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Solar Energy Information  
An excellent energy source for the state of Florida is the power of the sun.  Solar energy can be captured through the use of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, generally placed on rooftops.  Hillsborough County government supports solar energy and in fact, has one of the largest urban PV systems in the country atop the Old Main County Courthouse in downtown Tampa. 

Solar energy can benefit the environment and lower monthly utility costs.  In Hillsborough County, most solar PV systems are interconnected with Tampa Electric Company and the electric grid, so be sure to coordinate your PV projects with your electric service provider and obtain cost estimates from qualified solar installers.  Rooftop installations may require improvements to the roof structure, along with new maintenance issues.  As consumers, be sure to compare all energy sources to determine the best system for your home or business.   

WHERE TO START: Is your home energy efficient?  Before starting any energy project, consider contacting Tampa Electric Company for a free energy audit. The Florida Solar Energy Industries Associations (FlaSEIA) also provides solar information to consumers. 

Below are additional links and useful tips to help you get started on your solar project:

SOLAR PERMITTING

 - Hillsborough County Development Services 

SOLAR CONTRACTORS    
       
 - Registered Contractors in Hillsborough County 

  - Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation 

LOCAL UTILITY and NET METERING INFORMATION 

 - Tampa Electric (TECO) 

SOLAR CONSTRUCTION TIPS and FAQs 

 - For Homeowners and Businesses

OTHER SOLAR INFORMATION

 - Solar Electricity Basics – Florida Solar Energy Center at UCF

 - Solar Calculator  - Tampa Electric Company (TECO)

 - Solar Ready Florida  -Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council  

 
- U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy  - Video 

  - Let's Go Solar - Solar Energy Guide

SOLAR INCENTIVES and TAX CREDITS 

  - Federal Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit - U.S. Department of Energy 

  - Florida Solar Sales Tax Exemption - Florida Department of Revenue

(Links to websites and the use of association or entity names on the EPC website is for the convenience of the user.  Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by the EPC of any website or any product, opinion or service found on those external websites.)

 EXAMPLES of RESIDENTIAL and COMMERCIAL PV in HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

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