Since Florida first moved into the solar industry in 2009, solar companies have expanded throughout the Sunshine State. It makes sense; Florida ranks as the 10th sunniest state in the U.S., so transitioning to solar energy benefits Florida homeowners everywhere from Jacksonville down to the Keys.

Solar energy helps lower electric bills, while solar incentive programs create additional savings. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, Florida ranks third in solar power integration in the United States. Along with the government’s Investment Tax Credit (ITC) federal solar tax credit, Florida also offers the Solar and CHP Sales Tax Exemption and the Property Tax Abatement for Renewable Energy Property to encourage residents to begin using solar power.

Finding the best solar companies for your needs may seem like a daunting task. However, we have reviewed some of the top solar companies in Florida to assist in your move to clean energy.

Florida’s Top 7 Solar Energy Companies:

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Momentum Solar

Score: 98 out of 100

Momentum Solar tops our list of best solar companies in the state of Florida, thanks to its customer-focused installation process. The company guides new customers through the entire process, from the initial site inspection to the solar panel installation.

Most notably, its mobile app displays the listed steps in the installation process and highlights the progress in real-time. Customers can view critical dates on the events calendar and make changes to the installation schedule as needed. The app also delivers solar consumption data for their homes and provides options to connect with Momentum’s customer service department.

Pros and Cons

✔ Mobile app provides updates on the complete solar installation process.
✔ Seven solar panel brands available for more customization options
✔ Solar battery option available

✘ Does not offer information about pricing or quotes online
✘ Additional fees apply for monitoring services.

Momentum Solar Details

Momentum provides a variety of options for homeowners with seven solar panel brands available, including LG, Q CELLS, and REC. The company will consider the amount of power needed for your home, the design of your roof, and other factors that could affect the efficiency of your solar panels before recommending the final setup of your new solar panel system.

Momentum offers four solar plan choices, including purchasing, financing, or leasing options that fit most customers’ budgets. For those looking to buy outright or are interested in loan options, you can take advantage of the two solar incentives available in the state of Florida and through the federal government’s ITC program.

Momentum conducts business in states that offer net-metering options to solar customers. Net metering allows homeowners to sell back any excess energy that their home system collects and cannot use. In exchange, customers receive a credit that can be used later and may receive a payout at the end of the year if they have accumulated enough credits.

Homeowners can also purchase a solar battery from Momentum to store their excess power, which helps during low solar accumulation time frames and complete power loss.

Learn More: Momentum Solar Review

 


 

Blue Raven Solar

Score: 83 out of 100

Although Blue Raven Solar limits its coverage in Florida to Orlando and the surrounding areas, customers in its service area can take advantage of the company’s exclusive benefits. From solar output guarantees to 18 months of free solar power, Blue Raven Solar provides unique advantages to homeowners.

Pros and Cons

✔ Receive 18 months of free solar energy with the BluePower Plus plan
✔ $0 up-front costs for design, permits, and installation
✔ Provides a two-year power production guarantee with each installation

✘ No solar lease or PPA options
✘ Currently serves only the Orlando area

Blue Raven Solar Details

Blue Raven Solar will analyze your roof, current energy costs, and surrounding area. Next, you receive a 3D model of your final system with the black-on-black monocrystalline solar panels that it offers. In addition, Blue Raven Solar does not ask for any initial money for designing, permitting, or installing.

Although it does not provide a solar loan or PPA option, Blue Raven Solar offers a financial plan that helps Orlando homeowners own their customized solar system. The BluePower Plus plan helps qualify customers for state and federal solar credits. Homeowners receive 18 months of free solar energy via monthly checks to cover the cost of the utilities.

Its SmartStart program keeps payments at a fixed interest rate over five years. The company also promises to keep the cost for your energy bill lower than your original rates during that initial period.

Customers receive a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty on their solar panels and a two-year power production guarantee. If customers don’t receive their estimated amount of energy, the system will be upgraded at no additional charge.

Learn More: Blue Raven Solar Review

 


 

Sunrun

Score: 95 out of 100

Florida residents looking for a wide range of financial options for their new solar project would benefit from working with Sunrun. The company offers four payment options to suit most customers’ financial needs and budgets.

Pros and Cons

✔ Four payment options to give customers more flexibility with financing
✔ Two battery storage options available for your solar system
✔ Product selector tool to help determine the best customized solar system

✘ No pricing information is available online
✘ Limited warranty options for customers who purchase or lease their system

Sunrun Details

Homeowners can use Sunrun’s product selector tool to determine eligibility for a solar panel system based on the size of your home, roof type, and other external factors. Customers then begin a seven-step process which includes a site evaluation, custom system design, permit requests, and the final installation.

