Residential subscriptions for Florida Power & Lights community solar program sold out

Published on July 23, 2021 by Dave Kovaleski

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Residential subscriptions for Florida Power & Light Company’s SolarTogether community solar program have sold out, the company announced Wednesday.

Currently, more than 48,000 customers have enrolled in the program, and approximately 2,000 more customers are on the waiting list for future capacity. This comes just one year after the program was rolled out.

“We developed the FPL SolarTogether program because customers wanted access to clean, cost-effective solar energy, and the response to the program was almost immediate,” FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy said. “By participating, our dedicated FPL SolarTogether™ customers are encouraging the buildout of cost-effective solar across the state, making Florida the largest, most affordable, and most accessible solar state in the nation.”

Through this program, residential and commercial customers can get solar energy for a monthly cost, without any upfront costs. It allows them to meet 100 percent of their energy needs. Basically, it allows both renters and homeowners to get the financial and environmental benefits of solar without needing to invest in their own solar panels.

“Going green as a company can seem like a major undertaking,” Walker Crego, facilities manager at FHP Manufacturing Corporation, said. “FPL SolarTogether eased our efforts by helping us to harness the power of the sun to power our business and benefit the environment, without the need for special, costly equipment. With FPL SolarTogether, we are already enjoying savings.”

FHP Manufacturing was the first company enrolled in the FPL SolarTogether program, which is supported by the 20 new universal solar energy centers FPL has built across the state. The latest site — the FPL Fort Drum Solar Energy Center in Okeechobee County – went live in June. Currently, FPL has more than 40 operational solar energy centers across the state.

Subscriptions for the residential portion of the program sold out in April. However, interested customers may still join the program’s waitlist for future program availability. The waitlist currently includes approximately 2,000 residential customers.

The commercial, industrial, and government portion of the program saw an even more robust response.
Within a month of the program’s launch, FPL had to close the waitlist for the program’s commercial, industrial, and government portion after it filled up.

Further, the program has allocated a portion of its solar capacity to FPL SolarTogether SunAssist – the largest low-income community solar offering in the United States. FPL SunAssist has achieved a 50 percent subscription rate in the six months the program has been available.

FPL’s SolarTogether program is part of the company’s “30-by-30” plan to install 30 million solar panels by 2030. When the company completes its “30-by-30” plan, solar energy will make up about 20 percent of FPL’s energy generation mix.

FPL’s current solar commitments are expected to save customers an estimated $400 million over the life of the assets.