Miami-Dade moves to rip off red tape that blocked the sun; Goes for the Gold!

Permitting delays made it hard for families to go solar.

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 in 2018. Commissioners listened. In September, 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.

The Miami-Dade County Commission will be voting March 5 on an ordinance (file number 190383) that will allow them to move forward and earn Gold status in solar permitting through the Department of Energy’s SolSmart program. This piece of legislation, recommended by SolSmart, defines solar as an allowed accessory structure and exempts solar energy systems from the building height calculation in all residential zones.

Please send a message to your Commissioner letting them know you support this ordinance and the County’s efforts to streamline permitting which makes it easier and less costly for homeowners to go solar. Feel free to add your own comments to personalize your message.

 

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