Renewable Energy

Using renewable energy to power homes, businesses, and local government buildings produces little to no greenhouse gas emissions and reduces air pollution compared with burning fossil fuels. In addition, renewable energy diversifies the energy supply, reduces our dependence on imported fuels, and creates economic development and jobs in manufacturing, installation, and more. Renewable energy typically includes solar energy, wind power, geothermal, biomass, etc. One of the most promising options for homes, businesses, and local governments is solar energy because the cost of installing solar has dropped dramatically since 2010.

Pensacola's Renewable Energy Initiatives

SolSmart is a national designation program recognizing cities, counties, and regional organizations that foster the development of mature local solar markets. SolSmart was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies office. The City of Pensacola was awarded SolSmart Gold designee in April of 2022. We are proud to be the first City in the Gulf Coast to receive the Gold designation from SolSmart and we will continue to strive to be a leader in renewable energy and sustainability. 


Community & Renewable Energy

If you are contemplating "going solar," please refer to the information below and the Building Inspections Solar webpage for things you may want to consider when installing a solar system in the City of Pensacola.

City of Pensacola solar permitting process

Solar Permitting Checklist

The solar permitting checklist provides the general steps for Pensacola's permitting, installation, and inspection processes. This resource also offers answers to some frequently asked questions.

Permit Applications

The applicable permits for a solar installation can be submitted online through the Building Inspection Department Online Permit Center MGO.

Permit Fees

Please refer to the Building Inspection Department Fee Schedule & Payment Methods page for up-to-date information.

Permit Status

To check on your solar permit status, please refer to the  Building Inspection Department Permit Tracker through MGO.

Historic Districts

When installing solar in one of Pensacola's Historic Districts, you will need to get written approval from the Planning & Zoning Department. In some cases, properties may also have to undergo an Abbreviated Review by our Architectural Review Board. For additional questions, contact the Planning and Zoning Department.