For Immediate Release
September 4, 2019
Contact: Clarisell De Cardenas
Advancing Solar Energy Growth
Miami Lakes, FL - The Town of Miami Lakes is receiving a “Bronze” designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar.
This designation recognizes the Town for taking bold steps to encourage solar energy growth and remove obstacles to solar development. For companies looking to expand, a SolSmart Bronze designation is a signal that the Town of Miami Lakes is “open for solar business.”
SolSmart is led by The Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. More than 200 cities, counties, and small towns have achieved SolSmart designation since the program launched in 2016.
As a SolSmart designee, the Town of Miami Lakes is helping solar companies greatly reduce the cost of installations and pass those savings on to consumers. This allows even more local homes and businesses to obtain affordable, clean, and reliable electricity through solar. The actions Miami Lakes has taken will help encourage solar companies to do business in the area, driving economic development and creating local jobs.
To receive designation, cities and counties make changes to their local processes to reduce the time and money it takes to install a solar energy system. This includes evaluating local permitting processes, as well as planning and zoning procedures.
The Town developed a solar submittal checklist to help streamline the permitting process. For more information on the city’s solar initiatives visit www.miamilakes-fl.gov/solar.