If you are planning any home or business renovations for 2014, you will want to read this: Florida Power & Light is opening its application period for the 2014 solar rebate program starting at 8:30 a.m. on October 15th. You can apply at www.FPL.com/solarrebates
Residential Solar Water Heating Rebate: $1,000 per installed solar water heater
Residential Photovoltaic System Rebate: $2 per watt of the DC output of a PV system, up to $20,000
Business Solar Water Heating Rebate: $30 per 1,000 BTUh/day of the maximum rated output of the installed system, up to $50,000 per premise during the life of the program
Business Photovoltaic System Rebate: Amount varies depending on the DC rating of the solar panels
In addition to rebates for home and business, FPL – in partnership with not-for-profit builders – will be installing 1,000 solar water heaters in low-income housing over the next five years under their Solar Water Heating Low-Income New Construction program.
According to the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), a solar water heater can cut a family’s water-heating costs by up to 85 percent, which will help low-income families keep costs down in their new homes.
This rebate is not open to individual applicants; recipients will be selected by the low-income housing builders through a separate process. For more information, email SolarLISupport@fpl.com
Florida Power & Light is also introducing their Solar for Schools program:
As part of a five-year pilot program authorized by the Florida Public Service Commission, FPL will install PV arrays at public schools as an energy-producing and educational program.
FPL will install the systems in at least one school in each of the 28 districts we serve, up to 81 schools over five years. FPL will own and maintain the PV systems for the first five years and then transfer ownership and maintenance to the school districts. FPL also will provide teacher training and classroom materials.
School districts will select qualifying schools and submit applications. For more information, school officials may contact your FPL account manager or email SolarSchoolsSupport@FPL.com.
FPL strongly recommends that anyone interested in “receiving a solar rebate reservation should take three steps as soon as possible” and they have provided detailed information at the website: www.FPL.com/solarrebates. Rebates will be available “on a first-come, first-serve basis, and funds are expected to run out quickly.” Very quickly, if past rebate programs are any indication.