How Much Solar Do I Need?

How much solar do I need? How many solar panels do I need? These are common questions for anyone looking to install solar power in Florida.

How much solar do I need? How many solar panels do I need? These are common questions for anyone looking to install solar power in Florida. The answer lies in your current energy usage. So, dig out your recent energy bills. Here’s how to work out how much solar you need:

Use Our Solar System Sizer Tool

We’ve got you covered with a handy tool that will calculate how much solar you need. Here’s how it works:

Step 1

  • Get out your energy bills.
  • Take note of the highest, middle and the lowest daily kWh usage. Or, if you have 12 months of bills to view, you can take the highest, middle, and lowest monthly power bills and use those instead. (If you don’t have this information available, your energy company should be happy to provide it to you).

Step 2

  • Use our calculator to calculate your average kWh usage or monthly cost.

Step 3

  • View our chart on our solar sizer calculator to see how much solar you need.

Example Calculation – How Much Can I save?

Here’s a quick example of how much you could save. We’ve used our system size calculator:

  • Highest daily kWh usage: 53 kWh
  • Middle daily kWh usage: 42 kWh
  • Lowest kWh usage: 28 kWh
  • Calculated Annual Kilowatt Usage: 14,965

Using this calculation, our suggested solar system size would be an 11.59 kW system (Florida Power Company’s top seller). With an estimated production of 17,458 kWh per year and 1,455 kWh per month, here are the savings we could make: $2,254 yr / $187.83 a month!

How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?

Don’t worry; we’ll take care of calculating how many solar panels you need based on the optimal setup for your roof, location and how much you need based on your kWh demands.

Why Install Solar Panels?

So, you’ve worked out much solar energy you need. But, what next? It’s time to install your solar system. Here’s why:

Solar PV Reduces Electric Bills

As you’ve seen in our calculations, you’re going to save a lot through energy bill reductions. Using our example, over 20 years, you would save over $45,000! Regardless of your solar system size, you’ll save money. That’s a fact.

It’s a tested and proven method. Take those sun rays and convert them to electricity on your own property. Power your lights, appliances, TVs, computers and more – with your very own solar panels.

Net Metering

Better still, you can get money back through net metering. Net metering is when you feed your excess solar power generation back into the grid. You get rewarded for it by your energy company. Even more savings!

Solar PV is Better than Hybrid Heaters

As the price of solar installations in Florida has dropped in recent years, the benefits of heating your water with solar electricity have gone up. Water heaters are notoriously energy thirsty and a primary cause of high electricity bills.

With solar panels, you’ll be powering your water heater with consistent free energy—no need to worry about those long showers as much anymore. If you’re producing enough electricity, you can have them as long as you want – because you’re not paying bills!

Sunlight Hours for Your Location in Florida:

Worried about whether you’ll get enough sunlight hitting your solar panels in Florida? Fear not, it’s called the ‘sunshine state’ for a reason:

  • January: 6.9 hours
  • February: 8.2 hours
  • March: 8.4 hours
  • April: 9.3 hours
  • May: 10.9 hours
  • June: 10.7 hours
  • July: 10.8 hours
  • August: 9.5 hours
  • September: 8.9 hours
  • October: 7.6 hours
  • November: 6.5 hours
  • December: 6.3 hours

Average daylight hours source.

Average Appliance kWh Consumption

If you want to go deeper into how much solar you need, you can analyze your appliances. On average, annual appliance energy consumption looks like this:

  • Refrigerator: 600 kWh
  • Air Conditioning Unit: 215 kWh
  • Central Air Conditioning:1,000 kWh
  • Electric Vehicle: 3,000 kWh
  • Heated Swimming Pool: 2,500 kWh
  • Hot Tub (outdoor): 3,300 kWh
  • LED TV: 432 kWh
  • Desktop computer: 194 kWh
  • Laptop: 150 kWh

What Affects Solar Panel Efficiency?

