Help Florida schools save with solar

Solar United Neighbors is leading a campaign to help Florida schools, houses of worship and others  go solar.  There are ways to finance these projects that allow them to benefit from solar with low to no upfront costs. Schools can lower their electric bills from day one. Florida’s law does not allow schools to do this. We’re going to change that! Use the Take Action button below to sign our petition and raise your voice for solar access!

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How we can increase access to solar

We can help more schools go solar by giving them more ways to finance going solar. One way would be to allow developers to install, own and operate the solar system. The school locks in their energy rates from the system through a contract. The developer is able to earn the federal solar tax credit.

This webinar features school leaders from Arizona, Virginia, and Florida talking about energy savings, educational opportunities, job training provided by solar-powered schools.

Why this would benefit Florida

Schools, like all nonprofit organizations, do not pay income taxes. This means they are unable to benefit from the solar tax credit if they decide to purchase a solar system. Power Purchase Agreements allow a third party to own the system. This third party can take the tax credit and pass the savings along to the customer.

Going solar this way can provide immediate savings to schools. This is because the customer’s contract enables them to purchase electricity for less than what they are paying to their utility.

Increasing solar adoption will benefit all Floridians. Adding more distributed energy sources like solar makes our electric grid more resilient. This is a valuable defense against the damage caused by violent storms.