Solar Panel Installation in Hillsborough County, Florida

Lake Mary Solar is committed to helping residents of Hillsborough County make the move to clean, renewable solar energy. Our licensed and insured Florida solar contractors will design and install a rooftop solar system fully customized to meet your family’s electricity needs. We will even help you pick the right financing option and take advantage of all state and federal incentives available to Florida homeowners.

Hillsborough County, Florida, is perfect for using solar energy to power your home. However, getting the correct permits and inspections to install solar panels can be complex. Fortunately, we have a team of qualified and experienced contractors who will take care of the entire process, including designing, permitting, inspections, and more. All you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the savings from your photovoltaic (PV) system.

What Is the Price of Solar Panels in Hillsborough County, Florida?

Solar panel system installations are a popular trend in Hillsborough County. One reason for this is that the cost of installing solar is significantly lower than the national average. According to recent market data, the price of a solar system in Hillsborough County is $2.48/W, while the national average is $2.94/W. On top of this, several state and federal incentives help drive down the total cost of a solar system even more.

Solar Incentives in Hillsborough County:

Net Metering

Net Metering in Florida is one of the best incentives for installing a home solar system in the Sunshine State. This is because it allows you to sell any excess energy generated by your solar system back to the grid. You can use the extra energy to earn credits from your utility company that will lower or eliminate your electricity bill. And, Florida offers full-retail net metering, so you’ll be credited at the current retail rate for any excess energy.

Sales Tax Exemption

If you live in Hillsborough County, Florida, you will not need to pay any sales tax when you purchase your solar system. In Florida, you will get a 6 percent savings on the cost of your system than to the CHP Sales Tax Exemption.

Property Tax Exemption

On top of the sales tax exemption, you will also get a property tax exemption. When you make an addition or improvement to your home in Florida, your property taxes typically rise. However, that is not the case with solar installations. The state offers a 100% property tax exclusion on all solar system installations.

Federal Tax Credit

On top of the incentives offered by the state, you will also get to enjoy the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) provided by the federal government. At the moment, the rate is set at 30 percent. This means that when you install a solar system and pay for it outright or with a solar loan, you will save 30 percent on the total cost.

Zero-down Financing

In Hillsborough County, homeowners have many solar financing options to choose from. Many of these solar loans come with no down payments and no payments for 60 days after installation. The repayments are often less than the amount that you’d have to pay on your monthly energy bills, meaning you’ll start saving money right away.

Solar Panel Installation Overview

Here’s a step-by-step guide to installing solar panels on your home in Hillsborough County, Florida:

Step 1: Get a Quote

The first step in installing a home solar system in Hillsborough County is to get a customized quote. Once you fill out the form, we will suggest a solar system that maximizes your savings based on your address and average electricity usage.

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Step 2: Schedule a Home Visit

Once you have an estimate of how much it will cost to install a solar system in your home, the next step is to schedule a home visit. During the visit to your home, our Hillsborough County solar contractor will finalize your quote, help you pick on the right financing option, and schedule a date for the installation work to begin.

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Step 3: Solar System Design

Our contractors will come up with a customized solar system design that is based on feedback gathered during the home visit. The system design will optimize the benefits that the solar system offers you while maximizing the layout aesthetics and efficiency. Once you give the green light, we will request approval from your local HOA and acquire the permits needed to begin the installation work.

Step 4: HOA Approval

If you are part of a homeowners association, we will contact them to request approval to install a rooftop solar system on your home. Please note that under Florida’s Statute 163.04, HOAs cannot prevent homeowners from installing a rooftop solar system.

Step 5: Solar Permits

In Hillsborough County, homeowners have to obtain a permit and submit signed and sealed plans from a licensed contractor before the installation can begin. Our solar contractor will contact the Hillsborough County building office as well as your city’s building department to submit the plans and obtain the permits to install your home solar system.

County and City Building Departments:

Hillsborough County Center for Development Services

Address: 601 E Kennedy Blvd 19th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-272-5600

Hillsborough County homeowners will need to acquire a building permit before installing a solar panel system. You can access the permit application here.

City of Tampa Construction Services Center

Address: 1400 N Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: 813-274-3100

Residents of Tampa, Florida, will need to obtain a building permit from the city building department before installing solar panels. Permit applications can be accessed here. For more information about residential permits, click here.

Temple Terrace Building & Zoning

Address: City Hall, Second Floor, 11250 North 56th Street, Temple Terrace, FL 33617
Phone: 813-506-6465

Homeowners in Temple Terrace, Florida, must obtain a permit from the city building department prior to the installation of solar panels. For more information about permitting, click here.

Plant City Building Division

Address: 302 W Reynolds Street, Plant City, FL 33563
Phone: 813-659-4200

If you live in Plant City, Florida, you’ll need to obtain a building permit from the city before installation can begin. You can apply for the permit here. For more information about permitting, click here.

Step 6: Solar Panel Installation

Our Hillsborough County solar installers will begin the installation process on the day agreed upon during the home visit. A typical rooftop solar system installation takes 30 to 45 days to complete. Our fully licensed and insured solar installers will handle the entire process without subcontracting any of the work.

Step 7: Inspection and Approval

Once the solar system has been installed, we will contact the city and county building departments to schedule a final inspection. This inspection verifies that the solar system meets the requirements of the Florida Building Code and National Electrical Code. Once the solar system has been inspected and approved, we will send the inspection documents accompanied by an interconnection application to your local utility company.

Multiple electric companies operate in Hillsborough County. We will work with your utility company to ensure we get the Permission to Operate (PTO). Once we have the approval, your system will be interconnected to the grid.

Utility Companies in Hillsborough County:

Tampa Electric Company

Address: 820 S 78th St, Tampa, FL 33619
Phone: 813-223-0800

Once you install the solar system, you will need to fill out an interconnection application. You can learn more about how the net metering program at Tampa Electric works here.

Seminole Electric Co-Op Inc

Address: 16313 Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618
Phone: 813-963-0994

Before you can connect to the Seminole Electric Co-Op power grid, you’ll need to submit an interconnection agreement. You can learn more about their net metering program here.

Step 8: Power Up Your Solar Panel System

Once the solar system is installed and inspected, the utility company will install a new electricity meter in your home. This meter will allow you to begin enjoying the benefits of net metering. Once the new meter has been installed, we will send a technician to turn on the solar system and set up an application that will allow you to monitor your system using your phone, tablet, or computer.

Go Solar Today

Now that you know the steps involved in installing solar in your home in Hillsborough County, Florida, get started today by requesting a customized quote. We will send our licensed and experienced solar installers to take care of the entire process. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the benefits of your new rooftop solar panel system.

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