Many factors come into play here—for instance, the angle of your roof or shade from nearby trees. At Florida Power Services, we always design solar systems to provide optimal year-round energy production.

The quality of the panels also matters. Some companies use cheaper materials than we do, which results in poor absorption of those sun rays. Be wary of entire solar roofs made of solar tiles, too; their aesthetic qualities come at the price of less being efficient than regular solar panels.

What About Battery Size?

Solar batteries capture the unused solar power generated during the day, saving it for when you need it at night or during low-sunlight days. When planning battery setup, we consider:

  • Your average kWh demands.
  • How long you’ll need the battery to provide power for during the night or cloudy days.
  • The best return on investment for your plans, so you can begin to make a profit ASAP.

Grid or Off-Grid?

A significant factor in decking your solar power system setup and size is whether you want to be connected to the electricity grid or not. If you’re grid-tied, you have the space to rely on the grid’s energy at all times, including during the night.

But if you go off-grid, you need to be sure you’ll have enough energy throughout the day – so usually, more space is given for extra kWh demands.

Off-grid solar systems are completely disconnected from the main grid. They’re often used by people looking to live in rural areas with a 360 green vision. Solar batteries are a must in off-grid solar systems and usually require more solar capacity than grid-tied systems.

Act Now to Save Thousands of Dollars in 2021!

You could pay thousands of dollars on your solar installation in Florida if you delay.

That’s because of solar tax incentives in Florida. In 2021, you can save 26% on your solar installation costs. On a $30,000 installation, that would be $7,800!

By 2024, the federal solar tax credits will drop to 0%! We’ve seen customers in the past regret delaying their installations, as they missed out on higher tax credit savings. Don’t miss out!

Read our in-depth here to see if you’re eligible for 2021 Solar tax credits in Florida.

Solar Power Installation in Florida

Are you interested in installing solar power in Florida? Contact us today! Call (727) 667-9955 or schedule a consultation.

With decades of experience, we’ll help design and install the optimal solar system that brings you the best return on investment.

Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company” is the Sunshine’s states leading solar power installer and would love to help you save thousands of dollars in 2021.

Solar Equipment Shortages Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Vaccines may be providing hope that the COVID-19 pandemic is reaching its demise, but solar equipment shortages are still present as COVID continues to shutdown countries around the world.

Act now and you’ll avoid paying overpriced costs. Here’s why solar shortages are happening and why you need to hurry up and invest in solar in Florida now:

Ongoing Disruption to the Solar Industry

COVID-19 has disrupted the production and transportation of key solar equipment that is typically imported from overseas since as early as last March. Although the equipment has been making its way through, the solar industry is seriously suffering from shortages that show no sign of slowing soon.

In particular, China is one of the major sources of solar equipment and has placed many of its cities under frequent lockdowns. This has caused factories and suppliers to shut down entirely, causing solar equipment production to hit a wall. Naturally, as China accounts for 80% of the global market, this has triggered shortages for solar installers, big and small. The same can be said for much of Europe.

The Fight for Raw Materials

Even US manufacturers are hit by China’s delays, as raw materials such as aluminum and PV glass have been hard to find. With production rates so low, imports to the US have been far lower than expected. Shipping companies have also suffered delays, with ports being closed or restricted worldwide.

Consequently, panel manufacturers in the US have been significantly affected by raw material delays. Most solar module production manufacturers in the US stock around one to two months of materials. Sadly, many of these manufacturers are once again running out of stock – so they can’t produce solar panels.

It Could Be Bad News for Solar Batteries Too

The majority of the world’s lithium-ion battery manufacturers are also struggling to keep up with the demands. With mandatory lockdowns and less staff in factories triggering delays across the board.

These delays are occurring as we see boosts in growth for both solar battery storage and electric vehicles.

COVID Has Heavily Hit the US Solar Industry

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, the US solar sector has already lost over 65,000 jobs thanks to the pandemic. That’s five years of job gains!

