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Florida Solar

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Solar Installed (MW):
1,893.18
National Ranking:
8th (3rd in 2017)
State Homes Powered by Solar:
221,520
Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar:
0.65%
Solar Jobs:
8,589
Solar Companies in State:
505 (70 Manufacturers, 273 Installers/Developers, 153 Others)
Total Solar Investment in State
$2,587.14 million
Prices have fallen
53% in the last five years
Growth Projection and Ranking:
4,836 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 2nd)
Number Of Installations
23,946

Florida, “the sunshine state,” ranks third in the nation for rooftop solar potential, but all the way down at 12th for cumulative solar capacity installed. Florida’s solar policies lag behind many other states in the nation: it has no renewable portfolio standard and does not allow power purchase agreements, two policies that have driven investments in solar in other states.

2018-Q2-FL

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Notable Solar Installations in Florida

  • Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center was completed in 2010. This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 75 MW of electricity -- enough to power over 8,216 Florida homes.5
  • Several large retailers in Florida have gone solar including 6th Street, Ace Hardware Bronson and AMJ, Inc. General Growth Properties has installed one of the largest such installations with 1 MW of solar capacity at their location in Altamonte Springs.6
  • At 1 MW, TIA Solar in Tampa is among the largest solar installations in Florida. Completed in 2016, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 175 homes.7

Check out our Major Solar Projects List for more notable installations.

Solar Companies in Florida 

Looking for a local installer? Use the SEIA EnergySage Marketplace to compare quotes and find companies in your area. You can also review the average costs for installing solar in Florida, based on real price data from solar quotes.

Don't see your company listed? Complete our National Solar Database Survey!

Florida State Solar Policy Resources

Florida Public Service Commission - Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Florida public utilities

Florida State Legislature - Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Florida

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics

Florida Energy Consortium - Assists the state in the development and implementation of an environmentally compatible, sustainable, and efficient energy strategic plan

DSIRE Incentives Database Florida - Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Florida and across the United States.

U.S. Energy Information Administration- Florida State Profile - Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government

Official State Affiliate: FlaSEIA

Footnotes

1All data from SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight unless otherwise noted: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/us-solar-market-insight

2Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly: http://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/#generation

3The Solar Foundation, State Solar Jobs Census: http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/solar-jobs-census/states/

4SEIA, National Solar Database: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/national-solar-database

5SEIA, Major Solar Projects List: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/major-solar-projects-list

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7SEIA, Solar Means Business: http://www.seia.org/campaign/solar-means-business-2016