Georgia ranks #22 in America for savings from installing solar panels on your home

Solar power in Georgia

Last fact checked on July 23, 2019 by Catherine Lane

Despite excellent sun exposure in Georgia, the distributed solar sector has struggled to gain traction. Georgia does not have a renewable portfolio standard, therefore there is less pressure on utilities to create incentives for expanding solar. 

However, there are some utility rebates available that, when combined with the federal tax credit, can provide great savings on a residential solar system in Georgia.


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Solar power in Georgia

Georgia solar power facts


Average cost of a 5kw solar power system in 2020
Price shown before incentives

7 Years 7 Months

Average payback time


Average lifetime savings
Price shown after repayments of capital


levelized cost of solar energy


If you don't get solar
The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years


Annual power production

Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of a 8.27kW system

This 8.27kW system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill in Georgia is $150, however your situation may vary so try our solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.

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How much do solar panels cost in Georgia

$2.78 per watt

Cash purchased solar system
Before 26% solar tax credit

$3.08 per watt

Financed solar system
Before 26% solar tax credit

N/A cents/kWh

Av. 15 year term, 2.5% price escalator

What are the pros and cons of buying solar panels for your home in Georgia

The advantage of installing solar panels in Georgia is that there are utility incentives in place in order to reduce solar system installation costs. Also, the largest power provider in the state, Georgia Power, compensates customers for excess energy their solar systems produce. Not to mention, the Peach State receives more sunlight than other areas in the United States, so a system here will produce more than in other parts of the country.

SolarPowerRocks provides a great breakdown of solar incentives and policy for each state within the US.

The disadvantage of installing solar panels in Georgia is the lack of statewide solar incentives. Also, power is relatively cheap here, so the payback period is longer than it is in states with more expensive power. The state does not require utilities to offer net metering, therefore utilities don’t have to offer the full retail rate for excess energy a system produces and sends to the grid.

Enter your details to calculate the cost and savings you are likely to receive when installing solar panels for your home.

Best brands of solar panels

To find the best brands of solar panels you can use America's most trusted solar panel comparison and reviews website, SolarReviews.

However, reviews of solar panels can be a bit meaningless because most consumer owners have not had any issues and so while solar company reviews are very important when choosing solar installers they are of less use when choosing solar panels.

For more information to help you make an informed decision about this topic, I would recommend this article about buying solar panels.


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How much electricity will solar panels produce in Georgia

Solar panels produce different amounts of energy in different locations.

Around the Atlanta area solar panels installed on a south facing 23 degree pitch roof will typically produce:

1,460kWh per year per 1kw of peak DC (direct current) capacity

For more information about how your location, roof direction and roof tilt affects solar power production use the solar panels calculator and enter your zipcode below.


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What rebates, solar tax credits and other solar incentives are available in Georgia?

Tennessee Valley Authority Green Power Providers Program 

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) teamed up with a select few local power companies to provide incentives for homeowners who go solar through the Green Power Providers program. Customers install a solar energy system on their home and TVA pays 9 cents for every kilowatt hour of energy that is generated, given the system is 10 kilowatts (kW) or less in size. Through this contract, TVA receives all renewable energy credits that are produced. 

This program will close on December 31, 2019, so the sooner you install solar and apply to the program, the better!



Solar rebates in Georgia

Jackson Electric Membership Corporation and Central Georgia Electric Membership Corporation offer a rebate for their customers who install solar. Customers can receive $450 per kilowatt of solar installed on their property up to $4,500. 



Georgia Power Buy Back Program

Georgia Power will buy back excess energy that a solar system creates at a rate that is less than the retail cost of energy. Customers can participate in the program on a first-come-first-serve basis until the cumulative generating capacity equals 0.2% of Georgia Power’s annual peak demand. So, the sooner you go solar, the more likely you are to get into the program! 


Georgia Solar Calculator

Regardless of what you want to know about the economics of installing solar panels for your home or business in Georgia we have a solar calculator that can show you exactly the information your require.



What you can find out about installing solar panels in Georgia using our full monthly solar calculator

This solar calculator requires you to input your address, utility company, your average monthly power spend - It tells you:

If you want to see all of the above but also see live pricing, the three best solar deals available in your city and get binding quotes from each of these solar companies then use this Georgia solar panels calculator. This calculator requires you to also input your name and contact details because most of our 200+ installer partners will only authorize the sharing of their live solar pricing where we have validated that you are a real homeowner with a home in their service area. We respect the privacy of your data and only share your contact details with the solar companies you ask us to get binding quotes from.


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Going solar in Georgia

Check out all of the ways energy providers of Georgia can help you be more energy efficient and save money.

The following programs are available:
Incentive Name Eligibility Type
Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit Federal Personal Tax Credit
TVA - Green Power Providers - Upfront Rebate Program Utility Rebate Program
TVA - Green Power Providers - Performance-Based Incentive Utility Performance-Based Incentive
Jackson EMC - Right Choice Sun Power Rebate Program Utility Rebate Program
Central Georgia EMC - Photovoltaic Rebate Program Utility Rebate Program
Find your local rebates and incentives

Your city may have further incentives to offer. Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.