The Go SOLAR Fest Was a Shining Success!
The Go SOLAR Fest proved to be a success as more than 1,220 attendees, 54 exhibitors and 37 speakers showed up to the Broward County Convention Center on January 25-26, for the inaugural event. Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs kicked off the program along with U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz who spoke about the importance of expanding the use of renewable energies. Broward County Commissioners Martin David Kiar, Chip LaMarca and Dale V.C. Holness also spoke about the potential economic benefits of renewable energies for Broward County as well as the region.
The exciting event offered solar and electrical contractors, installers and residents interested in bringing more solar energy to South Florida a unique opportunity to hear from the experts about recent advances in permitting, financing, solar rights, zoning, net metering and interconnection.
Dear Go SOLAR Fest Attendees,
On behalf of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, I would like to welcome you to Broward County’s Go SOLAR Fest.
Today, you’ll learn about the accomplishments of the Go SOLAR Program, a U.S. Department of Energy Rooftop Solar Challenge Grant project. On February 14, 2012, Broward County, with the help of its 14 participating partner cities, became the only local government awarded this Department of Energy grant within the Southeastern United States. The primary aim of this grant is to spur solar-power deployment through streamlining the permitting processes and cutting through the red tape.
Over 50 exhibitors sharing the newest solar and renewable energy technologies are participating in this event. Speakers from a variety of backgrounds will be sharing different aspects of the solar industry, including successes and ongoing challenges.
This event is an exciting opportunity to promote solar within Broward County, showcase Broward County and its partners’ successes, and lay the groundwork for future solar-related grants. We are so thrilled that you are partaking in the Go Solar initiative, and we look to you for assistance as we aim to accomplish the goal of renewable energy here in Broward County and our region at large.
Kristin Jacobs, Mayor
Broward County Florida
Congressional Record Letter
Congressman Ted Deutch provided a Congressional Record stating, “The Go SOLAR Broward Rooftop Challenge provides an important service to the county by making solar power more accessible to local residents and businesses."
The Go Solar Fest had 37 speakers ranging from local, state and federal government officials, solar industry, financial institutions, academia, legal experts, insurance companies, local utilities, engineering companies, and businesses shared with attendees recent advances in permitting, financing, solar rights, zoning, net metering, and interconnection. A series of panel discussions provided a blueprint for successful renewable energy applications and how to advance solar statewide and as a nation.
Presentations available here.