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The Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center has been activated and is closely monitoring Erika. For any updates about County facilities and services, please visit: http://www.miamidade.gov/emergency
Twenty-four seven access to reliable energy in Miami-Dade is critical to power buildings, equipment and vehicles that we depend upon every day. In fact, electricity and transportation together account for roughly 90 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Miami-Dade County. Sustaining our ability to use energy the way we do, absent a deliberate effort to increase efficiency and use alternative sources, is growing ever more challenging due to the costs to our economy and natural environment. These costs have long-term ramifications on the quality of life we want to maintain and pass along to future generations.
In 2009, the County was awarded $12.5 million in federal grant dollars through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG). This award allowed the County to implement 12 projects including energy management and construction projects, pilot programs, grants, and rebate programs; which assist in the creation of local green jobs. In addition, the County's Energy Efficiency Campaign includes programs that engage residents to practice, and support, a reduction in energy use and sustainable living.
The County has also developed the Miami-Dade County Electricity Master Plan , which provides a systemic approach to efficient energy use within Miami-Dade County government operations.
Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs (PACE)
Miami-Dade County homeowners, businesses and industries in unincorporated Miami-Dade County interested in solar panels, hurricane windows and other energy saving upgrades now have another financing option through the property assessed clean energy (PACE) program.
PACE allows property owners to receive upfront financing for a variety of energy-related home improvements, then repay the debt through voluntary assessments on their property tax bills. Approved third-party administrators will provide funding, and the assessment can be amortized over a period of five to up to 20 years, which allows for the cost savings resulting from the improvements to be used to pay back the annual amount owed.
PACE-funded improvements must be properly permitted and installed by licensed contractors, and they must meet applicable federal, state, and local energy, wind and building code standards.
Although the County has to authorize PACE programs to operate in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, the County does not administer or operate the programs in any way. All contractual PACE agreements are between property owners and the PACE district, a non-County entity.
Property owners may be able to select from one of the following Board of County Commissioners-approved PACE Districts.
Currently, the County has an agreement with one District and it is negotiating with several other PACE Districts. Details are provided below.
Authorized by Miami-Dade County to provide services in Unincorporated Miami-Dade County
- Green Corridor Property Assessment Clean Energy District
Currently under negotiation with Miami-Dade County
- Florida Resiliency and Energy District (FRED)
Go Solar Florida
The U.S. Department of Energy awarded Miami-Dade County and other Florida municipalities a 2.5-year, $1.575 million grant to make it easier for residents to obtain grid-tied solar installations.
Green Stimulus Work
Twelve projects being funded with federal grant dollars are currently underway in Miami-Dade County.
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