JUNO BEACH, Fla., Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company's Office of Clean Energy today announced its plans for funding a range of solar-power installations and educating customers about solar energy.
This fall, FPL will offer approximately $9 million in rebates for residential and business customers who wish to install solar water heater or solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. In addition, FPL plans to install solar arrays at nearly 100 public schools and other educational facilities throughout its territory while also helping more than 400 families in need by installing solar water heater systems in homes being built or refurbished by Habitat for Humanity and other non-profit organizations. All of these projects are part of a pilot program approved by the Florida Public Service Commission."FPL has long been an advocate for solar power and new technologies, and we recognize we're in a unique position to help educate the public, and especially young people, about energy, which is such a critical issue for our future," said Buck Martinez, senior director of FPL's Office of Clean Energy. "We're excited to bring dynamic, hands-on educational tools to more and more Floridians than ever before over the course of the next year." Solar rebate application period opens Oct. 15 FPL residential and business customers who plan to install solar water heating or solar PV systems can apply for rebate funding beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 15, 2013. Rebate reservations for the available funding will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Funding for the solar rebates is limited to a total of approximately $9 million. An individual solar installation requires a significant upfront investment from the customer. Based on data provided by customers who received FPL solar rebates during the past year, the upfront cost of a typical, 5-kW residential solar system is currently in the range of $20,000 to $25,000. At $2,000 per kW, FPL's solar rebate would offset $10,000 for this size installation. "The cost of solar PV and solar water heating systems vary significantly, depending on the contractor, so it's important to do your research before making a purchase," Martinez said.