Miami-Dade moves to rip off red tape that blocked the sun; Goes for the Gold!
For years, the solar permitting process in Miami-Dade was taking too long and made going solar more expensive than it should be. Instead of taking a few days, permits for solar were taking months. That’s why hundreds of homeowners and solar advocates across the county wrote to their commissioners asking them to improve solar permitting.
Commissioners listened. In September 2018, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to adopt a more streamlined permitting process for solar. Commissioners have instructed the county to go for the “Gold” solar permitting guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SolSmart program. Miami-Dade currently follows SolSmart’s lowest-level “Bronze” standards.
This piece of legislation was initially sponsored by Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava with Commissioner Eileen Higgins signed on as a co-sponsor. When it was presented by Commissioner Cava at the Infrastructure and Capital Improvements Committee, the remainder of the committee, comprised of Barbara J. Jordan, Joe A. Martinez, Jean Monestime and Rebecca Sosa, signed on unanimously as co-sponsors.
The Commission will be voting on May 7 to take the final step to earn Gold status. Specifically, they will decide on whether to allow rooftop solar installations as an accessory use in all zoning categories. This is a necessary legislative step for the county to adopt the solar permitting standards.
There won’t be an chance for public hearing at the May 7 meeting, but you can encourage the Commission to move forward by sending them an email. This is a great opportunity for solar homeowners and solar advocates to tell the Committee that you want them to reduce red tape and make it easier and less expensive for residents to go solar.