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Want to go solar in Florida? Here's your guide.

Curious about installing solar on your home? Want to know the cost of solar panels in Florida? Maybe see if there are any solar rebates and tax credits available to you? You're in the right place.

Installing a home solar system is something many homeowners dream of, but there are many questions you should ask before you consider solar for your home. If you're the kind of person who'd rather ask those questions directly to a knowledgeable solar expert than do a bunch of reading, fill out our contact form and talk to solar experts in Florida today.

Otherwise, read on to find out all about solar power in Florida!

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Why solar panels are great in Florida in 2020

New pro-solar laws were lacking in 2019, and Florida homeowners could really use some good policymaking from the folks in Tallahassee. However, with the Federal Solar Tax Credit set to step down from 26% at the end of 2020, there's never been a better time to consider solar panels for your Florida home.

If you're concerned about the up-front cost of solar or can't take the tax credit because of limited income, a recent ruling by the Florida's Public Utilities Commission has opened up solar leasing in the state, which makes solar affordable and an economically smart decision for more and more homeowners.

If you're ready to take the plunge and see how solar can save you thousands in electricity costs over the next couple decades, connect with our partner installers in your area today!

What you'll find on this page:

We've divided the page up into sections that each relate to a specific aspect of going solar in Florida. First, we discuss solar investment options, and break down the cost of solar panels and how much you can expect to save whether you choose to pay with cash, get a solar loan, or sign a lease.

Then we run through the laws and incentives that govern the solar industry in Florida. We walk you through the ways the Florida state legislature has chosen to support home solar power, and ways they could improve. Each specific policy or incentive is given a grade, and the grades add up to the final state grade.

Here are links to all the sections of our page:

The cost of solar panels in Florida

The cost of going solar is different for every family and home. Your energy needs, the structure of your roof, and other variables go into determining the final cost. Still, we can use information about average Florida home energy needs and current pricing for solar panels to show the average cost. So let's do that!

In 2020, the average cost of home solar in Florida is about $2.90 per watt of generating power, and the average home needs a 10.0-kilowatt (kW) solar system. Multiplying the number of kilowatts by the cost per watt, then multiplying the result by 1,000 (a kilowatt equals 1,000 watts), shows us that the average cost of a home solar system in Florida is $29,000, before incentives like the federal solar tax credit and any rebates you may qualify for.

However, how much solar costs isn't as important as how much you can save. As we'll discuss below, your solar panels will pay back their cost in 13 years, essentially giving you free power for the remainder of the system's 25-year warrantied life.

Note: Every home is different, and it's a good idea look at your past 12 months' energy bills and how much energy you can generate for every kW of solar panels on your roof, so you can estimate how many solar panels you need for your home.

Okay, but what's the best way to pay for solar?

Figuring out the best way to pay for solar in Florida can be daunting, and the reasons to choose one way of paying over another are personal to each homeowner. Outright ownership is always the simplest way, but solar loans have benefits that can't be denied (more on that below). For people who can't take advantage of the federal solar tax credit, a solar lease may be a good option.

To help you pick the one that might be best, we've created the handy decision tool below. Answer a few simple questions about you and your home, and we'll recommend the solar payment option we think is best for you. When you've got your answer, scroll further down this page and read our cost and return-on-investment estimates for each payment option.

How should you pay for solar?

Use our decision tool to find out!

Comparing Florida Solar Purchase Options

The chart above shows the 25-year returns for an investment in solar whether you choose to purchase a system with cash or pay over time with a loan or lease.

As you can see, the purchase option leads to the highest dollar-amount returns over time, but it also requires a big up-front investment. If you can get a solar loan or take a home equity line of credit (HELOC), though, your payments over 15 years will be only a little more than your savings, and you'll still come out thousands ahead in the end.

The thirs option is something unique to Florida—a lease with fixed monthly payments over 20 years (an the option to extend the lease at the end). It's designed to replace your electricity bill, and costs about the same at first, but over time, you can start to see savings. As the utility company raises the price of electricity you no longer have to buy, your payments stay the same!

Read on to find out more about each option.

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Option 1: Paying cash for solar

An outright purchase used to be the only way to get solar, and it's still the option that provides the 'biggest' financial returns. The reason we put 'biggest' in quotes here is because it's technically true. You'll see a net return of around $30,000 in 25 years if you pay up front. But it requires a significant up-front investment.

If you have equity in your home or good credit, you can get a solar loan or HELOC with an interest rate of 4% or less. It's like being able to start a business that is sure to succeed, just by having a roof. Read about loans below.

If you've got cash and you prefer to pay up front, you'll have to plunk down $28,785. But by the end of year 1, incentives and energy savings will erase a bunch of it. Over 25 years, your system will have produced about $30,000 in income. The reason this works is that electricity in Florida is EXPENSIVE. Solar offsets enough of it to save you about $1,718 in year 1, and it just goes up from there. As the electric company raises rates, you save more and more, and more...

Here’s how the numbers pencil out when you pay up front for a 10.1-kW rooftop solar system:

  • Installing a typical 10.1-kW solar system should start at about $28,785. That's cheaper than solar has ever been, but it still might seem like a big investment. Don’t worry, because after tax breaks and energy savings, your first-year costs will be considerably less than that.
  • The Feds calculate their incentive based on actual out of pocket costs, so take 26% of $28,785, for a tax credit of $7,484. Your total investment is now down to just $21,301.
  • After the tax credit we subtract your first year’s energy savings, which we estimate to be $1,718. That reduces your cost after the first year to only $19,583.
  • Your system will pay for itself in just 6 years, and over its 25-year life, you'll see a total net profit of $30,019. The internal rate of return for this investment is a stupendous 8.6%!
  • And don't forget... your home's value just increased by around $18,900, too (your expected cost after solar incentives)!
  • In addition to all that cash (and home value), you’ve created some green for the earth as well by not using electricity from fossil fuels. It's like planting 274 trees a year, every year your solar power system is humming.
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Florida. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar panel system, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

Option 2: Using a loan to pay for solar

You don't need $29,000 sitting around to pay for solar. As long as you have equity in your home, you can still own solar panels and reap all the benefits. Heck, even if you do have the cash, getting a loan to pay for solar is by far the best option when it comes to percentage return on investment.

That’s because, in Florida, using a loan to pay for solar is like investing in a business that's sure to succeed, and also earns you a tax break. Your tax savings will be huge in the first year—more than enough to offset the small difference between the loan payments and electric bill savings. All this means you'll come out ahead early and finish way ahead after 25 years.

A solar purchase like this will make sense for you if the following is true about you and your current situation:

  • You can qualify for a solar loan or home-equity line of credit (HELOC) for $28,785, with a fixed rate of 4% or lower and a 15-year repayment period. Don't be put off if you're offered a higher rate. It just means a tiny bit less of the thousands of dollars you'll make with solar.
  • You love making money without much risk.

Here’s how the numbers pencil out for a Florida solar purchase with a loan:

  • Installing a typical 10.1-kW solar system should start at about $28,785. That's how big your loan will need to be to cover it.
  • The electricity you'll save in the first year of operation would have cost $1,718, but your annual loan payments will be $2,642, meaning you would spend $925 on solar this year, but...
  • You'll also see a huge tax break. The Feds give you 26% of the cost of your system back as a tax credit, which in this case is $7,484. You'll be paying over time but getting all the benefits up front! Your net year 1 gain for installing solar with a loan is $6,559.
  • The electricity savings will continue for 25 years, while your loan payments will last only 15. By the end of the 25-year life of your panels, you'll come out $19,168 ahead.
  • On top of the green that will stay in your pocket, your system will mean green for the environment, too. 274 trees-worth, every year!
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Florida. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar loan, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

Option 3: Leasing the system and getting whatever electricity it produces

Due to some quirks in the way the state's utility rules are written, Florida does third-party-owned solar a little differently than anywhere else. The first thing to know, if that technically, third-party ownership (TPO) is banned here, at least as it regards the traditional method of TPO solar: the power-purchase agreement (PPA).

Under a PPA, the solar company installs panels on your roof and sells you the electricity produced by those panels. You save money because the solar electricity is sold to you at a price that's lower than the retail price of electricity. A PPA comes with a guarantee that the panels will produce a certain amount of electricity over a the life of the PPA contract, usually 20 years.

Florida says that the PPA model causes the solar company to act like a utility company, and (put as succinctly as possible, though it's more complicated than this) unless a "utility company" can provide electric service to all the customers in a given area, it isn't allowed to operate under current Florida law.

But nothing in Florida law specifically prohibits third-party ownership of a solar system for use by a homeowner—just the whole, production guarantee and per-kWh pricing of the PPA model—so Florida solar installers recently petitioned the Florida Public Services Commission, and won the right to offer solar leases

Who are Florida solar leases for?

The ideal customer for a solar lease is someone without a ton of disposable income, or any income at all. If you buy your own solar panels, you get to take 26% of the cost of that installation of your taxes the next year, but that's no good for folks who have no income to tax in the first place, like retirees.

Under a lease, the solar installer will own the panels, and they'll be able to claim the 26% tax credit for themselves, passing on some of the savings to you in the form of lower monthly lease payments. A Florida solar lease should save you money by replacing much of your electricity bill with a fixed monthly lease payment from the start. No upfront investment required!

Just be sure to know how leases work, and do the math to make sure you'll be saving from day 1.

