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PPM Solar is the top solar energy installer in Gainesville

Save on your energy bills or eliminate them completely with PPM Solar, the top GRU solar installer in Gainesville.
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Why more homeowners choose PPM to install their solar panels

Established in 2009, PPM Solar has become the beacon of solar installations in Gainesville, Florida. PPM Solar offers solar photovoltaic and energy storage solutions for various applications and serves residential, commercial, government, industrial, academic, and utility clients. PPM has served over 1000 residential and commercial clients. Locally, our client list includes the City of Gainesville, University of Florida, UF Shands, and San Falasco Tech City (SFTC), to name a few.

PPM was recognized three times as the world’s fastest-growing UF alumni-led business. At PPM Solar, we understand the value of collective effort and are proud of our team. This team has created an impact right here at home that cannot go unnoticed, resulting in multiple local awards, including the nomination for the Business of the Year by the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce in 2022.
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Verifiable and Trustworthy

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120 reviews on Google
120 reviews on Google
Ranked as the top installer in Gainesville on Google. All our reviews come from real, satisfied customers and truly reflect our service and commitment to the local community!
Accredited A+ Better Business Bureau
Accredited A+ Better Business Bureau
PPM Solar maintains the highest possible BBB rating with an A+ rating and zero unresolved complaints. We do the best for our customers!
Top 100 Solar Contractors in North America
Top 100 Solar Contractors in North America
PPM Solar has been a part of Solar Reviews since 2009. We are proud to take this honored place among the Top 100 installers!
Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office
Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office
PPM Solar is certified as a Small Business Enterprise under Section 22, Alachua County Ordinance, from June 16, 2020, to the present.
Gator 100
Gator 100
PPM Solar has been recognized twice as a Gator 100 Company and received its highest ranking in 2018 as 4th out of 100!
Solar Power World's 2021 Top Contractors List
Solar Power World’s 2021 Top Contractors List
Congratulations to the entire crew of PPM Solar for making the 2022 Top Solar Contractor’s list by Solar Power World!

3 simple steps to installation

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1. Free consultation
Our consultant will provide you a proposal within 1 day, without having to come out to your house. You will receive a detailed quote that outlines your existing energy costs and provides a flexible solar solution that can be easily financed if needed.
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2. Installation
Our highly-trained crew performs your solar installation, typically within one or two days. We make it an easy and friendly process for the homeowner.
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3. A lifetime of savings
Once installed, your solar investment begins to work immediately and is designed and installed with utmost care. We build solar to operate with minimal maintenance for decades by using the best industry practices. Every system comes with free online monitoring access for life.

2023 – a year of solar in Gainesville!

With the highest-ever federal solar tax credit now extended, most circuits in Gainesville still having the full net metering program offered by GRU, and the cost of solar installation at an all-time low, there’s no better time than now to switch to solar energy in Gainesville.

Gainesville has a significant history with solar energy, rooted deeply in the community. Notably, in 2011, a feed-in tariff policy led to an explosion of solar installations, earning Gainesville the highest solar per capita rate in the United States, surpassing California. Today, Gainesville and Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) territory is one of the remaining places in the state where homeowners and businesses can benefit from Solar Net Metering, allowing for more attractive returns on their solar investment.

Gainesville also commands an excellent solar resource, providing for 4 average daily peak hours of sun per day, making it one of the best places in the country to go solar.

