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
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
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.
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).