Florida Solar Panels
Florida is one of the fastest-growing states for solar power. In fact, according to SEIA, Florida is ranked fourth in the country for solar energy. As you might have guessed, the Sunshine State receives an incredible amount of sunshine year-round, making it a perfect location for solar power. With the beauty of the pristine beaches, lush forests, and the eleven national parks in Florida, solar panels are a great way to preserve wildlife and natural beauty.
Cost of Solar Panels in Florida
Another question most people have when considering solar is how much it costs to go solar in Florida. This can depend on a lot of factors including size of the solar array, sunshine exposure, energy consumption, and brand of solar panels.
Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all price for solar panels in Florida, but luckily our solar specialists can give you a free, personalized quote on a solar power system. Our solar experts will take your home’s energy usage, size, and solar incentives into account to give you an accurate solar estimate.
Residential Solar Panel System
Sunpro Solar is proud to offer professionally installed solar energy systems all across Florida including the Fort Myers, Destin, Gainesville, Jacksonville, and Miami area. Each Sunpro solar system is custom designed for your home’s size and energy usage to start helping you save money with solar.
Sunpro Solar proudly uses LG Solar Panels in every solar panel installation due to their high-performance power output and strong reliability. LG solar panels are not only designed for performance and durability, but with aesthetics in mind too. This means your home is getting long-term energy independence as well as an appearance enhancement.
Are solar panels in Florida worth it?
One of the questions we get asked a lot is if solar panels are worth it if you live in Florida. The short answer is yes. But let’s go through some of the top reasons.
Solar Technology Improvement
Solar technology is improving every year and has experienced significant growth in the last decade. This means solar panels produce more solar power than ever before with less solar panels required.
Solar Panel Cost Decrease
With improvement in solar technology also comes costs decreases. In fact, the cost of solar panels has fallen 43% over the last 5 years according to SEIA.
As you know, Florida is known as the Sunshine State for a reason. With the abundance of sunshine available, solar panels are especially effective at producing solar energy all across Florida. More sunshine means more savings.
Read more: Are Solar Panels Worth It in Florida?
Electricity in Florida
Most electricity in Florida actually comes from fossil fuels, such as coal. Florida is in the top ten for most coal used nationwide, importing billions of dollars of coal per year. Having to import coal from across the country drives up prices, and consequently, Florida has some of the highest prices in the nation. Using coal for electricity (and shipping it across the country to use) causes a lot of pollution as well. Coal and natural gas use in Florida produces about 200,000,000 metric tons of sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide every year. Carbon dioxide is one of five major greenhouse gasses that the EPA monitors. Sulfur dioxide causes acid rain among other issues.
Solar power in Florida gives you the option to stop using these out of date, pollution heavy sources of power. Clean renewable energy like solar power helps you preserve the beaches, forests, swamps, and wildlife in Florida. Not to mention that fossil fuel energy is running out. So now is the time to switch while solar is affordable with government tax incentives that will expire in a few years!
What solar incentives are available in Florida?
Another question most people have when considering solar is how they can save money by taking advantage of solar incentives. A few solar incentives available in Florida include tax credits, rebates, tax exemptions, and more. Keep reading below to find out more.
Florida Solar Incentives, Tax Credits, & Rebates
The popularity of home solar panels in Florida continues to increase for more than just environmental concerns. It’s also a great investment in the protection against rising energy costs. The break-even point on solar varies greatly from person to person, but generally falls in the 6-8 year range. The more power costs, the quicker the payback, especially in a state like Florida, which is in the top 15 of electricity costs. Below is a list of incentives in Florida:
- Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)
- Net Metering
- PACE Loans
- State Sales Tax Exemption
- Property Tax Exemption
- Solar Rights Law
You can save tens of thousands of dollars due to these federal and state programs!
Federal Tax Credit for Solar Panels in Florida
The IRS offers a huge 26% tax credit for the cost of solar power systems. That includes both the solar panels and the installation services. This amazing federal solar tax credit is available to all home and business owners in Florida.
Keep in mind the tax credit will not be around forever. After 2022, it’s decreased to 22%. So if you want to take advantage of the solar tax credit, you should act soon.Start Saving Today
Net Metering for Solar Panels in Florida
Net metering is a system that allows homeowners to sell electricity back to the power company. That means you don’t have to consume the electricity from your solar system at the exact moment it is produced. So at night, when your solar panels are resting, you can still reap the benefits of the power they created during the day.
When your solar panels make more electricity than your house is using, you actually sell your extra electricity back to the power company. Yes, the meter will run backward! The power company will send that extra power to other homes in your area. In some months you will create more electricity than you use. If that is the case, you will earn a credit that goes forward to the next month. How great will it feel to get a bill where the power company owes YOU money?
While not all states have a net metering policy, Florida does, and it will save you a ton of cash. You can use endless sunshine to generate solar power in Florida, so you can save money while enjoying the beach.
Find out more about net metering and what it means for you.
Florida Property Assessed Clean Energy Loans
This program, PACE, is a way to finance energy efficiency improvements to your home. In fact, this system can finance 100% of the cost for your improvements. And yes, that includes solar panels. This can be an excellent way to get your Florida solar energy system, especially since it covers the total cost of purchase and installation. You can reap the benefits of solar energy from day one. PACE is available in many areas of Florida.
