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Mike Collins is a seasoned solar expert with a solid grounding in finance, armed with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida. Mike combines his passion for solar with a keen understanding of the financial benefits of solar investments, ensuring the best returns for our clients. From evaluating your property’s solar potential to understanding the available federal tax credits, Mike is there to guide you through every step of your solar journey. He believes in making the transition to solar energy a seamless and rewarding experience for all his clients.

Feeling excited about discovering your home’s solar potential? Mike is here to help!

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3 simple steps to installation

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1. Free consultation
Our consultant can provide you a proposal in less than one 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 in one day or less. 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 to come by using the best industry practices. Every system comes with free online monitoring access for life.
Patrick Pruitt
Patrick Pruitt
Excellent overall experience with them. Very organized and easy to get in touch with when you need to.
Martin Maguire
Martin Maguire
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
PPM is a great local business. They installed our panels quickly and competently.
Reid Nagle
Reid Nagle
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
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
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
Very professional, great service, super knowledgeable and caring team. Highly recommend.
Brent Clarke
Brent Clarke
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
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
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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Benefits of Installing a Residential Solar System in Gainesville

Save money

With solar energy, you can offset your monthly utilities, allowing you to pay off installation costs in a matter of years and saving you thousands of dollars over the lifetime of your solar energy system. You’ll also be eligible for tax rebates and incentives and, in some cases, can even earn credit from your utility company for the energy you produce.

Increase Sustainability

An investment in solar is an investment in sustainability. Dramatically decrease your carbon footprint and reliance on fossil fuels while improving your impact on global climate change. Unlike other energy sources, solar doesn’t disrupt ecosystems or release harmful pollutants into the air and water supply. It’s also a great way to boost interest in clean technologies and the economies they support.

Gain Energy Independence

A residential solar power system gets you one step closer to energy independence. Know where your power comes from, how it’s produced, and how it’s sourced. Avoid rising and fluctuating rates, take control of your savings, and increase the value of your home. With solar energy, it’s up to you, not the utility company, how you spend your savings.

Protect Your Savings

Use solar energy and storage solutions to protect your home from unplanned power outages, insulate your finances from unpredictable energy costs, and minimize your reliance on public utilities. A comprehensive solar energy and storage solution allows uninterrupted power even when utilities turn off or the sun goes down.

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Tax Credit is Extended!

That means additional TEN years for consumers to take advantage of this incredible tax credit program. And not only that – clients that install solar energy systems in 2022 get an increase from 26% to 30%! That’s a nice bonus — a whopping $1,500 for an average solar client!

The federal solar tax credit is currently set at 30%. It is, however, scheduled to decrease in 2033 from 30% down to 26% and from 26% to 22% in 2034. There has never been a better time to go solar!


Tailored services offered by Mike

No two homes or businesses are the same, and neither are their energy needs. Mike takes time to understand your unique circumstances, future energy plans, and your property’s specific characteristics to recommend a solar solution tailored just for you. Our services include: Rooftop solar energy systems, Ground Mounted Solar Energy Systems, Energy Storage, Car Chargers, and more

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How Much Can You Save by Installing a Solar System in Gainesville?

We’re often asked, “How much can I really save by installing a home solar electricity system in Gainesville?” The fact is, the monetary savings of going solar is significant because the US Inflation Calculator reports that the cost of energy will continue at an astonishing 66.7% over the next thirty years. Therefore, today’s electric bill of $200.00 will most likely be $332.00 in thirty years. Indicating savings can reach upwards of $48,000.00 or more over 30 years with PPM Solar’s adequately sized solar energy system.

Our Projects in Gainesville, FL

33.6 kW System in GRU
saves ~ $1000 a month
11 kW System in Duke Energy
saves ~$330 a month
17.8 kW System in GRU
saves ~$400 a month

Frequently Asked Questions

Where to begin?

Well, that’s simple! Start with a chat with Mike Collins, your trusted and friendly solar expert at PPM Solar. Mike brings a personalized touch to every project, guiding you through every step, from initial consultation and design to installation and maintenance. PPM Solar, with its reputation for excellence and customer satisfaction, has successfully completed over 900 projects over the past 14 years. And, with Mike on your side, you’ll be in the best hands in the solar industry!

How do solar panels work?

The simple answer is: sunlight is absorbed through the panels to produce energy. An inverter in the system then converts that energy into useful electricity. That electricity is sent to the AC breaker panel, with any remaining energy “net-metered” to the grid.

What does the solar panel installation process look like?

After making your decision to go solar, you will to speak with a professional at PPM Solar. They will schedule an assessment on your property to determine which solar system will work best. Designing your system is next! On to financing and permitting.

Once all of these things are completed, the installation will be scheduled. Prior to the installation, you should re-check the site selected for the panels. If you chose ground-mounted panels, double check that there is nothing blocking the sunlight and there is no debris in the area. If you opted for roof mounted panels, the roof must be prepped. Check the shingles or tiles to make sure they are attached securely. Remove anything that might be attached to the roof that may be in the way of installation, such as a satellite dish. Also check for trees that could cast shadows or overhanging limbs. They may need to be pruned prior to installation to ensure maximum energy output.

On the day of solar panel installation, there will be various types of noise. If you have small children who nap during the day or if you work from home, you may want to make different arrangements.

Once the installation is completed, there will be a final inspection and then activation of the system. Now, you are ready to reap all of the benefits going solar brings!

Is solar financing available?

Absolutely! There are many ways to finance your solar project, each with its own conditions and requirements. You might consider options such as PPM Solar’s own financing, loans, or even some programs offered by Florida utility companies. But don’t worry about figuring it all out alone. Mike is here to help! He can guide you through the options and help you find the best one for your needs. He’ll also show you exactly how much you could save with solar.

How long do solar panels last?

On average, the designed lifespan of your residential solar system is around 30 years. However, that’s not to say your system won’t work well beyond the recommended service life. In fact, there are some solar home energy systems installed over 40 years ago that are still producing power today.

Are there any solar incentives available for homeowners?

Yes! There is currently a 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC). While there are no state rebates, several counties in Florida do offer rebates.

Does solar increase the value of my home?

In most cases, yes! Studies have shown different calculations for how a home can increase in value.

Zillow- on average homes with solar have sold for over 4% more, than those without (depending on location, some could be more, some could be less)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory indicates a resale value of just under $6k for each kilowatt of installed solar power-so the more kilowatts, the more of an increase
Appraisal Journal states that for every $1 saved in energy costs, the home value increases by $20

How do I prepare my home for solar electricity?

Have your roof examined to ensure it will hold the load capacity of the panels and racks
Make any repairs needed to the roof
Remove any debris, satellite dishes, etc.
Trim any trees that may overhang or shade the roof
Check for proper insulation, repair any windows or doors that may have leaks as this will decrease the optimum energy output provided by the system
Check to make sure your appliances are energy efficient

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