What Should You Pay For Solar In Georgia?

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Solar power in Georgia

Despite the excellent sun exposure enjoyed by Georgia the distributed solar sector has struggled to gain traction.

The first reason for this is that Georgia has relatively cheap power with an average retail cost of power of only 10 cents per kWh. The second reason is that there have been inconsistent and underfunded policies to support solar.


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Solar power in Georgia

Georgia solar power facts


Average cost of a 5kw solar power system in 2019
Price shown before incentives

8 Years 1 Month

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

$3.35 per watt

Cash purchased solar system
Before 30% solar tax credit

$3.74 per watt

Financed solar system
Before 30% 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

If you chose not to buy solar you're going to spend the same amount on power over the next 7-8 years but if you do purchase solar this year in 2025 you will have 18 years of free power. Also remember the incentives and payback times in certain parts of Georgia are much better and power production from solar panels is higher than other states when compared to Georgia. Enter your details to calculate the cost and savings you are likely to get from installing solar panels for your home.

The incentives are a bit worse than a lot of regions in the United States.

However, the incentives available still make solar a worth while investment.

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 whilst 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

The major incentive available for solar systems in Georgia is the 30% federal solar tax credit.

The areas in the north of the state in the TVA service area have a $1,000 rebate and a bonus payment of $0.04 cents per kWh.

Even so the return you get from going solar in Georgia is likely to be around the 10% mark and at this level it seems crazy that people prefer to have their money in the bank at 1% rather than in a solar system on their roof that returns 10%.

Some Georgians that are lucky enough to live in the Jackson EMC power territory can do much better because of the - Right Choice Sun Power Rebate Program. This program offers up to $4,500 towards the cost of a solar power system for your home and can reduce the payback period from your solar to 7-8 years.

Similarly those that are customers of Central Georgia EMC - can get a similar rebate through their Photovoltaic Rebate Program.

In this example whether you do or don't buy solar you will spend the same amount on power over the next 7-8 years but if you do buy solar in 2017 then in 2025 you will be looking forward to 18 years of living with no power bill.

When you put it that way you are mad not to buy solar while the 30% federal solar tax credit remains available.

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.


You can either use our full monthly solar calculator that shows you everything you could possibly want to know or you can use one of our range of smaller calculators for specific solar calculations that focus on providing you only with the specific information you 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 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.

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