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!

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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.


Monday March 1 at 3pm ET: Powering Florida Schools with Solar: Expanding Access to Savings, STEM Education, & Job Training 

Thursday March 4 at noon ET: Powering Florida Cities and Counties with Solar: Expanding Access to Savings, Local Jobs, & Economic Investment

This webinar describes the simple financing method that can help Florida schools go solar.

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.