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4 Advantages to Going Solar

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Millions of Americans are looking for a way to reduce their carbon footprint using renewable energy sources while saving money each month on their utility bill. For Florida homeowners, solar energy is now an affordable energy alternative.

1. Solar is a proven energy alternative 

Homeowners have been using solar energy for decades. Solar technology is thoroughly tested for residential use and now local municipalities are aware of the technology, which helps the permit process. From panels to backup batteries like Tesla Powerwall, your home can be completely energy independent. 

 

2. Reduce or eliminate your monthly utility bill

You can significantly cut or replace your utility bill each month by transitioning to a solar energy system. Currently the State of Florida offers tax incentives for those who install a solar system on their property. Plus, with net-metering, you can send excess solar energy back to the grid and receive a credit on your utility bill.

 

3. Positively impact the global climate crisis with greener, energy

The way we treat the planet matters now more than ever before. Without significant changes in the way we use Earth’s natural resources, scientists predict an overwhelming environmental change will occur within decades. When you have solar power, you know you are doing your part to help protect the environment for the future and generations to come. 

 

4. Add resale value to your home

Studies show that people are willing to spend more money on homes with a solar system. You will be able to recoup the total cost of installation and sell your home faster with solar.

There are several benefits to going solar beyond the top 4 listed here. Our solar advisers are happy to provide you with additional information that will help you make a decision. 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can FPL or my HOA prevent me from switching to solar?

The Florida Solar Rights Act is a law that forbids any entity—including homeowner associations—from prohibiting the installation of solar or other renewable energy devices on Florida buildings.

An association may require approval of a system installation and may establish restrictions for installations. However, any such restrictions must be reasonable, not arbitrary, and applied in a uniform manner for all association members. Also, any restrictions must not have the effect of impairing the performance, or increasing the cost, of a solar system.

In particular, a homeowner association may not prevent the installation of solar collectors on the roof of a home. The association may determine where on the roof the collectors may be installed, so long as the collectors face within 45 degrees of due south.

Finally, any requirement(s) that a system be screened from view by trees, fences, ground mounting racks, or a remote roof location that is hidden from the street, will generally violate the statute.

Click here to verify information is provided by the Florida Solar Energy Industry Association

Is solar free for Florida homeowners?
  • The sun is free to everyone.
  • Solar panels and specific back-up battery systems qualify for a number of rebates, tax credits and incentives.
  • There is a cost associated with solar energy because you are paying for your system. 
  • Financing enables homeowners to make the transition with $0 upfront costs
  • Systems often cost the same amount monthly as your current FPL bill
  • Solar puts equity in your home because you own the system and increases the value a minimum of 4.1% - click here for the Zillow case study

Does solar increase my home value?

Not only can adding solar panels to a home save energy costs and help the environment, it also can potentially increase a home’s value. In 2019 Zillow found that homes with solar energy systems sold for 4.1% more on average than comparable homes without solar power. For the median-valued home, that translates to an additional $9,274.

The sale premium varies substantially by market. In Riverside, Calif., for example, homes with solar-energy systems sold for 2.7% more than comparable homes without solar power—a markup of $9,926 for the median-valued home in the metro. In the greater New York City metro, solar-powered homes have a premium that is double that of Riverside. At 5.4%, that’s an extra $23,989 in value for the typical home in New York. In three other coastal metro areas—Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando, Fla.—homes with solar power can fetch a premium of around 4%.

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