Cost of solar in Nashville, TN

Electricity Consumption in Nashville

Electricity Consumption by Tennessee residents averages 1278 kWh per month. It ranks #45 in the nation for savings from installing solar panels on the home.

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Solar power in Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville Electric Service (NES) unfortunately doesn’t have a net metering program. However, NES offers its customers the opportunity to take advantage of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Green Power Providers program. When customers install a solar energy system that is less than 10 kilowatts in size, TVA will pay $0.09 for every kilowatt hour of energy that the system generates. In return, TVA will retain the rights to all renewable energy credits created by the system. This means extra money in your pocket, just from your solar system producing energy! However, this program closes on December 31, 2019, so the sooner you install solar, the better! 

Nashville residents can reduce the upfront costs of solar installations by taking advantage of the 30% federal tax credit. The tax credit is equal to 30% of the costs associated with installing a solar system. This, plus the Green Power Providers program, creates a recipe for great savings on solar panels in Tennessee! 

Even if you are not convinced about solar we recommend that at the very least you use the solar panel calculator for Nashville to find out:

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Solar power in Tennessee

The average cost of installing residential solar panels in Nashville, Tennessee in 2020 is $2.56 per watt. The average system size in the US is 6 kilowatts, which means the average price of a solar system in Nashville, TN is $12,800. (before claiming 26% tax credit and other rebates)

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Facts about installing a 11.35kW solar system in Nashville, TN

This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $160, however your situation may vary so try our Nashville solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.


Net cost of system
Cash - after 26% solar tax credit

7 Years 11 Months

Average payback time


Annual power production


levilized cost of solar energy


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The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years

Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of this 11.35kW system

Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years


(Prices shown after repayments of capital)



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Average total cost of solar panel installation in Tennessee

System Size Cash purchase
After 26% solar tax credit
Financed purchase
After 26% solar tax credit
3kw $6,438 $6,953
4kw $8,258 $8,919
5kw $9,916 $10,709
6kw $11,366 $12,276
7kw $12,691 $13,706
8kw $13,853 $14,961
9kw $14,852 $16,040
10kw $15,688 $16,943


Going solar in Tennessee

Check out all of the ways energy providers of Tennessee 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
Green Energy Property Tax Assessment State Property Tax Incentive

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