What is Solar Ready II?

Solar Ready Florida is a collaborative effort to improve and expand the solar market in the Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida regions, including the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Ft. Myers/Naples metropolitan areas. Led by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) and the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council (SWFRPC), Solar Ready Florida strives to implement solar best management practices, training materials and additional proven implementation strategies. Together, with support from our local governments, Solar Ready Florida will achieve more streamlined and standardized solar practices, resulting in measurable improvement in the area’s solar market conditions.

Solar Ready Florida’s lead organizations, TBRPC and SWFRPC, have partnered with the National Association of Regional Councils, the Mid-America Regional Council, Meister Consultants Group, the Council of State Governments and seven other regional councils on the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge. Nationally, this project will ultimately achieve measurable improvements in solar market conditions, will engage 40,000 residents through online consumer market research panels, and will provide new solar market access for ten million people across the U.S.

    In the Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida regions, Solar Ready Florida is working toward:

  • Streamlining permitting processes and eliminating unnecessary regulatory barriers while continuing to uphold the safety, health, and welfare of our communities
  • Expanding the availability of financing for solar projects
  • Lowering adoption costs to make it even more affordable for our regions’ residents and businesses to install solar

    Solar energy has the potential to provide important benefits to our economy. Solar energy:

  • Creates jobs – Florida added 1,500 jobs in the solar industry in 2013, a 60 percent increase in just one year. Florida now ranks 7th in the U.S. in solar industry employment.
  • Creates economic value – solar energy is a $12 billion industry in the U.S. Has the potential to add economic value to currently underutilized rooftops, brownfields, and landfills.

Solar Ready Florida seeks to engage key solar electric stakeholders in this process, including city and county governments, solar contractors and other solar industry groups, electric utilities, business leaders, and interested citizens. If you or your organization, agency, or business would like to be a part of Solar Ready Florida, click here to provide your information so that you can stay up-to-date on the latest Solar Ready Florida activities.