Incentives on top on incentives. One(hundred) more reason(s) for you to go solar.
According to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE), a site funded by the US Department of Energy, there are 103 different incentive programs for just the state of Florida alone. Not located in Florida? No problemo! Use DSIRE’s neat little map feature to locate your state, filter your city and utility provider and ta-dah…all your renewable energy incentive programs under one list. “DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States.” (DSIRE)
“If you are still dragging your feet on going solar because of cost, you really shouldn’t be”
In my previous article, I wrote about how switching to solar in Florida is typically a breakeven situation without taking into account state and local incentives. Now imagine the amount of money you can save when you consider the incentives. That’s net savings while at the same time increasing the value of your property. Pretty sweet huh?
Here are some highlighted incentives so that you have general idea of what to expect. Many of these incentives are self-explanatory and any questions should be posted to your solar company. A good sales representative should be able to quickly explain an incentive program and help you through the application process.
Orlando Utilities Commission — Solar Programs (my favorite)
Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit (30% federal tax credit)
DSIRE has way too many programs for me to list and go through them here. I suggest that you access their website and filter by your city and your utility provider. In my opinion, it really doesn’t make sense to not go solar.
One more tip: if you are looking to finance your solar system, look at First Green Bank. It’s a non-profit dedicated to promoting renewable energy in Central Florida.
“ The time to save money is always now”