Most of the job losses have been in the residential and commercial solar sectors. These employ a larger number of people per gigawatt than the larger utility-scale solar market. We’ve seen other companies have their solar projects canceled and even some installers close entirely.

Solar Prices Expected to Drive Up!

The cost of PV modules has risen for many solar power installation companies over the past year and is likely to rise again as these solar equipment shortages hit.

When supplies, competition becomes fierce and that causes the prices to rocket. And guess what? As solar companies have to pay higher equipment costs, they too have to raise their prices.

The Warning Signs Are Clear

The warning signs are evident in countries such as India and Australia. They’re already feeling the heat of China’s worrying glass shortage and are seeing prices rocket higher than Gamestop stock.

Glass shortages have seen prices rise by 71% since July and it’s hitting every country. Naturally, if the price for Chinese glass goes up, then so does the competition for US glass.

The general manager of the world’s largest solar company said, “If solar power generators see solar projects as uneconomical, they will delay investing in new projects and that will drag down solar demand. Solar power plant profits will drop below acceptable levels… if glass makers go on to push up the costs.”

Glass now accounts for around 20% of all solar panel production costs, double the usual amount. Although new glass factories are being planned, it will take at least 1-2 years before they have any effect.

The solar industry could be 20% to 30% short of the glass it needs next year, with the market not being back in balance until 2022. One analyst says: “The shortage is expected to worsen over the next year. Prices for such glass may remain at high levels.”

Why You Need to Invest in Solar Now

Thankfully, Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company” has enough supplies to cover us for a little while. But as this pandemic’s latest variants spread violently, we fear the worst – an imminent solar equipment shortage.

We don’t want our customers to lose out, paying far higher than they should. That’s why if you’re considering solar installation in Florida, you should hurry up and buy now! Supplies usually have to be ordered in advance, meaning these higher rates could last throughout 2021.

Avoid paying against the competition; install solar in Florida now!

Hope on The Horizon?

The good news is these solar equipment shortages last forever. Hopefully, within the next year or so, we can all start to put the Coronavirus behind us so that prices can return to normal and we can see the projected decrease in solar equipment costs.

However, if you want to make the most of this year’s tax credits and other incentives, then you need to act fast! It’s highly advised that you get in ahead of the competition and buy Florida solar now!

Thanks to the extension of the federal tax credits included in the recent $3 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package, the demand for solar should keep the industry flowing and moving onwards to the bright future it’s projected to have.

HURRY UP AND INVEST IN FLORIDA SOLAR NOW!

As the leading solar installation company in Florida, we currently have enough solar equipment supplies to get your project started and complete at no extra cost or delay. However, we’re warning all potential customers to get in fast!

Schedule a consultation with Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company” today, and we’ll answer any questions you may have and can install a solar system that ensures your property is built for the future!

How to Size Your Solar Battery System for 24/7 Day and Night Energy

If you’re looking to install a solar with battery backup system in Florida, sizing it correctly is essential to meet your performance expectations. If you underestimate the needed kWh to power your loads through the night and you could wake up sweating in the dark – you’d rather have more battery capacity than not enough. Another key parameter to calculate is the AC output (or Amps) needed when your solar system functions in “Standalone Mode”, all batteries have different outputs with/without the grid. Proper sizing is step one of our solar consultation, next is a quality design using reputable equipment, and finally the best way to purchase.

The question many new solar owners ask, “What size solar battery system do I need?”. Here’s the answer:

What Size Solar Battery Do I Need?

The best way to get all your questions answered is to schedule a consultation, during the consultation we will evaluate your usage and match a custom solar battery solution to your home.

