Solar Energy in Deerfield Beach
As of March of 2019, the City of Deerfield Beach currently has 62 solar panels installed on the Central City Campus facility, for a total of a 14.88 kW rooftop system.
Implementing more solar projects fits well within the City’s strategic priorities outlined by the Strategic Plan. To fulfill these priorities, the City plans to continue expanding its solar capacity and encourage others in the community to do the same.
Deerfield Beach Strategic Priorities
- Promote and protect a prosperous atmosphere for residents, businesses and visitors
- Cultivate an environment that promotes and protects a high quality of life for residents and businesses
- Develop infrastructure, facilities and organizational capacity for a sustainable community
To further our solar goals, the City has partnered with an advisor to achieve SolSmart Designation. SolSmart is a national designation program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. SolSmart designed to recognize communities that have taken key steps to address local barriers and “soft costs” to implementing solar energy.
Permitting Solar Projects
If you are considering a solar energy project, the links below will help you get through the permitting process.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
The PACE program is a financing option for energy efficiency and conservation projects available to both homeowners and business owners in Broward County.
Property owners have the choice between 6 private finance providers (PACE Providers). Property owners voluntarily agree to the program terms for financing, and repay through a non-ad valorem special assessment added to their annual property tax bill. Therefore, however you pay your annual property taxes (for example, direct lump-sum payment or from an escrow account) is how your PACE project will be paid back.
Qualifying improvements include: rooftop solar panels, solar water heater, energy efficient air conditioning unit, cool roof, impact windows, insulation, and more. In general, most products that can be permanently affixed to a property and reduce on-site electric usage, assist in hurricane protection, and/or produce onsite renewable electricity.
For questions regarding specific qualifying improvements, financing terms, and list of contractors, contact the individual PACE Providers.
For more information on PACE in Broward County, click here.
Florida Solar Laws
Florida law forbids any entity- including homeowner associations- from prohibiting the installation of solar or other renewable energy devices on Florida buildings. An association may require approval of a system installation, and may establish restrictions for installations. However, any such restrictions must be reasonable, not arbitrary, and applied in a uniform manner for all association members. Also, any restrictions must not have the effect of impairing the performance or increasing the cost of a solar system.
In particular, a homeowner association may not prevent the installation of solar collectors on the roof of a home. The association may determine where on the roof the collectors may be installed, so long as the collectors face within 45 degrees of due south. Finally, any requirement(s) that a system be screened from view by trees, fences, ground mounting racks, or a remote roof location that is hidden from the street, will generally violate the statute: Title XI 163.04
What is Net Metering?
In Florida, net metering rules were adopted in 2008. Net metering allows utility customers who connect approved, renewable generation systems – such as solar photovoltaic system – to the electric grid to sell electricity back to the utility company up to 2MW.
When customers generate electricity from their solar array for their home or business it may reduce the amount of energy they need to purchase from the utility and may lower their monthly electricity bills. If their system produces more energy than they need, the excess power is sold back to the grid. That amount of energy is deducted from their monthly bill or credited toward a future bill in the same calendar year.
To be eligible, a home or business owner needs to apply with the utility company and have their electric meter replaced with one that measures excess power supplied to the grid.
Solar PV is new to many of our city’s residents. Please click on link below which can help you make informed solar PV purchasing decision.
IREC Clean Energy Bill of Rights