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As one of the nation’s leading solar installers in Florida, we take care of you every step of the way. If you’re thinking about making the switch to solar, you may have a lot of questions, especially in the state of Florida. We’ll go through some of the most asked questions and most important things to know about going solar in Fort Lauderdale. We have some of the best warranties in the industry, so you can relax knowing you’re taken care of every step of the way.
You may already know that Fort Lauderdale gets a decent amount of sunshine each year. Around 246 in fact, well above the national average. And as you may have noticed, a lot of Florida residents have already figured out how to make that sunshine work for them by switching to solar energy. Frustrated with your electric company in Florida? Fire them by getting solar panels installed and cut your electricity bills, or in some cases, zero them out. Want to know how? Let’s go over some of the benefits of solar panels for Fort Lauderdale residents.
The state of Florida is a great place for solar incentives. Here are some of the best ones:
One of the best incentives that exists is the federal solar tax credit (ITC). Residents of Fort Lauderdale can receive 30% tax credit or the total cost of going solar. This means that you could receive almost a third of your total installation cost back in tax credits.
Having solar panels installed on your home in Florida will reduce your monthly electric bill because you’ll naturally be using less energy from the utility company’s grid. In addition, you can also reduce your monthly electric bill with a program called net metering. A great way to get the most out of your solar panels is to take advantage of net metering. Any excess power produced by your solar panels in Fort Lauderdale will be sent to your utility company. They will then credit the excess energy to your account, reducing your electric bill even further.
Currently, the Florida government allows for statewide net metering. Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy both provide net metering for customers with solar panels in Fort Lauderdale.
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Because the Florida state government knows how important renewable energy is, solar energy systems are property tax exempt. This is great, because solar panels add a lot of value to your property. In fact, for every $1 you save in utility bills, you add $20 in value. That adds up to a lot of value.
So if you live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, don’t worry at all about property tax. You get to increase your home value, increase your savings, and get a great long-term investment all in one. And all without paying anything extra in property taxes.
Typically when you make a purchase, from groceries to a new car, sales tax adds on a bit to the price. Currently the sales tax in Florida is 6%. That’s not a lot when you’re buying something like a new pair of shoes. But when it comes to something like solar panels, that 6% can add on hundreds of dollars to the final price.
Unless, of course, you happen to live in Fort Lauderdale. Solar panels in Fort Lauderdale are exempt from sales tax just like property tax. So if you’re trying to calculate how much sales tax will be, you can stop right now. You don’t have to worry about it at all.
Not only do solar panels save you money, they also add value to your home.
Even the experts agree! In two separate studies by the Department of Energy and Berkeley Laboratory and US Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the evidence was clear.
On average, solar panels add $20 of value for every $1 you save on your electric bill. So if you saved $200 a month on your electric bill with solar panels, you’d have an additional $4,000 of value added to your home.
In addition, homes with solar panels on average got a higher asking price than those without. About $4/watt, which comes out to be around $15,000 for residential, depending on your home and solar system.
Solar panels can help your property spend less time on the market. In another study done by NREL, they found that solar properties earned about 17% more at closing as well as selling 20% faster.
Another great reason Florida residents are switching to solar energy is the benefits of feeling secure when disasters such as hurricanes strike. With a solar panel battery backup like the Tesla Powerwall, you’ll be protected during any type of outage, including major disasters. Be sure to ask your Solar Sales Specialist about adding a home battery backup to your installation.
Call (866) 450-1012 or complete the questions and an ADT specialist will contact you with a quote.
ADT Solar is a full-service solar energy company built on a strong reputation for customer service. We use only high-quality solar panels such as LG for our solar panels, Enphase microinverters, and Tesla Powerwall batteries. We also use experienced, NABCEP certified installers to perform all our installations.
You also receive the following with each installation:
ADT Solar offers services to many cities in Florida, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, Land O’ Lakes, Destin, Tallahassee, Tampa, Jacksonville, Clearwater, and more. Contact us today if you have any questions, or would like to schedule your free, no-hassle consultation.
*Tax and credits or incentives including those provided by federal, state, or local governments may change or end. This can impact the amount of money you might save. Consult a tax professional to understand any tax liability or eligibility for any tax credits that may result from the purchase of your solar system.
**If you have taxable income and own the system, you may qualify for the federal investment tax credit (ITC). It is your responsibility to determine your eligibility and to apply. Consult a qualified tax professional for assistance and details.