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With endless sunshine, Florida is one of the more ideal states for installing home solar panels. With increasing energy costs, and cost-effective solar systems, there’s no better time to go solar in Florida. See if your home qualifies today!

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Solar Panel Installation in Florida: Now is the Time

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Solar panel technology has become more efficient over the years. Although the core science behind solar power is the same, the quality and increased efficiency of the energy-creating components has greatly improved since the first panels were created in the 1950s.

Currently, solar panel and installation costs are at record-low levels. Combine that government incentives and rebates, and with advances in solar technology and you have yourself a perfect storm of opportunity. And you no longer have to shell out thousands of dollars on a brand new, state-of-the art solar system array for your home. If you have decent credit, you can finance your solar install for no money down and at a monthly rate that can match (and replace!) your current electricity cost.

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What Are Solar Panels and How Do They Produce Solar Energy?

As you probably already know, Solar energy is sunshine. An array of solar panels (also referred to as a PV or Photovoltaic system) installed on your home convert sunlight into usable energy. As a result, there enough energy generated to power everything in your home. Only instead of receiving energy from the electric grid, you’re creating your own. There is more sunlight hitting the earth in one hour than our modern world would consume in a full year! And with a plentiful amount of sunshine here in Florida, solar panel systems have more than enough sunlight energy to keep your home powering itself.

Installing solar panels on your home will likely cause you to produce more energy than your home needs. All of the extra energy your solar array produces will be sent back to the grid to be used elsewhere. And in return, you will be give energy credits from your local utility company. These are important as they will pay for any electricity costs you incur when the sun is unavailable, such as at night time.

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Why Solar Energy in Florida?

Achieve both monetary and environmental benefits by going green in the Sunshine State
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Benefits of Solar Energy in Florida

Reduced Carbon Footprint: Solar Power vs Traditional Energy

Current energy product in Florida requires either the burning of fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, etc) or garbage (yes, residential waste is burned and used as an additional fuel source in some municipalities). But burning all of these (even garbage) has serious impacts to our local environments and the planet as a whole. Our growing demand for energy is worsening the effects of human-made climate change, which is raising temperatures AND water levels on a global scale. Scientists are warning that we don’t have a lot of time to change our ways. But you can change the amount you contribute by switching to home solar panels.

By getting your house set up with a solar panel system you can begin reducing your carbon footprint. Let RedFox Solar help you get started on your path to a green lifestyle today.

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Energy costs in the Southern US are growing at a rate of about 5-7%, on average, and expected to continue rising. Florida is no exception to the ongoing surge in electricity costs, and since energy resources are finite, prices will continue to rise. Installing a solar panel system on your home can save Florida residents like you up to $20K over the life of the system. Paying the same amount every month, year after year, isn’t possible with our traditional energy system. But with solar energy, it is.

Rebate Incentives & Pay Less

Before installing solar panels on your Florida home it’s important to look into tax deductions and solar rebates from your local and state governments. Rebates, along with low-interest financing, will make your monthly bill the same or less than your current utility bill. And more importantly, you’ll never again be at the mercy of rising electricity rate costs.

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We currently serve FL customers in:
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Tampa Bay
Saint Petersburg
Holiday
Fort Lauderdale
Jacksonville
Largo
Orlando
Tallahassee
Fort Myers
Tarpon Springs
Palm Harbor
Miami
Clearwater
Gainesville
Port St. Lucie
Ocala
Sarasota
Naples

Florida Solar FAQ

Florida’s solar power resources are above average. There are plenty or rooftops and land available for solar, especially in residential areas outside of the larger cities like Tampa Bay, Gainesville, Tallahasse, Miami, and Sarasota, to name a few. According to SEIA.org Florida’s State Energy Plan predicts that if the state continues on it’s current path, by 2025 it could be up to 8,391 MW of solar energy.

According to seia.org, there were around 46,977 solar panels installed throughout the state of Florida as of Q3 2019. That means around 46,977 homes are powered by solar energy in the state. That’s only about 1.65% of Florida’s total energy output, meaning there is plenty of room to grow solar in the state. And with solar panels and installation prices falling over 36% during the past 5 years, there is no better time to consider installing solar panels on your home.

Percentage of Florida’s Electricity from Solar: 1.65%

This may seem like a low number but it’s still quite a bit of overall energy for the state. As of 2019, Florida was ranked 5th for Solar Power in the Nation (down from 4th in 2018). However, thanks to some recent developments, significant growth is on the horizon – the state ranks 2nd for projected capacity installed over the next 5 years, with nearly 5.5 GW expected to come online.

