Solar Energy

Solar energy is a carbon free, renewable, versatile, and burgeoning energy source. The sun’s warmth, or thermal energy, can be harnessed to heat things like water, or the sun’s light can be harnessed to create electricity using photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. As of June 2020, there are 4.7 MW of solar PV installations citywide1. City of Miami is considered a “solar builder”2 with 5 to 25 watts of solar PV installed per person and is now working hard to make it faster, easier, and more affordable for our residents and businesses to install solar energy systems.


If you are considering a solar energy project (residential or commercial), use the resources on this page to get your project started.  

Find an Installer

City of Miami does not endorse any one installer.


Cost and Savings Calculator

Information on average cost, estimates on payback period, and more helpful information.

Get a Solar Permit

Solar permits are both expedited and free!


A solar co-op is a group of homeowners that bundle their buying power to secure a volume discount on rooftop solar PV systems. They use free-market principles to solicit competitive bids from area solar installers in order to secure the best price, and ensure a quality product.

 Learn more about Solar United Neighbors of Florida

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a financing mechanism that operates through local providers in order to enable low-cost, long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, and wind hardening projects.  PACE financing is repaid as an assessment on the property’s regular tax bill. PACE can be used for commercial and residential properties. It is strongly suggested that you fully understand the costs and benefits of the contract to determine if PACE is worthwhile and affordable for you. The City offers PACE, however this is not the only financing option.

City of Miami works with the following providers:

Florida Solar Laws

Florida law forbids any entity- including homeowner associations- from prohibiting the installation of solar or other renewable energy devices on Florida buildings. An association may require approval of a system installation, and may establish restrictions for installations. However, any such restrictions must be reasonable, not arbitrary, and applied in a uniform manner for all association members. Also, any restrictions must not have the effect of impairing the performance or increasing the cost of a solar system.

In particular, a homeowner association may not prevent the installation of solar collectors on the roof of a home. The association may determine where on the roof the collectors may be installed, so long as the collectors face within 45 degrees of due south. Finally, any requirement(s) that a system be screened from view by trees, fences, ground mounting racks, or a remote roof location that is hidden from the street, will generally violate the statute: Title XI 163.04


What is Net Metering?

In Florida, net metering rules were adopted in 2008. Net metering allows utility customers who connect approved, renewable generation systems – such as solar photovoltaic system – to the electric grid to sell electricity back to the utility company up to 2MW.

When customers generate electricity from their solar array for their home or business it may reduce the amount of energy they need to purchase from the utility and may lower their monthly electricity bills. If their system produces more energy than they need, the excess power is sold back to the grid. That amount of energy is deducted from their monthly bill or credited toward a future bill in the same calendar year.

To be eligible, a home or business owner needs to apply with the utility company and have their electric meter replaced with one that measures excess power supplied to the grid. For more information: Title XXVII 366.91

Learn about the residential solar installation process with this Consumer Guide 


Read the Clean Energy Consumer Bill of Rights

The Clean Energy Consumer Bill of Rights covers  consumer relationships with utilities, third-party providers and sellers, access to the utility grid,  and access to electricity consumption data.