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How Solar Energy Works

Solar energy is a form of renewable energy that is generated by capturing the sun’s energy and converting it into electricity. Here are the three basic steps for how it works:

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Photovoltaic (PV) cells, which are typically made of silicon, are used to convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity.


An inverter is used to convert the DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity, which is the type of electricity that is used in homes and businesses.

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The AC electricity is then sent to the electrical grid, where it can be used in homes and businesses. Any excess electricity can be stored in batteries for later use, or it can be sent back to the grid to be used by others.

Solar Energy Incentives

Since 1997, all solar energy systems have been exempt from Florida’s sales and use tax.

The added home value of solar panels is excluded from the property’s taxable value.

There is a federal solar tax credit available through 2023 for 26% of the solar system’s value.

Benefits of Solar Energy

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Solar energy is a clean and renewable source of electricity. It does not produce any harmful emissions or pollutants, making it an environmentally-friendly option.

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Solar panels require very little maintenance, so once they are installed, they can generate electricity for many years with minimal cost.


The cost of solar panels has fallen dramatically in recent years, making them more affordable than ever. In many cases, the cost savings from using solar panels can offset the initial cost of installation, making them a smart investment.

Reliable Energy

Solar energy is a reliable source of electricity, as it is available during the day, even on cloudy days. This can help reduce the need for backup power sources and improve the reliability of the electricity grid.

Reduce Dependence

Using solar energy can help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and foreign sources of energy, which can have positive economic and security benefits for a country.


Solar energy can be used in many different applications, from large-scale power plants to small-scale home systems. This flexibility makes it a versatile option for meeting a wide range of energy needs.


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Solar FAQ’s

How much does a solar system cost?

An average residential solar system with a 5 kW capacity can cost between $15,000 and $25,000. This cost is before any tax credits or incentives. The cost per watt can range from $3 to $5. You can calculate your potential solar panel costs by taking into account your current energy usage.

How much energy will a solar system generate?

The amount of energy that a solar panel can produce can vary based on a number of factors, including its location and the amount of sunlight it receives. On average, a single solar panel in the United States can generate about 2 kWh of electricity per day, which can save approximately $0.36 on daily electricity costs.

How much money will I save on my energy bills?

Going solar can save the average U.S. customer about $1,500 per year, or $37,500 over 25 years. However, the exact savings can vary depending on factors such as roof size, sunlight exposure, local energy rates, and solar incentives. The savings for an individual solar energy system can range from $10,000 to $90,000.

How long will it take for the solar system to pay for itself?

The amount of time it takes for a solar system to pay for itself can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the size of the system, the location where it is installed, the cost of electricity in the area, and any tax credits or incentives that are available. On average, it can take between 6 and 10 years for a solar system to pay for itself through savings on energy bills.

Will a solar system increase the value of my home?

In most cases, a solar system can increase the value of your home. A study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that homes with solar panels typically sell for more than comparable homes without solar panels. The exact increase in value will depend on factors such as the size of the solar system, the location of the home, and the local real estate market.

What are the maintenance requirements for a solar system?

The maintenance requirements for a solar system will depend on the type and size of the system, as well as the location where it is installed. In general, however, solar systems require very little maintenance. The main thing that you will need to do is keep the solar panels clean by periodically removing dust, dirt, and other debris from the surface. This can be done using a soft cloth or brush, or you can hire a professional cleaning service to do it for you. Other potential maintenance tasks may include checking the electrical connections and inverter, and replacing any parts that are damaged or no longer functioning properly. 

Are there any tax credits or incentives available for solar systems?

Solar-equipped homeowners that meet certain requirements may be entitled to a tax credit of up to 30% of the system’s cost. In Florida, there is no state sales tax to pay when purchasing a new solar system. You might immediately save 6% thanks to the exemption, which covers 100% of the state sales tax associated with a new home solar installation. Due to Florida’s Property Tax Abatement for Renewable Energy Property incentive, adding a new photovoltaic (PV) system won’t result in an increase in property taxes.

How long do solar panels typically last?

Solar panels in Florida typically last for 25 to 30 years. In the long term, the system can save tens of thousands of dollars.

Are solar panels compatible with my roof?

Almost every roof may be equipped with solar panels. The only possible exceptions to this rule could be if your roof is thatched, lacks structural integrity, or needs repair. Asphalt shingle roofs, clay, slate, or concrete tiles, metal, industrial, and rubber roofs can all have solar panels installed on them.

Can I generate enough solar power to meet all of my energy needs?

10,400 kWh are used by the typical American home each year. You would want from 28 to 34 solar panels, each rated at 250 watts, to generate enough energy to run your home completely.


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