Solar in the Sunshine State is heating up. Prices are falling, and solar makes more sense than ever for Florida homeowners. Choosing the right installer for your Florida solar project is one of the most important steps in the solar shopping process, but it can be difficult to know which installers are the best.
Florida ranks fifth in the country for total number of solar jobs according to GTM Research, and there are plenty of companies throughout Florida that will install solar on your property. Choosing an installer that will give you a competitive price with top customer service is essential to a successful solar installation project. We looked at EnergySage Solar Marketplace customer feedback and reviews on the EnergySage website to develop our list of top solar companies in Florida in 2017.
Top solar companies in Florida (2017)
|1||Guardian Solar, LLC||Clearwater, FL|
|3||3 Guys Solar LLC||Orlando, FL|
|4||Solar Advantage||Lutz, FL|
|5||Velocity Solar Energy||Clearwater, FL|
|6||Energy Solutions Direct||Clearwater, FL|
|7||A1A Solar Contracting, Inc.||Jacksonville, FL|
|8||Power Production Management||Gainesville, FL|
|9||Goldin Solar||Orlando, FL|
|10||May Electric Solar||Hudson, FL|
Of note, YellowLite is the only company not based in Florida. They operate in several states, and Florida is one of their markets. The other nine installers are local Florida companies.
Why should you go solar in Florida?
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Florida ranks third in the country for rooftop solar potential. Thanks to above-average amounts of sunshine, there’s plenty of opportunity for Florida residents to generate their own electricity with solar panels.
Florida’s solar legislation is also becoming a positive force for increased solar adoption. In June, Governor Rick Scott signed bill S.B.90, which reduces state taxes on residential and commercial solar projects by exempting 80 percent of their value from tangible property taxes. Additionally, the bill exempts 80 percent of the value of a solar installation from real property taxes for commercial properties, almost matching the existing 100 percent exemption for residential properties. Policy decisions like this one are making solar more affordable in the Sunshine State.
In addition to reducing your electricity bills, solar panels are a smart move if you want to generate your own energy on-site. In areas of Florida where hurricanes are common, it may make sense to invest in a solar installation to prevent total loss of power if the electric grid is damaged or non-operational. Solar panels withstand hurricane-scale winds well, and can also provide off-grid backup power in the event that you can’t power your home from the electric grid.
How to pick a solar company in Florida
The best way to choose an installer for your solar project is to solicit multiple quotes from local Florida installers on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace and compare your options side by side. By receiving several solar quotes, you can see exactly where each company differs in their offers.
For example, if you want the best solar equipment available, one installer may rise to the top of your preference list if they offer premium panels. If price is the most important factor in your solar decision, EnergySage allows you to compare total price, price per watt, and long-term savings between each offer.
All installers that submit quotes on EnergySage are certified and pre-vetted to ensure you are only getting quotes from high-quality companies. Try out our Solar Calculator today to see how much you could save by going solar with one of our high-quality local installers.