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.

Top Reasons Why Local Florida Solar Companies Are Often Best

If you’re ready to invest in a Florida solar installation, then congratulations! You’re on the way to saving thousands of dollars.

If you’re ready to invest in a Florida solar installation, then congratulations! You’re on the way to saving thousands of dollars. But next, you’ll need to decide which Florida solar company to use. Which is best? Here’s a look at why choosing your local Florida solar installation company will pay off:

Local Solar Company or Tesla?

That’s probably the first question that comes to mind. Understandably so. Tesla’s marketing has made them a household name across the world. Their owner has his hand in cars, solar roofs and even space rockets. But, in our opinion (and our customers’) that doesn’t make them the best Florida solar company. Here’s why:

1) Better Warranties

Local providers such as Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company” offer a 25-year warranty on all equipment including end phase inverters (10 year on the installation). While Tesla Solar offers just a 10-year comprehensive warranty.

Tesla’s 25-year warranty only covers the panels. So solar inverters, batteries, roof mountings and leaks repairs will all have to come out of your pocket after ten years! Yikes!

If you go local with Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company”, you could save thousands of dollars in repairs over the next 25-years as we take care of our customers like we always have done. We care.

100% Guarantee

Go local and you’ll also get a 100% guarantee. That’s because local Florida solar companies are confident about their ability to perform to a high standard AND because, once again, they care. They don’t want to see you left out of pocket with a flawed solar system.

2) Local Florida Solar Companies Are Often Cheaper

We could list hundreds of reasons why local might be better than big-name solar providers, but obviously, a major consideration is always the price.

According to a study by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), larger solar installers were shown to give a higher quote than smaller, local installers 70% of the time. Those quotes were 10% more on average too!

“Large installers offered a higher quote price than a corresponding non-large installer in about 70% of pairings.”

We always advise you to consider your local Florida solar company and ask them for a quote. Who knows, maybe you’ll save thousands?

3) No Middlemen

When you go local for your Floria solar installation, you avoid frustrating communication issues. Big multinational companies are known for having call centers or, worse, online no-reply systems.

We’ve seen countless reviews of other companies where the customers are left with significant problems (even leaking roofs) and problematic customer service.

As a local solar provider, we pride ourselves on making customer needs a priority from start to finish – and beyond!

You’ll always speak to a human. Our owner speaks directly to you about your solar vision and never hands your over to an external sales team. You’re always in direct contact with the people completing the work.

That saves you time, energy and potentially dollars when it comes to problems and repairs.

4) Custom Designs that Fit Your Home

For local Florida solar companies like us, quality is more important than quantity. We care about making every Florida solar installation a success. Some other companies sometimes compromise on the smaller details to move more sales.

We avoid cookie-cutter approaches and design solar systems for your vision, bringing:

  • Durability
  • Aesthetics
  • Optimized energy output.
  • Fully off-grid systems, which many big names can’t provide.

5) You Won’t Get Oversold.

Say you want a roof of solar panels? That doesn’t necessarily mean you want an entirely new roof built, right?

That’s exactly why we only build and charge for what you want. So, you don’t waste thousands on a solar roof featuring an entirely new roof that you didn’t actually want or need.

6) You’re Helping Your Community

When you opt for your local Florida solar company rather than a massive international billionaire back company, you’re helping your community with:

  • A greener local community with fewer carbon emissions
  • More jobs
  • Helping to maintain the American dream in your community
  • Backing a company that has been serving locally for nearly two decades, to continue.

As a local Florida solar company, we’re facing heavy competition these days from big-name companies. But thanks to local Florida residents, we’re still here, making homeowners and businesses in our community greener and happier year by year.

Plus, that money you spend locally gets injected back into the community because we live here. It’s spent locally, not sent to some billionaire’s pockets.

7) Dedicated Solar Installation Crews

Local Florida solar installation companies don’t use external contractors. So, you know that the team that turns up is:

  • The same team that you’ve read all the reviews about.
  • Highly, trusted and experienced.
  • Not out-of-town, part-timers.
  • They have solar knowledge.
  • Reports directly back to their boss

Those last two points are important. Many bigger companies use teams of roofers or contractors who actually know very little about solar. Local teams do. They’ve been on the job for years, not just drafted in to fill vast demands.

Reporting back to the boss also creates a level of accountability that simply doesn’t exist with national companies. In fact, with Florida Power Services, our owner visits your property and is often on-site during the work.

