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We built this company to be focused on changing the customer experience and, eventually, the professional standards for solar sales. The boiler room always-be-closing mentality, combined with the unethical practices of system production manipulation and price gauging, not only caused people to doubt Solar Reps but also had people doubting the validity of the science of solar and the ability to forecast production. Solar has been validated for over 100 years. So We decided to speak in facts and provide reliable sources to erase all doubt, then we went through and removed all of the ugly parts of the process and set policies to provide peace of mind there was no pressure to sign or need to negotiate. We knew if we educate people enough on solar to understand it and then look at our contractors, pricing, and guarantees, there is no need for a close or any sales techniques. While we are far from perfect and trying to improve every day, we are confident we offer the best value and consumer experience in the industry.

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A better process creates...

a better experience.


  • No Sales Language or Pressure Tactics
  • Speak in Facts and Absolutes.
  • No Three Day Cancellation Policy.
  • Top Contractors (data validated).
  • Up Front Bottom Dollar Pricing.
  • Sources and Data Provided


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IDENTIFY THE OWNERS

VERIFY LICENSING AND INSURANCE

EVALUATING CONTRACTORS

Step one: Look up the company FL division of corporations www.sunbiz.org (link). It will have a list of companies with similar names, and the list will be alphabetical. It is a red flag if you see several versions of the same name and owners, and it is a common practice to avoid litigation liability. Once you find the active entity, take note of the date filed, which reflects how long the corp has been in business, and write down the officers' names as one of them should be your qualifying licensed electrical contractor. Then, scroll down to the bottom of the page and look at the filings for name changes and ownership changes as it is common for companies to buy a shell company to appear to have a longer track record.


Step two is to verify that they are licensed and insured, which can be done via the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Verify that the licensee is an owner via the DBPR( link below for convenience). This is important because a lot of companies are operating under the license of a non-owner. They pay the licensee a monthly stipend, then put a bond up to protect the licensee from financial liability, and all of the complaints stick to that license, so if they burn a license, they move on to the next licensee. Essentially, they are operating unregulated. To start our vetting process, the licensee must own the company. A direct correlation exists between the quality of workmanship, overall professional standards, and licensee ownership.

myfloridalicense.com - Verify FL License (click)


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Company Websites

We understand this sounds crazy. However, you are looking for photos of things like the office, warehouse, employees or employee directory, or even executive bios. These companies claim to have been in business for 10 years or more and that they do everything in-house by their employees. Below, you can see photos from our Power Partners. Real photos of these things exist, but the self-proclaimed Industry leaders have only stock photos...

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Ratings and Reviews

When it comes to evaluating companies, it's important to understand that ratings and glowing reviews have no value as they are manipulated. The only things that should hold any weight are negative reviews and complaints. Positive reviews on platforms like Google, Solar Reviews, Energy Sage, and even the beloved Better Business Bureau are not verified, and the ratings are not calculated in a way that paints an accurate picture. For example, the BBB told CNNMoney in a written statement that the BBB ratings do not guarantee a business's reliability or performance. Customer Reviews are not used to calculate the BBB Letter Grade Rating. They clarified that "BBB's Rating Represents the BBB’s about a business's trustworthiness and how it is likely to interact with its customers." The reliability of all these platforms has been destroyed by the revenues created for generating leads and the businesses they hold accountable for becoming their biggest customers. Sun Run has pending gov action from the FTC for market conduct and 4172 complaints that were reported to and verified by the BBB, yet when you look them up, they are A+ rated and 4.5 stars.


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Credit vs. Rebate

This is not a tax rebate that automatically comes back to you when you file, and it is crucial to have an accurate expectation of the timeline for receiving the solar investment tax credit (ITC). If you're financing a solar system. This is because most solar loans are set up assuming you will reinvest the credit or pay down the loan with the honor. If you don't receive the credit as expected, your payments will increase significantly in month 19, which may not fit your budget. This can cause a real problem, leading to missed payments or even defaulting on the loan. So, it's essential to understand the specific timeline and eligibility criteria for claiming the ITC to ensure you can budget accordingly and avoid any potential financial issues.



Tax Credit for Homeowners

The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for homeowners and the Inflation Reduction Act recently signed by President Biden are tax credits for eligible solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. This credit can also be applied to other energy-efficient improvements.


Eligibility Requirements

Eligible solar PVs must have broken ground during the tax year and generate electricity for a dwelling located in the United States. Your clients must also meet the following requirements:


  • The homeowner must own the solar PV system. Financed systems qualify, but leased systems do not.


  • The solar PV system is new or in use for the first time.


Eligible Expenses


  • Solar PV panels that are used to power an attic fan.


  • Site Prep, including roofing and tree work


  • Contract labor for site prep, installation, assembly, permit fees, etc.


  • Wiring and mounting equipment


  • Energy storage devices charged by solar panels


  • Sales tax on panel purchases


Determining How it Applies to Your Household

The Inflation Reduction Act expands the credit for tax years 2022 through 2032 to a credit of 30% of qualifying costs. This tax credit is unique in the fact that there are no maximum credit amounts or threshold limitations. Form 5695, Part I, must be completed with the Federal Form 1040 in order to claim the credit.


Example: An individual or business purchases a $50,000 system. He has a solar tax credit credit of $15,000 after he files his taxes and receives a tax refund of $5,000. Their remaining tax liability would be $10,000 ($15,000 - $5,000). In this case, the available tax credit is $10,000, which matches the remaining tax liability. Therefore, they can claim the full credit in one year. They would apply for the solar investment tax credit and receive the entire $10,000 as a credit toward their taxes owed or as a refund if they had taxes withheld. However, if their return was $10,000 and their remaining liability was $5,000, they would only receive the $5,000 in the first year, and the other $5,000 would roll forward to the next year.



Unused Tax Credits

This credit is nonrefundable, meaning your clients won’t get a refund for credit amounts that exceed their tax liability. However, the credit will carry forward into the next tax year.


Other Key Information

  • Solar panels don’t need to be located on the roof to qualify.
  • If your client has a home office, the credit computation becomes more difficult. If less than 80% of the solar PV system cost is a residential expense, the IRS only allows the percentage that relates to the residential spending to be used in the credit calculation. The portion that is a qualifying business expense follows commercial ITC rules on Schedule C, which are discussed below.
  • Your client doesn’t necessarily need to be a homeowner to claim the credit. This commonly arises in a tenant-stockholder relationship in corporations and for condo owners.



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Going solar is too often associated with a drop off in visual appeal We offer custom solutions that are stylish and functional While it does take a little vision and additional planning custom solutions can be more financially efficient in some cases We take pride in creating Tailor Made Solutions that fit our client s vusion

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THE SUNSHINE CITY IS ELECTRIC...

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