PV Rebate Program

August 15, 2002


Florida residents, developers, government agencies, utilities, and other businesses installing photovoltaic (PV) systems connected to their local utility may qualify for the Florida Solar Energy Center’s (FSEC) PV rebate. The program was funded at $525,000 by the Florida Energy Office/Department of Community Affairs. The program was slated to continue through March 31, 2002, or until program funds were exhausted. In mid-March 2002, the FSEC Rebate Program Manager reported that funds had been exhausted. It is currently unclear whether additional program funding will become available. Rebates of $4 per watt are available based on the total system output using the manufacturer or FSEC rating. All systems must have an output of at least 1 kW. Residential applicants can qualify for a maximum rebate of $16,000. Additional rebates of $2,000 are available to builders and developers who install systems on model homes. Commercial applicants may qualify for a maximum rebate of $40,000. Steps for qualifying for a PV rebate can be found on FSEC’s web site. In order to receive a rebate, applicants must: - Submit a copy of the PV equipment invoice to FSEC. - Submit system design to FSEC for review and approval prior to installation if system design differs from those on FSEC’s web site. - Use a licensed solar or electrical installer approved by FSEC. - Install PV system within 6 months of submitting the application to FSEC. - Comply with all electrical and building codes, as well as utility interconnection requirements.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Florida
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/PVT/BuyInstallPV/rebates.htm
Administrator: Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC)
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
Incentive Amount: $4/peak DC watt
Maximum Incentive: $16,000 for residential; $18,000 for model homes; $40,000 for commercial
Eligible System Size: Greater than 1 kW
Equipment Requirements: All solar energy systems sold in Florida are required by Florida law (FS 377.705) to be approved by the Florida Solar Energy Center


Name: Jennifer Szaro
Organization: Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC)
Address: 100 West Anderson Street
Orlando FL 32801
Phone: (407) 434-2263
Email: Green@ouc.com
Name: Bill A. Kopacz
Organization: Midstate Electric Cooperative
Address: 51340 N Hwy 97
La Pine OR 97739
Phone: (541) 536-2126
Email: bkopacz@midstatecoop.com

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.