8) We Understand Your Local Area

Every neighborhood and town has its own unique challenges. That might not seem important when it comes to solar installation, but you’d be surprised.

We’ve worked throughout Florida on all kinds of roofs and know the demands of different tile and shingle types.

Because of our experience, we ensure the most suitable materials are used and the setup is perfect for optimizing the sun’s rays in your area.

We also think about potential storms and wind speeds. National solar companies are cookie-cutter setups that often ignore the demands of each location.

9) Local Often Has Better Ratings

Simply put, take a look at our ratings compared to Tesla Solar. 4.48 vs 2.88 (out of 5 stars).

Why? Because we have a reputation to uphold that is built upon caring about people like you. If you use a bigger company, you’re just a drop in the ocean to them. So when things go wrong, it might not be as big a deal as it is to us.

10) Local Often Use the Best Materials

We also use materials and components of the finest quality, to ensure your solar roofs is: A) Running optimally and B) Less likely to hit problems and need repairs.

In the long run, that saves you thousands of dollars through better energy performance and less repairs once your 25-year warranty is expired.

11) Affordable and Up-front Pricing

The best local Florida solar companies will offer ways to help you maximize your savings! We offer no money out-of-pocket solar loans at .99%, for example.

The solar company should always be honest about costs and never tack on extra charges. It’s well documented that big companies have made sudden price changes. We don’t do that.

Now Is The Time to Act! – Save Thousands of Dollars

If you’re interested in a Florida solar installation, now is the time to act.

That’s because this year you can save 26% through solar tax incentives in Florida. On a $30,000 installation, that would be $7,800!

Why act fast? Because those incentives are dropping year by year. By 2024, they’ll be 0%!

In recent years, we’ve seen many customers regret not acting fast enough to make those savings. You can read out in-depth here to see if you’re eligible for 2021 Solar tax credits in Florida.

Solar Power Installation in Florida

Interested in a local Florida solar company that saves you thousands, cares about your vision and helps the local community? Contact us today! Call (727) 667-9955 or schedule a consultation.

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.

Clearwater 11.56 kW Micro-Inverter Solar Install

The Solar Specialists at Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company” had the pleasure of designing and completing this Clearwater 11.56 kW Micro-Inverter Solar Install

The Best Solar Design for YOUR Home.

After an in-depth site survey and working with the customer an 11.56 kW micro-inverter solar install was the easy choice for this Clearwater home. Instead of having one or two inverters 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 37 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 Clearwater will be able to monitor each one of their micro-inverters for total system health in real-time!  

Clearwater Residential Mirco-Inverter Installation
Clearwater Residential Mirco-Inverter Installation

High-Performance Sleek 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 Clearwater 11.56 kW Grid-Tied Home Solar System features 37 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.

Clearwater Micro-Inverter Residential Install

Conduit on the roof? No, thanks.

Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company” takes the time to carefully plan out the layout of the system. Saving money and reducing our customer’s carbon footprint is important but so are appearances! You won’t see an inch of conduit on this customer’s roof. When attic access is possible, we run all PV conduit through the attic. Creating a very clean and modern look. All roof penetrations are double sealed and carefully mapped out beforehand. Everything is designed to be as symmetrical as possible and of course, no install would be complete without painting the conduit and electrical boxes to match the house. 

Clearwater Residential Mirco-Inverter Installation
Clearwater Residential Mirco-Inverter Installation

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 Clearwater 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!

Clearwater Residential Mirco-Inverter Installation
Clearwater Residential Mirco-Inverter Installation

 

How 2019’s Tax Credits Reduce Solar Power Costs by 30%

Anyone investing in Solar Power in 2019 is set to benefit from a 30% federal tax credit. But sadly, 2019 is the last year and the last chance to make those savings. If you’ve been considering investing in solar, there has never been a better time to get started than now!

Solar power owners could effectively receive a 30% discount. Solar power experts are estimating, on average, a massive $13,500 saving. It’s unlikely we’ll see such an opportunity again, with tax credit reductions decreasing to 0% over the next few years.

Solar power systems are becoming more and more popular, due to the savings made and the ecological impacts. The 30% tax credit has boosted solar installations throughout the country as property owners take advantage of the huge savings.

Is There Enough Time To be Eligible for the 30% Federal Tax Credit?

If you act fast, yes. But to be eligible for the tax credits the installation will have to start within 2019 – so act now!

