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residential solar installation by PPM Solar in North Central Florida

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, the 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

Blake Fletcher
Blake Fletcher
2024-05-16
PPM Solar did an excellent job with our home solar installation. Their team was professional, punctual, and knowledgeable, making the entire process smooth and hassle-free. Highly recommend.
joost impink
joost impink
2024-04-20
Highly recommended; things took longer than expected, but otherwise it was very good experience. Nice crew, high quality work, pricing in line with expectations.
Biljana Horn
Biljana Horn
2024-04-04
One of our solar panels was not functioning. This happened a couple of years after the solar installation. We called PPM Solar - they diagnosed the problem virtually and then came and fixed it. All costs were covered through the warranty. We are extremely happy with our solar system which covers most of our energy use. I highly recommend it for people who have to run air conditioner in summer, like we do.
Philip
Philip
2024-01-16
It is a good company. highly recommended.
liz stubbs
liz stubbs
2024-01-11
From start to finish the team at PPM Solar excelled in all aspects of the process and experience. As a first-time solar customer, I had lots of questions about the best setup for my specific needs. I am in the country where power outages can be more frequent and prolonged. I wanted a system that could also provide backup power during prolonged outages. From sales through final inspection, PPM Solar team understood my situation and goals, designed a fabulous solution and worked with me on timeframe so we could do panels first, then battery storage in a later phase. For every question I had, they were super helpful in getting me answers... they even encouraged my questions ???? Their install team was super professional and efficient. Their project coordinator was amazing, making my part of the process easy and efficient, and kept me informed every step of the way. At the final walkthrough, I appreciated all the expertise and recommendations they shared on my system's operation and best practices to keep the panels clean, etc. It is clear to me that this team is both expert in solar, but also they love solar. They bring that great energy to all their client interactions and are happy to educate us as we learn our new systems. I am thrilled they are my solar team! Exciting to be moving forward with them on battery storage. I am delighted to give them 5 stars on expertise, client relations and ease of the entire process. LOVE my system, and grateful to PPM Solar!
Jorge Milanes
Jorge Milanes
2023-12-27
I can’t recommend PPM Solar enough for your solar panel needs. They were clear about how many panels were needed and where they would be the most efficient. They did the install along with adding a Tesla wall charger (which they are certified to do) all in one day. Their crew has clearly worked together for a good while as evidenced by how efficiently they worked together. Their entire staff from the installers to the electricians, production manager, administrative staff etc are all great and seem to really enjoy their work. They are a local company that has been working in the area and I would select them again and have recommended them to my friends.
Lyzzy Dismang
Lyzzy Dismang
2023-12-06
PPM Solar was great. It took a little longer than expected but working with Gabby was easy and she kept me informed. We had some issues with the county and power company but it all got handled. Everyone I encountered was professional and friendly. The install went smooth, the panels look great and the app is easy to use. Now I am not worried about the power going off at any time.

Go solar today. Contact us to get a free estimate!

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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?

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

At PPM Solar, our cash price is our financed price. We don’t bake hidden fees or interest buydown payments into the project’s cost. We offer every client the same price based on their site conditions. 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 who 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 solar energy should not be an additional expense and that 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 we cover you with our ten-year 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 grid; no action is required by the homeowner.

There are newer technologies that allow EVs to be used for home backup, but very few are commercially available at this time. Additionally, the Enphase Sunlight system does allow solar panels to be used without batteries, but there are nuances to every situation; 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 approximately matches 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 25 years 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: Establishing consumption accurately can sometimes be challenging and requires careful consideration for the future. Will people be moving in or out of the home? Is purchasing an EV planned in the near future? Are you considering energy storage? Addressing these and many other questions is essential, in addition to evaluating historical usage.

Site Conditions: Based on the site-specific conditions, the efficiency of the solar panels will vary. Those conditions include The efficiency of the solar panels will vary based on site-specific conditions, including shading, azimuth, orientation, tilt, and other site considerations. It’s critical to ensure an accurate design to achieve all the project’s goals while avoiding oversizing due to the inability to monetize excess power.

Utility considerations and maximizing the payback:
The energy use profile and self-consumption frequently influence the feasibility and ROI, requiring 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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