Customers

The Solar Price Plan is for residential customers who choose to produce some of their own energy using rooftop solar.
All new solar customers are required to be on the Solar Price Plan.

Before deciding to install a solar electric system, it is important to review the financial implications and get a sense for the total out-of-pocket cost you might expect to pay. Both set and variable costs will contribute to this total amount.

  • Set costs are those associated with a system. This amount will vary depending on whether you purchase the system outright, obtain a loan or lease the system. Examine all of your options in order to choose the right system and the financing method that best fits with your lifestyle.
  • Variable costs are those associated with your bill on Lakeland Electric’s Solar Price Plan which is the price plan for residential customers who choose to produce some of their own electricity using rooftop solar or other means.

To help estimate the variable costs, check out our Solar Calculator above.

Do note that certain factors may affect these costs. For example, the size of your roof and its orientation as well as other factors like shading from trees can result in purchasing more or less energy than expected, thus affecting your monthly costs.

These additional links may help you determine if your house is a good candidate for solar: 
*Sun Number
*Project Sunroof

*These sites are independent of Lakeland Electric. They are estimates only. Their results may vary from our solar calculator results. These sites are only an additional reference and not guaranteed by Lakeland Electric.

If you decide that a solar electric system is right for you, there are a couple things you need to know:

  • A list of standards has been approved by nationally recognized professional organizations that address the design, installation, and operation of solar PV systems. It is the customer's responsibility to ensure compliance with such standards.
  • These standards and utility terms for interconnection and net metering are specified in two separate documents titled:

(a) "Agreement for parallel connection of a small sized photo-voltaic generator with the City of Lakeland’s Electric Distribution System." Residential Customers
(b) “Agreement for parallel connection of a medium sized photo-voltaic generator with the City of Lakeland’s Electric Distribution System.” Commercial Customers

Any customer, whether residential or commercial, who wishes to participate in the program is required to review, sign and abide by the requirements of one of these agreements.

Our solar process is designed to review equipment to ensure it meets the proper specifications, codes and UL listings. Keeping your home safe is just one of the things we want to assist with as you consider a solar installation.

Once you have determined that installing a solar electric system makes sense, you will need to select a licensed solar electric dealer and installer. Once selected, your contractor will help you complete and comply with the photo-voltaic generator agreement. Beware of any contractor that is not willing to help you comply with this agreement. 

Need more information? We’re always here to help, just send us a note and we’ll walk you through the process and answer your questions:

All requests for PV interconnection
< 10kw (limit) residential should be referred to:
Bryan Morrison - Engineer I
Bryan.Morrison@lakelandelectric.com

All requests for PV interconnection
10 < 500kw commercial should be referred to:
Jordan Faison, Engineer I
Jordan.Faison@lakelandelectric.com

All inquiries on “Net Metering” / “RSD” questions should be referred to:
Manager of Energy & Business Services
John.Adkinson@lakelandelectric.com

Solar Price Plan

The Solar Price Plan is the price plan for residential customers who choose to produce some of their own energy using rooftop solar. The plan encourages customers to shift their energy usage away from peak times. Customers who are able to avoid large demands during peak times can save significant money with a much lower energy rate during the rest of the day.

How Does It Work?

The Solar Price Plan is a combination of two parts:
1.) A demand charge applied during a peak period
2.) A lower energy rate than the standard plan

A demand charge is applied based on your single highest energy usage during peak times over a billing period. The demand charge is $5.27 per kilowatt. For example, if your highest usage during a peak period for a month is 5 kilowatts, your demand charge would be $26.35.

All your energy for the month is billed at $0.2427 per kilowatt hour (kWh) regardless of when it is used. This rate is less than half what you would pay on the standard plan.

Rate Tariff

Understanding demand

Demand is the amount of power needed to supply every electrical device running in your home at a specific point in time.

Think about it like your Internet service. When one person streams a movie or television show on a device in your home, the stream works perfectly. But as additional people in your home attempt to stream video at the same time, more bandwidth is needed.

Electricity demand is similar. As more appliances in your home run simultaneously, your demand for power increases. For example, ten 100-watt light bulbs demand 1,000-watts (1 kilowatt) of electricity (10x100) to stay lit.

Certain appliances – such as HVAC units, electric ovens and clothes dryers – demand significant power from the grid. That's why not running them at the same time is important to minimize the Demand Charge.

The graphic below illustrates this concept, and why managing demand has a positive effect on the power grid.




Peak Times

In the wintertime (Nov. through March) the On-Peak hours are 6:01 am – 10:00 am weekdays.
In the summertime (April through Oct.) the On-Peak hours are 1:01 pm – 8:00pm weekdays.

Major holidays and weekends are excluded from the peak times.

Why is a Solar Price Plan necessary?

Peaks in usage are a major challenge for all utility companies. Lakeland Electric must maintain the ability to generate and deliver enough electricity to meet these peak periods, but that infrastructure goes largely unused during the rest of the day.

Solar customers do not pay for energy or at least as much energy when the sun is shining brightly. Many even receive credits when they produce more than they use. However, they still need the grid and the power plants for when the sun isn’t shining.

By encouraging customers to shift their highest demands for energy to non-peak times, overall costs go down and everyone benefits.

Solar Net Metering

What is Net Metering?
Lakeland Electric net metering is the condition where the energy being received from a customer-owned generator is metered separately from the energy being delivered to the customer and is credited back to the customer at the full retail rate.

How does the Net Metering Program work?
Customers are charged for the metered kWh received from Lakeland Electric during each month. Customers are credited for the metered kWh sent to Lakeland Electric each month.

Lakeland Electric offers net metering to residential customers who install photovoltaic (PV) systems up to 10 kilowatts (kW) and to commercial customers who install PV systems up to 500 kW.

What is Interconnection of a PV system?
PV interconnection occurs when a solar powered generating system is installed on the customer side of the utility meter and operates alongside the utility’s electrical service to the property. The energy produced by this generator is primarily intended to offset part or all of a customer's annual electricity requirements.


Lakeland Electric customers who wish to participate in the Lakeland Electric Net Metering Program must be informed of the following:

  • A list of standards has been approved by nationally recognized professional organizations that address the design, installation, and operation of solar PV systems. It is the customer's responsibility to ensure compliance with such standards. 
  •  These standards and utility terms for interconnection and net metering are specified in two separate documents titled:

(a) "Agreement for parallel connection of a small sized photo-voltaic generator with the City of Lakeland’s Electric Distribution System."  Residential Customers
(b) “Agreement for parallel connection of a medium sized photo-voltaic generator with the City of Lakeland’s Electric Distribution System.”  Commercial Customers

Any customer, whether residential or commercial, who wishes to participate in the program is required to review, sign and abide by the requirements of one of these agreements. 

Solar Farm

Did you know Lakeland Electric has a total of 5 Solar Farms right here in Lakeland?

This means LE has the capability to generate over 15 megawatts of power, enough to power 7000 houses when the sun is shining on a summer day!

Since 1994 Lakeland Electric has been interested in utilizing alternative energy sources. Solar Panels are ideal for Florida’s sunny days and can minimize customer’s dependency on the main electric grid. Moving towards the future, Lakeland Electric hopes to increase Solar Programs with additional solar farms and customer’s personal solar panels.


This solar farm is located by the Lakeland Linder Airport in south Lakeland.

Google's Project Sunroof

Solar Potential