The First Transition:
Satellite Beach’s City Hall and Civic Center are the first municipal structures within the City to host a solar array. As per the City’s Sustainability Action Plan, which calls for all municipal buildings to be powered by solar energy by 2037, City Hall and the Civic Center were designated to be the first buildings to have solar due to their civil importance and extensive public use. ESA Renewables began construction on the municipal complex's two roofs in July of 2018, designing and building a 232-panel array that has an average output of 83 kilowatts, allowing for a 90% reduction of historical kilowatt hours purchased each year. Energy data from the array, which has been rated to withstand wind speeds of up to 160 mph, is available to the public in the form of a flat screen display in the lobby of City Hall.
The array was first turned on at 12:00 pm on Thursday, September 27, 2018. This installation makes Satellite Beach's City Hall the first in Brevard County to have solar panels powering its operations.