By:Tori Lynn Schneider Tallahassee Democrat
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey came together in front of City Hall Monday afternoon to highlight clean energy.
Fried issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 21-25 as National Clean Energy Week in Florida.
“Energy affects all of us. Energy produces food that we eat, powers devices and homes, moves us throughout our communities and drives our economy,” Fried said at a press conference.
Dailey touted a list of Tallahassee’s green energy initiatives, including the Tallahassee International Airport’s solar farm, the largest airport-based solar farm in the world.
“We continue to be a pioneer when it comes to sustainability,” Dailey said.
The mayor put a spotlight on the city’s electric bus fleet which provides transportation for Florida State University and that all of Tallahassee’s municipal buildings are powered by solar, including the C.K. Steele Bus Plaza where those electric buses power up.
“We are actually running not only our entire campus fleet on electric vehicles but they’re being powered by solar energy,” Dailey said. “It is pretty amazing what we’re doing here in Tallahassee.”
StarMetro Transit Services Supervisor Kenneth Strong drove one of the “Seminole Express” electric buses to the City Hall where it served as the backdrop for the press conference.
Fried, who oversees the state’s Office of Energy, also said her administration has revitalized that agency “with new focus on energy efficiency, climate change and low-income energy equity.”
That office recently announced $1 million in low-income residential energy-efficient grants and $2 million for a wastewater plant energy grant program.