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In support of Largo’s strategic focus on sustainability, Largo City Commission recently voted to approve an organizational commitment to achieving 100 percent renewable, zero-emission energy by 2035. Largo will explore ways to reduce energy consumption and increase efficiencies through technology, building upgrades and retrofits. Largo’s commitment also includes supporting a community-wide transition to 100 renewable energy through stakeholder engagement and encouraging benefits for the most vulnerable in our community.


As you provide input on how both the organization and our community can move towards 100% renewable energy, please consider the following sustainability goals:


·Largo's strategic focus areas of Community Pride, Sustainability, and Public Health & Safety

·Balancing social, financial and environmental benefits

·Equitable environmental benefits throughout the community

·Technologies and ideas that are not only right, but are the right fit for the organization or our community


The City of Largo has committed to support the achievement of 100% renewable, zero-emission energy community-wide. As we begin to develop strategies and explore various ways to support these efforts, please consider:


·Community Stakeholder Groups

·Community Demographics and Needs

·Residents, Businesses, and Visitors

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Bret Shortridge 5 months ago

This may be slightly off topic. However, I do feel that it is intertwined with sustainability. I think that mandatory recycling for businesses in the city is a must. I've noticed at restaurants in the area they do not recycle, and they generate more trash than a typical family. Perhaps, a tax could be levied on them if they wish to not recycle and the tax could be used for the sustainability goal set by the city. We must, as a community, recycle more than we do, and we do it at a high number.

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John Burney 5 months ago
 I have seen several cities and universities over the years commit to complete renewable energy programs like this at some far off date. They never work out.
  It is a very difficult thing to do and requires large immediate and continuous expenditures of funds far beyond what the initial concept imagines. 
 What Largo will find is resistance to installing roof top solar from their maintenance group and increased costs from their insurance companies. Panels must withstand hurricane force winds, roof penetrations present a risk of leaks, insurance costs will increase.  Night time power demands require batteries. Batteries are off the charts expensive and require routing replacement. Most plans like this also underestimate the cost impact of growth on the original plan. 

On balance, solar pv prices are coming down to economic levels at the industrial/utility scale. Roof top solar in our state is particularly attractive for the shade/AC benefit. Reasonable goals are achievable. The best start might be to have all city buildings meet LEED Platinum certification. Focus on energy reduction first. Then set reasonable short term renewable energy goals starting with 2018. Then build from there. The long term goal makes great headlines, but because it is so far off it just never works out.

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