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.
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.