Sunrun offers the following four financing options for its customers:

  • Full purchase: Consumers can buy their system at full cost.
  • Monthly loan: Customers make monthly payments to own their solar arrays eventually.
  • Monthly lease: Homeowners can purchase a system for as little as $0 down and lock in their monthly rate payments to Sunrun.
  • Full lease: You lease the solar system from Sunrun and secure 25 years of lower utility bills.

Customers can also choose from two Brightbox batteries for their home: the Tesla Powerwall or the LG Chem. These lithium-ion batteries have longer battery life and are more efficient than other battery options. In addition, both batteries come with a 10-year manufacturer warranty and have accompanying apps.

Learn More: Sunrun Solar Review

 


 

Vision Solar

Score: 61 out of 100

Vision Solar is committed to helping its customers move to solar energy as efficiently as possible. While some solar companies can take several weeks to install a solar project, Vision Solar promises that it will complete the installation of your system within one day after your permitting is approved.

Pros and Cons

✔ Mobile app provides updates on your solar installation process
✔ Installations are completed within 24-hours of permitting approval
✔ Solar battery option available

✘ The company is younger than other solar providers
✘ Leases are the only payment option available

Vision Solar Details

Vision Solar offers onsite or virtual sales consultations to evaluate your home’s eligibility for a solar system. Based on your evaluation, the consultant will recommend monocrystalline, polycrystalline, or thin-film panels for your home. After the permits have been approved, your installation will be completed within a 24-hour window.

Vision Solar only offers a PPA as a payment option. Homeowners can enter a 20-year agreement with zero-down financing. You only have to pay for the energy that you use, and Vision Solar will be responsible for any maintenance and upgrades on the system. After the conclusion of the contract, you have the option to renew or have the panels removed.

Thanks to the Enphase microinverters used in Vision’s systems, customers can track the performance of their panels. If any issues arise, the company is alerted immediately and will contact the customer to schedule a service repair.

 


 

Sun Badger Solar

Score: 73 out of 100

Sun Badger Solar’s service department offers solar system maintenance and repair services to any solar system owner. They will diagnose equipment issues, including reviewing your warranty and providing guidance on how to submit a replacement claim. Additional benefits include removing and reinstalling solar equipment for roof issues, educating new solar customers on their equipment, and providing upgrades for current solar systems.

Pros and Cons

✔ The company only sells solar panels that have 25-year equipment warranties
✔ Customers get a designated project manager for their installation
✔ Service department offers guidance, repairs, and maintenance to any solar customer

✘ Limited service availability throughout the state
✘ No lease or PPA options

Sun Badger Solar Details

Sun Badger Solar uses its mobile app to provide updates throughout the installation process. After being pre-approved, you will be assigned a project manager to assist with your solar installation. Between the app and the project manager, homeowners are kept up-to-date on every step of their solar project until the official activation.

Sun Badger only offers two options for financing: full payment and solar loan. Both options qualify you for any state and government incentives available. If making long-term payments is better for you than one big up-front cost, you can select a $0 down secured or unsecured loan from Sun Badger.

Sun Badger Solar only uses high-quality solar panels that include 25-year equipment warranties. The company also provides a 10-year warranty for its systems. Sun Badger takes care of any workmanship issues that may occur.

Sun Badger partners with Enphase for inverters and batteries. The inverter has a 25-year equipment warranty and the battery is covered for 10 years. The Tesla Powerwall is another storage option and includes a 10-year product warranty. Customers with an electronic vehicle can add an EV charger to their system.

 


 

Palmetto Solar

Score: 98 out of 100

Palmetto Solar provides the most extensive customer service contact options of all the companies we reviewed for Florida. The company also offers a dedicated app to accompany its solar service. Customers have one-click access to the customer experience team via phone, email, or online chat. They can also place service or maintenance requests without speaking to a representative.

Pros and Cons

✔ Online calculator available to estimate your solar energy savings
✔ Solar panels are protected with a 25-year warranty
✔ Tiered coverage plans provide additional system protection

✘ The website does not provide information about financing options
✘ Must pay additional fees for proactive system monitoring

Palmetto Solar Details

Palmetto Solar’s optional Palmetto Plan, offered to both current customers and non-customers, is available in the following four tiers:

  • Free Plan: Real-time system monitoring, monthly consumption analysis, and
  • and service network access
  • Essentials Plan: Free Plan benefits plus 24/7 monitoring, monthly system review, and prioritized customer support
  • Standard Plan: Essentials Plan benefits plus annual, in-person system checkups and diagnosis along with exclusive service provider discounts
  • Premium Plan: Standard Plan benefits with annual panel cleaning or one free service visit, confirmed appointments within 24 hours, and savings consultations for a battery, smart device, or electric vehicle (EV) options

Palmetto Solar offers a 25-year panel warranty and a 10-year installation warranty. It also provides a 10-year warranty for the inverter, which converts the direct current (DC) power collected by the panels into the alternating current (AC) power needed to run your home.

