrowardRooftop Solar ChallengeTeam makes it easy toGo Solar!Broward County is partnering with 14 cities(Coconut Creek, Dania Beach, Davie, DeerfieldBeach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach,Hillsboro Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Miramar,North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Pompano Beach,Sunrise, Tamarac), Unincorporated BrowardCounty, School Board of Broward County, FloridaSolar Energy Center, Florida Power & Light;Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals,Building Officials Association of Florida, andBroward League of Cities.We are all working together to offer:A dramatically improved permitting process.Education to solar installers and customerson how to navigate the new permittingsystem.Free workshops to increase the demand forsolar energy.Training for code compliance, buildinginspectors, and plan reviewers.Information about FPL interconnectionstandards and procedures.Education to the public about legal rights toinstall rooftop solar systems and to localhomeowner associations about Florida’ssolar rights laws.Status of market based incentives andfinancing options.Participating Partners(Go SOLAR Team)Coconut CreekDania BeachDavieDeerfield BeachFort LauderdaleHallandaleHillsboro BeachLauderdale-by-the-SeaMiramarNorth LauderdaleOakland ParkPompano BeachSunriseTamaracUnincorporated Broward CountyFlorida Power & LightBroward County School BoardBroward League of CitiesBroward County Board of Rules and AppealsState Office of EnergyFlorida Solar Energy CenterBroward Rooftop Solar ChallengeMaking Solar Energy Easy!This material is based uponwork supported by the U.S.Department of Energy underAward Number DE-EE0005701.Disclaimer: “This report was prepared as an account of worksponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neitherthe United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any oftheir employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumesany legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness,or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or processdisclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privatelyowned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product,process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, orotherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement,recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government orany agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressedherein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United StatesGovernment or any agency thereof.”Cost: reference funding from DOE Award Number DE-EE0005701.To learn more about theGo SOLARBroward Rooftop Solar ChallengeVisit broward.org/gogreen/gosolar Email: [email protected]: 954-519-1260Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality DivisionA SERVICE OF THE BROWARD COUNTY Board of County CommissionersThis public document was promulgated at a cost of 247.00 or 0.49 per copy,to inform the public about the Go SOLAR Broward Rooftop Solar Challenge.broward.org/gogreen/gosolarPP201248529@ Broward Environment
Florida Solar Co-op ProgramFor homeowners: reduced electric bills, more access to affordable solar PV equipment, more investment inlocal propertiesFor whole county: empowered citizens, more local jobs, cleaner air, help delay or avoid costly outlays ongenerating plants and transmission lines, expand business opportunities for solar installersWhat is a solar co-op? Solar co-ops consist of homeowners who are bundling their buying power to secure a competitiveprice and high-quality offerings for solar PV equipment for their respective homes. Solar co-ops are homeowners coming together to take control of their energy production, learntogether and exercise their purchasing power as more informed consumers.How do solar co-ops work?1. Homeowners learn about solar and decide to join online at solarunitedneighbors.org/florida.(There is no fee or commitment to sign up.)2. Members’ roofs reviewed remotely for suitability and members are notified via educational email.3. Once 20 members have joined, installers invited to bid and co-op members select one installer.4. Installer draws up customized design and each homeowner decides if they will sign contract.5. Very important: There is no obligation to sign a contract!6. Installer completes installations and co-op members celebrate!What is happening in Florida? 