Q: What is the average payback for a solar installation?
A: An average payback for residential PV systems in South Florida FPL territory is 7 to 9 years, depending on your roof type.
Q: What is net-metering?
A: Net-metering is program through which solar systems that produce excess electricity can receive a retail credit on their power bill for the amount of excess electricity they produce and send to the power grid. Check out our net-metering page for more info.
Q: Will my HOA allow solar?
A: Yes. Florida state laws mandate that HOAs are required to allow solar systems.
Q: Can I go “off-grid”?
A: Technically, no. Although a solar system can offset virtually all of your electric bill, you are still required to have a utility connection in Florida. A grid-connected system that is net-zero is actually “greener” than going off-grid. (Ask us how!)
Q: What about batteries?
A: Batteries make sense in some cases, but not all. They can add a significant price increase to the cost of a solar system. Battery requirements need to be assessed on a case by case basis. Contact us for more details.
Q: Will my solar system require maintenance?
A: Solar PV is virtually maintenance free. The frequent rainfall in Florida is enough to wash the dust and small debris from solar panels.
Q: What size solar system is right for me?
A: The right size solar system will depend on your monthly electricity consumption (power bill), your available roof space, and what you personal objectives related to solar are. An average residential system is between 10kW and 20kW.
Q: Will a solar system work with my existing electrical panel?
A: Almost all of our solar installs have integrated easily into home's existing electrical service.
Q: What if I need a new roof?
A: Solar panels have a power production warranty for 25 years. We prefer to install solar on roofs that have at least 10 years left in their lifetime to avoid unwanted costs in the future. When a new roof is needed, we will come to the house and remove the panels prior to the roof installation and replace the panels after the new roof is installed.
Q: Can I get financing for a solar installation?
A: Yes. We can help you arrange financing through a variety of methods, including the Solar Energy Loan Fund (SELF), PACE financing, national solar lending institutions and local banks who specialize in solar loans.
Q: Will my insurance company cover my solar panels
A: Usually, but not always. It's a bit of a longer answer - check out our page on Solar Insurance
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Can you go off grid in Florida?
Will my HOA allow solar?
Will solar integrate in to my existing electrical panel?
Will my insurance cover my solar panels?
What is the right size solar system for me?
What about solar batteries?
What is the average payback period for solar?
What is net-metering?
Can you finance a solar system?
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