The City of Coral Gables is encouraging our residents/businesses to use alternative forms of energy.
2022 Miami-Dade Solar Co-op
A solar co-op is a group of homeowners that bundle their buying power to secure a volume discount on rooftop solar PV systems. They use free-market principles to solicit competitive bids from area solar installers in order to secure the best price, and ensure a quality product. The Miami-Dade Solar Co-op is organized by Solar United Neighbors - a nonprofit organization. Co-ops are cost and commitment-free for Miami-Dade homeowners interested in solar energy. Co-ops focus on education, consumer protection, advocacy and support in going solar. For information on the Co-op, or to learn more visit SolarUnitedNeighbors.org/Miami
***Upgrade your Home or Business’s Energy Efficiency with PACE Financing***
Did you know that as a resident or commercial business in the City of Coral Gables you may qualify for financing to make improvements to your buildings that can lower utility bills, reduce annual repair and maintenance costs, decrease insurance premiums and increase the property’s market value? The City of Coral Gables is a member of the Clean Energy Green Corridor Program, an initiative currently available for commercial and residential property owners to implement energy efficiency upgrades through Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing.
PACE financing allows residential or commercial property owners to finance renewable energy and efficiency upgrades over the long term through a voluntary property tax assessment. Eligible improvements may include solar panels, hurricane windows and shutters, roof strengthening measures, air conditioning and heating systems, water heaters, weatherproofing, insulation, pool pumps and much more. These improvements, in turn, can lower utility bills, increase the home’s value, lower hurricane insurance costs, and improve the quality of the residence.
Visit www.coralgables.com/PACE for more information.
Coral Gables Achieves SolSmart Silver Designation
Coral Gables has received silver designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier, & more affordable for homes & businesses to go solar. Coral Gables is taking strides to encourage solar energy growth and remove obstacles to solar development. SolSmart Silver signals that Coral Gables is “open for solar business.”
SolSmart is led by The Solar Foundation, International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and the U.S. DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office. As a SolSmart designee, Coral Gables is helping solar companies reduce the cost of installations and pass those savings on to consumers. This allows more local homes and businesses to obtain affordable, clean, and reliable electricity through solar. This will help encourage solar companies to do business in the area, driving economic development and creating local jobs.
City Solar Achievements:A solar submittal checklist was developed to help streamline the permitting process.
Interested in Solar? Below are 8 steps to installing solar panels on your home or business. For more information, please visit requirements for solar installations.
The City of Coral Gables has made environmental sustainability and adaptation and mitigation efforts to address climate change and sea level rise a top priority. This is evident in the City creating a 10-year sustainability master plan which outlines the City goals and objectives to decrease energy, water, fossil fuel use along with greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2025. Within the sustainability plan, there are renewable energy projects that include installing solar on a number of our existing facilities (installing solar thermal systems at our 3 fire stations and a 140 kWh solar system on our Youth Center). The City has also incorporated renewable energy and sustainability into its 3-year strategic plan which sets and tracks intermediate goals aimed at increasing operational efficiency while reducing environmental impacts.
Below are a few additional projects that the City has implemented that focus specifically on renewable energy:
As is evident above, the City of Coral Gables is committed to transitioning our operations to renewable energy. In conjunction, the City is encouraging the community to transition as well.