What is FPL SolarNow, FPL’s voluntary solar partnership program?

  • FPL received approval from the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) to launch a three-year voluntary solar partnership pilot program, which provides FPL customers with an easy way to support the development of solar energy systems in local Florida communities, without impacting non-participating customers.
  • This program allows FPL customers to enjoy the benefits of 100 percent clean Florida sunshine in their communities, without the upfront costs of installing solar systems on their home or business. See full program details

How does FPL SolarNow, FPL’s voluntary solar partnership program work?

  • As part of the program, residents, businesses, local organizations and FPL partner to build solar energy systems set up as solar canopies that provide shade and generate clean, emissions-free energy. 
  • These solar canopies will be built in local public areas like community parks, zoos, recreation areas and museums.
  • For a nominal contribution of $9 a month (or about 30 cents a day), customers can choose to support the development of these projects. The number of projects that can be built depends on the number of customers who participate, so your participation directly supports the development of solar canopies in local Florida communities.
  • FPL SolarNow, FPL’s voluntary solar partnership program, will be available for customers’ participation beginning May 1, 2015.

Why is FPL offering its customers a voluntary solar partnership program?

  • FPL is committed to advancing the use of clean solar energy in Florida. This program provides customers who may not have the ability or desire to install their own solar systems, but care about preserving and protecting the environment, an easy way to support the development of solar energy systems in their local communities.

Do I have to participate in FPL SolarNow, FPL’s voluntary solar partnership program?

  • No. This program is completely voluntary, and a personal choice. Customers can choose whether or not they would like to support the development of solar canopies that will help to keep their communities cleaner for their kids and grandkids.

Where will these FPL SolarNow™ projects be located?

  • Solar canopies will be built in public areas like community parks, zoos, recreation areas and museums, throughout FPL’s service territory.

What is the difference between an FPL SolarNow™ participant and a host site?

  • FPL SolarNow participants are businesses and residential customers that choose to voluntarily enroll in the program for a monthly cost of $9 added to their FPL electric bill. Their funds go toward the construction and operation cost of building solar projects in public places in Florida communities.
  • FPL SolarNow host sites are public community locations such as city /county parks, zoos and museums, where the solar projects are built. Private businesses are not eligible to serve as host locations.

How can I be a host site for the FPL SolarNow™ program?

  • FPL SolarNow projects will be built in public community locations such as city / county parks, zoos and museums. Private businesses are not eligible to serve as host locations. However, they can choose to participate in the program by contributing $9 through the monthly FPL bill.

How long would it take for my site to participate as a host location?

  • Customer enrollment in the program will dictate the number of solar projects we build and when we build them. FPL is currently providing the initial funding for the first few solar arrays to demonstrate our commitment to this initiative in anticipation of customers signing up. More solar projects will be built as more customers enroll in the program.

How did you select the first sites for construction?

We are partnering with communities that are committed to advancing the use of clean solar energy in Florida and are proactively engaging with those who have expressed interest. We are also conducting outreach efforts to identify locations that fit the preferred site requirements including:

  • Allow for easy public access
  • Have ample space to support solar canopy structures
  • Are in an area that is free of shading from trees, buildings, and other structures

Shouldn’t FPL be building these solar canopies on their own? Why is FPL asking customers to pay?

  • FPL has long been a leader in clean energy and is committed to advancing the use of solar energy in Florida. FPL continues to invest in local Florida communities and depending on where you live, it’s likely that a school or other educational facility like a museum or a zoo near you is either producing solar energy now, or will be very soon. FPL has installed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at more than 100 sites across 23 counties to give students and communities hands-on experience with renewable energy.
  • Additionally, by the end of 2016, FPL is tripling the amount of solar energy we produce by adding 1 million solar power panels at three new large solar energy centers, moving clean solar forward in Florida. They will join FPL’s existing solar energy centers that are already producing clean electricity for thousands of homes and businesses.
  • The FPL SolarNow program provides customers who may not have the ability or desire to install their own solar systems, but care about preserving and protecting the environment, an easy way to support the development of solar canopies to help bring more clean solar energy to their communities, faster.  

With my participation, do I get solar power at my home or meter?

  • No, the clean, renewable energy generated from these assets flows to the grid and will benefit the entire community.

If I participate in FPL SolarNow, FPL’s voluntary solar partnership program, will it reduce my FPL electric bills?

  • No, participants will not see a reduction on their FPL electric bill. The program is created to provide customers with an easy way to support the development of solar canopies to help bring clean solar energy to their communities, faster.
  • Clean, renewable energy generated from these assets flows to the grid and benefits the entire community.

Is my $9 monthly contribution to the FPL SolarNow™ program tax deductible?

