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Solar Power

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We receive over 3,000 hours of sunshine in a year in Fort Lauderdale.  Besides soaking up those rays on the beach, there are other uses for the sun's light.  The City recognizes the need to take advantage of the naturally occurring sunlight and harvest it to produce clean energy.  Fort Lauderdale participates in the GoSolar Broward Rooftop Solar Challenge and also has its own initiatives to promote the use of solar power such as installing solar-powered parking meters throughout the City.

Solar Parking Meter Las Olas South side

The Go Solar Broward Rooftop Solar Challenge is part of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative and it works to make installing rooftop solar photovoltaics easier, faster, and more affordable for homeowners and businesses.  As a resident of the City of Fort Lauderdale, you are able to apply for a permit to install solar panels online after registering for an online account.

The City started installing solar-powered meters back in 2002 and since then has installed over 300 solar multiple space parking meters.  The solar-powered meters accept cash or credit cards and are can be found at on-street parking or at the beach parking lots for example.



GoSolar Logo  The Broward Go Solar Rooftop Solar Challenge program empowers teams to undertake initiatives that make it easier and more affordable for Americans to go solar, reducing “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.
 U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national effort that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade. Through SunShot, DOE supports efforts by private companies, academia, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity to $0.06 per kilowatt-hour.



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