How do Florida Solar Leases work?

Solar leases differ from PPAs in a couple of important ways: instead of paying for the electricity produced by panels, the lessee pays a monthly lease payment for the privilege of having the panels on their roof, and gets whatever energy those panels make. Also, there is no production guarantee, so the customer won't have recourse if the panels aren't making as much electricity as the solar company estimates.

The good news is solar panels are very reliable, and the individual components will still come with warranties to ensure the system can be repaired if something happens to prevent the panels from working.

The final difference is that the lease payment is the same every month, whereas the energy savings will change based on the season. In the summer when the skies are clearer and the sun is at a relatively higher angle, the solar panels produce more energy, but in the winter, the panels will produce less electricity, perhaps not even offsetting the cost of the lease payment.

The savings calculation for a lease is electric bill savings from solar, minus cost of the lease payments. On top of that, you have to worry about panel degradation, which means the same panels will produce slightly less every year as they are exposed to the elements. The amount of degradation will be around 0.5% per year, which is tiny, but adds up to about a 15% reduction in performance over a 20-year lease.

In light of these considerations, you have to look at an annual average savings per year for 20 years, and subtract the lease payments from that amount.

Here's our estimate of the savings with a Florida solar lease over time

  • The payments on a typical 10.1-kW solar lease should cost about $145 per month, or $1,740 per year.
  • The electricity you'll save in the first year of operation would have cost $1,751, meaning your net 1st-year savings are $11.
  • That lease payment will be fixed over time, but the cost of electricity from the utility company will probably go up (as it historically has), escalating at an estimated 3.5% per year.
  • Overall, the lease will save you about $12,177 over the 20-year term. After that, you can extend the term, although we anticipate the annual cost to rise to $2,500 or more per year.
  • Your system will remove as much carbon from the air as planting 274 trees per year, which is a pretty great thing, we'd say.
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Florida. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar lease, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

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Is solar right for your Florida home?

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If you answer “yes” to each of the following questions, you’re probably a good candidate for solar.

  • Do you own your home?
  • Does your roof get direct sun for most of the day?
  • Does your electricity bill bother you (specifically how much you have to pay)?

The ideal home for solar has a south- or west-facing roof that gets little to no shade throughout the day. The roof can be covered with anything from asphalt shingles to clay or slate tiles, but the easiest roofs to work with are asphalt and standing-seam metal roofs.

Even if your home does not completely meet these conditions, you may still see huge savings from going solar. Your installer will take everything into account when providing you with a savings estimate.

We get more in-depth with roof shape, covering, and orientation in two useful articles:

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Florida Solar Policy Information

Ever wonder why solar seems to be everywhere in some states, but not in others? We did too.

State legislatures and public utilities commissions can enact rules to make solar power accessible for everyone. Favorable rules explain why some of the cloudiest states—New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, are doing so well with solar, and yet some of those with the most natural solar resources—like Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia—are doing so poorly.

Below is important information about the public policy, rules, and economic reasons that affect your ability to go solar here in Florida:

Florida's Renewable Portfolio Standard

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Florida's Renewable Portfolio Standard grade

A Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires utilities in the state to eventually source at least a certain percentage of their electricity from clean, renewable sources like solar panels.

An RPS would be critical to strong renewable energy policy in Florida. Utility companies aren't really all that gung-ho about you producing your own power. After all, it costs them money when you use less of their electricity. They also don’t naturally want to give you big payments for energy you're feeding back into the grid. The main reason the utilities would aid your transition to lower electric bills and offer you incentives to put solar on your roof would be if the state forces them to. Without an RPS, utilities have little incentive to help homeowners go solar.

So what’s going on in Florida? All those people, all that money, and no statewide RPS? We’re not just disappointed; frankly, we’re shocked. Props to JEA (formerly Jacksonville Electric Authority) for voluntarily opting into an agreement with some environmental organizations to produce 7.5% of its power from clean, renewable sources by 2015. Really, we meant that – but 7.5% in one of the state’s smaller cities is just a drop in the bucket.

Learn more about Renewable Portfolio Standards

Florida's Solar carve-out and SRECs

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Grade: F

Florida's Solar Carve-out grade

Along with a strong RPS, some of the best solar states also require a specific percentage of the electricity generated in the state to come from solar panels specifically. It’s been shown to spur immediate and widespread adoption of solar energy, but not here in Florida.

Learn more about Solar Carve-outs

Florida Electricity Prices

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Florida's Electricity cost grade

Florida pays an average of about 12 cents for a kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity. That’s a little more than a penny cheaper than the national average. Cheap electricity rates mean you’re probably not feeling too much of a strain in your pocketbook... yet. Just don’t forget why electricity is so cheap.

That’s right, fossil fuels. Lots and lots of non-renewable, greenhouse gas-producing fossil fuels. When all those fossil fuels really start to bite us in the butt, or start to run low… or both… electricity rates are going to rise, and fast. When that happens you’re going to be really, really happy you switched early to all that efficient, clean solar power that will be in high demand.

In the meantime, solar power will still save you a chunk of change in Florida. We’ll go over just how much in a minute.

Find out why electricity prices matter

Florida Net Metering

Statewide with caveats

Grade: B

Florida's Net Metering grade

Net Metering requires your utility to monitor how much energy your solar power system produces and how much energy you actually consume, and make sure you get credit for the surplus. Florida’s Public Service Commission “PSC” set specific standards for net metering back in 2008. The PSC rules apply only to the state’s investor-owned utilities; the rules do not apply to electric cooperatives or municipal utilities. Municipal utilities and electric cooperatives are required to offer net metering, but specific standards are not set by law.

Assuming you’re a customer of an investor-owned utility (most of us), any net excess generation (NEG), i.e. any surplus energy, is carried forward as a credit at the full retail rate to your next bill for up to 12 months. At the end of a 12-month billing period, the utility pays you for any remaining NEG at an avoided-cost rate.

Florida’s really making a late comeback here, because not only is that just about the perfect net metering law, it looks like you won’t have any problems getting on the grid. Unlike most states, Florida has no set capacity limit, i.e., you won’t get blocked from hooking up to the grid for net metering just because some of your neighbors have already done so. Your small residential system also lacks any of the possible hurdles and red tape that we’ve seen in other states. Now that’s more like it, Florida!

Learn more about net metering

Florida Interconnection Rules

It's complicated

Grade: D

Florida's Interconnection Standards grade

Overall we gave Florida a mediocre grade on interconnection standards because of the requirements for a redundant external disconnect switch and the mandatory insurance requirements for larger solar systems. Don’t worry though! These problems shouldn’t apply to you and your single-home system. For all systems under 10kw, it should be smooth sailing to get connected to the grid and start raking in those net metering savings.

Learn more about solar interconnection rules

Florida Solar Incentives

Next to high electricity prices and net metering, solar incentives have traditionally been the most important factor for whether home solar power makes financial sense in a state. In the past, some states with otherwise lousy policy had tremendous incentives that drove down the up-front cost of going solar so much that homeowners could save oodles of money even without net metering or a good RPS.

These days, the big incentive most people can get is the Federal Solar Tax Credit that earns you 26% of your total system costs back after just 1 year. State incentives play less of a role than in the past, but some really good ones are still out there, ready to help homeowners go solar and save money before you know it.

Let's see how Florida measures up:

The availability of state solar incentives for residential solar systems was sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, utility company websites, and the state public utility commission.

Florida Solar Power Rebates

City of Longwood: 10% of costs up to $500

Grade: D

Florida's Solar Rebates grade

OK. It’s official. This is a trend. Florida has no statewide solar rebate program, and the few patchwork fill-ins from individual utility companies have closed. The statewide rebate program you may have heard of, Florida’s Solar Energy Systems Incentive Program, is sadly no longer taking new applicants.

There is one place that still offers solar rebates in Florida. The city of Longwood. There, you can get up to 10% of the costs of installation back as a rebate from the city. Sounds good, right? Not so fast... the rebate has a maximum of $500, so it's not nothing, but... well... the good news is you can take the $500 each year they offer it, but only if you keep making energy efficiency improvements that meet the city's criteria. Go to the city's site to read more.

Learn more about solar rebates

Florida Solar Tax Credits

No State Income Tax

Grade: C

Florida's Solar Tax Credits grade

Since Florida doesn’t have any income tax, there aren’t any solar tax credits to redeem! Fortunately, local organizations like this are forming to help people like you. This group combines the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association, the Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy; their goal is to highlight the benefits of solar and provide insight as to what can be changed to help this energy type thrive in the state of Florida. And hey, you still get the Federal government’s sweet 26% tax credit.

Learn more about state solar tax credits

Property Tax Exemption

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Grade: A

Florida's Solar Property Tax Exemptions grade

Thank goodness Florida at least realizes that homes with solar are worth more than homes without, and the state has been willing to exempt that value from additional property taxes. Your home’s value increases as much as $20 for every 1 dollar of electricity you save in a year. Not paying taxes on that value is a sweet deal.

Sales Tax Exemption

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Grade: A

Florida's Solar Sales Tax Exemption grade

Florida gets another rare “A” here. Home solar panel systems are free from state sales tax, saving you 6% or more, right off the bat. Baby steps, Florida. Baby steps.