Taking into consideration weather conditions, temperature and peak power demand are 3 important factors we account for in our custom solar battery hybrid systems. You need enough runtime in your battery bank to power your loads through low light conditions/at night and also proper AC Output to the loads. Undersizing your AC Output may cause your battery inverter to cycle on overload and/or trigger an overcurrent issue resulting in loss of power with possible damage to your equipment. A lot of “out of the box batteries” have output limitations that fail to meet the demand required when the battery cycles. Our consultation evaluates your needs sizing your solar and battery bank to provide the proper runtime matched to amps to power your loads when you need them the most.

Step One: Size the Solar

The solar array needs to be large enough to offset your utility usage and charge the battery bank, upsizing the solar a little is recommended for optimal performance in low light conditions. We always say “you’d rather have more than not enough”.

Check Your Energy Bill

If your home is grid-tied, finding your daily kWh usage is pretty simple and can be done using a power bill and our sizing tool. Sizing your solar array by kWh is much more accurate than going off the dollar amount of the monthly bill.

Use Our Solar System Sizing Tool

Our Solar System Sizing Tool
Off Grid Solar

Off-grid location? Our engineers can design a solar micro grid when utility power is too expensive or non existent, there are many variables to consider when looking at these types of systems and may be costs involved to accurately size and quote. We have extensive experience working on the outlying islands surrounding Florida with dozens of our solar offgrid designs providing power to homes in some of the most beautiful remote locations around. When you need reliable solar power make sure you’re dealing with an experienced contractor with a NABCEP certification and Solar license.

Step Two: Calculate the Battery Capacity You Need

Sizing the needed kWh in your battery bank is easy with our Battery Sizing Tool!
Battery Sizing Tool
There are 3 main parameters you’ll want to carefully compare when you’re shopping solar with battery backup;

  • kWh = Runtime or energy stored in the battery.
  • AC Output = Amps or peak power needed to start and run loads.
  • D.O.D. = Depth Of Discharge which is the usable energy in the battery bank
BATTERY BANKS AC Output
(Peak & Continuous)
D.O.D.
(Depth Of Discharge)
16 kWh 66 A @240V (10 Sec) | 33A @ 240V 100%
22 kWh 66 A @240V (10 Sec) | 33A @ 240V 100%
32 kWh 132 A @240V (10 Sec) | 66A @ 240V 100%
48 kWh 156 A @240V (60 Sec) | 84.99A @ 240V 100%

How Many Kwh Do I Need in My Battery Bank?

More than less! The kWh in a battery bank are used at night or in lowlight conditions when the solar production may not be enough to power the loads. An easy way to calculate this if you have a utility company is take your peak kWh usage and calculate 66%.

AC Output?

This parameter is often overlooked by off the shelf solutions and is just as important as the kWh in your bank. The peak power is the battery inverters ability to start and run your loads. Since all batteries are DC voltage (24-400V) we need to invert to usable AC voltage (120V-240V) to be compatible with the US grid and/or power loads. Our consultation is the best way to be sure your AC Output on your solar with battery backup is sized properly.

D.O.D. (Depth of Discharge)?

The depth of discharge indicates at what level the battery can discharge before recharging. With today’s lithium battery chemistry this range is usually between 80-100%. Some of the biggest names in batteries are on the lower end of this number while our custom battery banks have 100% D.O.D giving you more usable energy when you need it.

Safety Buffer (Days of Autonomy)

We always suggest making a safety buffer. By adding some reserve storage space, you’ll gain access to energy during cloudy days, the night, power outages, storms and other situations where your panels are struggling to generate enough energy.

You wouldn’t drive your car for hours with the gas light on, so why is your home any different?

Decide how many days of autonomy you want your solar system to be able to provide. Between one and two is usually wise. Don’t sell yourself short!

Can I Add a Battery to My Existing Solar System in Florida?

Yes! We can design an AC Coupled battery bank to retrofit your existing grid tied solar with battery backup. Our grid tied battery backup will cycle when the grid fails keeping your loads on through unexpected power interruptions. Here at Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company” we make adding solar batteries to existing solar panels easy using no money out of pocket loans with rates between .99% – 2.99%.

