If you’re thinking of going solar, then what better time to make the switch than when you’re in the Sunshine State itself? With an average of 2,900 sunlight hours a year, Florida has jumped up from its fourth place ranking in 2020 to now being the third among the top 10 U.S. states, based on the cumulative solar capacity installed. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), as of 2021, Florida has produced 7,681 megawatts (MW) of solar energy, which is enough to power 908,181 homes. With 5.67 peak sun hours each day, solar panel installation in Florida then becomes an eco-friendly and affordable way to source electricity for your home.
For those who are interested in going solar, Green Panda Energy offers Florida residents a no-cost energy assessment that helps us determine how much you’ll save by switching to solar. With a solar evaluation and energy assessment, we can also help you decide on the best solar panel configuration to adequately meet your electricity needs and overall budget.
What to Expect During a Solar Evaluation and Energy Assessment
A solar evaluation and energy assessment is a quick process that examines how much energy your household uses and how large of a solar power system you’ll need. Here’s what you can expect when a solar evaluation/assessment is conducted:
Home Energy Evaluation
To determine the right solar array for your home, it’s important to first find out how much energy your household consumes on a yearly basis, and whether you can pursue alternatives that bring down your overall utility costs. This information can be found in your utility bill, which provides your yearly kilowatt-hour (kWh) usage and your cost per kWh.
Having a complete overview of this usage amount is important as this will help in determining what size of solar panel system will provide adequate power to your residential property. Keep in mind that energy consumption varies between individual homes so no two households consume the same amount even if they are located in the same area. For purposes of accuracy, individual electricity bills can paint a more accurate picture of your energy needs.
At the same time, your electricity bill will also help us estimate your potential savings. Having solar panels can positively impact your utility costs in the long run.
If you want to look further into how you can save money on your electric bill, check your appliances and electronics, lighting, heating and cooling systems, and other fixtures to determine which among these are contributing to the bulk of your electricity consumption and costs. For instance, old appliances are likely to cause high utility bills since these models are not as energy-efficient as their modern counterparts. Not having proper insulation will also translate to higher electricity consumption, which may mean that larger solar panel systems are necessary to accommodate your cooling and heating needs, especially during summer and winter.
Solar Potential Evaluation
When evaluating your home’s potential for generating solar energy, it is important to know the basics of how solar power works. Solar panels are made of photovoltaic (PV) wafers or cells, which convert direct or scattered sunlight into solar energy. Thus, ideal sun and temperature conditions are necessary to maximize your solar panel system as the amount of power it generates depends on how much sunlight reaches it. Some factors that can affect your system’s maximum solar generation output are as follows:
By evaluating these factors, we can determine the right size of solar energy system and setup to fit your home’s available space and external configuration.
Your budget also plays a crucial part in our solar energy assessment and evaluation. Your financial capacity for solar panel installation will help us design an efficient system that can best serve whatever limitations or expectations you may have.
Cost of Solar Panel Installation in Florida
Speaking of budget, cost is often a concern for homeowners wanting to install solar panels on their property. In Florida, solar panels cost an average of $2.64 per watt. A typical household will need around a 5kW electric power system, which pegs the market average price of solar panel installation at $13,200.
Despite the seemingly large upfront cost, both the state of Florida and the federal government have several tax incentives for residents who want to use solar. For instance, the state has a net metering policy wherein residents can sell any of the excess energy they generate back to the grid. Moreover, Florida’s Property Tax Exclusion for Residential Renewable Energy Property does not impose additional property taxes to households who have installed solar panels despite considering this an upgrade in property value.
On the other hand, the federal government offers residents an Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which can reduce the cost of solar panel installation by 26% if used by 2022. By 2023, the rate will decrease by 22%, and further down to 10% by 2024, during which time, only commercial properties will be eligible for the federal ITC.
With these rebates and incentives in place, the cost of solar panel installation can be slashed by several thousand dollars. Lowered utility costs alone will enable you to pay back the cost of solar panel installation in less time than you would think.
Electricity is a critical utility for any home or business. Because it’s such a necessity, many people are forced to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars every month to have it. Paying an expensive electric bill every month can be a burden, especially to property owners with a shoestring budget.
If you want to shrink your energy bill, invest in our solar panel products and services. With our high-quality solar panels, you can continue to maximize energy at home or your workplace without worrying about skyrocketing energy bills.
What Can We Do for You?
We are a full-service solar company which means when you are ready to go solar, you don’t have to work to find separate vendors to make your home more energy efficient, including working with you to address your roofing needs as well. Our team works with only the best vendors with a highest level of experience and equipment to properly install solar panels on your property and ensure that these serve their purpose for years to come.
Additionally, we’re equipped to provide the following services:
● Provide tailor-fit solar systems to meet your energy needs, size of the property, and set budget.
● Help draft and customize a set of blueprints.
● Eliminate your need to interact with permit offices and other local offices since we’ll handle everything for you.
● Manage the entire solar installation project from start to finish.
● Complete the solar panel installation in a timely manner without compromising quality.
With the number and quality of products and services we provide, you don’t have to worry about doing anything once you hire us. Just let us know your electricity and home efficiency needs and set budget, and we’ll take it from there. You’ll be surprised at how seamless and fast we can turn your property into a solar-powered one!
