Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy

Going Solar in Broward

Broward County has set an initial goal to acquire 20% of its electricity from renewable sources. Here in South Florida, renewable energy from the sun is one of our best options.

Are you considering—or ready to go—solar?

We have compiled a brief list of things to consider as you pursue your solar options:

1. Examine your electricity bill. Determine how much energy you use annually. You should know the annual cost of your electric bills, and the cost per kilowatt hour. If you need help, you can reach out to your electricity provider.
 

2. Be efficient. How energy efficient is your home or building? Installing solar on a drafty or poorly-insulated house would be a bad investment. You may want to start by getting an energy audit, to learn how energy efficient your home is and your options for improvement.

3. Understand your site. Know the orientation, age and condition of your roof, and the nearby landscape. Is your roof shaded by buildings or trees? Does your roof need replacement in the near future?

4. Contact a contractor. Speak to solar contractors so they can help you navigate the feasibility of solar on your site and assess whether, and how quickly, the energy savings from solar panels will “repay” the initial cost of the panels. Compare several solar contractor offers.

5. Start small. Don’t forget to consider solar thermal water heating systems. Dollar for dollar, these are often the most cost-effective solar energy projects.

6. Shop around. Check with your financial institution, the solar contractor, and for other traditional financing choices. Broward County's Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program is an innovative financing option now available for property owners in participating cities.

7. Check for incentives. State and federal rebates, incentives, or tax credits for solar equipment or energy efficiency improvements may also be available. (The federal renewable energy tax credits for businesses and residences are among the most significant incentives at present.) Search the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (Florida and national programs are pre-selected).
  
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