  • Your $9 monthly FPL SolarNowcontribution is not tax-deductible, because FPL is not a tax-exempt organization. FPL SolarNow contributions will support the construction and operation of solar assets throughout the community, increasing the renewable generation in Florida’s power resource portfolio. 

Why doesn’t FPL already provide clean solar energy?

  • FPL is the leading clean energy provider in Florida, and one of the cleanest in the nation. Depending on where you live in Florida, it’s likely that a school or other educational facility like a museum or a zoo near you is either producing solar energy now, or will be very soon. FPL has installed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at more than 100 sites across 23 counties to give students and communities hands-on experience with renewable energy.
  • By the end of 2016, FPL is tripling the amount of solar energy it produces by adding more than 1 million solar power panels at three new solar energy centers, moving solar forward in Florida. They will join FPL’s three existing solar energy centers that are already producing clean electricity for thousands of homes and businesses.
  • FPL continues to explore technologies to find new ways to change Florida’s energy future for the better.


Learn more about our three large-scale solar energy centers, and other ways FPL is moving solar energy forward.

How does clean solar energy benefit the environment and help my community?

  • Advantage of solar power is that no pollution is created in the process of generating electricity. Solar Energy is clean, renewable and sustainable, helping to protect our environment.
  • Solar energy does not pollute our air or contribute to global warming, acid rain or smog. It actively contributes to the reduction of harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about how FPL is producing affordable, clean energy.

How do I know that I am really supporting the development of solar canopies?

  • Each quarter, participants will receive a newsletter to keep them updated on solar project progress including the amount of electricity produced and all that FPL is doing to advance affordable, clean solar energy in Florida.
  • Additionally, at any time, participants will be able to go to the program website for updates.

Does FPL offer solar PV rebates for businesses?

  • Earlier this year, FPL opened the application period for the last year of a 5-year solar pilot program, including rebates for photovoltaic solar applications on homes and businesses. All rebate reservations for solar PV were issued first-come, first-served and are no longer available.
  • For customers who want to further help promote solar in Florida without the cost of owning and maintaining a system, the new FPL SolarNowprogram provides an easy way to support the development of solar projects in community locations. Customers can participate in this program through a voluntary contribution of $9 a month on the bill and FPL will install, operate and maintain that are open to the public such as zoos, parks and museums.

Does FPL benefit financially from this program?

  • No. FPL’s motivation behind the voluntary solar program is not financial. To demonstrate our intent to partner with participating customers, we have made two important and special commitments that go above and beyond the normal Florida Public Service Commission rate-setting process:
    • NextEra Energy, Inc., FPL’s parent company, will contribute through its charitable foundation (NEE Foundation) a total of $200,000 per year during the pilot period to local, Florida-based non-profit organizations. This contribution approximates the financial benefit FPL SolarNow™, FPL’s voluntary solar partnership program, could generate.
    • Additionally, we are limiting the amount of marketing and administrative expenses that will be charged to the program.

How are the non-profit organizations selected? Can I get the non-profit I support added to the list? How will I know that the non-profit I selected is getting some of the contribution?

  • FPL supports a variety of non-profit organizations throughout the communities we serve, including many dedicated to environmental protection and community development. The non-profits selected to participate in this program are well-respected by our customers and have broad reach in our service territory. At this time, no additional non-profits are being added.  
  • The amount of contribution that each non-profit receives from the NEE Foundation will be proportionate to the selections made by FPL SolarNow participants during the year. That information will be communicated in the FPL SolarNow quarterly newsletter.

Does my $9 go toward the contribution given to the non-profit organization?

  • Customer’s contribution will be used to support the construction and operation of solar energy projects in local Florida communities.
  • Customers’ monthly contribution will not go toward the contribution given to the non-profit organizations, or customer incentives and program offers.

How do I sign up for the FPL SolarNow voluntary partnership program? How am I billed?

  • Customers can sign up to actively participate any time after May 1, 2015 by visiting the program website.
  • Once enrollment has been confirmed, the program will appear on each participant’s FPL electric bill as an additional line item, one billing cycle later. The line item will read Voluntary Solar Program and will contain a $9 charge.
  • Participants can view and pay their FPL electric bill at any time by logging in to their myFPL account

What happens after I activate my enrollment?

  • Within one business day, participants will receive an email confirming their enrollment.
  • The program will appear on each participant’s FPL electric bill as an additional line item, one billing cycle later. The line item will read Voluntary Solar Program and will contain a $9 charge.

What happens if I want to cancel my participation? How do I cancel?

  • Participation is voluntary. You can cancel at any time, with no penalties. Cancel online or by calling:
    • Residential customers: 1-800-342-5375 (800-DIAL FPL)
    • Business customers: 1-800-375-2434

What are the FPL SolarNow, FPL’s voluntary solar partnership program terms and conditions?

Please refer to FPL SolarNow, FPL's voluntary solar partnership program Terms & Conditions for complete information.