* Cost data based on quotes for fully-installed solar panel systems submitted on our platform. Prices are shown after applying the 30% federal tax credit.
Homeowners have the potential to save big on electric bills when they make the switch to solar power in Mississippi. Although the state would benefit from a stronger renewable portfolio standard to pressure utilities to offer more home solar incentives, the combination of net metering and the federal tax credit still combine for good value.
The average cost for an installed residential solar system in Mississippi is currently $11,084 after claiming the 30% federal solar tax credit. This is $2.64 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.
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Prices based on a 5.4kW system, after 30% federal tax credit
Solar panels have fallen in price by more than 80% in the last ten years. In 2022 they also remain subsidized by the 30% 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.
(forecast avg Mississippi electric rates over the next 25 years)
The most significant incentive to install solar panels for homes and businesses in Mississippi is the federal solar tax credit, which is equal to 30% of the cost to purchase a solar panel installation.
The second most important solar incentive in Mississippi is the state's new $3,500 rebate for home installations greater than 3 kW in size. This rebate reduces the up-front cost to go solar, but funding is limited. In order to maximize your savings potential, the best time to go solar in Mississippi is now.
Mississippi law does not require the state’s investor-owned utilities to offer their customers net metering. Instead, the state Public Service Commission requires investor-owned utilities to buy any excess solar energy from their customers at a reduced rate.
If your solar panels produce more electricity than you can use in your home, the excess will be sent to the grid. At the end of each month, the utility will mulitply the number of kilowatt-hours (kWh) you sent to the grid by a "distributed generation rate" and record it as a credit on your bill.
The rate is equal to the avoided cost of electricity plus 2.5 cents per kWh, and an additional 2 cents per kWh if your family income is lower than 225% of the federal poverty level. In practice, this solar credit is equal to 5.5 - 7.5 cents per kWh.
(After tax credit)
(After tax credit)
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.
Minimum of 25 years but generally 30 or more
Solar panels power your house when they can but your home uses the utility company for power at other times. In 2023 "solar systems with battery storage" are becoming more popular. These are known as hybrid systems.
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.
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 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.
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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 Mississippi will fall during 2023.
Depending on the location, solar panels will generate different amounts of electricity.
A solar system that is installed on a south-facing 23.5-degree pitch roof Mississippi will generate 1,752kWh of peak DC (direct current) capacity per year per 1kW in Mississippi.
Enter your details into the solar panel calculator to see how your location, roof tilt, and roof direction impacts solar panel production.
The main advantage of installing solar panels in Mississippi is that the state receives a lot of sun daily. This means a system here will produce more electricity than a system would in some other parts of the US. There are also distributed geenration rules in place that require investor-owned utilities to provide compensation for excess energy that solar systems send to the grid.
The disadvantage of installing solar panels is the lack of a renewable portfolio standard in the state, thereby reducing the pressure on utilities to create solar incentives. Mississippi does not require utilities to give their customers the full retail value for excess energy, which means less savings for you.
This solar calculator requires you to input your address, utility company, your average monthly power spend - it tells you:
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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.