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The state of solar in Florida
Florida experiences an average of 237 sunny days each year, making it one of the sunniest states in the nation.* The state's plentiful sunshine and favorable clean energy laws have earned it the fourth position among the top solar states in the United States.
However, only a few thousand Florida homes currently have solar panels. According to Google's Project Sunroof, 92% of Florida's buildings must install solar panels for the state to reach its full solar potential. If that happens, the Sunshine State can produce up to 158 million MWh AC per year.*
- *. BestPlaces: Climate in Florida: https://www.bestplaces.net/climate/state/florida (August 2021)
- *. Google: Project Sunroof data explorer: https://sunroof.withgoogle.com/data-explorer/place/ChIJvypWkWV2wYgR0E7HW... (November 2018)
How much solar energy does Florida produce?
In the first quarter of 2021, Florida had 90,487 solar installations that produced 7,074 MW of clean electricity. Florida aims to increase its solar power production by 12,153 MW over the next five years. The state's largest solar installation is the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center, which generates 75 MW.*
- *. SEIA: Florida Solar: https://www.seia.org/state-solar-policy/florida-solar
What are the advantages of going solar in Florida?
If you live in Florida, switching to solar power is one of the best financial decisions you can make. The switch can offset your monthly electricity bill by 80 to 109%, so you could be paying zero dollars a month for power. By not needing to pay for electricity, you could save up to $30,676 to $41,503 over the next 20 years.
Since the cost of solar panel installation has dropped by 43% across the nation, now is a great time to go solar. Even though you will be paying less for solar panels, the installation can boost your property's market value by over 4%.*
How much does solar cost in Florida?
The cost of a home solar system can vary due to a range of factors, even in the same state. These include:
Roof size and angle
Solar panel brand and quality
To help you understand the price of going solar in your area, we've analyzed SunPower price quotes as well as quotes gathered by third-party sources for thousands of homeowners across the country.
In Florida, we found that the cost of owning a 5 kW solar system ranges from $12,650 to $20,500, or in other words, from $2.53 to $4.10 per watt—and that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.
Floridians use these incentives to reduce solar installation costs:
Net Metering: Net metering pays solar panel owners for their unused electricity transferred to the energy grid. In Florida, Duke Energy and Florida Power & Light offer the best net metering programs.*
Property Tax Exemption: Installing solar panels increases your property's value, but you don't have to pay local property taxes for the added value, thanks to Florida's 100% property tax exclusion laws.*
Sales Tax Exemption: You also don't have to pay 6% sales tax when you buy a solar system.*
Florida PACE Loan Program: Under the PACE program, you can access loans that cover 100% of the cost of going solar.
The Federal Solar Tax Credit: Homeowners who purchase their system as opposed to leasing it, can get a tax credit of up to 26% of the total cost of the solar installation.*
- *. The availability of net metering varies by location and is subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
- *. DSIRE: Property Tax Abatement for Renewable Energy Property: https://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/5426 (March 2021)
- *. DSIRE: Solar and CHP Sales Tax: Exemptionhttps://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/243 (March 2021)
- *. Tax credits and incentives are subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
What's the best way to go solar in Florida?
For a solar system that delivers the best results, be sure to work with a solar provider who has experience installing solar systems in your area. The solar contractor should also be reputable with solid customer reviews.
The solar provider will evaluate your property to determine the right solar system type and size for your needs. If you have a budget, the contractor can guide you towards an option that fits your budget without compromising quality. Without the expertise of a qualified installer, you could end up with solar panels that don’t last or improve your property's energy efficiency or value.
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