Solar Power Installation Timing

Timing Your Solar Power Installation.

With spring officially upon us and Florida’s long, sunny, summer days approaching, you may be considering a solar system installation now to let the sun be your utility provider. Solar power generation is part of the solution to lower electrical generation costs. Solar power generates clean energy and helps to reduce your individual carbon footprint as well.

Residential solar power generation is no longer more expensive than traditional fossil fuels. Indeed, it is cheaper. So, a home solar system can save money month after month while providing a better future for the planet and generations to come. That said, the real issue is not whether you should or should not install a solar power system on your home, but when.

Major home solar installation companies, such as Sunrun, claim that the timing for you to install a solar system couldn’t be better. They point out that through 2016, you can take advantage of a federal tax credit that lets you write off up to 30% of the cost of buying and installing a solar system. They also suggest that there are also many programs available that allow homeowners to go solar with $0 down.

But, as always, the devil is in the details. According to Sunrun, On average the total cost of solar installation can be between $15,000 to $29,000 for average sized systems sized between 4kW and 8kW. The go solar with $0 down contracts typically let you pay for the electricity you use at a 20% discount from your current utility rate being charged by FP&L.

For the average Florida homeowner, it would take a lot of years to justify the installation, even if electrical rate rise. But, what if utility rates fall? Homeowners locked into a long term contract such as described above would pay dearly for their bleeding edge technology.

Future Solar Power Installation Costs.

And, that scenario is highly likely. According to Giles Parkinson, founding editor of, “Solar Costs Will Fall Another 40% In 2 Years.”  After reading that article and others, I am inclined to believe that now is not the perfect  time to install a solar power system on a home in Florida.  The time will come, but it is not now.


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