Learn more about tax exemptions for solar

Low-income Solar Programs

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Grade: F

Florida's Solar Sales Tax Exemption grade Learn more about low-income solar programs available in the U.S.

The consensus on Florida solar power rebates and incentives

While Florida’s government hasn’t done a whole lot to help home solar power take off, there’s so much sunshine here it almost doesn’t matter. If you’re interested for solar panels for home use, Florida is a fine place for it. Just be wary of lease offers and stick with low-interest financing or a cash investment. Your panels will pay back their cost in a little over a decade and provide you with many years of free electricity after.

Meanwhile, you should contact your state representatives and ask them to pass an RPS law with protections for solar owners. If Florida had an RPS and a solar carve-out, we’d have a much more sunny outlook for home solar here.

Again, if you are confused about how these numbers work and would like some personalized assistance or a quote of your own, simply connect with our network of solar experts. They’ll help sort out all the pricing, get you access to special deals, and they’re super friendly to boot!

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I had an hbac system installed and fpl offered rebates . A friend who installs theses systems told me hbac companies just jack up the price because I’m getting the rebate. I’m bettin this is the case here too.

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I have a home in Kissimmee and would like to install solar. I can put the panels in myself but need a structural engineer and a electrical contractor. That is what the state told me. Where can I get them. I have checked around and only found contractors who want to do the whole job.

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I like solar and took out a 25 year loan to add 39 solar panels, solar water heater, solar attic fan and pool heater. I’m finding it difficult to sell and transfer the loan. Is anyone interested in the system or the house: https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1693-Turnstone-Way_Clermont_FL_34711_M67671-74905#photo10

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Wow, I got a new solar system 17 panels and a inverter on my roof a 5kw system. We spent over twenty-one thousand dollars for it. We were told our electric bill would almost be nothing since the system would produce electric and we could even sell the excess back to electric co. Well this had this system since june. Guess how much money we saved for the month of Nov 2017 at $10.20 our bill was $181.56 We were LIED to. WE would like to tell every body in FLORIDA, DO NOT BUY A SOLAR SYSTEM to save money… Read more »

Sergio
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Where do you live?

David Coombe
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That works out to $4.20 a watt. You were not only lied to but you were also ripped off. I’m in the business and I would have installed the same size system for $2.50 a watt ($12,500) before the federal tax credit. I would have also been honest on the offset numbers. The slim balls in the industry ruin it for the honest people.

Derrick
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Derrick

David I think you prolly would have eaten the solar panels then lie about it

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Regarding Rob Devoro’s comments on Peace River’s extreme anti-solar fee structure: is anyone aware of any legal action being taken against Peace River over this ridiculous and blatant attempt to discourage renewable power generation? Without the ability to reverse this policy, the only option I see is to up the ante and move to power storage (a la PowerWall) and eliminate all power consumption from Peace River…

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In Central Florida——–> Starting November 1st, 2016: Any customer of Peace River Electric Coop who puts up solar panels has to sign a Solar Interconnection Agreement which now includes a penalty of $5.00 per kilowatt — (usually 11 or 14 cents per kW) — for every kilowatt of power that is used during and after 15 minutes of higher than usual power usage. This can easily turn into an additional $100-$150 dollars extra added to your bill per month, just because you put up solar panels or generated your own electricity using a renewable energy source. We are a captive… Read more »

Ian
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Walter. You still looking for that answer? If you’re in South Florida I can explain how.

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WALTER MORYAN

Wondering how to get solar power installed. What financial assistance is available for low income families. We have 2 young children at home and I am forever disabled living on SSDI Social Security Disability Insurance. Our single family, one story home gets sunlight all day long with no shade and we really want to do this. Please help us to make this a reality soon

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Florida’s legislation on renewable energy is lacking.

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We have the best legislators money can buy.

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Everyone complains about the lawmakers, but nobody comes up with a fix to make the system better. I have one. Every election, DO NOT VOTE FOR ANYONE WHO IS CURRENTLY IN OFFICE. In other words, do not vote for any incumbents. If we elect new blood every election, these crooks will not have time to establish long term agreements with business. NEW MEAT EVERY ELECTION.

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Jack I can help you with your solar, give me a ring 352 242 8471

Jack
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Where do I get solar in Naples fl. I still have no idea who to hire.

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Can we shame home owner insurance companies that are now starting to exclude all solar panels and gear? Ratings are now needed in each state as the Florida Farm Bureau is anti-green, removing all solar coverages at renewal time.

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This is about our home owner insurance company that is excluding solar panel coverage on renewals? We paid for, permitted, installed and past county inspection on solar panel projects and now, after then fact, the home owner insurance company is showing their anti-green colors. The policy is written by Florida Farm Bureau. A nice goal would be to legislate the definition of the home structure to include roof mounted solar panels. My electric domestic water heater is all excluded now because it has a rooftop solar collector in the plumbing layout. What will they exclude next year — skylights, shingles,… Read more »

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The property tax exemption is only good for homeowners. Businesses are not exempt, but there is an initiative to get this resolved in 2016. Interconnections are easy in Florida with straightforward rules and accommodating utility companies. I don’t understand the D grade.

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This is a good analysis. What are the requirements for over 10kW?

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Can anyone tell me if building a home totally off-grid in an area that has no restrictions as to home type and size, would exempt one from having to pay the impact fee? From what I understand, one can’t ge electrict service without the fee being paid. But what if one doesn’t want electric service?

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What do you know about solar that uses refractory prisms in the cell? I posted this article because I couldnt find much on the subject. It’s good, but a little off topic.

http://scienceray.com/technology/solar-powered-cake-2/

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Hi, Florida just updated their solar power rules you may want to investigate and update with the new Laws just signed into effect.

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Or you could look at the date of his post (April of 2007) which would explain his pricing :)

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Solar panels are now selling for $1 per watt (Canadian Solar ex. $300/300 watt panel), installation adds another dollar and inverters add another. I just received a quote in Ft Myers for $2.79/watt net system installed (FAFCO). The $9/watt price hasn’t been around since 2008. Florida Gulf Coast University paid $8.50/watt for 2 mega watts that year. The price has plummeted since then. I suspect some of the posts here are at the behest of FP&L since they are shaking in their shoes that their grip on the necks of consumers is slipping. Their business model as the majority supplier… Read more »

Sandra Kelly
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Hello Mr. Swanson,
I would like a copy of your PP presentation as well. Thanks.

John A. Swanson
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John A. Swanson

I have sent copies of the PowerPoint (or PDF if Powerpoint is to big to get through your email) to everyone who has sent me an email address. If I missed you, please send an email to [email protected] and I will attach a copy to my reply. I have also put this presentation on Facebook as an album. The Facebook name is “Residential Solar Power” and the address is http://www.facebook.com/ResidentialSolarPower. On Facebook I have annotated each slide with additional text, similar to what I might say if I was giving a presentation of the material. I would appreciate feedback (“Likes”)… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Dear Mr.Swanson Would you please send me your PowerPoint presentation? Thank you kind Sir :} my e-mail is: [email protected]

York
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York

Dear Mr Swanson,
I am going to move from Germany to Florida and want to install a PV System on my roof.I would very much like to get your PowerPoint and get your contractor information.
Thanks a lot
York
my email: [email protected]

Michael Simon
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Michael Simon

Interested in more info. I live in a condo development made up of 4 building quads, each with 2 upstairs and 2 downstairs apartments. I own mine. I am interested in pitching the condo board on the idea of going solar here, since the roof is considered their property.
Thoughts/guides for me?

richard
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richard

hi mr john swansom please email you power point to [email protected] have a second home in florida and would love to install solar pv as at home in the uk.

Ruth Shaw
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Ruth Shaw

I really appreciate your comments and knowledge, Mr. Swanson. My husband and live in the Villages as well. Would you please email me that PowerPoint to [email protected].

John Swanson
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John Swanson

Joe Ballew What you are looking at goes way beyond Net Metering, since you are not using any energy for the Solar to cmmpensate. You are looking to become an IPP (Independent Power Producer). The economics will depend entirely on yhat relationship you can establish with the local utility. I believe they would be requied to pay you at their “avoided cost” rate, which is a fraction of the residential rate. The utility might be interested in a higher level of support if you help them meet their renewable energy requirements. Bottom line: Set up an appointment with the Renewable… Read more »

Lou
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Lou

Mr Swanson, Could you please send your powerpoint to [email protected]? We are headed back to our home in the Melbourne, FL area next fall (2013). Thank you!

joe ballew
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joe ballew

Hi What i am woundering is if i was to buy a peice of land here in jacksonville fl, and put at least a 10000kwh system on this property. If i had nothing on this property but grid tie back system how much money would i be looking to make on something like this selling back to power company here?

Sunshinebound
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Sunshinebound

I am so glad I found this site. It has a lot to offer for a newbie. Sunshine bound and solar all the way.

Tommy
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Tommy

I received John Swanson’s Powerpoint above, it is Excellent and very detailed. I highly recommend asking John for it. His knowledge of Solar Power is impressive!

