Broward County and a group of Florida partners have received a $1.575 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to expand the use of solar energy, especially on rooftops.
The money will help with efforts over the next two and a half years that range from technical assistance to new financing programs and a solar energy festival.
The grant went to a Go-SOLAR-Florida team that includes six counties, nine Broward cities, the city of Venice in Sarasota County, the Florida Solar Energy Center and Florida Atlantic University.
The partners aim to make it easier and more affordable to go solar, reducing soft or “plug-in” costs by streamlining permit processes, updating planning and zoning codes, improving standards for connecting solar power to the electric grid and increasing access to financing, members said.
The grant builds on $673,000 in funding to Broward that led to streamlined permitting and a solar festival in January. A second Go SOLAR Fest is set for June 6-7 in Fort Lauderdale.
For more information on the festival, go to broward.org/gogreen/gosolar.,