City of West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio has signed a letter of commitment for the SunShot Initiative. The move is in support of Palm Beach County’s grant proposal which is headed for the U.S. Department of Energy.
The funding would be used to remove barriers that make solar energy more costly and therefore, discourage its use. The grant’s title specifies its goal, “Palm Beach County renewable energy streamlining and standardization initiative.”
The project would bring together 14 municipalities, including West Palm Beach, as well as Florida Power and Light and utility and solar industry leaders. Keeping permitting costs low for green energy projects as well as prompt review and approval would be primary goals.
Mayor Muoio believes a comprehensive green energy strategy has many benefits, “The most obvious benefactor is our environment. But the jobs created as the components are manufactured and installed will also boost the local economy. And those who go green will realize a great reduction in energy costs over time. It’s really a win-win for West Palm Beach and the county as a whole.”
Palm Beach County has a population of 1.3 million and West Palm Beach has over 100,000 residents so this latest green energy initiative can have a significant impact in South Florida.