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Testimonials tell the story

Patrick Pruitt
Patrick Pruitt
2023-10-31
Excellent overall experience with them. Very organized and easy to get in touch with when you need to.
Martin Maguire
Martin Maguire
2023-10-27
PPM Solar installed a 6.4 kW system on the roof of my new home in St. Augustine in June, 2023. The system was competitively priced and the project was implemented in a prompt and professional manner. The panels have so far performed flawlessly and have generated all of my electricity.
Bronwyn Beistle
Bronwyn Beistle
2023-10-02
PPM is a great local business. They installed our panels quickly and competently.
Reid Nagle
Reid Nagle
2023-09-23
Cashflow woes? -- BEWARE new customers! I signed a contract on 2/7/23 for a solar system costing just over $150K for our home in Levy County. I paid over half that amount upfront to cover material ordering costs and to put the project into motion. It's now almost 6 months with no sign of materials being delivered or anything happening. Then yesterday I received an invoice for over $50K when no payment is yet due (since no materials have been delivered to my home). I called PPM and spoke with Alex Khokhlov who said they had big commercial jobs -- University of Florida and Duke -- ahead of me. After waiting for almost 6 months with nothing happening, I was also told by Alex that if I accelerated payments, my job would be done in the next 30 days vs. 60 days if I paid according the contract payment scheduled tied to benchmarks. Will my solar installation ever get done or will I ever see the $82,132.80 that PPM took on deposit? Wait and see. In the meantime, buyer beware. Update on 7/25/23, AlexZ said that if I didn't accelerate payments faster than the contract required, that the project would still get done within 60 days, so by the end of September, 8 months after the contract was signed. We'll see. Will add progress reports every two weeks. Update on 8/14/23: building permit was issued on 7/31/23. Update on 9/1/23. We've been promised the following by PPM Solar: solar panels to be installed on 09/06 & 09/07. 2 weeks later (waiting for battery delivery) the remainder of the equipment (batteries) will be installed. Job will be completed by the end of September. Updates to follow. Update on 9/23/23. Everything is on track to be completed by month's end. If it is and it works properly, I'll amend the rating. Won't be able to give them 5 stars since it took them almost 6 months to start the job after the contract was signed and initial deposit made. And they should never have tried to shake me down to finance their business, but they seem now to have realized that and are doing their best to make amends and finish the job in a professional fashion.
David Young
David Young
2023-09-22
We waited a long time to go solar, did a lot of research and decided to go with PPM after interviewing 5 other companies. We have a 10 kW system with 20 kW storage. On most days, with a little planning, we can cool the house comfortably, run our appliances and recharge the storage batteries enough to get through the night—at 95+% grid independence! On sunny days we can top off the charge on our EV. If the grid goes down, we stay powered without having to rely on a generator. Lead time for the project was very long (mostly due to our local utility company) but installation was fast and professionally done. The system looks good and works seamlessly with the grid. PPM has been responsive to the few, initial problems that popped up after startup and they made sure we were happy with the system. Our only complaint with PPM is that they weren’t communicative enough during the overly-long period where we were awaiting approval from the utility company (we were declined twice), but everything worked out. We love being solar powered!
Monica Amariz
Monica Amariz
2023-09-08
I wholeheartedly recommend PPM Solar to anyone considering solar energy. Their professionalism, expertise, and dedication to their customers make them the top choice for solar panel installation. Thank you for helping me make a positive change for the planet and my wallet!
Kate Mackay
Kate Mackay
2023-09-08
Very professional, great service, super knowledgeable and caring team. Highly recommend.
Brent Clarke
Brent Clarke
2023-06-30
This is a story of service after the sale. I realized one of our panels had gone offline. I called and left a voicemail (and email) after normal working hours. By 9:30 am the next morning, I received a call letting me know a work order was opened. By 1:00 pm that afternoon, technicians had arrived; and by 1:30 pm, that panel was back online after repair under warranty. About 18 hours from discovery to repair. Very satisfied. Thank you.
Rick Mont
Rick Mont
2023-06-29
Power Production installed my solar panels back in 2014. Dealing with the installation crew was an elite experience. I felt confident on choosing this company and now after 3 years and two hurricanes I am relieved I choose d them. The 8.25 kw system I have has earned me a credit with clay electric and the utility company ends up sending me a check every December. Edit This is just a continuation of my review. I figured I should include the after install customer service since that is equally important on a large investment. I developed a leak both inside of my master bedroom and on a fascia thats above my sunroom. I called PPM and builder since it was a new construction to inspect the leak. Leak turned out to be from screws holding down the panels. Kelley from PPM came and inspected the roof and then came and sealed the roof. Now just waiting on them scheduling a roofer to come repair the damage from the leak. So far I see commitment from this company to their customers as well. Update: PPM took responsibility and repaired the roof. Outstanding customer service
Matthew Franklin
Matthew Franklin
2023-06-26
Sales will overestimate solar production without taking proper variables into account. The panels are under warranty, but the power the system generates is not. They say the system will generate more than what it actually will and they are under no obligation to meet or exceed that goal with installation. Our system works but only generates 83% of what was advertised. Representative was unhelpful. Stated that the reason we weren't producing enough energy was because the sales guy did not take "shading" into account. We removed most of the "shading" after the proposal hoping for even better output, but we still produced much less than what was originally proposed. Response: The conversation about tree trimming was only that I planned on removing trees in MY yard that posed a danger as they had fallen on my roof in years prior. I was under the impression that removing them would also boost my production beyond the initial proposal. The PPM team recommended that I ask my neighbors to trim their trees which I said I would not do.