  • No more paranoia about running out of electricity!
  • Full power, day and night!
  • Protection for storms, cloudy days and grid blackouts.
  • Low monthly payments!

How Long Will Solar With Batteries Last?

Solar battery technology has come a long way from Lead Acid batteries with short 3-4 year life expectancy and low depth of discharge (around 50%) to powerful Lithium Ion batteries with life expectancies of 20+ years and 100% depth of discharge. Lithium Ion batteries are extremely durable and require no maintenance giving them some of the longest lifespans of the batteries commercially available today.

Can Solar Battery Back-Ups Save Money?

Solar battery banks vs generators do save money in Florida! After factoring in the cost of fuel, maintenance, and life expectancy of a generator the solar with battery backup lasts twice as long with virtually no maintenance or costs after installed. You’ll also be significantly boosting your property value, not to mention solar with battery backup makes your home more attractive to prospective buyers should you decide to sell in the future.

2020 Is the Time to Act to Save Money!

As 2020 heads towards its conclusion, there is still time to save thousands of dollars. But act fast! After this year, you’ll no longer be able to get the massive 26% reductions through Federal Tax Credits.

For example, if your solar power installation in Florida costs $38,000, you can receive Solar Tax Credits of $9,880 in 2020. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity, we have limited installation availability due to demand. Contact us now for a solar consultation and beat the deadline.

Solar Batteries in Florida

Contact Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company” today to get started on your solar battery installation, or to receive expert advice on battery sizing and solar financing. We’ve helped homeowners and businesses throughout Florida transform their properties into one built for the future; now it’s your turn.

Thonotosassa Ground Mount 11.55 kW Solar System

The Solar Specialists at Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company” had the pleasure of designing and installing this Ground Mount 11.55 kW Solar System for our friends in Thonotosassa. 

Thonotosassa 11.55 kW Ground Mount Solar System
Prepping the structure for an 11.55 kW Ground Mount Solar System 

The Best Solar Solution for YOUR Home.

Unfortunately, after months of dealing with another solar company, no progress was made. After Florida Power Services took over on the project, we had materials on site and the project completed a week later! We take pride in designing solar solutions unique to our customers. For this Thonotosassa ground mount solar system, we chose a Fronius Inverter. A trusted company, Fronius has been in the solar game for over 2o years. To convert the sun’s energy harvested from the array, we utilized the Fronius Primo 11.4 model. The new lightweight compact versions with dual powerpoint trackers, zero tilt mounting and easier field serviceability made this inverter a sure choice. The Fronius Solar Net allows our customers and us to track photovoltaic output as well as alert for any malfunctions.

Thonotosassa 11.55 kW Ground Mount Solar System
Thonotosassa 11.55 kW Ground Mount Solar System

High-Performance Sleek Ground Mounted Solar Design

Installing a new solar system on an old roof is not recommended. This large property presented the perfect opportunity to build a ground mount solar system. With no obstacles that a normal roof presents we were able to design the system to be a perfect rectangle with a total of 35 high-efficiency solar panels. Working with the homeowner we designed the array to be built high off the ground to allow for a shaded canopy area or garage!

Thonotosassa 11.55 kW Ground Mount Solar System
Thonotosassa 11.55 kW Ground Mount Solar System

At Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company” we understand the importance of providing a system that is the envy of the neighborhood, never an eyesore! When selecting panels for a residential or commercial project we look at a number of factors. Some key factors include performance output, quality of materials used, availability of panels, aesthetics and manufacturer location. This Thonotosassa Residential Solar System features 35 high-efficiency Q.PEAK DUO G5 330 modules. These Q Cells solar modules provide an impressive visual look and a particularly high performance on a small surface with the innovative Q.ANTUM DUO Technology.

Thonotosassa 11.55 kW Ground Mount Solar System
Thonotosassa 11.55 kW Ground Mount Solar System

Thonotosassa, Did you miss out on the 30% Tax Rebate?