57 co-op programs are either completed or underway. Over 1,600 homeowners have gone solar through a Florida co-op. Solar United Neighbors of Florida is a program of a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Washington D.C., Solar United Neighbors. Solar United Neighbors has twelve (and counting!) state programs andhas facilitated hundreds of solar co-ops across these states.Other local organizations will be invited to become local partners.How can a County be involved? Elected officials can become public spokes persons with the media and other audiences.Government officials can sponsor a co-op and provide funding through a contract or grant.(Note: Orange County, Hillsborough and Broward County have signed contracts. Miami-DadeCounty and St. Petersburg pay for a Solar United Neighbors of Florida coordinator positiondedicated to facilitating co-ops in that area.)Government officials can publicize the co-op through a variety of communication channels.Government officials can provide space for “Solar Information Meetings” designed toeducate the public about the benefits of solar.Elected and other government officials can lead by example and become members of the solarco-op.What is the track record of solar co-ops in Florida? St. Petersburg Co-op (2016) Mayor Kriseman endorsedOrange County Co-op (2016) Mayor Jacobs spearheaded and fundedBrevard County Co-op (2016) Brevard County Commission & Satellite Beach Mayor endorsedSarasota County Co-op (2017) City of Sarasota endorsed
East and West Broward County Co-op (2017) Sponsored by County’s Environmental ProtectionDept.Miami-Dade County Co-op’s (2017-2018) Green Corridor District sponsored 6 co-opsMiami-Dade County Co-ops (2017) Cities of Miami, South Miami, Miami Shores Village and MiamiDade County pass resolutions of support for co-opsMiami-Dade County Co-ops (2017) Cities of Miami, South Miami, Miami Shores Village, and Townof Surfside passes ordinance to waive solar permitting feesSt. Johns County Co-op (2017) St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver endorsedVolusia County Co-op (2017) City of DeLand, DeLand Mayor Apgar endorsedPinellas County Co-op (2017) City of Dunedin, Safety Harbor and Tarpon Springs endorsedHillsborough County Co-op (2017) Sponsored by County Commissioner Pat Kemp, funded byHillsborough CountyPalm Beach County (2017) Endorsed by City of West Palm Beach and Mayor’s Office ofSustainabilityLeon County Co-op (2018) County Commissioner Dozier endorses, BOCC and City of Tallahasseepass Proclamation of SupportMiami-Dade County Co-ops (2018) Miami Springs, Doral, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, and MiamiBeach passes ordinance to waive solar permitting feesMiami-Dade County Co-ops (2018) Miami Springs passes a resolution in support of co-opsCitrus County Co-op (2018) County Commissioners pass Resolution of SupportFranklin-Bay Co-op (2018) supported by City of ApalachicolaSt. Petersburg (2018) funds a St. Pete Co-op Coordinator F/T position and three co-opsOrange County (2018) gov’t fully funds two co-ops; Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs wentsolar with co-op; 3 County Commissioners joinOrange County (2018) Orange County achieve Gold status with SolSmartHighlands County (2018) BOCC passes Resolution of Support; City Councilman Lowrance andDeputy Mayor of Avon Park endorseSarasota Co-op (2018) Sarasota County and City of Sarasota endorsesMiami United Teachers of Dade (2018) forms the first affinity group co-opPolk County Co-op (2018) endorsed by City of Lake Wales and Bartow, as well as Polk CountyBOCCPalm Beach (2018) endorsed by City of Boca Raton, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach and BoyntonBeachBroward County (2019) funds Broward County Solar Co-op. City of Coconut Creek passesResolution of Support.Miami-Dade County Employees Co-op (2019) is geared toward employees and departments hostinfo sessionsSeminole County (2019) City of Oviedo passes Resolution of Support, City of Altamonte Springshosts launchSpace Coast (2019) Titusville City Council Member Robert Jordan and Cocoa City Council MemberLorraine Koss endorse; City of Cocoa Beach sponsors info session; City of Cocoa passes Resolutionof Support and waives permitting fees.Orlando (2019) City of Orlando sponsors 2 co-ops as part of the American Climate Cities ChallengeSt. Petersburg (2020) City of St. Pete sponsors 2 co-ops as part of the American Climate CitiesChallengeHillsborough County (2020) funds a co-opCity of Maitland and City of Winter Park partner on the Orlando Solar Co-op 2020Green Corridor District funds 3 South FL co-ops 2020 – 2021
For more information:Heaven CampbellProgram Associate, Solar United Neighbors of [email protected]
