JUNO BEACH, Fla. – Florida Power & Light Company customers who are interested in installing solar-powered upgrades to their homes and businesses can apply for rebates starting June 21 through a new pilot program approved by the Florida Public Service Commission.
Rebates will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for residential and business customers who install solar water heating or solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in 2011. The program is designed to help reduce energy consumption and peak demand.
“While the funding is limited, this new pilot program will help make individual investments in distributed, small-scale solar power more affordable for more customers,” said Marlene Santos, FPL’s vice president of customer service.
Approximately 1,100 of FPL’s 4.5 million customer accounts currently operate their own solar generation. FPL expects the funding cap for new solar PV rebates to be reached quickly due to growing interest in distributed solar generation.
Interested customers should begin exploring options as soon as possible to ensure that they have time to identify a contractor and gather the required information before the application period opens on June 21. Program details and application checklists are available now at www.FPL.com/solarrebates.
FPL will also connect the customers’ solar PV systems to the electric grid through its net-metering program, which allows customers to receive a credit for the electricity they produce but don’t use. For more details, visit www.FPL.com/netmetering.
These new solar incentives are part of FPL’s expansive energy-efficiency program for customers. FPL ranks No. 2 among electric utilities nationwide in electric generation avoided through demand-side management programs, according to the latest U.S. Department of Energy data.
“Because of our partnership with customers, FPL has saved more megawatts than nearly any other utility in the country. These efforts have allowed FPL to avoid building 13 medium-sized power plants since 1980,” Santos said.
In addition to the residential and business customer rebate programs, FPL is partnering with not-for-profit organizations to install solar water heaters in new construction for low-income families. FPL also plans to expand a successful energy-producing, educational program that has installed 10 solar PV arrays at schools and other educational facilities within the company’s service territory. Through this pilot program, FPL plans to install at least one Next Generation Solar Education Station in 28 school districts throughout Florida.