Rooftop solar panels are becoming a common sight in South Miami, in part because of the efforts of one teen. Eighteen-year-old Miami native Delaney Reynolds is a freshman at the University of Miami. Two years ago, she learned that several cities in California have laws that mandate rooftop solar panels on new homes.
Reynolds: “I thought that that was an excellent idea for our state, especially because we’re the so-called sunshine state. I figured we have to make something like this here in south Florida.”
Reynolds sent a letter proposing the idea to almost a dozen mayors. South Miami’s Mayor Phillip Stoddard responded and offered to mentor her through the process of drafting the ordinance. Together, they reworked the California laws to fit local construction codes.
Last July, South Miami passed the ordinance, and it took effect in September. Now, any new homes built in the city – as well as major renovations – must include solar panels.
So, because “We Care”™ we now are forcing to add several thousands of dollars extra in cost to new constructions or if you happen to need a new roof. Where we spend lots of power and therefore money in South Florida is in Air Conditioning. Our “winter” electrical bill without the AC running is a pittance compared with the rest of the year and we have a very efficient unit cooling the house. If you try to have enough solar panels to run your normal AC unit found in South Florida, you will be spending up to three times what you use in grid power.
And let us not forget that your insurance will go up because we have this recurrent events called Tropical Storms and Hurricanes that make their appearance occasionally in our areas.
But, hey! The Good Feels come first. And we get to be cool like California.