Going Green!

The City of South Miami's Go Green Initiative promotes and encourages environmental responsibility in our community.

Green Corridor and the PACE Program

The City has launched a monumental green initiative that has taken not only local cities by storm, but the State, too. The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, enables property owners to borrow money to buy solar panels, wind generators, insulation or shutters for their homes. The Green Corridor consists of the following municipalities: South Miami, Coral Gables, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, and Cutler Bay.

The City of South Miami was recently successful in its efforts to gain legislative authority to create a district to provide a Financing Initiative for Renewable and Solar Technology (FIRST).

Essentially, the bill would allow citizens in certain areas to voluntarily opt-in to a program in which the district loans the money to pay the initial cost associated with the installation of an alternative energy-producing device, and then subsequently the property owner would repay the cost over time.

Bonds are issued by the special district and backed by property tax liens on the residences of owners who are awarded Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans from the bond pool. The property owner repays the loan over a 10, 15 or 20-year period through an increase on their annual property taxes approximately equal to one-twentieth of the loan plus interest. For many homeowners, the annual energy cost savings they will realize from the retrofitting will exceed the cost of the annual repayment costs.

The City believes that a public purpose will be served by a special assessment program that provides a local governing entity or entities the authority to finance the installation of renewable energy sources that are permanently fixed to real property.

For additional information please visit the Ygrene Works website by clicking the logo below:

Ygrene Energy Fund

We are laying the groundwork for our children and future residents to continue enjoying our City and parks, clean air and water, and all the other wonderful amenities South Miami's environment has to offer.

The City of South Miami has pulled together a number of resources to help residents and businesses learn about "going green."

Pollution & Recycling

Global Climate Changes

Food and Household

Transportation & Energy
Home Improvement

Green Business Certification Program
Community Wide Energy Efficiency Challenge 
GIS Data, Air Quality Index, Results of Water Quality Testing
Advanced Stormwater Controls and Waterfront Considerations
Chemical Reuse Distribution Centers
Educational Materials for Businesses

If you are interested in becoming more energy independent, are interested in providing solar energy for your home and would like to be considered for possible inclusion in this progressive funding mechanism, we would like to hear from you.