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  • $0.59/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of October 2022
  • 2 years Average system payback period
  • 63 532 / year Average savings from going solar in Florida
  • 4 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 6.28 kW Recommended system size
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What our happy customers say

Hi all, i wanted to share my experience of buying from a1solar. I needed panels for my yacht. I wanted to have only 3, but they have a minimum order size for delivery so I opted for pickup. It was good. It went smoothly. I appreciate the split payment that they offer. I basically went to the center, grabbed the panels, loaded ‘em in the truck and drove them home (gotta do it carefully though!). Nice guys too. peace, Carl
Caarl Arlac
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Oct 2, 2022
I did business with A1 about half a year ago (it’s september 22 atm) when I needed panels for my home in Phoenix. I took Panasonic, if anyone’s wondering. The system’s doing great, and I think I got really lucky with my installer and the shop as well. If I recall correctly, my order was indeed processed in 24h as promised, delivery took a bit longer than expected but it wasn’t a big deal, these were busy days for fedex. panels were in good shape. I myself checked them thoroughly.
Ryden R
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Sep 25, 2022
I like this company. Good service 👍
Daiga Ellaby
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Sep 19, 2022
i read too much about the broken panels and decided to go with the pickup option. Loved the experience overall. One of their centers was nearby, so I ordered some q cells for myself and drove there. They explained in detail how to drive the package home safely so I was really careful and yeah, now they are in my garage, waiting to be installed. Can’t really complain about anything, panels are fine, the service was cool, and the delivery was on me lol
loken
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Sep 19, 2022
So I did order a system, and everything arrived on time, and yes, one panel was broken. But you know what? I’m still going to give them 5 stars. Because 1) they warned me about the possibility of this happening and told me what to do in this case; 2) when I contacted them about it, they handled the situation professionally. I sent them all that they asked for and got a replacement relatively quickly. If it’s anyone’s fault that panels break, then it is the carrier's one. My impression: good service, great prices, commendable customer support.
Will Ghost
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Sep 14, 2022
I needed just a couple of panels for the boat, but the staff treated me like I was buying the whole warehouse. I decided to pick the order up myself, their center was within reach. Getting my panels and a Magnum inverter was easier than going for groceries. There is a lot of hard work behind this simplicity. This I know from experience
Filip Scot
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Sep 11, 2022

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Solar laws, incentives and rebates in Florida you need to know

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

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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