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The state of solar in West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach enjoys about 238 sunny days annually, well above the U.S. average,* making it no surprise that 95% of the city’s rooftops are solar-viable.* West Palm Beach is making the most of all that sunshine, too.

In 2018, the city achieved SolSmart Gold status, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office that recognizes cities that take steps to reduce barriers to solar adoption. SolSmart also recognized West Palm Beach with a special award in permitting and inspections.* West Palm Beach is the first city in Florida with a one-day solar permitting process.

How much solar energy does West Palm Beach produce?

Since West Palm Beach began tracking its solar capacity in the summer of 2018, its total installed solar capacity has grown by 665 kW. However, that total doesn’t include efforts by Florida Power and Light Co (FPL), the county’s electricity utility provider. FPL completed the Hibiscus Solar Energy Center in 2020, a 400-acre, 74.5 MW solar array, which powers about 15,000 homes.*

What are the advantages of going solar in West Palm Beach?

The potential electricity bill savings are one of the most attractive reasons to go solar in West Palm Beach. Over the last five years, electricity rates in West Palm Beach have risen by 9% and show no signs of stopping.* In that same period, solar installation costs have fallen 45% across the state.*

A 5 kW solar PV system has the potential to offer over $20,000 in electricity cost savings over 25 years of use and could pay for itself in 12-13 years, possibly less with net metering.*

Net metering allows you to transfer any excess energy your solar system produces back to FPL for a credit on your electricity bill that you can use to offset any energy use from the grid.* Unused credits will continue to roll over if they aren’t used in the applicable billing period.*

Solar power is also a carbon-neutral energy source. Every solar system installation reduces greenhouse gas emissions in our community. If every solar-viable rooftop in West Palm Beach were utilized, the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would equate to removing 96,100 cars from the road for a year!*

How much does solar cost in West Palm Beach?

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The cost of a home solar system can vary, even in the same city, due to a range of factors. These include:

  • Local weather

  • Angle of your roof

  • Available unshaded roof space

  • Household’s energy needs

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 West Palm Beach, we found that the cost of owning a 5 kW solar system ranges from $13,250 to $16,200, or in other words, from $2.65 to $3.24 per watt. And that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.

As an incentive for going solar, Florida residents are eligible for a property tax exemption, meaning you won't pay additional taxes on the value your solar system adds to your property. You also will not have to pay sales tax on your new solar system due to Florida’s sales tax exemption.

While there currently aren't any state or local solar rebates or incentives, you may be able to take advantage of the 26% federal solar tax credit.*

What is the best way to go solar in West Palm Beach?

When making the switch to solar, the first step is finding a solar system with the correct energy output for your household’s needs and perfectly sized panels for your rooftop. You’ll also need to consider your budget and design preferences.

Knowledgeable solar providers offer free consultations to discuss if a solar panel system, battery storage, or both is the best fit for your needs. Your solar provider can also offer guidance as far as what to expect during the installation process, how much the project will cost, your potential electricity savings, and any incentives or rebates available to you.

Get started today by requesting a consultation. We’ll follow up to schedule a convenient time to meet in-person or virtually. You can also call us directly at (800) 786-7693.

  • *. Best Places. Climate in West Palm Beach, Florida. April 2021.
  • *. Google, Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018).
  • *. SolSmart. West Palm Beach, FL. February 2018.
  • *. Florida Power & Light Company. FPL Hibiscus Solar Energy Center. May 2020.
  • *. Decision Data, Solar Panels in West Palm Beach, Fl: Solar Companies, Cost, and Installation
  • *. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Florida Solar. Q4 2020.
  • *. The availability of net metering varies by location and is subject to change. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.
  • *. The availability of net metering varies by location and is subject to change. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.
  • *. Florida Power & Light Company. Clean Energy FAQ. April 2021.
  • *. Google, Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018).
  • *. Local Solar Installers 2020/2021, Solar Reviews 2021, Energy Sage 2021, Wood Mackenzie 2020, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 2020
  • *. Tax credits subject to change. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.
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