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  • $0.46/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of May 2022
  • 1 years Average system payback period
  • 64 146 / year Average savings from going solar in Florida
  • 3 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 6.28 kW Recommended system size
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What our happy customers say

The website UI is really intuitive and I figured out what I want pretty quickly. Went for Canadian Solar panels plus a solaredge inverter. I went to their fulfillment center to grab my order, and they were very quick to bring it out. The staff really made sure to warn me that panels are fragile and I appreciate that. Drove the package home safely, unpacked, all good. Right now we’re in the middle of the installation process, they sent a letter asking how I’m doing and asked for a review. Here I am! The panels are nice and it was a pleasure doing business with you.
Lime
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Apr 7, 2022
Fantastic company. Everything went smooth and the shipped was fast. The customer service was great.
Joe M.
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Apr 5, 2022
So I’m from LA and everybody’s going solar here so though that I should too. But I was really afraid it would be too much of a hassle. Eventually i went on google and soon found a1store. They got a pretty website and lots of articles on solar, and I flicked through a couple. So I decided to contact them, they were very friendly and we scheduled a call with their engineer. He was very patient with me and explained all the basics that I needed to know.

So i made an order, one of their centers is nearby, so i ordered pickup. I drove there, and they warned me to drive the panels carefully and pack them well for the road. seems like it's a recurring thing that people break their panels on the way home. I was real careful and yeah, I got home safely. Panels are in my garage now. I already found the installer. we have to take care of some papers and then it’s on!
Jerry Burton
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Mar 23, 2022
Great selection of high quality solar panels, good pricing, fast shipping, everything arrived in great condition.
Paul
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Mar 8, 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
I ordered some solar panels but during delivery, the top 4 were broken by the shipping department.

A1 replaced them and kept me informed when the replacements would be in. I would buy from them again.
Robert Broughton
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Nov 27, 2021

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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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