What Types of Solar Panel Systems Do We Offer?
Every property has different energy needs; some properties might need more energy than others. But regardless of the type of solar array you’re looking for, we’re ready to help. We offer different types of solar energy systems, and we’ll recommend the one that best fits your needs.
Since our services are highly customizable, you don’t have to worry about paying for anything that you can’t use on your property. Our services will give you the best bang for your buck and you’ll only pay for products and services that will benefit you.
Our install partners have received the necessary training to install and maintain the following solar systems:
● Grid-tied solar power systems: This type of solar system is directly connected to the home and the traditional electric utility grid. This type of solar power system provides power to property owners from the utility grid or their home electric system. This type of system allows property owners to seamlessly switch between the grid and their solar energy system.
One of the biggest advantages of using the grid-tied solar power system is its ability to balance the home power and system production requirements. When this system is producing more power than the property can consume, the excess can be sold back to the utility company in a practice known as net metering. On the flipside, if the system isn’t producing enough power for the property, such as on cloudy days, the property can use power from the utility grid.
The grid-tied system is the least expensive solar powered system, allowing almost any homeowner to invest in it. The price for this system is cheaper because this type of system has fewer components.
● Grid-tied solar power systems with battery backup: This solar system is the same as the normal grid-tied solar power system; the only difference is that this one comes with a battery backup. The addition of the backup battery enables the system to store unused solar electricity and protects against power outages.
Although this solar system provides more benefits, it’s not flawless. The grid-tied solar power system with the battery backup is more complex to design and install, making it more expensive than other systems. After a certain amount of time the batteries start to decay, which can reduce the overall efficiency of the system over time.
● Off-grid solar power systems: As the name suggests, an off-grid solar system isn’t connected to the traditional electric power grid. Since this solar system is working without a utility grid, it needs to use batteries to compensate for periods when the solar panels are creating less energy than a home needs.
Off-grid solar power systems are easier to install, resulting in a lower cost and faster installation. This type of solar system significantly decreases the odds that you’ll experience power outages.
What Are the Benefits of Installing Solar Panels?
The first solar panels were installed on a building in 1973. Despite how long the solar industry has been around, many people don’t utilize solar power. Some homeowners think that because their state or city provides some energy through natural gas, wind, or water, there’s no need to look for an alternative energy source.
Even if you view solar power as just as clean of a source of energy as others, it’s cheaper than other sources for homeowners. If you want to save money, you should look into this cheaper and cleaner source of energy than the traditional grid. That extra cash in your wallet every month can make a world of difference.
If you want to save money in the long run, get rooftop solar panels today. We’ll even conduct a free energy assessment to show you how much you’ll save by switching to solar. When you go solar you can receive the following benefits:
1. Reduced Energy Bills
We can’t stress this enough. The use of solar panels is one of the best and easiest ways to reduce your electricity bill. This is possible because, with solar panels, you’re generating your own supply of electricity, instead of relying on the grid. Some months you may even make money by selling excess electricity to the utility company. The longer you have your solar panels the more this investment pays off.
2. Positive Impact on the Environment
This might come as a surprise to many, but using energy from your local electricity supplier can adversely affect the environment? Since all forms of electricity creation generate waste, using your local energy supplier can lead to air pollution and smog. This happens because natural gas used in producing electricity releases carbon dioxide and nitrogen monoxide into the air.
When you’re using solar panels, it’s a different story. This renewable energy has the least negative impact on the environment since a solar panel system (also known as a pv system) doesn’t produce greenhouse gases. As an added benefit, absorbing solar energy doesn’t create any noise pollution.
3. Increase in the Value of Your Property
As you probably already know, the value of a well-maintained home can increase over time, allowing you to turn a profit when you decide to sell it. But, are you aware that solar panel installation can also boost the value of your property?
If you’re looking for a project that provides a high return on investment or ROI, call us for our solar panel installation services. According to research, solar panels can increase the value of your property by up to 4.1% or more, depending on where you’re living.
By investing in solar panel installation today, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your property will be very attractive on the market once you sell or rent it out.
4. Greater Control Over Your Electricity
As mentioned, there are a lot of factors that influence the cost of your energy bills. While you can control some of these factors (such as your usage), more factors are out of your control. Weather forecasts, government regulations, and global markets affect the cost of your energy, and you can’t control any of these.
If you don’t want any surprises in your energy bills, opt to use (solar) PV panels as soon as possible. Studies show that electricity costs have increased by 15% over the past decade and will continue to increase in the coming years. The solar service agreement we provide will offer low and predictable energy rates, so you can expect to pay less for power.
Moreover, using solar panels in your home will give you protection from your next blackout. Since you’re no longer relying on your local utility provider, solar panels will give you peace of mind since you know that you can still utilize your home’s amenities even if your state or city has a blackout.
Installing residential solar panels on your home can make high electricity bills and worrying about black outs things of the past. Take the leap to lower your carbon footprint and become energy self-reliant today.
Since the installation cost depends on the size of your home and your electricity usage, reach out to us so that we can give you an accurate quote. We can’t wait to work with you and make your property solar-powered!