It’s no surprise to Central Florida residents that solar energy is a growing source of renewable energy. Afterall, Orlando has an average of 233 sunny days a year. Currently, Florida is 5th in the country for solar energy but that should continue to rise. Rising energy costs, lowering cost of installation and available solar tax credits are all factors to making solar energy more attainable.
While company and industry-owned installations are the fastest growing solar sector, the number of customer-owned solar installations grew by 57% last year. The increase in homeowners looking for solar panel installations has given rise to a number of solar companies looking to help customers in achieving their solar energy goals. Some companies are even partnering with specialty lending companies that see the benefit in the ‘profit improvement’ side of solar energy.
One thing potential customers often ask solar companies about is tying into the grid with the local utility provider. While it’s not that likely that a home solar system will make money by selling energy back to the local provider, solar systems can pay for themselves. Here are some specifics regarding the connection between home solar installations and local utility companies.
- Starting in 2008 customers could interconnect their solar systems with the local utility grid. This jumped the number of renewable systems 6,400%. While residents at this time were seen as early adopters, solar home installations are now becoming common cross all neighborhoods.
- Florida utility company must offer expedited interconnection agreement process for homeowners. This helps solar companies install solar systems in a safe and timely manner and will start your solar energy journey quicker.
- Any municipality or cooperative selling retail electricity must provide an interconnection agreement and net metering program to solar energy customers. Customers receive retail rate credit that can be rolled from month to month.
While there have been some bumps in the road on the way to solar energy, voters and residents have been loud in disapproving roadblocks. In fact, the Florida’s capital, Tallahassee, has announced its goal of eventually relying 100 percent on renewable energy. Tallahassee will be joining other Florida cities, Dunedin, Gainesville, Largo, Orlando, St. Petersburg and Sarasota with the goal of 100 percent renewable energy.
Located in the downtown sunny Orlando, Clever Energy works throughout central Florida including the surrounding communities of Altamonte Springs, Deltona, Kissimmee, Oviedo and Saint Cloud and offers FREE estimates with certified and licensed installers.