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Get solar-inspired with our customers’ video testimonials!

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John and Kandee Mulkey
John and Kandee Mulkey
Kandee, a self-proclaimed “hippie from the seventies,” explains how she always feels compelled by a deep desire to contribute to the world’s environmental well-being. She says with the sun as a daily companion in Crystal River, harnessing its energy seemed almost poetic.
Kathy McGlone
Kathy McGlone
Having owned her home for over three decades, Kat’s interest in solar power began many years ago, but she faced obstacles due to two large trees overshadowing her house. However, by 2019, the trees were gone, providing an opportunity to explore solar.
 Keith Nelson
Keith Nelson
Keith’s conviction in the power of solar energy motivated him to make a sustainable choice for his home. He recognized the significance of reducing his family’s carbon footprint and embracing renewable energy.
 Chris & Carol Wendler
Chris & Carol Wendler
The Wendler family realized the importance of weatherizing their home before installing a solar energy system. They understood that solar energy could be more effective and beneficial if their home were as efficient as possible.
Eric & Karen Hines
Eric & Karen Hines
Tired of the ever-increasing energy cost from their utility company, the Hines’ knew that installing solar would lower their monthly energy costs. Before going solar, their summer electric bills would far exceed $500.00 monthly.

Which brands are most optimal for Gainesville solar installations?

Solar is not a one-size-fits-all solution. PPM Solar has placed the unique requirements of each client above allegiances to a specific manufacturer. This client-focused methodology not only results in more cost-effective solutions but also guarantees a perfect fit for every specific need.

In Gainesville, considerations often include mitigating partial shading, accommodating multiple roof surfaces, and at times, requiring highly efficient solar modules to maximize capacity on the most suitable roofs.

PPM’s team has been trained and certified with a range of industry-leading companies, such as Tesla, SMA, Enphase, Tigo, and Fronius for inverters and storage; REC Solar, VSUN, QCell, LG, and Canadian Solar for modules; and Snap-n-Rack, Ironridge, Aerocompact, and Nuance for mounting structures. This comprehensive expertise allows PPM Solar to deliver the most value to every client.
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Which solar financing options are available for Gainesville homeowners?

Sales and Finance process has been somewhat problematic in the solar industry. Predatory sales organizations, the practice of redlining, overpriced financing, telemarketing, and doorknocking, unfortunately, have become very common. Transparency is in our DNA. We offer fair and transparent pricing from a unified pricelist that we adjust from time to time to ensure that we remain competitive while assuring business continuity and growth.

At PPM Solar, our cash price is our financed price. There are no hidden fees or interest buydown payments baked into the cost of the project. Every client gets the same price based on their site conditions. We will only quote what’s needed and never upsell. We have in-house solar sales consultants that have worked here for many years.

Furthermore, we have been vetted and built relationships with banks and credit unions that share this philosophy and deliver fairly priced financing products to our clients. We believe that solar should not be an additional expense and that the solar energy financing payments should be low and competitive with the existing utility bill.

Additionally, a 30% Federal Tax Credit is available for those who qualify and can further accelerate the ROI while lowering the initial solar panel cost.

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How does solar energy serve Gainesville homeowners?

Solar energy is hard at work for every solar homeowner in Gainesville every day as soon as the sun comes up (and even at night with energy storage). Solar energy is transformative in many ways and moves individuals, families, or businesses to become a part of the solution by reducing pollution and making a better choice for the planet.

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Explore our residential solar installation gallery in Gainesville

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25.8 kW System, 2021
saves ~$650 a month
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10 kW System, 2010
saves ~$250 a month
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8.8 kW System, 2023
saves ~$170 a month
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19.2 kW system, 2022
saves ~$480 a month
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11.7 kW System, 2022
saves ~$292 a month
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11.7 kW System, 2021
saves ~$292 a month

Find out what you can save with solar in Gainesville

You may have seen PPM Solar installations and trucks around town and in your neighborhood, showcasing the growing momentum of solar energy in Gainesville. Join the excitement of going solar, and making a positive change – today!
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Questions our customers ask us – answered!