Don’t fret! While supplies last we are offering a 6% discount on a complete solar installation with no hidden costs. With our new instant quote tool, it is easier than ever to get a quote from Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company”. Have your very own Seminole micro-inverter solar system installed by a dedicated team of PV professionals.

Check out more of our residential installs here! There is a reason that we are the top-rated solar company in the Greater Tampa Area! Our expert team of NABCEP Certified design professionals and installers will work with you every step of the way to make sure you are getting the right home solar power system to fit your unique needs! Grid-Tied Solar Power is ideal for any home or business owner who wants to save thousands on their energy bills. If you fear the unstoppable rise of electricity costs, then installing a Grid-Tied System will set you up for a future where you have minimal costs and a home of tomorrow. Whether you are looking for grid-tied home solar, battery backup, off the grid or commercial solar system. The professionals at Florida Power Services will take care of you! Don’t forget to give us a like on Facebook!

 

Seminole 7.2 kW Residential Solar System

The Solar Specialists at Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company” had the pleasure of finishing this Seminole 7.2 kW Residential Solar System.  As proud solar professionals, we offer our sincerest apologies to those so scammed by Brevard Solar. We understand the pain and distrust solar customers who worked with Brevard Solar are facing. Our friends in Seminole had a permit pulled by Brevard in May of 2019. The only work that was completed was installing solar railings on the roof.  Less than one week after materials were on site, Florida Power Services finished the installation and passed inspection with Pinellas County.  If you are one of the hundreds affected by the Brevard Solar scam, read more about your options here.  

Seminole 7.2 kW Micro Inverter Residential Solar
Seminole 7.2 kW Micro Inverter Residential Grid Tied Solar System

The Best Solar Design for YOUR Home.

After easing the valid concerns of our friends in Seminole and earning their trust we got right to work. Instead of having one inverter installed on the side of the house, we were able to minimize the wall space taken up by electrical boxes by designing a system with 23 micro-inverters. One micro-inverter tucked away under each panel. The Enphase IQ 7  is a scalable seventh-generation micro-inverter that supports high wattage solar modules, making it a great selection for this home residential solar system. Thanks to the Enphase Envoy our friends in Seminole will be able to monitor each one of their micro-inverters for total system health in real-time!  Have you heard about Enphase’s latest home energy solution? Talk to a team member if this is the right choice for you!

High-Performance Sleek Residential Solar Design

At Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company” we understand the importance of providing a system that is the envy of the neighborhood, never an eyesore! When selecting panels for a residential or commercial project we look at a number of factors. Some key factors include performance output, quality of materials used, availability of panels, aesthetics and manufacturer location. This Seminole 7.2 kW Residential Solar System features 23 black high-efficiency Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G5 modules. These Q Cells solar modules provide an impressive visual look and a particularly high performance on a small surface with the innovative Q.ANTUM DUO Technology.

Seminole 7.2 kW Micro Inverter Residential Solar

Did you miss out on the 30% Tax Rebate?

Don’t fret! While supplies last we are offering a 6% discount on a complete solar installation with no hidden costs. With our new instant quote tool, it is easier than ever to get a quote from Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company”. Have your very own Seminole micro-inverter solar system installed by a dedicated team of PV professionals.

Check out more of our residential installs here! There is a reason that we are the top-rated solar company in the Greater Tampa Area! Our expert team of NABCEP Certified design professionals and installers will work with you every step of the way to make sure you are getting the right home solar power system to fit your unique needs! Grid-Tied Solar Power is ideal for any home or business owner who wants to save thousands on their energy bills. If you fear the unstoppable rise of electricity costs, then installing a Grid-Tied System will set you up for a future where you have minimal costs and a home of tomorrow. Whether you are looking for grid-tied home solar, battery backup, off the grid or commercial solar system. The professionals at Florida Power Services will take care of you! Don’t forget to give us a like on Facebook!