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Solar Energy Trends in 2021

By   Green Energy Solar Power clean energy Climate Change Rooftop Solar Energy & Environment Trends

More homeowners are going solar, which is present in the 2019 solar installation stats, representing the most considerable growth streaks for solar installation thus far. Many factors are driving home[...]

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Does Solar Panel Size Matter?

By   Home Solar Panels Rooftop Solar Solar 101 Solar Energy Systems Solar Panels solarenergy

When it comes to solar panels, size does matter. However, there are many ways to measure the size of a solar panel. Physical size being one of them, the first that usually comes to mind, measured in s[...]

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Solar Energy & Regulatory Backwardness in The Sunshine State

By   electric bills Green Energy florida solar energy Press & Media Releases Rooftop Solar solar benefits solar leasing florida Energy & Environment

Principal Research Scientist at the University of Central Florida Danny Parker wrote a 93-page report for Clean Technica exploring Florida's solar power industry. In this report – What About Florida? [...]

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How To Avoid Solar Scammers

By   electric bills Green Energy Home Solar Energy Systems Rooftop Solar Solar 101 Solar Panels

Going solar is a popular option for providing clean energy to a home or business. As good as that sounds, there are some negative issues within the solar power industry. Keep reading to learn how to a[...]

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What is Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)?

By   Solar Tax Credits Rooftop Solar Solar 101 Solar Energy Systems Solar Home Value

Clean energy is nothing new, but the growth of solar energy in the U.S. continues to change the landscape of how it is used. The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is a federal policy enacted in 2006 c[...]

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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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