Solar and Clean Energy
Orange County’s goals for clean energy seek to reduce barriers to alternative energy and increase renewable energy production 10 percent by 2020 and 25 percent by 2040.
To assist homeowners looking to add solar power to their homes, Orange County Government launched its first solar co-op in the summer of 2016 with 515 participants. Of those participating households, 79 installed solar through the co-op, accounting for 702.83 kilowatts of new solar capacity in the County. Building on that momentum, Orange County Government is again partnering with Solar United Neighbors of Florida to bring two additional solar co-ops to residents beginning in 2018.
Solar Co-Ops IN Orange County
Two new solar co-ops have been created in Orange County. All homeowners who reside in Orange County, including in city jurisdictions, are eligible to participate in their respective co-op.
|East Orange County Solar Co-op
(for residents living east of I-4)
|West Orange County Solar Co-op
(for residents living west of I-4)
Registration: January-April 2018
Registration: April-June 2018
Solar co-ops provide bulk discounts – 15 to 33 percent – for a group of homeowners interested in purchasing solar panels. As part of a solar co-op, each participant signs an individual contract with the group-chosen installer, and all participants benefit from a group discount. Joining the co-op does not obligate members to purchase panels, but shows you are interested in learning more.
The exact price of a photovoltaic (PV) system is dependent on a homeowner's preference in system size and their home’s energy consumption. Additionally, there is a federal tax credit of 30 percent towards installation costs. Homeowners have the option to install the size PV system that fits their budget.
For residents living in unincorporated Orange County, an electrical permit is required for solar installation. The permit checklist and fee schedule are available for download.
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