John Swanson
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John Swanson

I have installed 10Kw on my house in The Villages, FL(I am now net 0), and installed 38.6KW on Temple Shalom in The Villages. I am getting these systems installed for $3.00 per watt, and the residential system gets the Federal Tax Credit of 30%. (Charitable contribution of 35% for the Temple.) When you crunch the numbers we retirees in the 35% tax bracket can show an after tax return equivalent to a 14% annuity (try getting one of those!). With the drastic drop in solar panels (under $1.20 per watt is standard), and I have seen as low at… Read more »

Jamar Miller
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Jamar Miller

Cant believe Florida isnt leading the WORLD in Solar panel/energy generation, with all the Sun Florida Gets. I have a house in Japan with Solar panels on it and It pays 100 percent of my electric bill and I am usually up 200 dollars a month after that. My house in Florida doesnt have anything, but I need/want to fix that asap.

Ellen Schindler
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Ellen Schindler

If you want the Florida legislature to offer incentive programs for solar energy installation packages, you must elect representatives and a governor who promise to reinstate the program that nominally sunseted in June 2010. You may have noticed the majority of members of our current state legislature and the governor have very little interest in providing those incentives and some even state thay don’t “believe ” in global warming, as though that is a religion that tests a person’s belief system. We have elections coming up up this spring and fall and can vote out those would be representatives who… Read more »

Carlton Myers
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Carlton Myers

We are now in process of installing a solar panel array on our barn to provide power for the business and home. We just completed our solar hot water system. Now, we find the state has discontinued all incentive programs! My question is,”Why?” Do we no longer need to be conserving energy? Is Florida now saturated with home and small business solar installations and we no longer have a need for some assistance? I don’t think so. This is expensive stuff, and we could sure use some help!!
THANKS FOR LISTENING [email protected]

Carlton Myers
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Carlton Myers

We are now in process of installing a solar panel array on our barn to provide power for the business and home. We just completed our solar hot water system. Now, we find the state has discontinued all incentive programs! My question is,”Why?” Do we no longer need to be conserving energy? Is Florida now saturated with home and small business solar installations and we no longer have a need for some assistance? I don’t think so. This is expensive stuff, and we could sure use some help!!
THANKS FOR LISTENING

stephen mcewen
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stephen mcewen

i have posted before i am looking to form a group to file for our remaining rebates due by the state of florida in feel they have misapropriated federal money. contact [email protected]

Dave
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Dave

I am waiting to hear about a class action lawsuit against the state. If anyone hears of anything, I hope you post it. 52% of the agreed upon rebate is not the aggreement I agreed too when I spent $39000 for a 5kw system. But what so they care, they don’t live in our world an if it is not money in their pockets, the state goverent does not care.

stephen mcewen
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stephen mcewen

I just recieved about 52% of what i actually was sold by the state for 20,000.00. why my forms were the first few recieved by the state i feel the state still owes me the balance and interest on the funds paid and not paid. I would like to form a group to bring legal action against the state for misrepresentation and misapprpriation of federal funds.

Victoria Dieterle
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Victoria Dieterle

I just got a check today for half the amount I was suppose to get. I am owed another $5000.00. I am concerned that if I cash this check I am accepting that this will be my only payment. Is anyone filing a class action lawsuit??

Anonymous
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Anonymous

So the state doesn’t get paid by you the taxpayer? So, the “rebate” or more accurately, welfare check you pay to recieve wasn’t enough, so you will pay for a lawyer, then pay the state to hire a lawyer, so that you can force the state to force you to pay more to fund your own welfare? Have some pride welfare recipient. Pay for your own goods.

Mary
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Mary

Check arrived today, October 11, 2011. Should I cash the check or hold out for rest of rebate. There is nothing in the letter or on the check that says “if cashed you are no longer entitled to remainder of rebate.”

P
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P

The media is following this story. Just saw this on the nightly news the other night.

Tim Blodgett
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Tim Blodgett

I spoke with someone in authority at the Dept of Agriculture & this is the latest story; The State finally processed the money and they are saying the checks will equal about 52% of what you applied for. State approval means that the money can be obligated and released to the “printer” who physically prints the check. They said it’ll be about a week before you get it in the mail, i presume by certified mail. I almost believe them since the timing of the check release corresponds with the end of the fiscal year and that’s usually when extraordinary… Read more »

Rick
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Rick

POSTED THIS MORNING on tampabay.com

Some Floridians who applied for solar energy rebates will get checks from the state this week.

Each of the 8,800 approved applicants will get a check for 52 percent of their request.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/energy/after-long-delay-state-to-send-out-partial-solar-rebate-checks/1195210

Sherrie Slaboda
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Sherrie Slaboda

I, too, applied for the rebate 12/2009 for a 5 Kw system. In april 2011 I received a letter requesting confirmation of my system. This had already been sent but I had it resent by FAX & by certified mail. As of today 10/1/11 I have heard nothing. Waiting, waiting. Oh, they gave me a number to call 850 487 3800. I’ll try the # Monday.

Colin
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Colin

FPL just sent me a rebate check for the 2.76Kw I added. What a great deal – $2 a watt when solar panel prices are dropping to just over a $1.50 a watt. With Enphase micro inverters the price is finally getting “doable”. I also put 3.22Kw on before the Florida state rebate program sunset. I have to be honest and say that I did not expect to get any Florida rebate. Judging by the quick depletion of funds – and the wording of the offer : “the Governor’s Energy Office, will continue to accept and process applications until June… Read more »

carol
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carol

I have been waiting for a rebate for my 8-09 installed solar hot water heater too long. Money ran out. Then I called the wk. it was approved by state officials. Not yet, they say early spring. I call every 2-3 months and get the runaround. Oh, you are on the list and we have your account. You’ll receive it in the spring 11, then early summer, then fall. I am tired and have been too patient. I call 800-490-2659 or 474-9504. They answered last time. Governor Scott’s energy office. GAG! I am ready to act with whomever else is… Read more »

Sarah
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Sarah

Anybody in the forum or reading this have any experience with teco (tampa electric) ?

Tim Blodgett
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Tim Blodgett

Wake up people. You’ve been scammed by the State. The a/c program that was paid off before all those who are still waiting was done to cover the misappropriated funds that were taken from us by the Christ Administration to fund a rebate program to help his re-election campaign. He was caught but many of those who were part of it are still in power. The news media neglected to cover this, those who are still in power still control it and want it to go away. My rebate has gone from 3 months to 6 months to next year,… Read more »

Tim Blodgett
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Tim Blodgett

Wake up people. You’ve been scammed by the State. The a/c program that was paid off before all those who are still waiting was done to cover the misappropriated funds that were taken from us by the Christ Administration to fund a rebate program to help his re-election campaign. He was caught but many of those who were part of it are still in power. The news media neglected to cover this, those who are still in power still control it and want it to go away. My rebate has gone from 3 months to 6 months to next year,… Read more »

JAMES T MARIANI
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JAMES T MARIANI

All of us on the solar waiting list somehow became “orphans” of the state’s energy programs. All of the other solar rebates were processed as promised and all applicants previous to us received their rebate in full. While we waited on the list, the state offered a new appliance rebate program. 17 million dollars went out to those who bought new energy star appliances. All of them were paid in full. The HVAC rebate program started soon after that, ended abruplty, but those who were on the list received their rebate as promised. Now some still sit on this solar… Read more »

Gary
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Gary

As a side note Senator Nelson has been very supportive of our case and has written me twice stating his position. I’m sure without his nudging the Energy Office would have ignored my calls.

I have just emailed his office with details of the lasted fiasco

Gary
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Gary

I’m in. That HVAC payout was really annoying. Their last little scam of saying we needed to submit interconnect statements by the 15th of Aug or we don’t qualify is also an attempt to defraud us. It didn’t work as Progress energy re-sent the forms the next day! They apparently already had sent the form when the State first requested them back in April.

Now they are saying, after Bill Nelson contacted them and made them call me, I should only expect 45% of what they owe. I’m pissed!

Mary
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Mary

Got a call from Florida Energy office that my rebate had been approved. They were going to pay 50% of rebate and I should have the check by Christmas 2011. I applied late August 2009.

Bill D.
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Bill D.

I am one of 13,000 consumers in Florida who HAS NOT BEEN PAID the Solar rebate of $20,000 by the FEC, YES they infact commited FRAUD! Florida received $126 Million from the recovery act April 2010, to be used for GREEN ENERGY, THAT gave them the FUNDS to pay the $54 Million they owed for Rebates. The Federal Government Audited the state and found MIS-USE, MIS- ALLOCATION of funds.(OAS-RA-10-12 Audit) They have since allocated $31Million for Energy rebates at emergency session NOVEMBER 16/17th 2010. That left a short fall of $23 Million. They CHANGED the florida statute at that session… Read more »

Tim Blodgett
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Tim Blodgett

To Pstreicher, The issue of shade savings from roof mounted solar panels is negligible. Almost all roof venting in Florida homes is grossly inefficient to relieve the 160-180 degree heat build up of a typical Florida attic in summer. Thus, even if you shade 1/2 of the roof area, the heat build up from other areas will quickly fill the space until it vents…ineffectively to the outside. The only exception is if your home is completely shaded by a tree. I put reflective shingles on my roof(a 30% heat reduction) prior to the panel installation and increased the ventilation by… Read more »

William McNeely
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William McNeely

I installed a 4kw solar pv system on my home in Ft. Pierce Florida last summer after signing a net metering agreement with FPUA but 4 days later they pulled my meter – installed a digital and now pay 4 cents per kw & charge me 12 cents for night electric consumpsion. I have spoken up at meetings and recieved some good press but nothing is changing. Any ideas??? [email protected]

Solman17
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Solman17

Billy, I feel your pain. Some of the cooperatives that are part of the Touchstone group in Alabama do not have net metering or have something they claim is net metering which is not. Why do they drag their feet when solar helps all members of the cooperative. They give a lot of excuses. None of them are well thought out or rationale. Start calling and writing them to protest. Write the public service commission. Cut your electricity usage to the bone and install all gas appliances and go solar with a battery backup system. The coops use your money… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

I think a flood of e-mails to all the Senators, reprenentatives and committee chairman would be in order. Is there a complete listing of all email addresses for all these people – the interest level with our government on the solar rebate program has to be revived.

