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Florida solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

Last updated 05.27.22

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  • $1.99 / W Average gross price of a solar power system as of February 2023
  • 8 years Average system payback period
  • $56 220 Average savings from going solar in Florida
  • 6 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 6.43 kW Recommended system size
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Daiga Ellaby
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Sep 19, 2022
I was choosing between a1solar and another store, the prices finally convinced me,
and I contacted A1. Everything was processed, packed and delivered to Fresno, CA
in under a week. We kept in contact during the installation and I got a few additional
parts from them. A1SolarStore deserves a solid five stars!
Michael Grubb
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Sep 7, 2022
I ordered some solar panels. The top 4 ones were damaged during delivery (A1 had emailed me in advance what to check for before I took delivery which I followed even though the truck driver was pushing not to inspect them as thouroughly) and A1 replaced them in a timely manner and kept me informed. The price on the panels were some of the best on the internet (delivered). I would buy from them again.
Robert Broughton
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Nov 27, 2021
Ordering online was easy.
Price was reasonable even with shipping added. Actually, it was the best I could find with the panels I wanted.
Customer service was beyond expectations. I received a phone call after the order to verify everything. The rep also went over receiving instructions. I got an email with recieving procedure. I got a follow up call the day before the panels were to be delivered. The day of delivery, the FedEx call also called. I got a follow call afterwards verifying everything was good.I had 8 350 watt panels shipped. They arrived via FedEx on a pallet. Recieving instructions said to not sign the recieving doc until I inspected everything. I am half paralyzed so I asked my neighbor ahead of time to help unpack the panels to inspect for physical damage. The FedEx guy dropped the pallet in my driveway and handed me the package list and then he very quickly left before I was able to inspect the panels. He said he did not need a signature. My mindset immidiately turned negative since fraud, burglary, murders, etc are now legal, encouraged, and even rewarded in the US. To my relief, the panels turned out to be in good shape.
I have had several different panels prior to ordering from A1 Solar. I am used to solar panels outputting 70% or less of the rated output.I hooked up one panel yesterday and I was getting over 85% at 9:30 AM in direct sun output which really suprised me. This number is what the charge controller reported while charging a 12 volt battery bank. My current project that these panels will be used for is my second offgrid system.
Next year after I have my house electrical panels rebuilt to allow for a whole house battery bank, I will be ordering another 7KWH in panels and I plan to order those from A1 Solar Store.
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Aug 12, 2021
Solar panels are great quality at a good price! Pick up was very easy!
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Solar laws, incentives and rebates in Florida you need to know

Save 30% of your PV system cost with Federal Solar Tax Credit

The US government wants more people to go solar: it’s a modern and green way of getting energy. This is why the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) program was developed. It allows American citizens to claim 30% of the cost of their installation as an income tax deduction. The cost here is not only solar panels, but also shipping, installation expenses and more. For example, if your system overall made you spend $10,000, the government returns you $3,000. To claim the ITC, complete all the necessary forms and submit them when filing your taxes.

Save 6% of your solar equipment cost with Florida Sales Tax Exemption

Solar equipment constituting a PV system – solar panels, inverters, charge controllers, batteries and addons – is free from the 6% sales and use tax for Florida residents. Note that all the components, especially accessories, cannot be standalone: they must play an integral and vital role in the solar PV system as a whole. To qualify for the Florida solar tax exemption, you need to complete this form.

Freeze your property tax with Renewable Energy Source Exemption

A solar PV system installed in a home increases its value by about 4%, which would mean higher property taxes in other states, but not in Florida. According to the Florida Constitution, 100% of the real property value increase that occurs as a result of a solar PV system installation should be ignored.

Get a solar loan at 7% interest rate with Florida PACE Program

In 2010 Florida passed Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) legislation, according to which some localities can offer solar loans to homeowners at special interest rates. Currently, the following programs are in force: AllianceNRG program, Leon County Commercial PACE program, RenewPACE, and Ygrene Works, which offer both commercial and residential PACE financing. There is also Solar Energy Loan Fund (SELF) nonprofit organization, which provides unsecured personal loans for energy-efficient upgrades throughout Florida at 7.0-7.5% interest rate for up to 10 years.

Sell excess electricity with Net Metering Program

Florida Net Metering allows residential solar owners to put the excess electricity onto the utility grid instead of storing it with batteries. When you sell your solar power to the grid, you receive an electricity bill reduction according to the rate you currently pay for power. For every kWh you contribute to the grid, you get one kWh off of your next utility bill. Top utility net metering programs in Florida:

Protect your solar panels from shade with Solar Easements 

This incentive prevents your solar panels from overshadowing. Let’s say your neighbor grows some trees which cast a shadow over your PV installation, reducing its power output. In Florida you can get a solar easement from your neighbor to ensure they cut or trim their trees once they grow over a certain height. All solar easements are voluntary and tied to the property: if your neighbor sells their home, the original easement agreement will still be in force.

Install your solar panels in Florida with no worries

It is legal to install solar panels on your house. Florida law states that nobody, including homeowner associations, can prohibit it. If your HOA imposes any restrictions, they must be reasonable, not arbitrary, and applied for all association members. Those restrictions must not affect the performance or increase the cost of a solar system.

Something you should remember:

  • You don't need to get any approval from your HOA to install a solar system in Florida.
  • HOAs are legally allowed to instruct you where and how to install PV modules. For example, they can direct your system to be installed on the southwest side of your roof instead of the southeast side.
  • Your homeowner association might also come to inspect the installation process to make sure you make the most of the solar panels.
  • There may be height restrictions in some places in Florida that forbid solar system installation. For example, tall buildings near airports will have different installation laws when it comes to using solar panels.
  • Any requirements forcing you to hide the system from view will generally violate the law.

Solar panels help Floridians survive hurricanes

Florida is one of the most hurricane-prone states in the US. Severe storms bring damage and devastation, cutting people off the utility grid for days. Since solar panels are able to withstand most hurricanes, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services included in the Florida Energy Efficiency Code for Building Construction specific provisions to facilitate the use of cost-effective solar energy technologies as emergency remedial and preventive measures for providing electric power, street lighting, and water heating service in the event of electric power outages. 

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