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Best Solar Panels for Homes in Tallahassee, FL

Aug. 26, 2019, 8:04 p.m.

Solar energy panels have environmental benefits and reduce your monthly utility bill. A reputable solar power company can evaluate your home’s location and design to help decide what kind of system is ideal for you. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best solar energy companies in Tallahassee to get the most value from your investment.

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SunPower

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Sunrun
Sunrun
Features
  • Available in Tallahassee
  • Installation included in cost
  • Easy solar financing options
  • Lock in low home energy rates for the next 20 years
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SunPower
SunPower
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  • Industry-leading warranty
  • $0 down financing
  • Purchase, lease or loan your system
  • Available in Tallahassee
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Vivint Solar
Vivint Solar
Features
  • 25-year warranty
  • Solar panels from multiple manufacturers
  • Available in Tallahassee
  • Save up to 20% on your energy rate
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Mathers Electric Co.
Mathers Electric Co.
Features
  • Install ground mounted & rooftop solar panels
  • BBB accredited with A+ rating
  • Financing available
  • Lifetime guarantee on technician workmanship
Location
4834 Corlett St.
Tallahassee, FL 32303
(850) 576-2342
Independent Green Technologies
Independent Green Technologies
Features
  • Residential, commercial, agricultural & government solar servicing
  • Member of FIASEIA & FARE
  • BBB A+ rating
  • Assessment, installation & connections for financing
Location
3954 W. Pensacola St.
Tallahassee, FL 32304
(850) 576-7657
Simpler Solar Systems Inc.
Simpler Solar Systems Inc.
Features
  • M-F: 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
  • simplersolar.com
Location
3118 W. Tharpe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32303
(850) 576-5271
Atlantis Solar
Atlantis Solar
Features
  • M-F: 9am - 5pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
  • atlantissolar.com
Location
2910 Kerry Forest Pkwy., Ste. 417
Tallahassee, FL 32309
(916) 226-9183
New South Systems
New South Systems
Features
  • Open 24 hours
  • newsouthsystemsinc.com/solar
Location
1622 Capital Cir. SE, Ste. 6
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 671-3333
Blue Pacific Solar
Blue Pacific Solar
Features
  • M-F: 8:30am - 4pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
  • bluepacificsolar.com
Location
Serves residents in
Tallahassee, FL
(888) 898-5849
T8 Lighting
T8 Lighting
Features
  • M-F: 8am - 6pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
  • t8electrical.com/index.php/solar
Location
Serves residents in
Tallahassee, FL
(850) 322-1127
Solar Wolf Energy
Solar Wolf Energy
Features
  • M-F: 8am - 9pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
  • solarwolfenergy.com
Location
N. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32303
(888) 878-4396

How to choose solar panels in Tallahassee

Tallahassee skyline

The number of homes in the U.S. with solar energy systems continues to grow. Florida is third in the nation for solar energy growth projection and fifth when it comes to the total number of sunshine hours. Installing solar panels in Tallahassee is an excellent investment for many residents.

Neighborhoods in Tallahassee like Griffin Heights, Midtown and Frenchtown have many houses whose rooftops receive plenty of unobstructed sunshine. Homes with south-facing back roofs that receive heavy sun exposure can discreetly hide solar panels from street view. For those with minimal roof space, panels can also be installed on the ground.

For an idea of what savings could be for your home, Google's Project Sunroof is a free tool that estimates your net savings over 20 years.

The cost of residential solar power systems in Tallahassee

Most solar energy companies in Tallahassee give free estimates for the cost of installing a residential solar power system. Many also offer a choice between leasing or purchasing solar equipment. Benefits of leasing include:

  • Little or no money down
  • Solar power system company is responsible for maintenance and repairs
  • Savings of 10 to 30 percent on electricity bills
  • Can usually purchase panels at the end of a 20- or 25-year lease term

Those in Tallahassee who want to purchase their solar panels outright can count on federal tax credits and bigger savings on electricity bills, although buyers pay more upfront. Homeowners in Tallahassee can expect to pay between $15,000 to $20,000 for solar panels and installation.

Current tax breaks significantly reduce the ticket cost of buying a new solar system. In 2019, solar panel purchasers can expect to receive a 30 percent federal tax credit on qualified expenditures for a solar power system.

Florida also offers state incentives to encourage the use of residential solar, including not charging sales tax for solar energy purchases and exempting homeowners from paying increased property taxes on value added to their home from installing a solar power system.

Solar loans assist in making alternative energy systems more affordable through 10- to 20-year repayment terms with as little as 3 percent interest for those with high credit scores. Many solar power companies offer financing, but consumers can also arrange to pay for equipment and installation through a personal loan from a bank, credit union or an online lender.

Types of residential solar power systems available in Tallahassee

The type of panels installed on your home also influences your overall savings. Most residential solar power systems use monocrystalline silicon or polycrystalline silicon solar panels.

Monocrystalline vs. polycrystalline solar panels

Type of material Monocrystalline Polycrystalline
Cost High Low
Efficiency 21.5% maximum 13% - 16% average
Appearance Darker, high-quality crystals Square-cut, bluer in color
Advantages High efficiency, requires less roof space Lower cost, good for budget-minded consumers
Disadvantages Higher cost Does not work as well in low light conditions, requires more roof space

Tallahassee residents may also be able to choose thin film solar panels, but these materials are not ideal for residential use. Although cheaper than monocrystalline and polycrystalline panels, they’re generally far less efficient and require lots of roof space. Thin film solar panels are more popular for commercial use because businesses often have more space to install panels.

Many solar power systems available in Tallahassee come with a battery that allows you to store excess produced energy and use it at night or in poor weather conditions. If you choose to not opt for a battery system, you may be able to sell excess produced energy back to your utility under a net metering agreement.

Installing and maintaining solar power systems in Tallahassee

Solar panel arrays can be installed on your roof or the ground. If your roof is small, heavily slanted or has poor sun exposure because of trees or other obstructions, using a ground array is a better option. Your chosen solar energy system installer will schedule a visit to your home to see which system is best for you. The company also installs the system you end up choosing and helps with any necessary permits.

Solar panels are designed to withstand the elements and do not require much maintenance. You can clean the panels every few months to maintain maximum efficiency or hire a professional solar panel cleaning services for an average cost of $15 per panel.

Most solar panels come with a 10- or 25-year warranty. If you lease your system, the provider performs any necessary repairs or maintenance, but if you purchase your system, you’re responsible for its upkeep.

Your homeowners insurance may cover your solar power system in case of weather or other damage. Check with your provider to see if your solar energy system is covered or if it can be added onto your policy.

Sunrun

Sunrun

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Sunrun customers can customize their solar plans based on the service level and payment method they want. During its 11 years in business, the company has helped more than 230,000 customers. Sunrun sells battery backups for its systems, and Tallahassee reviewers are happy with the company’s price, quality and overall service.

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SunPower

SunPower

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SunPower offers a comprehensive 25-year warranty for performance, parts and labor for its solar energy systems. SunPower also designs and engineers its own equipment to bring you the best high-efficiency, space-saving solar panels. Tallahassee customers recommend SunPower and say they are pleased with their savings on electricity bills.

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Vivint Solar

Vivint Solar

Vivint Solar guides customers every step of the way, including permits and paperwork. Installation by their experienced crew is also included in their panel prices. Vivint Solar has four different plans to choose from to suit every budget. Tallahassee residents praise the company’s knowledgeable technicians and the number of options provided by the company.

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