Climate & Energy

Installed Solar (PV) Citywide

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1,216

kilowatts/year
Result for 2017

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Climate & Energy

Installed Solar (PV) Citywide

Other Data Other Data

1,216

kilowatts/year
Result for 2017

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. There is no data available as of yet for the 2017 solar installations, but the data will be updated as soon as it becomes available. In the future, the Office of Sustainability, working closely with the Building Services department, will track solar energy installation via solar permits, which will detail the number of kilowatts installed on residential and commercial projects. This measure will be reported on an annual basis. Target goals have not yet been established but will be formatted once more data becomes available and feasibility is demonstrated. The draft target is to double the number of kilowatts of installed solar within the city limits by the end of 2018.

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.

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Explanation of Performance

Currently, this measure represents a small fraction of kilowatts of energy production (1216 kW) in comparison to the City’s electricity consumption. This metric will be much easier to quantify in coming years, as the City’s updated solar permitting process becomes available in 2018 and will track the number of kW installed on new solar projects. The City of West Palm Beach was awarded a SolSmart Gold designation in January 2018. Through the City's efforts in removing solar code ordinance barriers and developing an expedited solar permitting process, West Palm Beach has become 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.

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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