Billy Fuller
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Billy Fuller

well I have Read all of the post on here about florida,s Rebate money comeing late, But Folks cheer up it could Be worse, you could be like us up here in south alabama we dont have anything we dont pay for and it dont seem like we are going to get anything ,But we are trying to get something going ,these co-op,s Realy suck ,s But solar Realy works ,——-Bill

Solman17
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Solman17

Latest I got from Governor’s office was that it would be late fall or winter before payments due to problems encountered with a few of the applications. Since the remaining proceeds are to be fairly prorated to all applicants the application approval must be complete before making the final calculations. I now understand the rebate will be closer to 50-60%. That is still enough to make the ROI favorable. If it is not a windfall profit we can be content to get a small return and still have our solar panels saving us money. Last month I sold 465 kwh… Read more »

Pstreicher
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Pstreicher

I’m glad to have found this forum on solar energy. I am so interested in doing this but I have some serious calculations to look at. Yes, we’ve seen all the calulations no what 25 years can do. But, what about the added benefit of the solar panels shielding the house from the sun and thus saving on electric for air conditioning here in Florida? Has anyone figured that in? I’ve not seen it anywhere. I would think that this would move more people to make the investment if proof were given to show the ROI would be years less.… Read more »

Gary
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Gary

That they have changed their story again is very worrying… the explanation given me was that they had to deal with the HVAC rebates first so the correct amounts could be calculated. The lady insisted they had to have it all done by the end of the financial year which is rapidly approaching.

I will call again this week.

Gary

Richard
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Richard

Thanks for the post Gary. I just called the energy office yesterday and got a different response. I missed the payout by 8 weeks since my application was approved in august 2009. They told me that checks would be cut in late summer or early fall and would be about half of what is owed. I am owed about $40K for two 5KW PV solar systems. Here is my concern. The statue of limitation on a lawsuit is 2 years. If they wait until august 2011 and pay me half then I may not be able to sue for the… Read more »

Gary
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Gary

So I called the Governors office today and seems like fairly good news. The lady told me that many of the HVAC rebates were denied and that money goes back in the pot to pay the outstanding solar rebates. I was expecting about half of the $20500 they owe me, but I was told I would get a total of $19,200 as my prorated amount ( $18700 for PV and $500 for water … very happy about that) She also said checks must be sent before the end of the financial year June 30th or there would be a tonne… Read more »

Solman17
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Solman17

Gary, Please share what you find out about the ETA of the checks. The rebate program has been part of an evolutionary process to give our country a large portion of our energy portfolio from clean, renewable energy. If you follow the development of solar around the world you will see that other countries have worked through similar problems, but the results have been very good. In Europe now there is more energy coming from solar than from dirty coal. Over there, solar provides almost 20% of electrical energy, and solar has been so successful in meeting their energy needs… Read more »

JP
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JP

@SolarSanity – Agree. Government should subsidized the manufactures like it does coal, gas, and utilities. In this manner the subsidies would be hidden (like in the mentioned industries) and idiots like you would be quiet.

Gary
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Gary

my application was recieved by the state on 10/22/2009…. i’ve seen nada!

I talked to them in January 2011 and was told the HVAC rebates had to be paid first, PV rebates(partial payment) would go out by March… I’m going to call again this week as March is here but the check isn’t

Dinkar B. Koppikar
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Dinkar B. Koppikar

I should say that Florida Solar power rebate program is a fraud. I put 8.6 kw system on my roof in January 2010 and put in my application for rebate on March 16, 2010. I am still waiting for rebate check. I believe these programs are manipulated in such a way that only certain favored persons get fat rebate checks and the rest only false assurances. Don’t tell me lies. I am not going to be fooled.

SolarSanity
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SolarSanity

When the cost of a solar system gets affordable without government rebates, then it makes sense. Florida and the Feds should cut it out! That money is coming from the pockets of the taxpayers, not from some “daddy” in the government. These types of programs are why governments all across the country are fiscally unsound.

P
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P

In response to “Brian”, I wouldn’t say the state is blameless. IMO, they could have done more to warn people. I was just trying to clear up that they never guaranteed it and they were up front about it. I wasn’t “condemning” people either. I just didn’t think it was right for some people to condemn the state for rebates it never guaranteed. T It’s not the state’s fault that over zealous sale people oversold the rebate on high hopes. I would blame the state for a poorly implemented rebate system though. IMO, either you guarantee all the rebates no… Read more »

patrick
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patrick
patrick
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patrick

Well, I may be able to share a ray of hope and say that is my understanding that new funds have been approved as of November 2010 to fund the solar rebate program! Yea! Checks are due to be written between ‘spring and late fall.’ lol We will see, lets keep our fingers crossed. I got this information from the office of Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos. Not everybody on the list will be able to be paid. I filed my rebate January 2009 and so, i’m fairly high on the list. I don’t know how much money has been… Read more »

patrick
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patrick

Well, I may be able to share a ray of hope and say that is my understanding that new funds have been approved as of November 2010 to fund the solar rebate program! Yea! Checks are due to be written between ‘spring and late fall.’ lol We will see, lets keep our fingers crossed. I got this information from the office of Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos. Not everybody on the list will be able to be paid. I filed my rebate January 2009 and so, i’m fairly high on the list. I don’t know how much money has been… Read more »

Derek
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Derek

^ I am with allthatwhichis. I was searching and found the Solar Energy Systems Incentive Program that has no more available funding, which is very misleading.

I am starting up a photovoltaic system for running live sound reinforcement system for festivals, parades. Looking for local/government incentives in Tallahassee/FL area. Speaker system runs 2-5kW, looking to spend $20-40k (provided sufficient funding)

Any suggestions on available resources? Thanks to all for compiling this helpful information

Derek

allthatwhichis
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allthatwhichis

Greetings,

Should the information on the big rebates available in Florida be removed since there is no more money available? Or at lest updated so those of us a bit behind on things don’t have to read every comment from 2007 to 2009 to find this out. Got my hopes up for a good hour…

Have a sunny day!

allthat…

Brian
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Brian

In response to “P” who finds the state blameless in the rebate debacle, you are correct that there was no “guarantee” of a rebate. But those of us who expected honesty and integrity from our elected officials were hoodwinked. The salesmen weren’t the only ones giving us (false) assurances. They were confidant of the rebate because there were representatives elected based on this very topic. It was to be a top priority with several members of congress who then voted NOT to fund the program. Instead, they diverted what funds were available to fund projects by huge energy companies like… Read more »

christine
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christine

I am an American living in a third world country. I have been an expat for several years, helping others. All of you people who are worried about air conditioning and pool heaters- it is really quite sickening especially since the USA greedily consumes more than half of the entire earth’s resources while there are poor people here starving with no where to live. INSTALL SOLAR ENERGY NOW- fossil fuel will not be available. Trust me on this because I have been to many countries without the “First World American Blinders” on…I know the reality outside the USA. We are… Read more »

Pat
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Pat

For a 2 4×8 panel, 120 gallon hot water system, a solar telemarketting firm initially wanted $10k!!!! Another local installer wanted to install a closed loop german system for $12k!!! Telemarketting firm finally came down to $7.5k. Finally found somebody that would install a 2 panel 120 gallon hot water system for $6k. The parts alone run just under $4k. Depending on how far you mount your panels from your tank, you might also need a few hundred in copper (mine were far away). Then there are different quality controllers, goldline (no display), or what I got, stecca (with a… Read more »

Tim Blodgett
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Tim Blodgett

Oh, to answer some previous posts, I live in Florida, 10 people installed my system in 1 day, 4 watched including the electrician & a potential buyer, Solar hot water is set high and loses its heat at a rate just less than 2 degrees per hour, thus 160 at 7 pm is about 140-146 by 7 am the next day and you will definitely know if it was cloudy the day before. Hospital heating pads are set at 105 to prevent skin damage, Scalding occurs at 140. It takes the back-up about an hour to reheat a tank instead… Read more »

Tim Blodgett
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Tim Blodgett

Well, I’ve had my 5K system for a year. Here’s a summary. 5K PV system, solar world 230 panels & solaris inverter($43K), solar hot water($5K) set to 160 back-up 120, Dual pane vinyl low-e replacement windows($5k), 1800 sq ft house, reflective life-time shingles to roof($13k), 18.5 SEER heat pump ($5K),Capacitor box(doesn’t really appear to do anything but act as a surge suppressor)($300.00) Add zone heating ($1.8K), 25watt roof vent +additional venting($650.00), converting all lighting to LED. Home equity loan $68K @ 6.25%. After rebates I’m paying $333/month in interest. FL State owes $20.5K not paid as of 1/19/11. Previous usage… Read more »

Robert Brill
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Robert Brill

They say misery loves company but I believe its time to up the game. I put out almost 39,000.00 for my solar panels and water heater panel. I would not have done this if not for the State of Florida’s written contractual agreement to pay back what they promised. I want to find a high profile lawyer who would handle a class action suit against the State of Florida ,Ex-govenor Crist and whoever else is responsible for making promises they can’t keep and getting thousands of people to go out on a limb in good faith. Its time for the… Read more »

JP
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JP

Thank you P; I have read that new water tanks are much better insulated; but I could not believe thay would keep the water hot for over 10 hours.

