Solar panels Georgia:

Prices, incentives and best companies 2021

Avg GA solar panel cost:

$9,907 - $12,109*

Avg 25 year savings:

$43,660 - $53,362

Avg payback period:

5.5 - 6.8 years

Estimate cost and savings based on your location and power usage

* Cost data based on quotes for fully-installed solar panel systems submitted on our platform. Prices are shown after applying the 26% federal tax credit.

Georgia solar panels guide 2021

Updated August 18, 2020

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 prices, savings and payback in your part of Georgia

The average cost for an installed residential solar system in Georgia is currently $10,359 after claiming the 26% federal solar tax credit. This is $2.33 per watt. However, there is some variance in solar prices in different parts of the state. The graph below shows the average cost of installed solar systems in your part of the state.

Cost range of local prices

$9,907-$12,109

Net profit (savings less system cost)

$43,660-$53,362

Payback period

5.5-6.8 years

Recommended size for the selected utility bill

5.3kW

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Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of a 5.3kW system

Are solar panels worth it in Georgia

Solar panels have fallen in price by more than 80% in the last ten years. In 2020 they also remain subsidized by the 26% federal tax credit and the net metering law, making them an excellent investment. They offer a return well above the long term average return from both the share market and also property investment.

Another way to look at this question is the levelized amount you will pay for each kWh of power you will use over the next 25 years with and without solar panels. As you can see below the savings are significant.

Levelized cost of solar energy
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Levelized cost per kWh is the cost of the solar system divided by the total number of kWh produced by a solar system over it’s lifetime

5¢ /kWh

If you don't get solar

28¢ /kWh

(forecast avg Georgia electric rates over the next 25 years)

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Best 10 solar installers in your part of Georgia

 

Georgia solar incentives & tax credits

Federal solar tax credit

The most significant incentive to install solar panels for homes and businesses in Georgia is the federal solar tax credit. At the end of 2020, the amount of the credit will decrease from 26% to 22% of the cost of the solar installation. 

Because home and business owners want to get the largest incentive amount possible, solar panel installation companies will likely be flooded with new projects before year’s end. In order to maximize your savings potential, the best time to go solar in Georgia is now.

Net metering

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.

However, 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!

Table 2: Available incentive programs
Eligibility: Federal incentive
Type: Personal Tax Credit
Eligibility: Utility incentive
Type: Rebate Program

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Top models of solar panel installed in Georgia 2021

Average cost of solar panel installation in Georgia by system size

System size*
Cash purchase

(After tax credit)

Financed purchase

(After tax credit)

4kW $10,196 $10,910
5kW $12,205 $13,059
6kW $13,998 $14,978
7kW $16,142 $17,272
8kW $18,560 $19,859
9kW $20,349 $21,773
10kW $22,340 $23,904

Best solar companies in the main cities of Georgia

Different types of solar companies

Solar company reviews

Home solar basics

Is it better to lease or buy solar panels in Georgia

You will save most money by buying your solar system rather than leasing it. Read more about the pros and cons of leasing vs buying solar.

How long do solar panels last?

Minimum of 25 years but generally 30 or more

How do solar panels work on a home?

Solar panels power your house when they can but your home uses the utility company for power at other times. In 2021 "solar systems with battery storage" are becoming more popular. These are known as hybrid systems.

How do solar panels work?

Grid-tied solar system

A grid-tied system is the most common type of solar system. It has no solar battery for backup power and utilizes net metering to maximize savings. Solar panels are mounted on your roof then wired together, and the power generated flows into an inverter where direct current (DC) electricity is converted into alternating current (AC) electricity. This electricity is either used by your home or is exported to the utility grid.

Hybrid solar system

In hybrid solar systems, rooftop solar panels are connected to both a solar battery and the electric grid. The solar electricity generated by your panels that your home does not use is stored in the battery instead of being sent to the grid, which reduces your reliance on the utility while also providing backup power when needed. Battery storage is still expensive but you may be able to reduce costs by using state incentives.

Off-grid solar system

Off-grid solar systems are not connected to the grid at all, so all of your energy needs must be met by the sun. There is no utility to fall back on. The solar installation needs to power your home not only during the day, but after dark as well, so many solar panels and a large battery system are required. These systems are often expensive and don’t make sense for homes that have access to the grid.

Read more about types of home solar systems.

Do solar panels require regular maintenance?

No, but cleaning them can improve power generation if they are dirty.

Will residential solar power system cost fall in Georgia in 2021?

Given this environment, and the effect of import tariffs placed on solar panels by the Trump administration during 2018, it is hard to see that solar power system prices in Georgia will fall during 2021.

How much electricity do solar panel systems generate in Georgia?

Depending on the location, solar panels will generate different amounts of electricity.

A solar system that is installed on a south-facing 23-degree pitch roof Georgia will generate 1,460kWh of peak DC (direct current) capacity per year per 1kW in Georgia.

Enter your details into the solar panel calculator to see how your location, roof tilt, and roof direction impacts solar panel production.

What are the pros and cons of installing solar panels 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.

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 get from installing solar panels for your home.

What you can learn from our state solar panel 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.

Note: 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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