  • The tax credit percentage is set by the year when the solar installation began.
  • The tax credit is eligible even if the installation is not completed in 2019.
  • The solar installation must be fully operational by December 31, 2023.

The best solar power companies will be able to work fast and ensure installation is at least started in 2019. This will make you eligible for those tax credits. These solar companies are often very educated on the savings and financing side of the job. They may even offer a solar financing service to ensure you make the quickest return from your investment.

In most residential cases, a solar installation can be as quick as two days. It’s worth contacting your local solar power company to see how they can help you with that 2020 deadline coming fast.

What are Solar Tax Credits?

Federal solar tax credits allow property owners to deduct up to 30% of the cost of the solar installation in the U.S. Whether it’s a commercial or residential property, there is no limit to the value of a system which is eligible. It’s a great chance to make savings for solar owners, big and small. 2019 has seen a 30% tax credit extended until the end of the year. Over the next few years, the tax credit percentage will reduce to 0%.

How Much Can I Save Through Solar Tax Credits?

Solar power owners can effectively receive a 30% reduction on a solar power installation in 2019 thanks to the federal solar tax credits, regardless of how much the system costs.

For example, if your solar power installation costs $10,000, then you can receive a 30% tax credit of $3,000. This is proving hugely popular for Clearwater solar power and St. Petersburg solar power investors, with vast savings being made for all.

  • Help make solar power installation more affordable.
  • It encourages property owners to buy their own solar systems. Leasing does not qualify for tax credits.
  • It helps boost the solar power industry.

Federal Tax Credits Can Help Reduce the Costs of:

  • Solar Power Installation Fees
  • Solar Equipment
  • Shipping Costs
  • Engineer Fees
  • Electrician Fees
  • Roofing Fees
  • Permitting Service Costs
  • Permit Fees
  • And More

A Brief History of Solar Tax Credits

In 2005 the EPA established the ‘Energy Policy Act.’ This included a solar tax credit that was set to expire in 2007. But due to its popularity and boost for the solar industry, it has been extended for over a decade. In 2019, home and business owners have one last opportunity to make record savings.

  • 2019 – 30% Solar Tax Credits until December 31, 2019.
  • 2020 – A reduction to 26% Solar Tax Credits
  • 2021 – A reduction to 22% Solar Tax Credits.
  • 2022 and onwards – Only new commercial solar system installations will receive a 10% tax credit reduction.
  • 2022 and onwards – 0% tax credit for residential solar installation.

What are the Requirements to be Eligible?

Solar power owners must be aware of the following to ensure they are eligible for the 30% tax credit reduction:

  • The solar installation must have started by December 31, 2019.
  • You must own and not rent the property.
  • You must own the solar panels, not lease.
  • You can still receive tax credits if you purchased your solar panels with a loan.

How Do I Claim the 30% Solar Tax Credit?

When filing your 2019 tax return, you should:

  • Check that your installation started before December 31, 2019.
  • Collect any receipt related to the cost of solar power.
  • Complete IRS Form 5965
  • Add the Tax Credits to Form 1040
  • Contact your local solar power installation company for more information.

Is Energy Storage Eligible for Tax Credits?

Energy storage systems are eligible, but only if they are combined with photovoltaic arrays or other renewable energy systems that are eligible under the incentive. This means you can’t receive tax credits for a storage system alone. It must be part of a full solar system.

  • Residential owners will receive a tax credit if 100% of the storage’s charge is provided by solar.
  • Commerical owners will receive a tax credit if at least 75% of the storage’s charge is provided by solar.

How to Find the Best “Solar Power Company near Me”

Local solar power companies are easy to find, but the best have certain stand-out services and promises. Once you start searching, make sure they are:

  • A NABCEP Certified PV Installer
  • Licensed & Insured
  • Promise at least a 25 Year Life Span
  • They have vast experience.
  • Promise expert maintenance.
  • Have five-star reviews across the board.

If you want that federal tax credit reduction of a whopping 30%, then act now! With huge savings to be made, there is no reason to delay. Don’t spend 2020 regretting it, contact your local solar power company today.

If you live in Florida near the Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg or Clearwater area, be sure to inquire about Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company”. Florida Power Services has been labeled as the top-rated St. Petersburg Solar Power Company for over 17 years. Their Clearwater solar installation team has recieved numerous awards of excellence for quality and customer satisfaction provided. Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company” has three convenient locations to better serve you.