Calculate how much you can save on your OUC bill with solar panels

Average 25 year solar savings for a OUC customer: $29,635

Average solar panel cost: $13,078 - $15,984*

Estimate solar panel cost and savings based on your location, roof and power use.

*Solar panel cost varies by location, solar panel mqanufacturer, system size and the amount of electricity your home uses.

Adding solar panels and switching rate plans can lower your Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) electric bill

Updated: October 22, 2020

There are three ways you can reduce your OUC bill: changing your habits, switching your rate plan, and adding solar panels.

You've probably heard a lot about reducing energy consumption by doing things like switching to LED lightbulbs and adding insulation to your walls, but these fixes are relatively easy compared to the far more impactful step of making changes to your lifestyle.

The second thing you can do is switch your rate plan. OUC doesn't offer time-of-use billing that can help you save money by shifting your usage of energy-intensive appliances to off-peak hours, but there may be other options for you .

Finally, you can reduce or even eliminate your electricity bill by installing solar panels on your home.

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How much can I reduce my Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) bill by switching to a different rate plan

For some people, the savings from switching rate plans may only be a few dollars per month, but for many it can be $20-$100 per month. That's between $240 and $1,200 that you may now be paying to Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) each year for no reason.

Finding out what's available to you is as simple as a phone call or email to Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC). Even a small savings can be worth it.

Are solar panels worth it for Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) customers?

Yes. With the 26% Federal solar tax credit, Orlando Utilities Commission's home battery storage rebate, and available sales and property tax exemptions available in Florida, home solar panels deserve your attention as a worthy investment as an OUC customer. OUC’s excess solar generation rate rider also allows you to get full credit on your power bill for the excess solar electricity your panels produce which you can’t use onsite. Your credits accrue at the same rate you pay for electricity, and roll over to the next month’s bill.

Does Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) offer full 1 for 1 net metering credits for exported solar power

Yes, Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) offers 1 for 1 net metering. This means you are paid the same rate for excess solar energy that you export to the utility grid during the middle of the day as what you pay for power purchased from the grid.

In the case of Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), this is approximately $0.12 per kWh.

What incentives, tax credits and rebates are available to OUC customers for installing solar?

The major financial incentive currently available until the end of 2020 is the 26% federal solar tax credit. The way this works is that the full cost of the system needs to be paid to the installer, and this tax credit can then be claimed back as cash when you next do your taxes.

Many states, local governments and utilities also offer incentives for homeowners who go solar. This help can take the form of state tax credits, rebates, tax breaks, SRECs or even performance-based incentives. The best part is that all of these incentives apply in addition to the federal credit.

Here is every incentive you may be eligible for as a OUC customer:

Table 1: Incentives
Upfront Incentives Value*
Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit (Federal) -$5,105
PACE Loans (State)

Loans that are paid back through an increase in property taxes. Loans are attached to the property so if the homeowner moves, the next property owner pays back the loan.

Varies
Property Tax Abatement for Renewable Energy Property (State)

100% of the value of a solar energy systems is exempt from property taxes.

Varies
Florida Keys Electric Cooperative - Solar Loan Program (State)

Competitive interest loans of up to $35,000 for solar and energy storage. On-bill repayment and 10-year term with no penalty for prepayment.

Varies
Net Metering (State)

Investor-owned utilities are required to offer their customers the full retail rate for each excess kWh they export to the grid.

Varies
Orlando Utilities Commission - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program (State)

$2,000 for installing solar+battery systems. Battery must have capacity of 8 kWh or greater.

Varies
Jacksonville Electric Authority - Solar Battery Incentive Program (State)

$4,000 rebate per home/business on the purchase of a qualified battery storage system.

Varies
Lakeland Electric - Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Program (State)

0% interest loan up to $5,000, must be resident and homeowner, On-bill repayment

Varies
Solar and CHP Sales Tax Exemption (State)

Solar energy systems are exempt from state sales and use tax

Varies
SELF Loans (State)

Unsecured personal loans for those in underserved communities for sustainable home improvements.

Varies
TOTAL -$5,105

*Based on 8.77 kW system, average installation cost $19,636

How much does installing solar panels save the average Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) residential customer?

If you input the details for a OUC customer with a power bill of $160 per month into the best online solar panels calculator, it tells you that you need a 8.77 kW solar system that will produce 12,128 kWh per year and that this system will return the owner a $29,635 profit after repaying the cost of the system.

The solar savings possible for you as an OUC customer will depend on the amount of electricity you use and the cost of the solar system you buy. Savings also vary based on the direction of your roof or any shading of your roof that affects output.

Here is a monthly and lifetime solar savings estimate for the same relatively typical OUC customer with a $160 per month electric bill prior to solar and who installs a 8.77 kW solar system.

How much do residential solar panels cost for OUC customers?

Solar prices near you

Cost range of local prices

$14,958-$18,281

Net profit (savings less system cost)

$33,598-$41,065

Payback period

8.8-10.8 years

Recommended size for the selected utility bill

10.6kW

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Detailed information about your estimate

Table 2: Estimate details

System Size (for 100% usage offset)

8.77 kW

Annual Power Generation

12,128 kWh

Pay-back time (assuming Cash purchase)

10.5 Years

Internal Rate of Return (IRR) on Investment

4.3%

Gross cost

$19,636

Total Upfront Incentives and Rebates

-$5,105

Net Cost of System after rebates and incentives

$14,528

Total Cost of Utility Power Avoided over 25 years

$44,163

Please note that the investment return figures do not include the possible increase in property value.

What are the environmental impacts of Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) customers installing solar panels?

While most homeowners decide to install solar panels because of financial savings over time, the environmental impacts of this choice are the primary motive for others. Here is a breakdown of the environmental benefits from an Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) customer installing a 8.77 kW solar system on their property:

A solar system generating 12,128 kWh per year will save you money AND make the world a nicer place

Saves you

$1,185

on average per year

Reduces CO2 emissions

6

tons per year

Equivalent to planting

42 trees

per year

Equivalent to driving

13,281 mi

less per year

CO2 emissions calculation based on the electricity generation and emissions data for your state in 2015 as published by the US Government Energy Information Administration.

What factors affect the price of solar panels for Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) customers?

The cost of installing solar panels will vary with brands of solar panels and inverters you choose and also the installation company you choose to install them.

It is common to see really good systems, using quality brands of equipment, being sold for around $2.24 per watt or $14,528 for a standard 8.77 kW solar system after the customer claims the 26% federal solar tax credit.

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