Palmetto offers services for diagnosing or repairing roofing issues, including roof leaks. Additional services include pest inspection and abatement services that remove any nesting birds or other damage caused by local wildlife.

Learn More: Palmetto Solar Review

 


 

Vivint Solar

Score: 95 out of 100

For homeowners who need more customization options, Vivint Solar offers more variety in its selection of solar panels systems, helping customers find suitable options for their homes and budgets. The company provides supplementary services such as roofing options to help you prepare for your new system and electric vehicle chargers that can use sustainable energy.

Pros and Cons

✔ Four financing options available, which include loans, PPAs, and leasing
✔ Roofing services to help prepare your home for the solar system
✔ Electric vehicle charger installation that works with its solar energy systems

✘ Limited warranty options for customers who purchase or lease their system
✘ Less variety in the types of solar panels available

Vivint Solar Details

Your Vivint Solar system conversion will include a five-step process: consultation, design, permit request, installation, and activation. Vivint’s solar systems include monocrystalline PV solar panels exclusively. These types of panels are black and blend in better with most roofing styles. Vivint also offers roofing services to help prepare your home for your new solar system.

Vivint offers four financing options to customers to best fit their needs: full payment for their system, solar loan, leasing, or a solar PPA (or Power Purchase Agreement) option. Under a PPA, the customer would only pay for the power that they use. Vivint Solar would retain ownership of your solar system, and you would pay a monthly rate based on the energy produced by your solar panels.

In addition to solar panel systems and roofing, electric vehicle owners can add a dedicated EV charger to their home that works with any car brand. The service comes with an accompanying app that can schedule charge times for your vehicle from your phone.

 


 

Our Conclusion

Momentum Solar is our top choice for Florida solar installation providers. With a comprehensive and customer-focused approach, the company keeps homeowners in the loop throughout the entire process, eliminating the need for constant follow-ups about the progress of your project.

If various payment options are crucial to your decision-making, Sunrun provides four diverse financing options to best suit its customers’ budgets. On the other hand, Blue Raven offers its customers exclusive benefits not typically available from other solar companies.

Keep in mind that the move to solar energy may not be the best choice for your home. Many factors go into the initial evaluation process, including home size, roofing style, and estimated energy savings. If your home does not meet one of these criteria, then a solar energy system might not suit you. However, any reputable solar company will help you make the best choice based on your needs.

When considering which company would be best for your solar energy upgrade, make sure you compare at least three providers to find the right fit for your home. Whether you are looking for customized options, the best financial offerings, or the largest selection of solar panels available, be sure to research each company before making a final decision.

 


 

Solar Incentives in Florida

Although the addition of a solar system can add value to your home, Florida residents don’t have to worry about seeing an increase in property taxes thanks to Florida’s Property Tax Abatement for Renewable Energy Property. Under this policy, homeowners will not be charged additional property tax after installing a new solar system.

In addition, several tax exemptions are available to Floridians once they upgrade to their residential solar power system. For example, the Solar and CHP Sales Tax Exemption protects residents from being charged sales tax when purchasing a new solar system.

Residents can also check with their local electric cooperatives or city utility companies for any additional rebate offers that help offset the cost of their solar energy system.

Although the number of state-based incentives in Florida is limited compared to other states, residents can take advantage of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) offered by the federal government. With this rebate, new solar panel customers will receive a rebate of 26% of the cost of purchasing and installing a new system on your home. However, the government only provides this rebate if you purchase your solar power system outright or obtain the system through a loan. Residents that choose to lease a new system through a solar power company will forfeit their ability to claim this rebate.

In addition, the ITC has an expiration date coming soon. After 2022, the amount of the credit will reduce from 26% to 22% until the credit is eliminated in 2024.

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions About Solar Companies in FL

 


 

Our Rating Methodology

The This Old House Reviews Team is committed to providing comprehensive and unbiased reviews to our readers. This means earning your trust through transparent reviews and data to back up our ratings and recommendations. Our rating system for solar service providers is on a 100-point scale based on five factors:

  • Payment options (40 points): Options include purchase, loan, lease, and PPAs. Companies receive points for each of those four options it provides.
  • Solar services (30 points): Does the company provide in-house installation of solar panels and battery backups? Can the company also monitor energy production and perform energy-efficiency audits to ensure system performance. The more options available, the higher the score.
  • Warranty options (10 points): The success of a residential solar system depends on the workmanship, performance guarantees, and length of product coverage. We score companies based on the number of warranty options available. The more warranties a company offers, the higher the score it receives.
  • State availability (10 points): We award the most points to companies with the broadest service area and state availability.
  • Reputation (10 points): We factor in how the Business Better Bureau (BBB) scores each company. We deduct points for any alerts or pending lawsuits.

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