Solar Incentives and Rebates in Georgia

Peak Sun Hours (PSH): 4-4.5
Cost of Grid Power: $0.12/kWh
Number Of Installations: 2,586

What’s the Cost of Solar in Georgia?

Cost of Grid Power

Georgia's electricity prices average $0.12/kWh, below the national average of $0.14/kWh.

Cost of a Solar Install

The average cost of a 5kW (equivalent to saving roughly a hundred trees a year) solar power system starts around $15,000 in Georgia. That system would pay for itself through energy savings within 9-12 years. System life can span well over 25 years, and savings will improve with inflation.

Troubles Are Few In Georgia

Georgia is the seventh most forested state in the contiguous United States at about 67%. Solar energy accounts for just 2% of Georgia's in-state net generation, nearly all of which can be attributed to utility-scale solar photovoltaics. Just one eighth of the Peach State's solar power came from rooftop or privately owned solar power systems. This low and slow growth may be attributable to the state's lack of a Renewable Portfolio Standard.

While the state does not require net metering, Georgia Power will buy excess power for below retail cost. As a result Georgia has one of the longer solar payback periods of any state, from 9-12 years for an average-size array. Solar power is still an excellent investment in Georgia, where over the system's life of 25 or more years you can save more than twice the up-front cost of the system.

Georgia Solar Program

Under the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority's (GEFA) Georgia Solar Program cities, counties, and public schools can qualify for up to 50% or $50,000 reimbursement for the cost of design, materials, and installation of rooftop photovoltaic solar power systems of up to 60kW. The program is offered as an alternative to the federal solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which cannot apply to for-profit entities.

In addition to peak sun hours, shading, panel orientation, and panel angle can all influence how much electricity your solar panels can produce. Check our our solar calculators to learn more.

What Incentives are Available in Georgia?

Data from DSIRE. For more info visit: https://www.dsireusa.org/

Name Implementing Sector Program Type Administrator DSIRE ID
Solar Easements State Solar/Wind Access Policy 10
Net Metering State Net Metering 574
Interconnection Guidelines State Interconnection 782
Biomass Sales and Use Tax Exemption State Sales Tax Incentive Georgia Department of Revenue 1952
Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Construction Standards for Public Buildings State Energy Standards for Public Buildings 2953
Chamblee - LEED Requirement for Private and Public Buildings Local Building Energy Code 3035
City of Chamblee - LEED Requirement for Public and Commercial Buildings Local Energy Standards for Public Buildings 3049
Local Option - Special Improvement Districts State PACE Financing Programs administered locally 4177
Jackson EMC - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program Utility Rebate Program Jackson Electric Membership Corporation 5236
Satilla REMC - HomePlus Loan Program Utility Loan Program 5244
Georgia Power - Small Commercial Energy Efficiency Program Utility Rebate Program 5450
TVA - Solar Solutions Initiative Utility Performance-Based Incentive 5616
Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative Utility Performance-Based Incentive 5781
Georgia Power - EnergyDirect Utility Energy Analysis EnergyDirect 14962
Cartersville Electric System - Free Energy Audits Utility Energy Analysis Cartersville Electric System 14968
Griffin Electric Department - Electrotechnology Updates Utility Training and Information Griffin Electric Department 14969
Griffin Electric Department - Power Quality Audits Utility Energy Analysis Griffin Electric Department 14970
Cartersville Electric System - Technical Services and Support Utility Energy Analysis Cartersville Electric System 17097
Griffin Electric Department - Preconstruction Assistance Utility Training and Information Griffin Electric Department 17800
Jackson EMC - Commercial & Industrial Energy Services Other Energy Analysis Jackson EMC 17844
Rayle EMC - Energy Audits Other Energy Analysis Rayle EMC 18135
Carroll EMC - Energy Savings Other Training and Information Carroll EMC 19240
Flint EMC - Business Energy Advisor Other Energy Analysis Flint EMC 19242
Central Georgia EMC - Green Power EMC Other Other Central Georgia EMC 20155
Coweta-Fayette EMC - Green Power Other Other Green Power EMC 20336
Diverse Power - Green Power Other Other Diverse Power 21032
Georgia Power - Energy Tips Utility Training and Information Georgia Power 22000


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