Climate & Energy

Installed Solar (PV) Citywide

Other Data Other Data

177

kilowatts/year
Result for Q4-18

Other Data Other Data

Climate & Energy

Installed Solar (PV) Citywide

Other Data Other Data

177

kilowatts/year
Result for Q4-18

Measure Description

This measure captures the total number of kilowatts of solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays that have been installed on properties within the City limits, including residential, commercial, non-profit, and municipal buildings. As of September 2018, the City now tracks kilowatts (kW) of solar PV potential energy, captured through the solar permits processed by Development Services. This measure will be reported on a quarterly basis. Target goals have not yet been established but will be formatted once more data becomes available and feasibility is demonstrated. The City of West Palm Beach was awarded a SolSmart Gold designation in January 2018 by removing solar code ordinance barriers and developing an expedited solar permitting process. West Palm Beach is the first city in the state of Florida with a one day solar permit approval. Going forward, the City’s Sustainability and GIS departments are working with an engineering consultant to evaluate city-owned buildings and facilities to prioritize the best locations for solar PV arrays. This dynamic mapping system will take rooftops, parking garage, vacant lots, and other spaces into consideration to determine the most sensible spaces for solar PV installation, which will help dramatically shorten the solar site evaluations and allow for an expedited installation process.

Measure Importance

Solar energy is one of South Florida’s most important tools needed to make the transition from conventional fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy. Due to abundant sunshine, decreasing installation costs, and associated incentives, solar energy is becoming a more feasible way to achieve greater overall reduction of greenhouse gas emissions within the city. Solar PV will help pave the way for the City to attain its goal to have net zero emissions by 2050 and renewable energy by 2035.

Measure Chart

Explanation of Performance

Currently, this measure represents a small fraction of kilowatts of energy production (177 kW) in comparison to the City’s electricity consumption, which is projected to rise over the coming years. The City of West Palm Beach was awarded a SolSmart Gold designation in January 2018 by removing solar code ordinance barriers and developing an expedited solar permitting process. West Palm Beach is the first city in the state of Florida with a one day solar permit approval. Going forward, the City’s Sustainability and GIS departments are working with an engineering consultant to evaluate city-owned buildings and facilities to prioritize the best locations for solar PV arrays. This dynamic mapping system will take rooftops, parking garage, vacant lots, and other spaces into consideration to determine the most sensible spaces for solar PV installation, which will help dramatically shorten the solar site evaluations and allow for an expedited installation process. The City hopes to increase solar energy community-wide in effort to contribute to the City’s net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 goal.


Status Indicator Definitions
On Target: Meets or exceeds expected performance
Watch: Falls close to expected performance
Below Target: Does not meet expectation; being monitored for improvement
Other Data: Data gathering only, no target

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