Clearwater's Greenprint 2.0
Being Green, Saving $

 

In 2011, Clearwater Greenprint, the City's sustainability plan, was adopted through the help of many residents, businesses, and city staff members. Clearwater Greenprint created a vision to make the city of Clearwater a vibrant community for current residents and future generations. In 2021, Clearwater Greenprint 2.0 was unanimously adopted and published to advance that vision.  You can view Greenprint 2.0 here: Greenprint 2.0 

 

With Greenprint 2.0, residents, business, churches, and non-profits now have the city as a key partner to be greener and save money.  Below are key actions the city and others are taking to be more sustainable and at the same time, save significant amounts of money.  A win-win for our city.

Saving $ with Energy Efficiencies

Starting in 2022, the city approved a new partnership with Cenergistic to reduce the city’s energy bill by an estimated $8 million over 5 years.  The Pinellas County School District has partnered with Cenergistic to deliver over $35 million since 2015.  Of course, energy savings will help deliver CO2 emission reductions as well.

Saving $ with Solar

The city is in the process of installing/planning solar on city buildings, to lower electric bills and reduce emissions.  Solar offers a great return on investment, more now than ever, given the low cost of solar and higher energy costs.  Here is a quick summary of the projects that are planned:

  • Imagine Clearwater / Coachman park - over 200 solar panels planned.

  • Fire stations - newly constructed fire stations (including Clearwater Beach) 

  • Solar study - An analysis is expected to be completed soon in 2022 on which existing buildings the city should prioritize for solar.

Solar savings for Residents, Businesses, Churches, non-profits

As of the end of 2021, over 1,000 solar installations have been completed and/or permitted in Clearwater.  The 1,000+ installations are saving customers an estimated $1.8 million in electric bills each year and reducing emissions equivalent to 1.2 million gallons of gasoline annually.  

Solar tips and resources

Solar costs have fallen significantly over the last 10 years, but like any home related purchase, home owners should become educated on:

  • What is a good price?  You should always ask and get a quote with $ per watt price.

  • Get multiple quotes to compare.

  • Check references for installers.

  • If you are looking to finance, get educated and fully understand financing terms and any additional charges that might increase the total cost of your purchase.

  • Solar United Neighbors is a great resource.  They have run many co-ops in the Tampa Bay area, including Pinellas/Clearwater.  https://www.solarunitedneighbors.org/  Another solar co-op in the area is expected in 2022.

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Kathleen Beckman