Creating an energy independent Pensacola
Pensacola has a long history of trailblazing when it comes to innovation. Throughout our history, we have experienced pivotal times when it is necessary to shed complacency and think big to preserve our future.
Today, Pensacola faces rising energy costs as we work to meet the demands of our rapidly growing city. The tools to solve these challenges are available and affordable today. Technologies like photovoltaic solar power are cost competitive, and market adoption continues to increase exponentially. Under our “Pensacola Shines” initiative, Pensacola will focus on a city-wide vision to promote solar and renewable energy in Pensacola.
Pensacola is committed to doing our part to ensure our children and grandchildren have an energy independent and sustainable future.
Here in Northwest Florida, thanks to the investments made by the Department of Defense and local utilities, we are among the largest solar energy producers east of the Mississippi. With these recent investments, the Pensacola region harnesses enough solar energy to power more than 18,000 homes across Northwest Florida, reducing carbon emissions by 139,000 tons per year.
As part of the initiative, we’ll implement incentives and opportunities for citizens to install solar panels on homes and businesses by waiving building permit fees for photovoltaic installations city-wide. A fast-track approval program for solar installations will also be established and the city will work to partner with lending institutions to provide low-interest loans for solar to residents and small business owners.
As part of a long-term strategic plan to commit City Hall to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, we’ll work with the city council to leverage state, federal and public funds resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to fund the installation of solar photovoltaic arrays atop City Hall and other city-owned buildings.
Every investment we make today in solar and renewables is an investment in the health and wellbeing of Pensacolians today and for years to come. Additionally, this energy independence initiative will save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars annually through reduced energy costs. Together, we can make Pensacola a leader in solar energy and secure our city’s place as a center of clean energy and innovation.