Florida, “the sunshine state,” ranks third in the nation for rooftop solar potential, but all the way down at 14th for cumulative solar capacity installed. Florida’s solar policies lag behind many other states in the nation.
Facts on the Florida Solar Industry
- There are currently more than 425 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Florida, employing 6,600 people.
- In 2015, Florida installed 41 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 16th nationally.
- The 275 MW of solar energy currently installed in Florida ranks the state 14th in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 32,000 homes.
- In 2015, $105 million was invested on solar installations in Florida.
- Installed solar photovoltaic system prices in the U.S. have dropped steadily- by 6% from last year and 48% from 2010.
Notable Solar Installations in Florida
- Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center was completed in 2010 by developer Florida Power and Light Co.. This concentrating solar power project has the capacity to generate 75 MW of electricity– enough to power over 11,000 Florida homes.
- Several large retailers in Florida have gone solar, including Florida Museum of Natural History, Ace Hardware, and Whole Foods. IKEA has installed one of the largest corporate photovoltaic systems in the state with 1189 kW of solar capacity at their location in Tampa.
- At 12 MW, Jacksonville Solar Project is among the largest solar installations in Florida. Completed in 2013 by Juwi Solar Inc, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 1,400 homes.
Solar Companies in Florida
There are currently more than 425 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Florida. These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels. These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 64 manufacturers, 22 manufacturing facilities, 215 contractor/installers, 28 project developers, 35 distributors and 84 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.
How much do solar panels cost in Florida?
Solar panel costs have fallen significantly in the last 5 years and now installing solar panels can be one of the best investments you can make for your home. There are also now a lot of products on the market utilizing sophisticated financing vehicles to make solar panels for your home affordable. This website will show you the average retail price of installing home solar panels in Florida.
Solar rebates and solar tax credits in Florida.
Solar incentives are offered at the utility, county, state and federal level. These solar incentives can take various forms including solar tax credits, up front solar rebates, premium feed in tariffs (known as net metering) or solar production incentives. The eligibility and rules for each incentive program can vary greatly. This calculator allows you to enter your address and it will tell you what solar incentives will apply at your house and the value of these if you go solar.
Finding the right solar company for you:
There are many solar companies in Florida offering a wide variety of brands and options. This consumer reviews website will show you the consumer ratings of each solar installer that services your area and will also show you what brands of solar panels.
Florida State Solar Policy Resources
Florida Public Service Commission ‑ Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Florida public utilities
Florida State Legislature ‑ Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Florida
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ‑ Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics
Florida Energy Consortium ‑ Assists the state in the development and implementation of an environmentally compatible, sustainable, and efficient energy strategic plan
DSIRE Incentives Database Florida ‑ Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Florida and across the United States.
U.S. Energy Information Administration‑ Florida State Profile ‑ Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government