Apalachee regional planning council is dedicated to increasing the solar capacity throughout the apalachee region.
Solar energy is a renewable energy source that when utilized can not only benefit our environment but can also cut down on energy costs. Going solar can allow you to both reduce your carbon emissions and improve your property value. On a community level going solar can increase energy resilience and independence. Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems equipped with batteries can maintain access to electricity during emergency situations. Click HERE for more information.
Explore the links below to learn more about solar and how to make it more accessible in your community.
Solar Best Practices for Local Governments
The International Renewable Energy Council’s (IREC) Inspection Checklist Model for Residential Rooftop PV serves as a guide to improve the inspection process. Local governments should utilize this model in collaboration with inspectors to inform the field inspection process.
Find a solar contractor (or two) to assess your home for solar energy and provide a quote.
Certified practitioners can be found through NABCEP.
Visit EnergySage to learn about solar energy and submit for solar quotes from a network of pre-screened, local solar installers
Consumer Solar Checklist – a checklist for residential consumers considering solar energy from IREC, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
Clean Energy Consumer Bill of Rights – ensure a positive consumer experience by addressing important issues
from IREC, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
Solar Customer Resource Portal – various resources from SEIA, the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Compare prices and reviews of solar providers near you - https://www.solarreviews.com/
financing & incentives
A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing – learn about different financing options from CESA, the Clean Energy States Alliance.
Florida Solar Incentives - https://www.energysage.com/local-data/solar-rebates-incentives/fl/?rc=seia
The City of Tallahassee offers 5-percent interest financing for more than 25 energy-efficiency measures. These include solar photovoltaic systems.
The City of Tallahassee Utilities also offers a $450 rebate to homeowners* and homebuilders who install a solar water-heating system. 850-891-4968 "Solar Coordinator" https://www.talgov.com/you/you-products-home-solar-water-rebates.aspx
florida solar policy
Visit this site to review Florida’s Solar Policies - https://energyresearch.ucf.edu/consumer/energy-policy/
What are solar easements? - https://news.energysage.com/what-is-a-solar-easement/