Florida gets a significant amount of sunlight (aka solar energy) each year. Even on cloudy days, your solar panels will be generating electricity. However, you need to have rooftop surface area or land available that receives adequate sunlight for solar panels to make the most sense.

Check to see if you qualify for solar. Our experts can walk you through the process and educate you on everything involved in going green with solar power!

Homeowners in Florida that qualify for solar can get panels installed for little or not cost. Since the price of solar panels has come down in recent years, banks are readily providing financing options that can match what you pay for your monthly electricity bill. This way, your electric bill almost completely goes away and you simply pay that amount towards your solar panels. And with State and Federal tax credits, you can actually get money back from the government as a result of going solar. Click here to see if you qualify for solar.

Getting Your House Ready For Solar Panels

Getting your Florida home ready for a solar panel install is simple. Before committing to an installation, check out these helpful tips to make solar panels a worthwhile addition to your house:

  • Update your home using only Energy Star-rated appliances.
  • Replace old or damaged insulation.
  • Seal your home as best as you can to avoid air leaks.
  • Upgrade windows to energy-efficient, double-pane glass.
  • Upgrade/repair and maintain your HVAC system. Switch out those filters on the regular!
  • Make sure your roof doesn’t have any leaks or is missing any shingles. Repair or replace your roof now before solar panels are added to it.
  • Get a tankless water heater system.
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Some Things to Consider Before Going Solar

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How Do I Know My Home Ready Is For Solar Panels?

Since your roof will be the base of the solar panel installation, a sturdy and secure roof is extremely important. A weak or outdated roof may encourage leaking during heavy rains or snow melts. If your roof is only a few years away from being due for an upgrade, you might want to consider having it replaced first. If you’re not sure, no problem. Our solar installers are trained to identify issues with roof tops.

Solar panels, if properly installed, can last for decades. So it’s important that your roof has plenty of years left on it so that you’re not having to disrupt your new solar system in the near future. Completely replacing your roof is a common route people take to ensure longevity of their solar panels. Our estimators can discuss a new roof option with you if that’s something you’re considering. Please contact us for to learn more.

Speak to a Solar Professional

The next step after you’ve decided to install solar panels on your home is to talk with an energy professional. We will send a solar expert to your house to assess how large of a system you will need installed. The size of the system is dependent on your energy consumption, which is based on the size of your home and the amount of power used according to previous utility bills. If your system is smaller than what you need, then you will still need to draw additional energy from the electric grid. If your system is large than what you need, you’ll produce more than you need. Although, a larger system would earn you more energy credits, the cost to finance it will be higher.

Once the size of the system is established (the number of solar panels needed to power your home efficiently) we can then figure out where the panels will need to be located on your roof. The placement of solar panels needs to be effective AND it must also be appealing to look at as more often than not, they will be very visible. The setup will be dependent on the size/shape of your roof, and (naturally) which areas receive the most sunlight.

Improving The Energy Efficiency of Your Home

Installing a solar panel array to your Florida home is a great step to going green. Once you’re set up you’ll be able to start producing your own clean energy AND selling your excess solar power to the local utility company to use. With solar, you’re choosing a better future for you and your family. No fossil fuels will need to be burned to power your home, which will significantly cut back your carbon footprint.

Now that your home is using renewable solar energy and selling back the excess to your local electrical grid, you should be cognizant of your energy usage to get the best bang for your buck. If you upgrade to newer appliances, for instance, you can save save energy that can be sold back for credits.

There are other things you can to keep your solar panel array working best for your home:

  • Maintain and upkeep your HVAC system regularly.
  • Change your home’s air filters every 60-90 days, or according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Make sure your doors and windows are closed completely when running your AC or heat!
  • Condition yourself and your family to turn lights off that aren’t being used.
  • Change your lightbulbs to LEDs and set timers on them at nighttime so they aren’t staying on all night long (when your home is not able to produce energy).
  • Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances; don’t run multiple appliances at the same time
  • Put blinds or curtains on your windows to better insulate your home; make sure all cracks and door jams are sealed up as well.

These are just a few suggestions. Just remember that every little bit helps put a little more money in your pocket in the form of energy credits, which equals free energy in downtimes.

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Solar Install in Tampa Bay, Florida

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