Gainesville Regional Utilities - Solar Water Heating Rebate Program

September 30, 2014


The Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) Solar Rebate Program, established in early 1997 as part of GRU's demand-side management initiatives, provides rebates of $500 to residential customers of GRU who install solar water heating systems. Customers must be an existing GRU customer using an electric water heater or natural gas water heater, where the natural gas is supplied by GRU. Both passive solar systems, which must be of the double-glazed integrated collector storage type, and closed-loop active solar systems are eligible for rebates.

To qualify for the rebate program, a solar system must have current Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) approval, the system's performance must have current FSEC certification, and contractors must be currently certified to install solar water heaters by the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board. The collector should be oriented to face within 45 degrees of due South and must be tilted between 15 and 40 degrees of horizontal, but collectors that are oriented and tilted in another direction can qualify for the rebate if they are pre-approved by GRU. A minimum 80-percent solar window evidenced by a valid Solar Pathfinder report is also required by GRU.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Florida
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Gainesville Regional Utilities
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
Incentive Amount: $500
Equipment Requirements: All systems must be guaranteed against freeze damage. System performance must be FSEC certified.
Installation Requirements: Systems must be installed by a contractor currently certified to install solar water heaters by the Florida Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation Construction Industry Licensing Board per Fla. Stat. § 489.105.


Name: Information - Energy and Business Services
Organization: Gainesville Regional Utilities
Address: PO Box 147117
Gainesville FL 32614
Phone: (352) 393-1460

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.