Solar Panels Gainesville, FL
Much like the rest of Florida, Gainesville receives plenty of sunshine every year, making it a great location to make the switch to solar power. The average electricity rate in Gainesville is 12.93¢/kWh, putting it at 13% higher than the average rate in Florida. Not only will you be reducing your personal carbon footprint, but you’ll also be giving yourself energy independence and save money on electricity costs.
Cost of Solar Panels
For most homeowners, finding ways to reduce your utility bills is a great way to save money monthly. For electricity bills, solar panels are the most cost-effective method for achieving your saving goals. The cost of installing solar panels is based on various factors such as home energy consumption, sunshine availability, equipment, and solar incentives to offset costs.
While it is difficult to give a one-size-fits-all cost for a residential solar panel system, our solar specialists can give you a free, personalized solar estimate based on your situation. No two homes are the same in terms of energy consumption and goals, so our experts use their knowledge and expertise to assess your situation and help you see your return on investment.
Gainesville Solar Power System
ADT Solar offers professional solar power installation services across the Gainesville area. Every ADT Solar system is custom designed for your home’s size and energy usage to meet your personal energy and saving goals.
Our home solar energy systems use top-tier solar equipment from the most trusted brands to maximize solar power performance and reliability. Our solar systems are backed by some of the leading warranties in the solar industry, so you can get top-tier performance and peace of mind.
Why Go Solar in Gainesville Florida?
Going Solar in the Sunshine State: An Array-zing Tale!
One sunny day in Gainesville, Florida, a Croc-clad dad with cargo shorts and his best golf shirt is mowing the lawn. He stops to think “Man, that sun is brutal today,” and wipes his brow with his University of Florida towel. Upon a sudden, he looks and sees his neighbor’s bright and shiny new solar panel array.
He then runs inside. “Honey, the neighbors have gone solar! They already have the nicest yard and NOW they have the most efficient house?! We can’t keep letting them one-up us!”
If the above exchange sounds like something you’ve heard before, or have recently debated the topic internally, then grab some popcorn and keep scrolling – we’ll show you all you need to know about switching to solar in Florida.Start Saving Today
Facts About Solar Power in Florida
Let’s take a look at what the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) has to say about Florida and solar power:
- Florida ranks 4th in the nation for solar power
- There’s enough solar power to power over 687,000 homes
- Florida sees well above the national average for sunny days at 224 days per year
- The price to go solar has DROPPED 45% over the last 5 years
“Hang on a sec,” said the Dad. “You’re telling me the neighbors are CHEAPSKATES?! A 45 per-cent drop in price is crazy, of COURSE they would take advantage of that.”
That’s not the only thing they’re likely taking advantage of! Keep reading to find out a few other ways Florida helps its residents save more by going solar.
Gainesville Florida Solar Incentives, Tax Credits, & Rebates
Not only are Gainesville residents taking advantage of the major price drop in solar panel systems, but they’re also utilizing the solar incentives available in Florida to significantly reduce their solar panel costs. By taking advantage of every solar incentive available to you, you can maximize the investment of your new solar energy system. The solar incentives available to Gainesville, FL residents include:
- Solar Investment Tax Credit
- Net Metering
- Property Tax Exemption
- Solar Sales Tax Exemption
- Florida Solar Rights Act
The Investment Tax Credit (ITC)
Probably the biggest incentive to get your cargo shorts in a twist is the ITC, or the federal solar tax credit. It will reduce the cost of your residential solar panel array by 30%. That’s right – 30% of your ENTIRE purchase of home solar panels (backup battery included) will be given right back to you as a tax credit from the government the following year. The other good news about that is, if you don’t use all the credit that first year, the remainder rolls over to the next.
Net Metering in Gainesville
Net metering is one of the most important (and beneficial) regulations for solar array owners in Florida, because it allows you (the homeowner) to sell back the excess power your solar panels generate to the power company (Like Duke or Florida P&L,) crediting your account with them and can even get you a near-zero power bill!
Those credits can also come in handy when the sun goes down at night, or if you have a particularly cloudy day (and don’t have a backup battery,) you can draw on those credits and not come out-of-pocket for power used.
“Right. So now you’re telling me not only is it cheaper to go solar, but my power company will pay me for the power I give them?”
Property Tax Exemption
“Even if I do want to go solar, I can’t afford the new taxes on it. No way” scoffs Dad.
Keep your crocs on, Dad! The state of Florida has excluded increased taxes on residences that decide to switch to renewable energy.
“If I’m making an ‘improvement’ to my home, doesn’t that increase its value?”
Absolutely! You get to benefit from the increase in value for absolutely ZERO in new taxes. That’s not the only tax exemption available in Gainesville – you’ll also get a break with a…
Sales Tax Exemption
That’s right – you’re going to even save money right off the bat by not having to pay sales tax on your new solar panel system. That 6% will go a long way, won’t it?
The Florida Solar Rights Act
Florida Statute 163.04 forbids any binding agreement between HOAs or otherwise to prohibit a property owner from installing solar panels. Period. They can try to tell you where on your roof to put them (maybe the HOA doesn’t want them to be in plain view,) but if their desired location or requirements doesn’t meet an orientation to the south or within 45° east or west of due south, they cannot stop you from installing solar panels on your roof that provide the highest efficiency for you.Start Saving Today
Solar Energy Gainesville FL
“So, let me get this straight. I can go solar and get 30% back in tax credits, I won’t have to pay sales tax, I won’t have to pay new taxes on my home’s increased value, and I could even have my power company pay ME for the power I generate?!”
That’s right, Dad! With those incentives, coupled with all the sun Florida gets, there’s really no better time than now to make the switch to solar and show those neighbors who’s boss!
Solar Panel Installation Gainesville, FL
Now that ADT Solar has made Gainesville its new home, we’re excited to bring you the best purchasing experience, the best warranties, and the best installation experience. With each solar installation, you also receive:
- 25 Year Labor Warranty
- 25 Year Production Guarantee
- 25 Year Solar Panel Manufacturer Warranty
- 25 Year Enphase Microinverter Warranty
- Thousands of happy homeowners
- A FREE energy audit to ensure your house is as efficient as your new solar panels.
- Roof replacement if needed
Get Your Free Solar Quote
So if you’re living in Gainesville and are interested in going solar, feel free to reach out to us and speak to one of our expert consultants. We’re here to answer questions you may have about any of the incentives offered in Florida or about making the switch to solar in general.Free Quote
See What Our Customers Are Saying
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*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.