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For the last 15 years, PPM Solar remains a trusted local choice, completing over 1,000 projects in North Central Florida.
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How does switching to solar save you money?

Celebrate your monthly savings as you commit to a brighter, more sustainable future. By prioritizing our planet’s well-being, you are rewarded with numerous benefits, including up to 100% utility bill offset, an available 30% tax credit, increased property value (without increasing the property tax), off-grid sustainability (for energy storage equipment systems), and energy price security.

Why do 1000+ Florida homeowners trust PPM Solar?

As the leading specialist in residential solar installations, PPM Solar stands proudly at the forefront of modern energy solutions in North Central Florida. With a reputation built upon quality, credibility, and professionalism, we’ve earned the trust of over 1,000 Florida homeowners. Our dedicated team, local expertise, and unwavering commitment to sustainability make us the go-to choice for those seeking a unique blend of top-notch solar installations and community impact. Join us in our mission to create a greener, more efficient, and financially independent future while experiencing the consistent excellence that defines PPM Solar.
Chris Wendler - customer of PPM Solar in Gainesville - in front of his house

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.

Why is PPM Solar the best solution?

  • Transparent Communication
  • Field-Experienced Founders
  • Clear & Concise Energy Projections 
  • Latest technology
  • Proven Excellence
  • Local Expertise
  • Turnkey Project Delivery
  • Future-Proof Support 
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With a reputation for high-quality solar energy installations across North Central Florida, our team of experts streamlines your journey of going solar by handling design, permitting, installation, inspections, and service.

We start by providing a comprehensive, easy-to-understand proposal covering energy projections and financial returns you can count on. Once your project begins, our on-staff electrical and installation crews install your system – usually within one to two days. Then, as your continuing solar energy partner, we are ready to keep your system in top shape for years to come. PPM Solar customer testimonials tell the story.

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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.

Why go solar now?

  • 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit is still available! 
  • Reduce or eliminate your reliance on utility company!
  • Raise property value without raising the property tax!
  • Lock-in the agreement with your utility company!
  • Become a part of the solution in climate change!
  • Achieve your break-even point sooner!
  • Lock-in the utility rates!
  • Achieve Energy Independence!
  • Protect yourself from power outages (with batteries)!

Did you know?

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You can control your electric bill
Since 2015, residential electricity rates in Florida increased by 73%. If you install solar today while this trend continues, your neighbor’s bill will double in less than 10 years, while you enjoy free solar electricity, or have a low, fixed solar financing payment.
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Every solar panel matters
For each solar panel installed in optimal conditions in Florida, the environmental offset is equivalent to 445 lbs of coal not burned per year, or a whopping 11.125 lbs of coal not burned over useful life.
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Solar adds instant equity
Zillow states that solar systems in Florida add about 4% to property value yet are tax-exempt – adding instant equity. Add the Federal Tax Credit and value increase together; the ROI is nearly 70% of the initial cost for an average Florida home. That’s equity!

Review our residential solar installation gallery

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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 Florida

You may have noticed PPM Solar installations and trucks in your neighborhood, a testament to the growing embrace of solar energy in Florida. Join the movement and make a positive change by going solar with us 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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