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Ten ways Florida cities can go solar

New toolkit offers best practices for local communities to harness the power of the sun
For Immediate Release.

Tallahassee, FL -- America’s cities and towns continue to be best-positioned to lead the clean energy revolution. To aid those efforts, Environment Florida Research and Policy Center has released an updated toolkit, Ten Ways Your Community Can Go Solar, that offers practical ways for localities to take advantage of the millions of rooftops across Florida and adopt more solar energy. 

“Solar energy is clean, abundant, close to home and more affordable than ever. It should be a no-brainer for Florida communities to go solar,” said Ryann Lynn, an advocate for Environment Florida Research and Policy Center. “Some of our cities, including Tallahassee, are already forging ahead with tried and true policies that quickly bring the benefits of solar. We want to help other cities learn from those examples and continue propelling the transition to renewable energy. ” 

Ten Ways Your Community Can Go Solar details how cities can lead by example, expand access, remove obstacles and work with other institutions to harness solar energy. It also includes case studies where these policies have been successful. Environment Florida Research and Policy Center is also holding a webinar series with its national partner Environment America to discuss these tactics.

The toolkit is part of Environment Florida Research and Policy Center’s ongoing work to encourage solar energy adoption. The state group has helped organize a bipartisan group of more than 300 mayors from across the country, including 24 in Florida, that have signed onto a statement calling for more solar energy to power American communities.

"When it comes to solar energy in our cities, progress is contagious," said Ben Sonnega, Go Solar campaign associate with Environment Florida Research and Policy Center. "But some places need help getting started, or have hit roadblocks at some step along the way. Even the top solar cities could take their energy leadership to another level. We want to give communities the tools to achieve their full solar potential."

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Environment Florida Research & Policy Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to protecting Florida’s air, water, and open spaces. We investigate problems, craft solutions, educate the public and decision-makers, and help people make their voices heard in local, state and national debates over the quality of our environment and our lives.