Louisiana ranks #42 in America for savings from installing solar panels on your home

Solar power in Louisiana

Louisiana's sun exposure is amoung the best in the country. The state is lucky in that Net Metering is available and residents are 100% exempt from all property taxes associated to the increase in their home value because of a new installed solar power system.

Louisiana residents don't have as many incentives available as some other states, but there are still plenty of reasons for homeowners to go solar.


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Solar power in Louisiana

Louisiana solar power facts


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

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Average lifetime savings
Price shown after repayments of capital


levelized cost of solar energy


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The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years


Annual power production

Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of a 9.51kW system

This 9.51kW system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill in Louisiana 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 Louisiana

$3.56 per watt

Cash purchased solar system
Before 30% solar tax credit

$4.06 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 Louisiana

The advantages of installing solar panels in Louisiana is that Net Metering and property tax exemptions are available. Not every state allows net metering so for homeowners in Louisana this is a great incentive. Net metering gives you as an owner of a residential solar system back half the retail value of every kWh (kilowatt hour) of excess power your solar system generates.

When it comes to tax exemptions, in Louisiana you are 100% exempt from all property taxes. As your home goes up in value from owning a brand new solar power system, you won't pay any property taxes associated with the increase, which will be saving you a pretty penny every year.

The disadvantage of installing solar panels is that Louisiana has the cheapest power in the country with an average retail cost of only 9 cents per kWh, which means seeing savings from a solar system could take a little longer then other states. However considering the incentives that are available, there are still plenty of great reasons to go solar in Louisiana. Enter your details to calculate the cost and savings you are likely to get from 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 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 Louisiana

Solar panels produce different amounts of energy in different locations.

Around the New Orleans area solar panels installed on a south facing 23.5 degree pitch roof will typically produce:

1,752kWh 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 Louisiana?

Good news for Louisiana residents is that homeowners who install a new solar power system are 100% exempt from all related property taxes. That's a very attractive incentive when you consider that many other states have no property tax exemptions whatsoever. From this incentive alone you'll be saving a pretty penny every year. In addition Net Metering is also available, an incentive only available in some states.



Net Metering in Louisiana

Luckily Louisiana's home and business owners are able to enjoy net metering. However as Louisiana is one of only a few states without state wide net metering standards, it means that the utility companies have full control of their net metering policy.

Many people don't understand the importance of net metering policy to the residential solar industry. Solar by its nature generates most power during the middle of the day when most people are at work or school and little power is being used in the home. Net metering for homeowners in Louisiana means that for every unit of surplus solar generated during the day you effectively get a credit for half a kilowatt hour of power purchased from the grid at another time. This gives you as an owner of a residential solar system half the retail value of every kWh (kilowatt hour) of power your solar system generates.



Simplified Louisiana Interconnection guidelines

No statewide guidelines are in place so it can be a slight headache but I wouldn't worry as your local solar pros handle all this.

Louisiana Solar Calculator

Regardless of what you want to know about the economics of installing solar panels for your home or business in Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana

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

The following programs are available:
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Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit Federal Personal Tax Credit
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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.