How to Go Solar in Boca Raton
How to Go Solar in Boca Raton?
Are solar energy systems allowed on my property?
In the City of Boca Raton, solar PV systems are considered mechanical equipment and are therefore allowable subject to the same requirements as other mechanical equipment, including but not limited to air conditioning units, electrical power generators and such similar equipment. Depending upon location, zoning district and other factors, such mechanical equipment (including solar PV) may be subject to additional design review by the Historic Preservation Board and/or the Community Appearance Board. Solar systems are allowed in all zoning districts while also complying with requirements outlined in the Florida Building Code, and the Florida Fire Prevention Code.
What is the permitting process for solar energy systems?
To receive a permit for your solar project, follow the steps on the building department’s Solar Checklist for both thermal and photovoltaic systems.
The turnaround time for solar permit approval is three days or less!
Solar permit applications can be submitted online. You can also schedule inspections and see inspection results online. For more information visit the building department page here;
The Interactive Permit Checklist has been temporarily removed. Please call Development Services Code Compliance Division at 561-393-7930 for questions.
Does my roof get enough sun?
Google’s Project Sunroof is a great starting point to find out if your home is suitable for solar photovoltaic panels. The interactive map uses local climate information and details of your property based on satellite images to provide advice on the size of your solar PV system, the savings, and the estimated return on investment.
Finding a Solar Installer
The City of Boca Raton does not endorse any specific solar installer. Consult the Florida Solar Energies Association to find one near you.
Financing for Solar
Palm Beach County Solar Co-Op
In 2018 and 2021 The City of Boca Raton partnered with the 501c3 United Solar Neighbors who organized a solar co-op in Palm Beach County. Joining the co-op is an opportunity to learn more about solar panels, speak to homeowners who have installed systems, and get help through the process of purchasing and installing. Joining to co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Learn more about Solar Co-Ops on Solar United Neighbor’s website and keep and eye out for future opportunities.
Residents of Boca Raton can participate in the county’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. PACE is a financing option which covers the upfront costs of the installation of solar panels, paid back as a non-ad valorem fee on the property tax bill. For more information, visit the PACE page on the City’s Sustainability site.
Solar Investment Tax Credit
A Federal tax credit is available for investments in solar energy. Solar energy systems purchased in 2021 or 2022 are eligible for a 26% tax credit. Systems purchased in 2023 will be eligible for a 22% credit. The tax credit is scheduled to expire after 2023. Consult your tax professional for more information.