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Florida Solar 101: Must-read before you buy your first solar panels

Florida State 34 solar panels avaliable
6.28 kW
Recommended system size
$1.93 / W
Average gross price of a solar power system as of October 2021
6 ¢ / kWh
Levelized cost of solar energy
7 years
Average system payback period
$56 759
Average lifetime savings from going solar in Florida

Benefit from a PV system
in Florida

5.62 hours of peak sunlight
Take advantage of PV modules working longer hours than in other states
Net Metering
Sell the excess electricity to the utility grid and reduce over 75% of your electricity bill
7 years payback period
Enjoy free solar energy since year 8
Solar loan at 7% interest rate
No down payment and low interest rates with Florida PACE Program for energy-efficient upgrades
Free from 6% sales and use tax
Cheaper solar equipment thanks to the Florida solar sales tax exemption

Florida #11 in the US
Solar Ranking

$56 759
Average lifetime savings from going solar in Florida
13 296 kWh/year
Average electricity consumption of a FL household
8 121 kWh/year
AC energy output of a 5 kW solar system installed in Florida
3
A1SolarStore warehouses in Florida
12 ¢ /kWh
The cost of electricity today
25 ¢ /kWh
The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years
$1.93/W
Average gross price of a solar power
system as of October 2021
3
Pickup locations near you
Pick up solar panels from 3 warehouses
Jacksonville Warehouse
Solar Panels in stock
Deerfield Beach Warehouse
Solar Panels in stock
Lauderdale Warehouse
Solar Panels in stock

Solar laws, incentives and rebates in Florida

Return 26% of your PV system cost with
Federal Solar Tax Credit

Return 26% of your PV system cost with
Federal Solar Tax Credit

The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) allows homeowners to claim 26% of the cost of their solar power system installed until 2022 as an income tax deduction. For example, if your solar system costs $20,000, you are eligible for $5,200 (26% of the total gross cost) in tax credit. Solar system cost comprises not only the money spent on solar equipment, but also freight shipping costs, professional installer fees, tools bought or rented and so on. 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

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 the form or email us at solar@A1SolarStore.com upon checking out.
Chapter 212 Section 08
Florida Statutes

Freeze your property tax with Renewable
Energy Source Exemption

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.
Chapter 196 Section 175
Florida Statutes

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

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

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 are Duke Energy and Florida Power & Light (FPL)
Rule 25-6.065
Florida Administrative Code

Protect your solar panels from shade with Solar Easements

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.
Chapter 704 Section 07
Florida Statutes

Install solar panels with no worries

Florida law states that nobody, including homeowner associations, can prohibit the installation of a PV system on the roof of a building. 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:
  1. You don't need to get any approval from your HOA to install a solar PV system.
  2. 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.
  3. Your homeowner association might also come to inspect the installation process to make sure you make the most of the solar panels.
  4. 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.
  5. Any requirements forcing you to hide the system from view will generally violate the law.
Chapter 163 Section 04
Florida Statutes

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.
Chapter 377 Section 703
Florida Statutes