With regards to the installation. This is really a deal breaker; the systems are really coming down in price; but the installation is really high. And to qualify for rebates/credits, it needs to be done by a certified installer. Something is out of whack.

P
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P

I can’t help explain solar pv installation costs. $140/hr seems way high though. IMO, Solar PV is the last option. I’d foam my attic before going PV. As for the solar hot water question, the answer is that the water is still hot in the tank. You’d be amazed how well insulated those tanks are and how long they store heat. I have a solar hot water heater and believe me, that water is still hot the next morning. AND with the electric breaker off to the backup element! Now in the winter months, I have turned the backup element… Read more »

JP
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JP

For the past 3 days, I have thrown myself into learning as much as I could about solar with the hopes of making the jump. Here are what I’ve learned and I am confused: I found a website that analyzed a 4KW grid-tied installation in NY. It used equipment (complete kits) from affordablesolar.com claiming $2-$3 per Watt (total of $14,063). Installation was assumed at 35 man hours at $140/hr; or $4900. All these numbers are BEFORE any rebate and tax credit. I visited affordablesolar.com, and sizing a system for my home (5KW – 5.5KW), it came up with two systems… Read more »

deepsea driller
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deepsea driller

Hello All, great site!…Next week I am installing a 4.6 Kw monocrystaline panel grid tie-in system. Total cost for all components is juat at $16,000 for a DYI as myself in Rhode Island. with Fed rebate the price drops 30%…As one of the contributors wrote..”I don’t ask about the payback of my flat panel TV” I am of the same mind set. I say it’s a nice high being energy effiecient!
FYI;I own a small subsea wellcontrol oilfield engineering firm I am of teh opinion that oil and gas will not get cheaper in the future.

P
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P

Abner – Does your current water heater have an energy usage chart on it about the estimated yearly cost? If so, look at that, adjust for your current electric rate, divide by 12, and that’s a good starting point. But ultimately it depends on how many people are showering and when they shower, morning or evening. If most shower in the evening, then the backup element will be working away at night to heat the water back up and you might not see the most in savings. That’s how we are. So I just turned off the backup heater breaker.… Read more »

Abner
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Abner

This may be to late. I hope not. I am having a solar hot water heater system put in today (11/23/2010).
The cost is $6500 installed. I was told on a $170 monthly bill I would see a drop of $70 a month. Yet I keep on reading that this may not be real.
Pls help

manny
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manny

watch out for scams in sarasota solar business!

Mark
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Mark

I live in Orlando. I’m now just starting my research on Solar Power for my home. does anyone have a site that can give me information for someone local to install a system on my house that won’t rip me off?

Mary
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Mary

I live in Pensacola and the costs for a complete turn key system here is around $5$6 per watt depending on size. Thats the complete cost installed by a solar contractor. No hidden costs. If your paying $9 8 or $7 you are being ripped.

Asenath
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Asenath

Are you for real? “Wanna”? I thought this was a legitimate site!

J
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J

For those wondering about a solar water heater vrs a on-demand water heater (tankless is a misnomer here), there’s no reason you can’t pair the two. Have a solar water heater tank feed into the on-demand system, and it will reduce the cost of the on-demand system, because it will not have to work as hard to heat already warmed water.

This is why I prefer to use on-demand instead of tankless for naming such systems; tankless makes you think you can’t have a tank feeding it!

Greg Parker
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Greg Parker

Hi i do not know why solar cost so much the material cost about $4 bucks a watt they want $9 bucks a watt installed. 4x 5000 watts = 20.000 9x5000watts= 45.000 thats 25.000 to install sounds like too much to me

Colin B Mckinney
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Colin B Mckinney

Colin. If you scroll all the way to the top you will see my post after I put in Thermal water heater. Prices have dropped A LOT since then. I know I have paid for the water heater by now. I just put in 3.22 Kw voltaic, the website I put together (http://sites.google.com/site/solarmation/) was to share anything I could to help others do the same. Installed prices seem to be around $8 per watt; I performed the installation myself – except for the Master electrician – for $3.9 per watt. Still will take some time to recoup, but that is… Read more »

P
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P

To those of you waiting on your FL rebate, I do hope you get it. But at the same time, you should have been more careful in your decision making. I too “almost” took the plunge and got an expensive solar pv package. BUT, I read the fine print. The state was being upfront in that the rebate was NOT guaranteed. They never promised the rebate or guaranteed it. They’ve never promised or guaranteed refunding. It was on their website for all to see. I did my research. By last September, it was already evident that the program was very… Read more »

Burkhard Klein
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Burkhard Klein

In regards to the Florida Solar Rebate I would like to express my disappointment in the lack of funding at this time. These Rebates were heavily advertised in the state by the state and companies that install renewable energy systems. In the name of job growth, future investment in renewable energy sources, independence from oil, be it from the President, or Governor, this program was intended to do good and to entice to the inhabitants of the Sunshine State to use their sunshine for a better environment. Lack of attention and quick action of the legislature will halt any movement… Read more »

Jonathan Lee
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Jonathan Lee

Glen and the rest, I am in the same boat. I have a $20,000 rebate that I am waiting on. We need to write to our legislators to get them to act. Floridians need to be able to trust their government, especially when we are making large investments to protect our future. If you go to http://www.dotherightthingflorida.com there is a group that has broken down the state rebate by Senator/Representative. They have mailed out letters to each congressman on our behalf. check it out and sign up, there’s strength in numbers! If Floridians lose trust in our government with this… Read more »

Glen Parker
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Glen Parker

I’m another Floridian who installed a system in May 2009 on the belief that a rebate was available. I’m on the hook for almost $40,000. My rebate is Approved, but with no funds in 2010, and nothing apparent on the horizon, I’m not sure what to do. Write your representatives and let them know of the lurch you are in.

For now, DO NOT buy solar in Florida expecting a rebate. If anyone tells you about a Florida rebate in 2010, they are wrong.

Ken
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Ken

FLORIDA IS NOT PAYING THE $500 REBATE. I put may solar Hot Water system in last November. I just call the Governers office and they said the program ran out of money and it is not a “garrunteed rebate”. I had to pry it of of him that I wasn’t going to get paid. I will never trust the State again

Larry
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Larry

I put solar panels on my roof last year only to find that when I filed with the state the rebate fund was empty and has not been funded in the 2010 budget. If the state does not put funds back into the program I am on the hook for over $34k instead of the $6k I was told to plan on. I understand I have company, about 7,000 other Floridians who went green, believed what they were told, filed within the stated time frame for the rebate and now are in the same boat I am. Now what?

Kathy Hersh
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Kathy Hersh

I heard recently of a program in California which rents the solar panels and maintains them and the customers pay the rent as part of their monthly bill. Even with the rent added, the payments are lower because of the energy savings. How can we make this happen in Florida?

Alvie
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Alvie

I live here in Fl and i would love to have solar in my home. But my problem is that i’m a 100% disabled vet. I dont have any taxes to pay so the 30% tax credit dose not help me.Why dont they come up with something that will help the disabled. It sure would help.. thsnks

Carl
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Carl

What additional alternative energy activities is the state of Florida considering besides solar energy? I sent some time at an Atlatic Ocean beach recently and was amazed at the amount of energy being provided by the winds and the tides. Needless to say, none of the energy was being used except by a few para surfers using the winds to give them entertainment and exercise. I really feel that we need to be proactive and use these super natural resources that are currently not being used. Only an opinion, I am not an engineer, but I am sure the amount… Read more »

Tom
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Tom

Will Florida ever get a similar program to the state of New Jersey from the federal government called SREC’s. They are Solar Renewable Energy Certificates.

Mr Mrs
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Mr Mrs

What BS this program was. Thanks for nothing.

Rachel
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Rachel

We were told that it is highly unlikely tht we’ll get our rebate at this time. Where are all the lawyers who got PV? I challenge all you lawyers to take on Tallahassee and the monopolized utility companies that are paying lobbyists to influence Florida legislature. Florida could thrive with solar power as well as a state-based solar manufacturing industry. Of course this would cut into utility company profits. Someone with legal know-how needs to step up to the plate and organize a good campaign.

shellie
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shellie

brain, how long have you been waiting? my rebate was approved in jun 2009

Brian
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Brian

To all concerned, I just now spoke with Hannah in the Governor’s office. She informed me that there would be NO FURTHER rebates granted unless more funding became available. No further funding is anticipated at this time. Anyone whose application has been waiting (as has mine)in the queue for funding are out of luck! Write your legislators NOW!

don
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don

dear paul, how do you know? don

Paul
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Paul

Please update this page to reflect the current situation in Florida, as of 4/30/2010. Not only are there no funds available moving forward in the current program, the State Rebate program altogether will cease to exist on 7/1/2010. People who were expecting to receive PV rebate money from the State of Florida totaling over $25 million will not receive the promised funding.

