With the increased energy consumption and limited resources available, we must adapt to an alternate source and lessen our carbon footprint. What else is better than solar energy to satisfy our contemporary needs? This guide will inform you about all the intricacies you need to know when installing a solar panel system in Florida.
Understand Regulations and Permits
Although Florida does not prohibit the installation of solar panels in an individual or institutional property, certain state government obligations are to be considered. While the exact regulations may vary depending on local authority, here are some regulations you may encounter.
It is required to submit the detailed plans and specifications of the solar panel system to the local building department. You will obtain a permit when your solar plans satisfy the local building codes and safety standards.
Homeowner’s Association (HOA) approval
If you live in a community governed by the HOA, you may be required to seek their approval before the installation. Some HOAs may have specific guidelines for the placement and aesthetics of the solar panels. Thus, reviewing your HOA’s guidelines and obtaining their permission is important.
Before connecting your solar panel system to the utility grid, you must enter an interconnected agreement with your utility company. This agreement outlines the terms and conditions for connecting to the utility grid and allows selling the excess energy produced by your solar panel system.
As solar panel installations involve heavy electric work, you may require permission from the local authority having electricity authority. The electric permit ensures that the components of the solar panel system are installed safely and per the National Electrical Code and local regulations.
Search for a Reputed Solar Panel Installer
Harnessing the blazing heat of the Sunshine State and getting a perpetual source of energy that is effective in cost, eco-friendly, and reliable are the desires of many. You don’t need to be overwhelmed in choosing a solar panel installer. ProFormance Roofs has got you covered!
We have a team of experts collaborating for the exact purpose of helping you guide the process from preliminary house inspection to the complete installation of your selected solar panel system. We will plan and design all the essential components of your solar panel system per rules and regulations.
We guide you through all the local and state authorities to have the best energy source at your home or business. We offer you a 25-year warranty covering both panels and inverters. Feel free to harness the power of the sun without worries.
Choose the Type of Solar Panel System
Each solar panel system has its advantages and disadvantages. Depending upon your location, local authorities’ guidelines, and power consumption, you may pin down one that satisfies your specific requirement. Here are some common types of solar panel systems that are available.
As the name suggests, the Grid-tied system is connected to the local utility grid. It is one of the most common systems used for cost-effectiveness because it requires no energy storage equipment. It can draw electricity directly from the main grid and a solar array.
Since all power generated by the solar panels may not be used immediately, the excess energy produced is directly sent to the main grid. It benefits homeowners and businesses looking to take advantage of net metering policies.
Besides being cost-effective, the grid-tied system is very popular because it is super easy to install. It requires no energy storage device and is more reliable as consumers have two sources from which to draw electricity.
Unlike grid-tied systems, this one is not connected to the local electricity grid. Instead, it is an independent localized system that requires large energy storage to provide power during low solar production.
It is not very popular in states like Florida, which have readily available electricity grids but are suitable for remote places or islands needing access to the utility grid or anyone who needs a standalone energy system. It is expensive since it requires a huge investment for additional energy storage units, backup generators, and other associated equipment.
A hybrid system combines features of grid-tied and off-grid systems. A hybrid system is a grid-tied system with an energy storage component. This system allows you to store the energy produced by the solar panels in a battery and use it during a power outage.
The freedom the hybrid system provides to dynamically switch between the power sources as per the energy production, energy consumption, and price makes it the most reliable solar panel system.
Claim Incentives and Rebates
Installing solar panels in Florida comes with several incentives and rebates. They can help you offset the preliminary costs and provide long-term financial benefits. Here is the list of claimable incentives and rebates.
Federal solar investment tax credit (ITC)
ITC allows an individual to claim up to 30% of the total cost associated with the solar equipment, including labor, material, and installation charges. However, it is essential to check the current tax credit rates as they are subject to change.
Utility rebate program
Some utility companies in Florida provide cash-based incentives on solar panel installation depending upon the size of the system or the amount of electricity it is anticipated to generate.
Property tax exemption
In Florida, the value added to your land due to additional power systems based on solar energy is not likely to increase its tax. That means you will pay the same tax after installing the solar panel system as you did before.
Sales tax exemption
Solar equipment purchases in Florida are exempt from the sales tax. It reduces the overall cost of the installation of solar panel systems.
This policy allows the owner of the solar panel system in Florida to receive credits for the excess energy produced and feed that surplus energy back to the grid. However, the policy may vary as per the utility company. It requires the installation of a bi-directional meter that calculates the energy consumed from the grid and sends it back.
Monitor and Maintain the System
Our solar installations offer the Duracell Power Center App. It provides real-time insights into your system’s performance, and you can detect and address issues quickly. Monitor energy production levels to find if they match expected outputs. Sudden drops in efficiency could indicate a malfunction or damage.
Solar panels operate optimally when they receive direct sunlight. Even partial shading on a panel can cause a significant drop in its output. The nearby trees or plants can shade the solar panels excessively, especially during peak sunlight hours. Trimming or removing obstructive vegetation prevents reduced energy production due to shading.
Regular inspections keep your solar panels in top condition. Florida’s weather can be intense, so inspecting the panels for damage caused by storms, debris, or wildlife is vital. Check for cracks, loose connections, or any signs of wear and tear that might affect efficiency.
Dirt, dust, and pollen can accumulate on solar panels. This buildup might happen more frequently in Florida, where humidity and occasional rain are common. Regularly clean the panels using a soft brush or sponge and mild detergent for maximum sunlight absorption.
Choosing a solar panel system is tricky because there are many things to consider. Planning and designing solar panels, selecting the grid option per your power requirements, deciding on the type of solar panel, and obtaining the necessary permits are very tedious and exhausting. Thus, you can contact us, and we will make the transition to solar energy smooth and beneficial for you.