You will put holes in my roof when installing solar panels. Will my roof leak?

We have performed over 50,000 roof penetrations over 15+ years and had less than 20 roof leak service calls that we immediately addressed. Those roof leaks after installing solar panels have resulted from earlier generations of roof penetration hardware and methodology that have since become more robust, resulting in an even lesser chance of ever having a roof leak event. Remember that you’re covered with our ten years workmanship warranty.

How does Net Metering work, and can I sell power back to my utility?

Net Metering availability and terms vary by utility. Investor-Owned Utilities (IOU’s) all offer net metering in the state of Florida. They include Duke Energy, FPL, TECO, and FPUC. Additionally several municipal utilities offer net metering process, but the terms may vary. PPM Solar operates a comprehensive rate schedule analysis tool that will take all of those variables into account and present an accurate solar offset rate schedule and the resulting payback calculation.

Yes, you can sell your power back to the utility, but not beyond what you would typically use on an annual basis. In other words, the solar system size is typically limited to match the consumption profile. However, excess energy generated on a daily and monthly basis is either purchased at the point of production or credited forward, and that is what the terms of the interconnection agreement will dictate. This makes solar system right-sizing that much more important because you cannot monetize excess energy at full rate, as you will not have the option to sell excess energy that you don’t use on an annual basis.

Can I use my solar panels when the grid is down?

Whether or not you can use your solar panels when the grid is down depends on whether your solar installation has batteries. If your solar panels are connected to a battery storage system, you can still access the electricity generated by your panels even when the grid is down. This is because the batteries store excess energy produced by the panels, allowing you to utilize it during power outages. However, suppose your solar panels are not connected to a battery storage system. In that case, you will not be able to use them when the grid is down since the electricity generated by the panels is directly fed into the grid and can cause damage or injury during repair by the utility company. The system will automatically turn off and come back on with the gird, no action is required bby the homeowner.

There are newer technologies that allow EV’s to be used for home backup, but very few are commercially avaialble at this time. Additionally, Enphase Sunlight system does allow the solar panels to be used without batteries, but there are nuances to every situaiton, please contact us for full information.

How long does it take for a solar system to pay for itself?

Financed: The payback may be immediate if the solar payment is approximately matching the utility bill, a so-called “Bill-Swapout.” In this case, the solar finance payment will remain the same, and the utility rates keep going up and up, resulting in ever-increasing monthly savings for the life of the solar system. It is not possible to estimate a payback on a cash-flow-positive asset, as technically, there was never an initial investment.

Cash Purchase: In the event that a 30% solar tax credit can be monetized, the net initial investment is 70% of the cost. The remaining amount is typically paid for within 6-9 years in a residential application and 2-5 years in a commercial one. It is important to recognize utility inflation as an important part of the ROI analysis. The cumulative nature of electric bills is often overlooked, and a person paying $250/month may not realize that they will pay $116,000 over a 25-year period under just 3.5% utility inflation, or $143,000 with a 5% inflation rate. Solar offers a solution to a problem that we are very used to and is served to us in small doses, making it less noticeable, however if addressed solar carries a tremendous financial potential, and that doesn’t include the property value increase (without increasing the property tax), and other tangible and non-tangible benefits.

How many solar panels will I need? How is the solar system sized?

There are three main criteria to consider:

Consumption and consumption trends. Accurately establishing consumption can sometimes be challenging and needs to be done accurately with the future in mind. Will there be people moving in or out of the home? Will an EV be purchased in the near future? Is energy storage a consideration? These and many other questions need to be addressed in addition to evaluating the historical usage.

Site Conditions. Based on the site-specific conditions, the efficiency of the solar panels will vary. Those conditions include shading, azimuth, orientation, tilt, and other site considerations. An accurate design is critical to assure that the system is able to achieve all the goals set forth by the project while not oversizing due to the inability to monetize excess power.

Utility considerations and maximizing the payback. Oftentimes, energy use profile and self-consumption will affect the feasibility and ROI and need to be taken in consideration when sizing a system. PPM has advanced tools designed to solve this problem and tweak the sizing to achieve the best financial/production/autonomy ratio for the project.

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