Want to go solar but feel like learning Florida’s solar laws is a whole new language? Well, consider Super Solar your very own Rosetta Solar Stone. We’re here to enlighten (pun intended) you with the ultimate legal guide to Florida’s solar laws.
Currently, the Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit offers homeowners a 26% tax credit for solar systems that are installed between 2020-2022 and 22% for systems that will be installed in 2023. Add this to the rising popularity of solar in Florida that has created some amazing financial incentives for homeowners across the state. At the state level, Floridians are currently exempt from paying sales tax on solar, which can significantly reduce the final cost of your system. Solar is also exempt from property taxes for residential solar panels through the Solar and CHP Sales Tax Exemption. This means that county tax collectors can overlook a home’s solar system when assessing value. These statewide incentives are especially appealing to solar seekers who would be subject to sales and property taxes on any other home improvement investments.
Another great incentive within Florida’s solar laws is net metering. If your solar system generates more electricity than your home requires, the excess energy will go back to the grid, and you’ll be issued a credit on your next utility bill. Tampa Electric Company (TECO), Duke Energy, and Florida Power & Light (FPL) all offer utility net metering programs in Florida.
With such a great return on your investment, installing a solar system should be a no-brainer. But if you’re anticipating questions from your neighbor, Ned Flanders, or the HOAs of Del Boca Vista, don’t fret. The Florida Solar Rights Act protects the right of building owners to install solar panels. Homeowner associations and other groups are prohibited from preventing solar panel installation on buildings in Florida. These groups are allowed to require approval of solar system plans before installation but must not be contingent upon factors that would prevent installation. These factors could include the location of panels, as long as they are within 45 degrees of due south, but any restrictions imposed may not detract from the effectiveness of the system since due south is the best placement for Florida solar panels.