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Solar Tax Incentives for Florida Homeowners

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The Sunshine State has seen a recent uptick in solar panel and backup battery installations as more homeowners become aware of the huge savings solar energy offers. The combination of federal incentives and utility programs, alongside Florida’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, has made solar more affordable than ever before.

What solar incentives are there in FL?

  • The federal solar tax credit (26%)

  • Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE program Florida)

How do I get the 26% solar tax credit?

After purchasing your solar system, fill out form 5695 when you file your taxes.

 

Are solar system in Florida exempt from property tax bills?

Yes, you will be exempt from paying taxes on the value added to your home. 

 

What is solar PACE financing?

The state of Florida allows for localities to offer loans which are paid for through a property tax increase to your local government. PACE loans can finance not just solar systems, but most energy efficiency upgrades as well. The benefit of PACE is that you can start saving money on your utility bills day one, and if you choose to move house you can pass the remaining balance on the loan to the next property owner. This is why PACE is different to regular solar loans.

The new owner can elect to keep paying the loan or have the equipment removed, although it’d be unwise to do so as the savings from solar would far outweigh the loan payments.

 

PACE Qualifications

As long as you don’t have overdue taxes or mortgage payments you should be able to qualify for PACE.

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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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