We are reaching out to clients of Brilliant Harvest to see how their solar arrays fared during and after Hurricane Irma. We have been tracking things online and nearly every system seems to be functioning properly but we wanted to check in to see if there were any issues with your solar array, any damage Read More >

As anxious Floridians carefully track the path of Hurricane Irma, we have been getting a lot of questions about hurricane preparations for those who have solar energy systems on their home or business. Most of these questions relate to the durability of solar panels and what actions those who have solar power should take in Read More >

If you already installed a solar power system, then you have probably already benefited from the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Signed in December 2015, the legislation extended the expiration date for a 30% federal tax credit – also known as the investment tax credit (ITC) – for installing PV and solar thermal technologies. If you have Read More >

Bill Johnson, president of Brilliant Harvest, LLC, has been elected to the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association (FlaSEIA) 2017-2019 board of directors. Since its founding in 1977, FlaSEIA has been dedicated to protecting and promoting the interests of the solar energy industry in Florida. This longevity, along with stringent contractor licensure and system certification standards, Read More >

So you’ve taken the leap, installed a solar power system and flipped the switch. You are now enjoying low (or no) power bills and the satisfaction that comes from knowing you have reduced your reliance on fossil fuels. But you will probably have questions about your system, important questions such as: How much energy is Read More >

Solar Power Financing

For some home or business owners, there may be a desire to install a solar power system but the funds aren’t available to purchase it outright and impediments to financing – such as a lack of equity or past bad credit – keep the opportunity out of reach. A new avenue for financing called PACE Read More >

When Florida voters – 74%, or nearly 2 million of them – voted “yes” on Amendment 4 last year, we celebrated joyously. This measure would exempt solar and wind energy devices from being added to a property’s assessed value for property tax purposes for businesses. It would also remove Florida’s “tangible personal property tax,” which Read More >

By Bill Johnson, President, Brilliant Harvest Sarasota Solar Co-Op Initiative By now, you’ve probably heard about the new Sarasota Solar Co-Op initiative. The co-op program is co-sponsored by a coalition including environmental, advocacy and social action groups, and supported by two local foundations. All homeowners in Sarasota are eligible to participate. I’ve been asked by a Read More >

Environmental Stewardship and Energy Security 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 Read More >

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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!  

Tesla Powerwall 2.0 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 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 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 secure, reliable, renewable Read More >

  Brilliant Harvest, LLC is proud to announce that it is an official Tesla Energy 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: When the 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 >

solar panels installation

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 >

Sarasota Solar Panels

What key points should a homeowner consider when comparing solar panels? The key factors to consider when comparing Sarasota 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 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 >

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