What is the RooftopSolar Challenge?Net Metering — Conduct outreach to localutilities regarding net metering standards andconduct research into restrictive interconnectionrequirements across the State of Florida.The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched theRooftop Solar Challenge to accelerate significantimprovements in market conditions for rooftopsolar photovoltaic (PV) projects. This nationwideeffort engages local and state governmentsalong with utilities, installers, non-governmentalorganizations, and others to make solar energymore accessible and affordable.The Go SOLAR Team is working to reduceadministrative barriers to residential and smallcommercial PV solar installations by streamlining,standardizing, and digitizing administrativeprocesses. Complex permitting processes increasethe cost of solar energy systems and limit thegrowth of the solar industry. The objective ofthe Challenge is to make the process of goingsolar simpler, faster, and more cost effective forresidents and businesses.Phase I runs through February 2013. Awardeeswho demonstrate significant progress across allfour action areas will then be eligible to receiveadditional funding to help our entire region GoSOLAR.Join the Go SOLAR Team!Streamlined SolarAccording to the DOE, non-hardware, or soft costsassociated with processes such as StandardizedPermitting and interconnection make up as muchas 40 percent of the total installed cost of a rooftopPV system. The Go SOLAR Team is implementingprocess improvements in four action areas:Permitting and Interconnection — Develop andmake available best practices for streamlining andstandardizing permitting and interconnectionprocesses.Financing — Investigate potential financingoptions for the installation of rooftop photovoltaic(PV) systems in residential and small commercialstructures, identify the benefits and challengesof each option and provide information tostakeholders.Planning and Zoning— Identify restrictive zoningordinances and develop best practices regardingmore favorable provisions.T he Go SOLAR Team has formed four committeesin the areas of: Standardized Permitting Financing Planning and Zoning OutreachIf you want to participate, please [email protected].
BUILDING DIVISIONSOLAR PANEL CHECKLISTPHONE: 954.797.2066 FAX: 954.797.1086 WWW.DAVIE-FL.GOVRequired Forms: Building Permit Application Signed and Notarized Addendum Form by Contractor and Owner. A Notice of Commencement must be recorded if the job exceeds 2,500. If permit submitted as an Owner Builder provide Owner Builder Disclosure Statement. Copy of contract if job value is greater than 5,000. If the contractor has a Workers’ Compensation Exemption, a Workers CompensationExempt Letter is required if exempt. Copy of Property Search/Ownership from the Broward County Property AppraisersOffice WWW.BCPA.NET.Required Permit Applications: Structural Electrical Plumbing (If applicable)Permit Review Stops: Structural Electrical Planning & Zoning Plumbing (If applicable)Minimum Plan Submittal: Provide one (1) original and two (2) copies of a signed/sealed survey (do not reduce or increasesize). Provide an executed Survey Affidavit form if the survey is older than two (2) years and ifthere have been no changes to the property. Provide two (2) site plans (and building elevations, if applicable) clearly indicating the location ofproposed work with dimensions and setbacks. Please note that all work must be highlighted onthe site plans (i.e. fencing, driveways, generators, etc.). Provide an executed Hold Harmless utility easement agreement form if proposed work is locatedwithin such easements. Provide an executed Tree Affidavit form if proposed work does not conflict with existing tree(s). Provide the applicable drainage district approvals if proposed work is located within drainagerelated easements.
BUILDING DIVISIONSOLAR PANEL CHECKLISTPHONE: 954.797.2066 FAX: 954.797.1086 WWW.DAVIE-FL.GOV Two (2) sets of dedicated electrical and structural plans. Two (2) completed Special Inspector forms for all P.V plans that propose more than 1 panel. Electrical plans shall have a schematic showing all system components labeled, wire sizes,grounding, circuit sizing, overcurrent protection, and disconnect location complete with signageand location of signage.Other Requirements: Solar contractors cannot install electrical portion. Electrical contractors can install solar panels and electrical portion. Follow the guidelines of Broward County Rule of Boards and Appeal of on PV solar procedures.Submittal Fees:Residential/Commercial: 0.75% of construction value or minimum fee of 25.00.
57 co-op programs are either completed or underway. Over 1,600 homeowners have gone solar through a Florida co-op. Solar United Neighbors of Florida is a program of a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Washington D.C., Solar United Neighbors. Solar United Neighbors has t