What is the FPL SolarTogether program?

FPL SolarTogether is a voluntary solar program that would allow all FPL customers, whether you own or rent your home or business premises, an opportunity to directly participate in the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy for a fixed monthly subscription cost while receiving bill credits on your monthly FPL bill. Credits will increase the longer you are in the program, reducing your bill over time.

Why is FPL offering this new program?

FPL is committed to advancing the use of clean solar energy in Florida. The FPL SolarTogether program would provide customers who care about protecting the environment but may not have the ability or desire to install their own solar systems, with an affordable and accessible alternative to participate in the economic and environmental benefits of solar while directly supporting the expansion of solar energy in Florida.

Who can participate in FPL SolarTogether?

All FPL customers are eligible to participate, regardless of whether they own or rent their residence or business.

Will FPL be installing panels on my roof?

No, panels will not be installed on your roof or on your property. Under the FPL SolarTogether program, FPL would build, maintain and operate twenty solar power plants dedicated to the program. Participants will share in the economic and environmental benefits of Florida-based, large-scale solar power plants.

How much solar energy can I subscribe?

  • As a participant in the FPL SolarTogether program, you can choose to have up to 100% of your average annual energy usage to come from solar, for a fixed monthly subscription cost. And, receive monthly bill credits for your share of the solar energy produced.
  • Your monthly subscription cost and subscription credit will appear as individual line items on your monthly FPL bill.

When can I expect to see this program lower my monthly FPL bill?

  • As a participant, you will pay a fixed subscription cost and receive credits for your share of the solar energy generated by the solar power plants.
  • Initially, we expect that you will see a slight increase in your monthly FPL bill before you realize a net bill reduction within 3 to 5 years.
  • Assuming typical Florida weather, we estimate that you could achieve simple payback within 7 years.
  • Simple payback is the point at which your subscription credit is more than your initial subscription cost.

How will the program appear on my bill?

Your program’s subscription cost and credit will appear as two individual line items on your monthly FPL bill, so you can easily see the impact and savings of your subscription.

When will billing begin for FPL customers who enroll in the program?

  • Projected billing dates will start after the solar power plants are scheduled to come online. Construction has already begun on six of the solar power plants with a projected billing date in early 2020.

With my participation, will the solar energy produced through the program be delivered directly to my residence or business?

  • No, the power generated through the FPL SolarTogether program would be delivered directly to the energy grid, where it is combined with power generated from conventional energy sources in FPL’s system.
  • As a participant, you would receive program benefits in the form of monthly bill credits on your FPL bill for your share of the solar energy generated. Credits will increase the longer you are in the program, reducing your bill over time.

 

What if I move – is my FPL SolarTogether subscription transferable?

Yes, your subscription is transferable as long as you move to another location within FPL’s service territory and the account remains under the same name.

When will I be able to enroll in the program?

If the FPL SolarTogether program is approved by the PSC, we anticipate offering open enrollment for all FPL customers in early 2020.

How will I know if I will get the total subscription amount I'm requesting?

Subscription requests will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon completion of the enrollment process, you will receive a confirmation email or letter detailing your subscription details, including subscription level, monthly subscription cost, and projected billing date.

After I enroll in FPL SolarTogether, can I unsubscribe or change my subscription?

  • At the first billing cycle of the program, customers can unsubscribe from the program and will not be able to re-enroll for a 12-month period and enrollment will be subject to subscription availability. 
  • You may elect to reduce your subscription at any time, after your first billing cycle in the program.
  • You may increase your subscription amount once per year within 30 days following your enrollment anniversary date.
  • If your subscription request status is reserved, you will be able to unsubscribe or change from the program, up to 30 days prior to your confirmed projected billing date.

What does the monthly subscription charge represent?

  • Your monthly subscription cost is a fixed dollar amount per kilowatt subscribed. This cost reflects the costs related to construction and operation and maintenance of the solar plants we build dedicated to the program, leveled over thirty years.
  • Your monthly subscription cost will be fixed and remain the same for as long as you are in the program.

What does the subscription credit represent?

  • Your subscription credit represents your share of the solar energy generated by the solar power plants.
  • The amount of subscription credit received each month is based on your subscription level, length of time in the program and the amount of energy generated by the solar power plants. Your credits will increase the longer you are in the program, reducing your bill over time.

How does enrolling impact my electric rate structure, time of use, demand charges, and/or load control credits?

  • Enrolling in the FPL SolarTogether program will have no impact on your existing electric rate structure, time of use charges and/or demand charges.
  • Enrolling will not change in any way the number of kWh you consume on a monthly basis.

 

Where will FPL build the new solar power plants dedicated to the FPL SolarTogether program?

  • FPL would build, operate and maintain twenty new solar power plants throughout the FPL’s service territory over the next two years to meet anticipated customer enrollment.
  • Construction has already begun on six of the solar power plants.

How is FPL SolarTogether different from the FPL SolarNow™ program?

  • FPL SolarTogether and FPL SolarNow are two distinct programs. The FPL SolarNow program enables participating customers to support the installation of small solar arrays in local communities throughout Florida, such as parks, zoos and museums, and further the education of solar generation.
  • FPL SolarTogether would provide all FPL customers with an alternative option to participate in the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy while earning monthly bill credits on their FPL. Credits will increase the longer you are in the program, reducing your bill over time.

Will participants in FPL SolarNow be impacted by this new program?

No, FPL SolarNow will not be impacted by this new program. Customers can remain enrolled in FPL SolarNow and are also eligible to participate in FPL SolarTogether.

How does FPL SolarTogether compare to private (rooftop) solar?

  • FPL supports private solar, and we continue to work with our customers who choose private solar and their installers to help ensure the safe interconnection of their systems.
  • The FPL SolarTogether program provides all customers with an affordable and accessible solar option. Customers will not be bound to a long-term contract, financing, equipment or termination fees. Your subscription is also transferable if you move within FPL’s service territory.

FPL already has many universal solar plants operating – why is this new program needed?

The program gives those who cannot afford, do not want to install, or are unable to install rooftop solar an alternative option for participating in solar and sharing in its benefits.

What if the program is not approved by the PSC?

  • While we remain optimistic that the PSC will see the value in this program and provide approval later this year, there is always the chance that the program may not be approved due to third-party organizations trying to derail the progress of this great program for their own benefit. In that unfortunate situation, customers would no longer be able to participate in FPL SolarTogether which is intended to provide an alternative solution for participating customers to benefit from the economic and environmental attributes associated with solar energy.
  • You can sign up for updates on the program, including the timeline for approval and next steps, at  www.fpl.com/solartogether.

As a participant in the FPL SolarTogether program, am I able to obtain the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)?

  • Yes. During the enrollment process, you may elect to have the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) retired on your behalf.
  • FPL will provide you with the appropriate documentation if REC retirement is elected.