Vicky
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Vicky

How do I apply for the $500 rebate from the State of Florida for the installation of a solar hot water heater? Please advise.

M
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M

Florida House Senate passed a bill called PACE http://www.flaseia.org/PressReleaseNews/Press/PACE%20Committee%20PR.pdf It allows each city to pass bonds to support solar energy. As much as I want to see incentives for solar energy I’m afraid that this economy will stifle funding for future rebate incentives. I really don’t want to see Florida bankrupt by giving away money we don’t have! Think about it, if your friends, sons or daughters asks for money you don’t have except using your credit cards to finance whatever, and you don’t have enough revenue from your job to replenish the bank, you go bankrupt. Our State legislators… Read more »

Zubin
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Zubin

How do we handle the tax basis of the system cost if we finance the project in partnership with the local utility? 35% was payable by customer to the contractor upon installation. 65% was financed through a partnership offered by the local utility wtih loan repayment over 48 months. we installed mid year and made 6 loan payments, totaling about 8% of the total cost. Should our system cost per tax return be the full 100%, or just the cash basis of 43% as what was paid during 2009? If the latter then do we treat the residual payments as… Read more »

Tom Atwood
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Tom Atwood

Seven Months to get this answer!!! Dear Mr. Atwood: Thank you for contacting Governor Charlie Crist. The Governor appreciates your thoughts regarding the Solar Energy System Incentives Program and asked that the Governor’s Energy Office respond. Recently, Governor Crist recommended that $10 million be appropriated to the Solar Energy System Incentives Program, in his proposal for Florida’s budget for 2010-2011 fiscal year. Solar energy will play a critical role in the State’s increasingly diverse energy portfolio and Governor Crist remains committed to growing Florida’s market for renewable energy. By way of background, the Solar Rebate Program is very popular and… Read more »

Margaret
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Margaret

I am wanting to install solar power to my private home. I’ve been told that there are so many grants out there. Where are they?

Dale
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Dale

I am trying to determine the official Florida state regulations for net metering. Most of our customers are located in the Central Florida Electric COOP serving area. CFEC buys electricity from solar producers at their wholesale rates and sells to all customers at the higher retail rates. I have recently read that the state required ALL electric companies to buy and sell from PV Solar customers/producers at the same rate (effective in July, 2009.) Can you help me clear this up for our customers (including my own home)?
Thanks

Alan
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Alan

I have installed solar water system and a 4.8kw system here in Florida with the plans of the rebate from the state. Who would we get in contact to see when the money is approved?

norm Grajek
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norm Grajek

when will florida funds be available for solar residence use ! ????

Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"
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Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"

Norm, if we were political sages, we would be much more respected. Alas, we are simply solar geeks, and we cannot predict when the Florida legislator will gather its golden solar incentive eggs and lay them down for residents again. They are apparently focusing more on large scale utilities. Please yell at your legislator and governor. The greasy wheel…

Sorry we can’t be more help.

kim cox
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kim cox

I have been trying to find our about my rebate for my solar water but am not able to find it…could you please send me the site

Cristine
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Cristine

I just checked the FL site. No rebate money is left as of today 1/25/10. Maybe I should put this on the backburner!! Really too bad!

Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"
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Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"

Cristine, you’re right. Thanks for the update. We hope the program will be refunded again either through a federal program or through Florida. Keep in mind that each utility may also offer a unique program as well, separate from the state. There are many solar hot water programs being offered from each utility. If you’ve got electric hot water, you’ll save huge. Check here or on this site to see if your utility has a solar or energy efficiency program for you.

Thanks again for the update.

Mike Mitchell
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Mike Mitchell

What a great resource! Now I have a place to send a lot of my visitors who keep asking me the same questions about state and federal level incentive programs. As you can imagine, the question comes up quite a lot during tax season. Thanks for again!

Vaughn
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Vaughn

My neighbor had a solar hot water system installed during the Carter administration and it still works! All of his hot water has been free for decades, thanks to the government’s help. We need to expand governments involvement in helping cut costs rather than making investing into Florida’s power companies more lucrative to the stockholder. Yea Federal government, boo Republican legislature and their lobbiest handlers.

lindsey
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lindsey

I am interested in solar energy. However even with the incentives it is still cost prohibitive for me. Are there good web sights that inform one on how to build and enstall there own systems?

Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"
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Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"

Lindsey, Honestly, these DIY (Do It Yourself) kits that you see on the Internet for a couple of hundred bucks are not worth the time and money. Plus, there’s a lot of electrical code problems and they look like Frankenstien on your roof, you don’t qualify for any rebates, it’ll take you a long time to find the material and to make them… I could go on about the challenges. Honestly, though it pains me to say this, I’d rather you wait until you can afford solar and not go solar than to waste your time and money on these… Read more »

Pat
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Pat

As of Nov 9th, there is now only $12,464.50 left and they’re still only in June applications.

They’re essentially burning through $600,000 a week or $2.5 million a month.

Eric
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Eric

As of Oct. 30th there is only $640,252.50 left in Florida’s Solar Rebate Program for FY 09-10
Here is the link to verify:

http://myfloridaclimate.com/climate_quick_links/florida_energy_climate_commission/grants_solar_rebates_incentives

Steve Dale
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Steve Dale

Great Information, you guys rock! Thanks for the updated information. I posted your State by State Solar Report here: http://www.nlvca.org/forum/showthread.php?p=4240#post4240
If any of you three guys want to be moderators under our “Renewable Energy Category” please email us we are always looking for informed individuals to get the word out about renewable energy. http://www.nlvca.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=35

Dan Hahn
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Dan Hahn

Thanks for spreading the love Steve!

CB
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CB

You Do Not calculate the 30% FTC after you minus the Rebate. Case in point. Our company was the first to install a commercial customer who just received their FTC from the (DOE) Dept. of Energy for 30% of the total price. The cost of the 25kW PV Solar System was $167,500. The check was sent 2 and 1/2 months after the DOE application was received on September 21, 2009, for the exact amount of $50,250.00 . (Which is 30% of the contract price.) Do you honestly believe the Depart of Treasury issued a check on behalf of the DOE,… Read more »

Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"
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Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"

Ecowise, You’re absolutely right…for commercial installations. For residents, that formula is not so clear, and guidance we’ve given for residential installs (which are the majority of our readers) is that the 30% is deducted after any state rebate. This comes from the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). Also, residents are NOT eligible for a tax grant (cash!), which is what your company received. Residents are only eligible for a tax CREDIT, which they can use like cash towards paying whatever they owe the IRS on April 15th. Now, let me hedge a little here, because the actual tax form that… Read more »

Brad
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Brad

Hi there! Thank you so much for this. As an employee of Brite Sky Solar in Jacksonville, we appreciate all you do in spreading the word on solar. One question though. In your example you show the ‘tax credits’ as being multiplied off the ‘after rebate’ price of 15k. My understanding is that the Federal Tax credit of 30% is on the amount paid, before rebates. From dsire.org: http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=US37F&re=1&ee=1

If this is not true, please let me know as I want to make sure our customers receive the most accurate answers to their FAQ!

Thanks again :)

Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"
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Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"

Brad, there is a document linked to that dsireusa.org link your comment. It’s this FAQ from the solar energy society. In that document, it states–for home owners– A rebate received by a homeowner in a residential context usually does not have to be reported as income when the rebate is received from the local utility. A homeowner who does not report the rebate as income takes a “tax basis” in solar equipment equal to the net amount he paid. In other words, if the solar equipment has a gross cost of $20,000, but a rebate from the local utility pays… Read more »

RH
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RH

Fossil Fuels will only increase in price. 10 years from now you will be kicking yourself for not installing PV / solar water heaters. Have vision, nothing in life is free.

Amy
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Amy

Love all the info here. I want to get a good idea about what a solar hot water system should cost, installed. We have about 1,200 sq ft, 3 adults, and want a system that is self-sufficient. That is, with PV to run the pump and electric for backup only.

Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"
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Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"

Hey, Amy.

Solar Hot water’s great!…from what we’ve heard! Right now, we’re trying just to keep up with all of the solar PV/electricity technology and financing and rebates. But of these days, we hope to get to hot water too. :)

Steve Louis
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Steve Louis

Net-Metering has got to be in place for wide residential and commercial use, and to keep power companies honest. The German system that makes it financially advantageous to invest now rather than later by using a declining rate of return year by year should also get potential alternative energy customers off the fence and into the game. Investors like to have a baseline rate of return and guaranteed buyback rates and fixed installation costs get that done.

Giselle
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Giselle

Is there a reputable, knowledgeable installer in the Miami-Dade county area that I could contact?

MIKE
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MIKE

I just think a more appropriate stimulus package would have been once that concentrated on renewable energy. Creation of jobs, protection of our environment and get the economy going again. Instead of giving billions to financial institutions we should have given every household a PV system free of charge.

Lisa
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Lisa

State of Florida rebate should not be considered taxable income, per DEP. See http://www.dep.state.fl.us/energy/energyact/wp-content/uploads/faq_solar_rebates.PDF

Note that this is an old document and that the comment that the Federal tax credit would be reduced by the FL rebate is no longer valid. This was repealed in the Feb. 2009 Recovery Act legislation.

JDub
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JDub

Can you give updated cost benifit analysis? These numbers apear to be at least 2 years old.

