South Florida RPC Partners on Solar Initiative
The South Florida RPC recently received a grant to host the SolSmart national technical assistance and designation program. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technology Office, recognizes local governments for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for residents and businesses to use solar. As a host for the SolSmart program, the South Florida RPC will work with a SolSmart Advisor to provide no-cost technical assistance to municipalities and counties to become “open for solar businesses.”
These communities will receive information and best practices to incorporate efficiencies like simplified permitting and inspection and solar-friendly ordinances in order to make it easier for homeowners and businesses to “go solar”. The technical assistance provided spans permitting; planning, zoning, and development regulations; inspections; solar rights; utility engagement; community engagement; and market development and finance. The SolSmart Advisor consults with planners, building services, sustainability managers, inspectors and plan examiners in order to evaluate existing local government policies and processes and apply industry-leading best practices to help these communities achieve designation. The SolSmart program is funded through July 2019.
Apalachee RPC was recently awarded a Community Planning Technical Assistance grant by the Department of Economic Opportunity to create a regional online mapping resource for Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Liberty, and Wakulla counties. The website will host interactive culture, environmental, planning, and demographic maps.
Tampa Bay RPC Hosts U.S. Army Corps of Engineers