Florida’s solar policies have lagged behind other states: it has no renewable portfolio standard and does not allow power purchase agreements, two policies that have driven investments in solar in other states. However, thanks to utility investments in clean energy and other recent developments, significant growth is on the horizon.
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SEIA Florida State Solar Policy Priorities
SEIA will work to advance competition in the Investor-owned Utilities solar-only Base Rate Adjustment filing to ensure pro-solar outcomes.
SEIA participated as an expert witness in the Tampa Electric Company permit hearing for its Big Bend Modernization natural gas project by submitting testimony on the benefits of the company pursuing solar and solar + storage to delay or replace the need for more natural gas.
For more information on SEIA’s work in Florida, please contact Will Giese.
Notable Solar Installations in Florida
- Manatee Solar Energy in Parrish was developed by Florida Power & Light and came online in 2016, and in 2021 it added 900 MW of battery storage. This 114.7 MW project produces enough electricity to power 13,961 homes.5
- Walmart, Target and IKEA have all gone solar in Florida. Walmart’s 200 MW Florida Power & Light project is one of the largest in the state. 6
- At 114 MW, Wildflower Solar Energy Center in Arcadia is among the largest solar installations in Florida. Completed by Lightsource bp in 2018, this solar project has enough electric capacity to power more than 13,876 homes.7
Check out our Major Solar Projects List for more notable installations.
Solar Companies in Florida
Looking for a local installer? Use SolarReviews to get company reviews and estimates for solar in your area. You can also view the average costs for installing solar in Florida, based on real price data from installed systems and solar quotes.
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If you’re looking for information about local solar companies, check out EnergySage’s list of solar companies in Florida, where you can check out information about each company and see real customer reviews.
Florida State Solar Policy Resources
Official SEIA State Affiliate: Florida Solar Energy Industries Association (FlaSEIA)
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
Florida Solar Panels Overview – Learn about the history of solar policy in Florida, along with up-to-date pricing information on EnergySage
DSIRE Incentives Database Florida – Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Florida and across the United States.
Solar Panel Cost in Florida – Learn about the history of solar policy in Florida, along with up-to-date pricing information on EnergySage
Solar Rebates & Incentives in Florida – Check out EnergySage’s list of key solar incentives in Florida to see what programs you can benefit from
U.S. Energy Information Administration- Florida State Profile – Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government