Bob
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Bob

Are the state rebates for solar power generation treated as taxable income? If so, this seems to be overlooked on most webpages devoted to solar incentives. Can anyone give me an authoritative answer? I learned this at: http://seia.org/galleries/pdf/SEIATaxManual_v3-0_FAQ.pdf

Ron
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Ron

I am a x-fossil fuel project manager and sales rep. I am seeking manufacturing principals to represent in FL and GA.

Thanks, Ron
Southeast Energy Services, LLC

Charles Hinricksen
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Charles Hinricksen

Solar does rock, I have played with solar for several years and have now powered my entire outside with soft mood lighting plus run 1500 gallons of water thru 3 turtle ponds 24-7. I am really thinking of giving up my job of over 20 years to work in solar but do not really know were to start. any hints would be a great help

Dale
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Dale

i think that pv panels are the way to go, but the expense is still to large. but i have been working on cutting my electric bill to its bare minimum. At the moment i have it down to 46.00 dollars for the month. between a timer on my hot water heater, and not using my A/C. Thank God for a great breeze. People look at cutting your usage and then re figure your needs in a system. plus look into having a spray foam roof installed. r7 per inch on your roof means that your attic won’t heat up.… Read more »

Uwe
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Uwe

Hello over there.I live in germany and was looking for some infos about what is going on now with alternative energy in the us. I and alot of people here own a solarwater heating system here and it works good.My system is just for the hot water storage but lot of people have it combined with the heating system. Last dec i decided to invest in a solar energy system.That works too but we get a high support from the energy supplier. the energy suppliers are forced by law to buy your solar energy for 0.48 cents per kw for… Read more »

Sharon
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Sharon

I want to be in the manufacturing process. Live in Florida. What kind of education do I need to land a job in Alternative Energy which I am wanting to do a career change to?

tom koether
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tom koether

nice presentation, seeking full system in stages or on one shot

Bob
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Bob

I am using propane to heat water and to heat a pool spa. I am investigating replacing propane with solar for either or both applications. House is new (2008) and super insulated. Large south facing roof area (20×50. Should I look at all photovolactic or hybrid using water filled panels?

Dan Hahn
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Dan Hahn

Kel,

For sure, the Fed rebate is now 30% with no cap. The cap was removed at the end of 2008. I’m not sure about timing on the Florida state rebate. We’ll try to dig something up for you in the next week.

Cheers,

– Dan

Kel
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Kel

I’m so close to putting a 3.12 kW system on my home in South Fl but I’m worried about the rebate from the state and the Fed incentive. Two questions:
1-Does anyone know if they are going to replenish the State Rebate money?
2-Is the Fed rebate 30% with no cap, or is $2000?
Both of these will factor in on my decsion. I’m looking at either $10,000 or $22,000 depending on the rebates!!!! BIG DIFFERENCE.

David
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David

Taxing a commodity to force consumers to another product?, a little regressive thinking for a progressive business owner. I want the gov’t to tax all of my competition too.

Vito Buonomano III
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Vito Buonomano III

Energy Reality in RI: I have recently started a solar company in RI (neastsolar.com) and I am shocked at the lack of action of people in the North East when it comes to energy conservation. There are still many thousands of homes and business in the North East that have not taken advantage of low cost quick pay back energy efficiency improvements. When you add them all up they have a far greater impact on our environment, local econemy and road to energy independence than alternative energy. Some of us that have lived through the energy conservation years of the… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

If they want to save POWER than where are the 25 watt electric bulbs, I can’t find them. Remember that they save and you PAY !!

Jim

Robert
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Robert

Hey Beth, that’s why California is bankrupt and Florida isn’t. When the government gets involved in free enterprise, it wrecks the industries. Just look at the auto industry that was forced to finance all the development of all the hybrid cars that no one wants.

Matthew
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Matthew

What an absolute great way to start and continue the enviroment! The solar water heaters are extremely benefitial financially and enviromentally. I have recently joined a company that speciallizes in solar water heaters as well as panels to heat pools during the cooler months….much more interested in the water heaters. I’m in the central Florida area, if anyone would like some feedback or information e-mail me @ [email protected]

sunshngurl
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sunshngurl

I’m embarrassed that my state of Florida does not have a more progressive solar program. There should be a solar panel on every roof in the state. Why is this so difficult??? When logic fails, follow the money trail…..

Ben
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Ben

The federal incentive is now 1/3 the cost with no cap.

Beth
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Beth

There is a program in California to help senior citizens on fixed incomes install solar in their homes. There is an urgent, urgent need for this in Florida now. Progress Energy has been granted, by the Republican appointed PSC, a huge rate increase. Think about summer in Florida without air conditioning. Think about 95 degrees and the humidity of summer for seniors and those with heart and other health problems not being able to run the air conditioning. This is a health emergency in the making and the governor and legislator don’t give a damn.

sister plop
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sister plop

hi people

karin
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karin

I have heard about plans to build your own solar panels at a reduced cost. What are the caveats for that? Thanks.

lin
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lin

From the FPL web site
The solar rebate program is very popular and successful. Due to the large volume of rebate applications received the budget approved for FY2008-2009,$5 million, was exhausted. When all of the funding was exhausted for FY2007-2008, the state continued to accept applications, placing the applicants on a waiting list. This list of approved applications has now reached the $5 million mark and will absorb all of the FY2008-2009 funding upon appropriation. The solar rebate checks will begin to be delivered in mid-July.

Susan
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Susan

In the State of Florida I would think it would be more beneficial if we could run the air conditioners instead of just the water heaters. It should be made more cost effective to the average home owner and for once consider the people not the “profit margin”

Fixizin
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Fixizin

Pretty LAME when the gov’t of a State (FL) with a whopping population of 19,000,000(!), and so much solar exposure, allocates a measly $5MIL for incentives! Of course it’s already gone, since that’ only 250 homes @ $20K each! And every participating business is eligible for up to $100K, which comes from the same pool, and knocks 5 homes out of contention.

Am I the only one who smells the stench of UTILITY LOBBYIST opposition all over this? GRRRrrr…

Dan Hahn
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Dan Hahn

Regarding Mary’s question about the comparison between tankless and solar water heaters, I did a little searching. A lot of people ask about them as an alternative. Tom Lane, author of Solar Hot Water Systems says: “Tankless water heaters do save space, but not much energy. Numerous tests by independent third parties, have shown only 10% savings versus conventional electric water heaters and 15% to 20% savings versus energy efficient conventional gas water heaters over a 24 hour period. Most manufacturers of these expensive water heater systems exaggerate the savings. Daily savings quotes of 25% or higher versus modern electric… Read more »

Robert
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Robert

Reading this in 2013- ! Good point- but another angle- is the ability to put small ones- at point of use- A central- water heaters can be on one side of the house- and when the hot water tap is turned on – at the far side of the house- the tap has to run for sometime until the hot water reaches the tap (or shower)- Not only a waste of water- but- the pipes are then full of unused hot water when the tap is turned off. This results in a lot of heat loss- each time the shower… Read more »

Cirag
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Cirag

I really want to do this (I live in sunny Fort Lauderdale), but the state rebate of $20,000 has been exhausted, and it doesn’t look to be renewed. Take away the $20,000 and it’s pretty tough to make the business case for equipping a PV system. Depressing! I would love to hear other thoughts on this.

DOUG B
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DOUG B

IF SOLAR IS SO GOOD WHY CAN’T THEY MAKE IT MORE AFFORDABLE FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON

charles longieliere
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charles longieliere

how can i find the status of my rebate for solar water heater

Joseph LaRocca
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Joseph LaRocca

i would like to know if the power that be.Have thought of any type of incentive. That would give a real incentiv for the Sr.population. They could realy use the savings it would give but it would take to long to realize the help. We have the need. the place and the time.to give it a try we could be the test group to show how well it works. And the time to record the the way it works. I would be glad to be a test paintent.

Mary Guler
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Mary Guler

I’d be interested in knowing the cost benefit comparison of solar hot water to tankless hot water, which is also reported to generate great savings.

jim c
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jim c

I would break even to cut the power company out. They are at an endless increase….

Colin
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Colin

Put in a solar water heater first – it saves about a third of your electrical usage, whets your appetite for PV, lowers the amout of PV you need, and almost half is covered with rebates.

Colin
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Colin

An investment in PV can be an expensive proposition. To completely power a 42KWH / day electrical habit (my house) you require a 6KW system and a generous 7 hours of sunshine (bank on 6 at best). At $9 / watt installed – $54K (minus $2K fed, $18K state) that still leaves $34K to finance. A better idea is to tackle the hungriest appliance first – the water heater. This device uses up to a third of electrical usage – 14KWH / day in my case. A solar water heater cost me $3900 installed – I should get back $500… Read more »

D. Bartley
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D. Bartley

Solar panels are now selling for $1 per watt (Canadian Solar ex. $300/300 watt panel), installation adds another dollar and inverters add another.

I just received a quote in Ft Myers for $2.79/watt net system installed.

The $9/watt price hasn’t been around since 2008. Florida Gulf Coast University paid $8.50/watt for 2 mega watts that year. The price has plummeted since then.

I suspect your post is at the behest of FP&L since they are shaking in their shoes that their grip on the necks of consumers is slipping. Their business model as the majority supplier of our electricity no longer makes sense.

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