However, this loan is repaid through your property tax bill. It is also tied to your home, rather than to you. These are things to consider before getting a PACE loan. But if you plan to stay in your current home, this loan could be just what you need to get solar power in Florida. Be sure to look into all the details before deciding to apply.
State Sales Tax Exemption for Solar Power in Florida
Sales tax varies throughout the state from a minimum of 6% to 8% or more. On larger purchases, that extra sales tax can increase costs more than anticipated. But not so in Florida: solar panels in Florida are completely tax exempt from sales tax!
It doesn’t matter what size your solar PV system is. There’s absolutely no sales tax added to the price. Residents in Florida start out ahead of the game with thousands of dollars in savings by not paying sales tax. This is a great bonus for Florida residents.
Florida Solar Panel System Property Tax Exemption
Everyone loves increasing their home’s value. But everyone could live without the higher tax bill that comes with it. You won’t have to worry about that in the Sunshine State, though. Rooftop solar panels in Florida are completely property tax exempt. That means that any value your solar energy system adds to your house will not be reflected on your property tax.
A solar system can increase a home’s value by up to 20 times the annual power bill. And with the Florida property tax exemption, you can enjoy it without the extra tax.
Florida Solar Rights Act
Florida residents who are part of a Homeowner’s Association (HOA) may be concerned their HOA will deny their request to install solar panels in their home. Fortunately, Florida Law forbids HOAs from denying homeowners their right to install solar energy systems in their homes. In other words, if you want to install solar panels in your Florida home, your HOA cannot deny you that right so long as your installation request follows your HOA’s home improvement guidelines.
Is it illegal to power your home with solar in Florida?
This question seems to be circulated quite a bit over the internet. To understand the answer to this question, you also have to understand how the power grid for your utility company works. The power grid sends electricity to your home and when you purchase solar panels they are connected to your grid. If they are hooked up this way by professionals, solar power is absolutely legal.
However, purchasing solar panels and running your home off solar power instead of your grid, especially during outages is illegal. This is due to the fact during an outage it could be dangerous to send power back to the grid while maintenance is taking place.
One way to deal to outages from potential natural disasters is to purchase a solar battery backup along with your solar panels. Solar batteries help your home stay powered during any outage. And this way you can have power no matter what that is completely legal in the state of Florida.
If you’re concerned about this, make sure to talk to a solar sales specialist from a reputable company like Sunpro.Free Solar Quote
Sunpro Solar, Trusted Solar Panel Company in Florida
Since 2008, Sunpro Solar has had a proven history and reputation for providing quality service. In 2021 Solar Power World ranked Sunpro #2 for Top Residential Solar Installer in the United States and is currently the second-largest residential solar installer in Florida.
We are proud to offer some of the best warranties you can find in the solar industry and only use products that offer the same.
- 25 Year Labor Warranty
- 25 Year Production Guarantee
- 25 Year Solar Panel Manufacturer Warranty
- 25 Year Enphase Microinverter Warranty
- Thousands of happy homeowners
- Free Home Energy Audit
- Roof replacement if needed
As one of the nation’s leading solar installers in Florida, we take care of you every step of the way. We make going solar an easy decision! We operate all throughout Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Pensacola, Miami, and many other locations around the US.
Professional Florida Solar Installer
As a professional Florida solar installer, we only install high-efficiency solar panels and utilize the latest microinverter technology so that you get the most efficiency out of every panel.
Our team of solar installation professionals has extensive experience and know how to install on any type of roof. Just ask our thousands of satisfied customers!
We also offer solar panel installation for business owners.
Sunpro Solar includes a FREE energy audit so your house will be as efficient as possible!
Sunpro Solar Referral Program
As a result of our great referral program, you can earn enough to pay off your solar panels by referring your friends. That should be enough to want to be the first on your block to get solar panels in Florida!
See What Our Florida Customers Are Saying
First, of the several solar companies I contacted the most professional to get a bid from was Sunpro Solar. The sales rep, Patrick, was excellent explaining the costs, expectations and timelines. Next, after deciding to move forward I was assigned a project manager as a contact point. The advantage of this was to help work with me to simplify many moving parts. I confess to asking them to do some challenging things that they had not done before. From the Regional Manager Steve and electrician Marcel to many installers their response was uniformly competent and accommodating. It was a complex process that they made uncomplicated. Now every day of sunshine is a great day!
– Cynara M, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Niceville, FL – Google Review
After almost one year of having our solar panels installed my family and I couldn’t be more satisfied of how much we save using Sunpros solar panels. We wouldn’t have gone through with it without Gregory Vargas showing us just how well these panels work and how much we would save in our energy bill. Highly recommend him and this solar company to anyone looking to go solar.
– Peter B, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Fort Myers, FL – Google Review
After meeting with 3 companies, we went with Sunpro Solar, they offered top of the line products and warranties. Ruben Delgado was our rep and he explained everything in detail and made the process so easy and smooth! Definitely recommended to all my family and friends!
– Peter B, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Fort Lauderdale, FL – Google Review