Coral Gables Commissioner Vince Lago of Coral Gables reports he has gone solar:
I have always been cognizant that Eye on Miami has been a proponent of sustainable living which includes options like solar and other green opportunities. In that regard, I am proud to inform the Blog about the much anticipated completion of adding solar panels to my home. For years, I have recognized the advantages of using solar power for sustainable living. Now, I finally have the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits that come along with it.As Vince goes solar (he proposed the Resolution waving the permit fees in the city) Mayor Jim Cason is concerned with sea level rise. Mayor Cason made a presentation at Empower Capable Climate Communicators on Feb. 28th. He showed the audience how Coral Gables is using Maps to plan and prepare for sea level rise. The City has had two sea level rise symposiums, supported by the entire Commission, hosted by Commissioner Pat Keon and FIU. They are having a third one soon.
By using the local financing program YGRENE, I was able to deflect the upfront costs of this project. To make matters even more convenient, recently, the City of Coral Gables passed a resolution which waives all permit fees for solar panel installations, and helps expedite the permit process. There were a few steps I took before installing the panels. First, I ensured my home was running on energy efficient appliances, LEED light fixtures and improved the insulation. At that point, my monthly energy usage was reduced to an average of $8.75 a month. Then, I sealed the deal with YGRENE, who offered immediate financing for energy efficient home improvements. In sum, I was able to install a total of thirty-eight US made Solarworld Solar panels. Ultimately, these panels will offset my electric use, and my total FPL bill should be $0. My home will even produce power for the electric car I plan to purchase later on this year.
With all of the local incentives along with a 30% ITC federal tax rebate, there has never been a better time to go solar!
BTW, Vince Lago also proposed the Ordinance banning styrofoam that the State is rejecting. The City hasn't given up though, they recently passed a retroactive clause. Most of these green initiatives pass unanimously according to Vince.
A gold star to Coral Gables, now it is my suggestion that the City Beautiful join with the other Municipalities opposing the FPL mega power lines that will be going through Coral Gables. I am pretty sure they will be but I could be wrong.