For Rotraut Bockstahler and her husband, Larry, environmental stewardship and energy security have driven their energy choices. The couple has an 8.32 kW solar array, nothing too flashy – but the cool factor jumps to 11 once you check out the Tesla Powerwall 1.0 home battery in the garage. The Bockstahlers installed solar on their Read More >

It was a warm and engaged crowd as Brilliant Harvest hosted the holiday edition of Sarasota Green Drinks. Attendees enjoyed craft beer, light appetizers and a brief talk and Q&A with Brilliant Harvest president Bill Johnson. Thanks to all who attended!  

The Tesla Powerwall 2.0 is officially here and making an even bigger splash in the home energy market than its first-generation predecessor. It can be indoor/outdoor, wall or floor-mounted, holds 13.5 kWhs per battery, will power a continuous 5 kW of energy and surge to 7 kW, you can stack NINE batteries per inverter … Read More >

While we may have won a major battle in defeating the anti-solar measure, Amendment 1, in the November election, the battle over solar is far from over in Florida. Our state is third in the nation in solar potential but we rank a woeful fourteenth in installed capacity. Advocates of clean, renewable energy need to Read More >

We wanted to share some important information with you. We ask that you share this with everyone you know – Amendment 1 could mean the end of the solar industry in Florida! Utilities are trying to limit the expansion of solar in Florida in order to preserve their monopoly on electricity sales and limit customer-owned solar. Read More >

Tesla Powerwall

Brilliant Harvest, LLC is proud to announce that it is an official Tesla Energy Authorized Reseller and Certified Installer, meaning we are now able to procure and install the revolutionary Tesla Powerwall home battery in homes and businesses throughout our region. With the Tesla Powerwall home battery and your solar photovoltaic system, you can enjoy Read More >

Brilliant Harvest, LLC is proud to announce that it is an official Tesla Energy Authorized Reseller and Certified Installer, meaning we are now able to procure and install the revolutionary Tesla Powerwall home battery in homes and businesses throughout our region. We’d like to explain here the key capabilities of the Tesla Powerwall: Backup Power: Read More >

When you are considering installing a solar energy system on your home, this is quite possibly the most important question you can ask. There are a number of factors that can help guide you in hiring a trustworthy solar installer; let’s go through some of the most important. Seek Recommendations and Consumer Reviews Word of Read More >

If you have a solar energy system, then you are the beneficiary of net metering. If you’re not quite sure what that means, we’re happy to explain. In Florida, net metering rules were adopted in 2008. Net metering allows utility customers who connect approved, renewable generation systems – such as solar panels – to the Read More >

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If you are reading this, it’s likely that you want to know more about solar power than just the basics. The basic concept is that sunlight hits solar cells, the solar panel converts sunlight into electricity, electricity powers your home, and your utility bills decrease. So here is a little more detail on how that Read More >

Bill Johnson, founder and president of Brilliant Harvest, LLC has earned his certification as a solar PV (photovoltaic) installer from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). This certification is the highest professional certification that can be earned in the solar energy industry and puts Johnson into an elite group: there are currently Read More >

What key points should a homeowner consider when comparing solar panels? The key factors to consider when comparing solar panels are performance (they should produce the power that the rating leads you to expect), quality, durability and beneficial warranty terms. Aesthetics can also play a role in a consumer’s decision-making process. While online research should Read More >

We are often asked about the cost of installing solar on someone’s home or business. For someone considering installing a solar power system on their home or business, the upfront cost can feel intimidating. Even with the federal tax credit of 30%, a homeowner might be looking at an investment of $15,000-$20,000 for a 10kW Read More >

Deciding whether or not to install a solar energy system on your home or business is a big decision, one with a number of factors you should consider. Cost, system size, reputation of the contractor, and the return on investment are just a few of the issues that need to be weighed before going solar. At Read More >

In November, Brilliant Harvest announced a charitable incentive to go solar: we pledged to donate $1,000 to the Sarasota Audubon Society (SAS) for every Audubon Society member who purchased a 10kW solar electric system on their home or business. The original deadline was January 9, the grand opening date of the new Nature Center at the Celery Fields. Read More >

We are asked all the time about the factors that can impact the energy output of a solar array. Geography is certainly one of the top factors. With approximately two-thirds of its days per year being sunny, Florida ranks third in the nation for rooftop solar potential (due to its solar resources and its population). Read More >

Through January 9, 2016, we have pledged to donate $1,000 to the Sarasota Audubon Society for every Audubon member who purchases a 10kW solar electric system on their home or business. We are doing this to celebrate the grand opening of the Audubon Society’s new Nature Center on January 9. We installed the solar array Read More >

This is a very common question when people talk to us about solar energy. No matter what type of roof you have, Brilliant Harvest exceed Florida’s tough wind load standards. There is almost no greater challenge to building in Florida than addressing the threat or actual instances of dangerously high winds; making sure the solar Read More >

By Bill Johnson President, Brilliant Harvest, LLC When it comes to electricity, Florida consumers do not have a choice. The sale of electricity is centrally controlled by the Florida Public Service Commission, with only one state-sanctioned utility company allowed to sell electricity in any given geographic region. Consumer choice is what drives our economy forward Read More >