How to Use the Solar Calculator
The best way to learn about local rebates, your home’s energy potential, and your eventual return on investment is to use our ModSun Solar Cost Calculator (see above). Enter your home address in the box, then click Check My Roof. You’ll get an instant picture of your roof’s productivity, your average energy expenses, and installation costs in your area—whether you decide to buy or loan. We’ll also provide system size recommendations and information about rebates and incentives you may be eligible for. Just select More Info under each purchasing strategy to learn more, and then connect with a solar pro.
Hialeah, Florida Solar Panels Buyer’s Guide
Purchasing a solar panel system is a major home or business improvement. This project requires careful planning to ensure you receive the maximum benefit of a solar power system. Several considerations must be taken before installing a solar panel system such as choosing a solar contractor, determining the viability of your property and taking advantage of cost cutting incentives or rebates. The following information is intended as a basic guide for property owners interested in solar power installation and to help get Hialeah residents started on the right path to this clean energy source.
About Hialeah Climate and Solar
Because Hialeah is located just north of Miami, Florida on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, the area experiences, on average, 252 days of beautiful sunshine throughout the year, which makes it an ideal candidate for solar panel installation. The average temperatures hover around 90 degrees in mid July and drop to a low of 57.5 during the month of January. Residents can expect rainfall 132 days of the year with no chance of snow. Average rainfall amounts to approximately 36.5 inches annually.
Why Go Solar in Hialeah?
Aside from reducing your energy costs, going solar carries many additional benefits. Converting photons from the sun into usable electricity provides us with a sustainable, cleaner and cheaper alternative than the dirty electric produced by traditional power plants. The production of three to four tons of carbon emissions are offset annually for every residential system in place.
Hialeah Home Energy Audit Before Going Solar
One of the first steps to home energy efficiency and one that will maximize your solar panel production is a home energy audit. Many people fail to realize the amount of energy and money that is wasted by energy inefficiency. Drafty windows and doors, leaking air ducts along with inadequate insulation allow conditioned air to escape your home. When this happens, your HVAC equipment must work harder at longer intervals, increasing energy consumption and driving up energy costs. Most Florida power companies provide free home energy audits with many offering a solid rebate for participating. The audit will identify areas of your home that fall short, allowing you to make the necessary repairs before solar panel installation.
Avoiding Solar Contractor Nightmares in Hialeah
We’ve all heard from homeowners who were slighted by a contractor. You can reduce the chances of living your own contractor nightmare by doing your due diligence and taking the time to check contractor references, verify certifications, licenses and required insurance coverage with state officials before signing on the dotted line.
The State of Florida has some of the strictest building codes and regulations in the country regarding the construction industry and the contractors working in the state. As such, they’ve made it easy for Florida residents to verifying a contractor’s license and status by simply visiting www.myflorida.com, which maintains a state registry of all active as well as inactive contractors. You can also contact the BBB “Better Business Bureau” for outstanding complaints or pending lawsuits.
Solar Contractor Hiring Process in Hialeah
The next step in the solar process is to hire a solar contractor or company. Because the technology and installation of a solar panel system is complicated, it is in your best interest to hire an experienced solar contractor for your project. They can guide you through the entire process including design, purchase, permitting, interconnection, net metering, and installation. Permits can be obtained by visiting the Hialeah Building Division, Hialeah City Hall, 501 Palm Avenue, Hialeah, and Fl 33010. Or by phone (305) 883-5825.
Paying for Solar Panels in Hialeah
Since Florida laws do not allow third party ownership for solar panels, you cannot reap the benefits of Power Purchase Agreements “PPA’s” or lease your equipment. Cash or traditional financing methods — sometimes offered by solar contractors — are necessary to pay for your solar panel system. On the sunny side, Florida does recognize that homes equipped with solar panels are worth more than those without, and allows an exemption for any additional property tax increase due to solar panel installation. The sunshine state also allows residents to purchase solar panel systems without incurring the state sales tax, which can be 6% or more.
Saving Money on Solar Panels in Hialeah
There are many rebate and incentive programs designed to promote solar energy. Although the State of Florida is lacking in this department, there are some benefits available to Hialeah residents. The first is the Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit offered by the federal government through the end of 2016. In addition, many Florida utility companies have their own solar incentive programs in place. To discover the available programs throughout the state by zip code, visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency website.
Preparing to Install Solar Panels in Hialeah
Before installing a solar panel system on your home or business, you must also hire a licensed roofing contractor to inspect the roof for its structural integrity. This is a protective measure designed to ensure your roof can support the additional weight of the solar system. It will also give you a good read on the condition of your roof allowing you to replace or make necessary repairs before the panels are installed.