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Solar Energy in Florida

There are an average of 237 sunny days in Florida, making it the ideal place for solar panels. It is the the Sunshine State after all. So it's no surprise that the Solar Energy Industries Association ranks Florida as the fourth fastest growing state for solar energy. There is enough solar panels installed in Florida to power over 840,000 homes.

While Florida is an ideal location for solar panels there are a lot factors you need to consider. Your goals, the cost of solar panels, you amount of energy consumption are important things to think about before you invest.

Cost of solar panels in Florida

How much do solar panels cost in Florida? 

The average price for a home solar panel system in Florida is $13,100 or about $2.62 per watt. Systems will vary depending on the types of solar panels you choose and the size of your system. When shopping for solar panels you should consider getting multiple quotes from various installers.

How long does it take to pay off solar panels in Florida?

The average payback period for solar panels in Florida is around 11 years years. Your payback period will depend on the cost of your system and the amount of power it generates. The more energy your system generates the faster it will pay for itself.

Are solar panels worth it in Florida?

Everyone has their own method for determining if solar is “worth it”. If your objective is to leverage solar to eliminate or reduce your electric bill you have different expectations of someone who is more interested in reducing their carbon footprint. 

To help you determine the best option for you you can use this solar calculator that will weigh different solar options and other renewable energy options.

Why invest in solar panels in Florida

Before you rush into buying or leasing a solar panel system it's important to consider your reason for going solar. Setting expectations can help you decide if solar is the right choice for you.

Reduce your carbon footprint

Solar has roughly 20 times less carbon output than coal-powered energy sources. After three years of use, solar systems are completely carbon neutral and remain so for the duration of their lifespan. 

In short, if you want to reduce your carbon footprint going solar is a great option. 

Lower electricity bills

When you have your own solar system you are putting energy back into the grid. Your utility rewards you by crediting back the value of the energy you put into the grid. For example, if your system generates 2,500 kWh in a month and you use 2,500 kWh in that month you would have a $0 electric bill.

In most cases, if your system generates more energy than you use the credits will roll over to the next month.

Become energy independent

With the right solar system, you could potentially have a self-sufficient power system for your home. This means you don’t have to rely on the grid for energy. If the grid has an outage you could still power your home with your solar system. 

Those who are trying to become energy independent often pair their solar system with a battery. This allows you to store electricity and use it when you need it.

Solar panel incentives in Florida

Florida Solar Rebates and Incentives

The state of Florida does not currently offer a statewide tax credit. However, solar energy systems are exempt from Florida's sales tax. There are various city wide programs designed to help residents invest in solar and energy efficient options. Here are some examples:

City of Lauderhill Interest Free Loan Program

The City of Lauderhill offers 0% interest loans for energy efficient appliances and solar systems up to $2,500. Learn more here.

Orlando Utilities Rebate Program

Orlando Utilities Commission offers rebates on a wide variety of energy efficient home improvements including a $2,000 rebate on solar system batteries.

Florida Federal Solar Tax Credit

Like every other state, new solar panel systems in Florida are eligible to receive the federal solar tax credit of 26%. This credit is applied on your annual income tax credit.

Buying vs Leasing Solar Panels in Florida

There are many options when it comes time to purchase our solar panels. You can finance, lease, or pay the entire cost upfront. The right choice will depend on your financial situation and the costs of your system and other factors. Our solar calculator will help you weigh your options. You can find more information on leasing vs buying solar panels here.

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