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Florida Updated! Solar Legislator Score Upped to 4 Suns…For Now.

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Published on 08/17/2009 in
Updated 07/24/2018

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We’ve updated the rebates and incentives available in the great State of Florida. The good news for Floridians is that we’re tentatively bumping our SolarPowerRocks Legislative Score to 4 suns from 3 due to the push to keep the State Rebate funded. Also:

  • There are also a host of loan programs and regional utility rebates that are keeping solar affordable.
  • An average 5KW system can be as little as around $10,000, a great price.
  • State wide net metering has been implemented, making sure that any excess power your panels produce can be banked and later purchased back by you (at night for example) at the same rate.  Previously, there were different net metering programs that varied greatly.

So what’s the caution? The State keeps running out of funding for the program that’s supposed to last at least through 2010. No telling if utilities will scale back their programs. However, we’re optimistic that the governor and legislators will keep trying to fund the rebates either through Federal stimulus package or other means, but ….there’s no guarantee that’s going to happen, so get it while you can…. if you still can.

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Last modified: July 24, 2018

7 thoughts on “Florida Updated! Solar Legislator Score Upped to 4 Suns…For Now.

  1. Avatar for FRANK GONZALEZ FRANK GONZALEZ says:

    WITH ALL THE INCENTIVES WE DECIDED TO INVEST IN PUTTING UP SOLAR PANELS WAY BACK IN MARCH OF 2009. WE HAVE YET TO RECEIVE OUR REBATE OF 20,000.00 DOLLARS THAT WAS PART OF THE CONTRACT AND WE HEARD THAT WE MAY NOT GET OUR REBATE BECAUSE THEY ARE OUT OF MONEY. I AM NOW FEELING LIKE THE GOVT. MADE PROMISES THAT THEY COULDN’T KEEP AND THE INVESTORS ARE LEFT HOLDING THE BROKEN PROMISES AND EMPTY POCKETS.

    1. Avatar for Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred" Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred" says:

      Frank, as we’ve posted in our Florida page, you’re absolutely right. They keep running out of money. I don’t know who you installed with, but in general, you should NOT have your panels installed unless you have a CONFIRMED reservation for your local rebate. This is true for any state. Furthermore, many installers will apply your rebate to their price, so you typically don’t have to pay that upfront money. That’s not a law, but just common practice. It’s a good practice, because it also ensures that the installer is not going work on your house unless all the funding is in place first. In any case, I’m sure this is not the end of rebates in Florida. Eventually, the funding will return and they should apply that rebate to people who were left out of the last round. Hope that helps.

  2. Avatar for Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred" Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred" says:

    On behalf of solar people everywhere, thanks for taking the time to write this letter, Tommy. You rock!

  3. Avatar for TommyJoe TommyJoe says:

    Fred, we have sent the following email to the Florida Energy and Climate Commission.

    Sirs,
    With all the new green incentives in place and the climate as it is in Florida which is perfect for Solar!.
    We have started a Solar Business, http://solarindependence.biz, Solar Independence LLC.

    We only use Master Electricians with years of experience and a wealth of information on installs.

    But we have ran into a snag with customers and all the publicity about the state being out of
    money to fund the rebate program for residential customers. Potential customers have become
    just that “Potential Customers” because they are worried that if they install a system they will
    never get the rebates.

    Should this be a concern and how do we approach this? Will the rebate program be funded for
    the future?

    Here is an excerpt from your page.

    “SOLAR REBATE PROGRAM IMPORTANT NOTICE:
    Current Backlog of Processed Solar Rebate Applications, as of January 29, 2009: $7.3 million

    The State of Florida submitted an application for the SEP on May 12, 2009, to the U.S. Department of Energy.
    This application included an appropriation of $5 million for the Solar Rebate Program and has been approved.
    In addition, the State submitted an application on June 25, 2009 for the EECBG.
    This application included an appropriation of $9.4 million for the Solar Rebate Program.”

    If customers do install a system and present an application before the end date of the program will they
    get their rebate?

    We appreciate your time and effort for a response that we can give to our customer.

    Thank You,

    Solar Independence LLC
    Free Power For Your Future!

    When / If we get an answer we will also forward it to you.

  4. Avatar for TommyJoe TommyJoe says:

    One of the biggest Problems I see is that the Energy Companies are grabbing up the rebates. Energy companies fit into the Commercial category for the large rebates that takes away from the little people. They want to generate free energy and still ask for a 25% increase to the citizens. Double Jeopardy in my opinion.

    1. Avatar for Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred" Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred" says:

      I agree Tommy. We’ve got to pressure on legislators to make sure they reserve a generous portion of rebates for small businesses and residents. But then the problme is that people have to use them and they don’t just sit there! That’s one of rhe reasons why we write these blog posts, to encourage people to get educated and go solar. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Avatar for Dan Hahn Dan Hahn says:

    Nice update Solar Fred!

    It’s been over 6 months since Gainesville passed their feed in tariff, and NPR finally covered the story like it was fresh as bakery bread. Hopefully Floridians reading this will move before the funds run out. State budgets are looking pretty sickly at the moment. Ugh!

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