In 2011, the sheer quantity of solar panels residents and businesses of Gainesville, FL had installed made national news. The number of solar installations was three times as high as the US national average and higher even than solar-friendly countries like Japan and France. No doubt this spike in popularity was due in part to GRU’s (Gainesville Regional Utilities) very popular solar feed-in tariff program which provided incredible financial incentives for solar electricity pushed back into the grid by their solar customers.
With sunny skies and numerous solar installers, using solar panels in Fort Lauderdale is a great idea. It’s even home to Advanced Green Technologies, the largest solar installer in the state (though SolarCity will take over this title as they begin in operations there).
If you’re a homeowner in the Fort Lauderdale area, there are a handful of financial incentives –-including the 30% federal tax credit and net metering -- that make going solar a great decision. While Fort Lauderdale homeowners won't save as much money as those in solar-friendly states like California or Oregon (where homeowners can enjoy upfront rebates from their utilities and electricity rates are high), you can still save of dollars by installing Fort Lauderdale solar panels!
For a broader state overview, see our Florida Solar page.
Note on area covered: This article focuses on going solar in the Central Florida area, including Tampa, Ocala, and Titusville. Utilities in this area include FPL, Duke-Progress, and TECO. If you are interested in going solar in Orlando, check out our dedicated solar in Orlando page.
Central Florida sees great sunshine and clear weather for much of the year – a perfect place for solar! If you’re wondering whether it makes sense to go solar in the area, or how to go solar, you’re in luck! We’ve done the heavy lifting for you and created this guide to central Florida solar! This is your one-stop-shop for learning about what financing is available for your solar installation, what kind of financial savings you can expect going solar, relevant solar policy, and financial incentives.
For a broader state overview, see our Florida solar state page.
If you’re looking into solar power situation in Orlando, you’ll find a fairly mixed bag of ups and downs. From a practical standpoint, Orlando is a fantastic place to install a rooftop solar array. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Florida ranks 3rd overall in the potential energy that could be gained from rooftop solar, with only California and Texas coming out ahead. All that sunshine can do wonderful things to your energy bills.
Unfortunately, the outlook is a little less sunny politically speaking, with minimal support for solar throughout the state. We give Florida a rank of ‘B-’ overall – whilst there’s not much stopping you, you won’t find the support that you might find in more forward-thinking states.
Let’s take a closer look.
For a broader state overview, see our Florida solar page.
You’re not alone! The state ranked 17th in the most solar installed in the US in 2015. Not too bad considering Florida lacks many of the incentives that heavily discount the cost of going solar. However, the state sees excellent weather for producing your own renewable energy and homeowners can take advantage of numerous tax incentives to save even more money going solar!
If you’re looking for information on going solar in specific cities in Florida, check out our articles on Going Solar in Orlando, Going Solar in Central Florida, Going Solar in Gainesville, and Going Solar in Ft Lauderdale.
If you are living and looking into solar panels in Tampa, FL then you are no doubt aware that your state is called the "Sunshine State" with good reason. In fact, you are usually able to enjoy up to 244 days of sunshine each year!
With all those golden rays coming in, it's no surprise that you are interested in installing a solar panel system on your roof to invest in the free energy available to you. Solar systems represent a great investment for your home, community, and nature itself and this opportunity is ready for you in Tampa!
Unfortunately, there are a few obstacles that you will have to deal with while living in Florida and due to the mixed bag of policies in the state, we currently rank it a solid 'C' compared to other states in the US. You will come out way ahead in some areas, but some financial opportunities will be closed to you as well. Let's find out what we're dealing with.
We’ve talked about the problems plaguing Florida’s solar power before. Even with the building of a solar farm next to Walt Disney World, the Sunshine State has had trouble exploiting its abundant sunshine. According to the New York Times, they rank third in the nation for rooftop solar potential, but 13th in the actual amount of solar energy generated.
Recently, Duke Energy Florida said in a press release they have received approval to build, own and operate a 5-megawatt solar facility that will serve the Reedy Creek Improvement District near Orlando. Continue reading
We talked previously about how Florida is cutting back its solar targets. But a group of solar advocates are trying to make the Sunshine State live up to its name. ThinkProgress reports that a pro-solar conservative group in Florida reached enough signatures on a petition to make solar more accessible to consumers.
Currently, if a Floridian wants to purchase solar power directly from other consumer, they can’t. But Floridians for Solar Choice reached 72,000 petition signatures, which clears the way for the petition to be reviewed by the Florida’s Supreme Court. They’ll decide whether or not the petition’s language qualifies to be a ballot initiative for Floridians in the 2016 election.