Georgia solar incentives, tax credits and rebates

Resources for going solar in 2023

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After the federal solar investment tax credit (ITC), the average solar energy system costs $19,635 in Georgia, which is more expensive than in many other states. The national average is $16,715.

Georgia doesn’t have many local tax breaks and rebates to incentivize residents to go solar compared with many other states, but there are solar loan programs. Federal tax incentives can take a substantial amount off your system’s overall cost.

Key insights

  • You can take advantage of a solar loan program in Georgia.
  • The average federal ITC value is $8,415 in Georgia.
  • Georgia residents save an estimated $23,182 over 25 years with solar panels.

Solar incentives in Georgia

The best way to save money on solar in Georgia is the federal solar investment tax credit (ITC). You receive a federal income tax credit equal to 30% of your solar system's total cost, including equipment, labor and permits.

The ITC drops to 26% in 2033 and 22% in 2034.

For example, a typical system in Georgia costs around $28,050. With the ITC, you can get a $8,415 credit when you file your income taxes. All you have to do is complete Form 5695 and submit it when you file your taxes.

Some residents may be able to finance solar equipment through Central Georgia EMC or Walton EMC. The electric co-ops offer a loan program called HomePlus Loan. Customers with a good payment record and good credit may qualify.

Local solar incentives in Georgia

Incentive amountEligible equipmentApplicable sectorsAdministratorAvailable statewide
Central Georgia EMC - HomePlus loan for energy efficiency upgrades Up to $25,000 Solar panels, solar water heaters, geothermal heat pumps Residential Central Georgia Electric Membership Corporation
Walton EMC - HomePlus Loan program Up to $25,000 Solar water heaters Residential, commercial Walton Electric Membership Corporation
Georgia Interfaith Power & Light - energy improvement grant program Up to $10,000 Solar water heaters Nonprofit, education, institutional Georgia Interfaith Power & Light

What to know about net metering in Georgia

Georgia homeowners with solar panels can get credit for the extra electricity they generate and send back to the power grid. This is called net metering.

Net metering compensates you for sending your solar system's excess power to the power grid to help power other homes and businesses. You’re typically compensated with a credit on your electricity bill or a yearly payment.

Homeowners with a solar array with a capacity of 10 kilowatts (kW) or less can participate. Reimbursements are capped at 0.2% of a utility’s peak electricity demand from the previous year.

It’s a great way to offset your power bill, but your power company may not participate in this type of program. For example, Georgia Power doesn’t offer net metering, but it does offer a buyback program that uses the same concept: Your excess power is credited to your next month’s bill. The alternative to net metering is storing excess energy in a solar battery to use later.

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Solar resources in Georgia

Below are some additional resources to help guide you through transitioning to solar in Georgia.

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    Can I get solar panels for free in Georgia?

    Georgia doesn’t have a free solar panel program that we’re aware of. You can lease or enter a PPA with little to no upfront costs, though.

    » FREE SOLAR PANELS: Are they really free?

    How much can I save with solar panels in Georgia?

    In Georgia, the average savings is $23,182 over 25 years. Even if you don’t generate 100% of your energy needs, you can still save a lot of money compared with traditional utility bills.

    » EXPLORE: Where solar savings go the furthest

    Are there any commercial solar incentives in Georgia?

    If you own a business in Georgia, you may qualify for a solar loan through Walton Electric Membership Corporation or a corporate tax credit.

    » MORE: Commercial solar panels

    Are there any disadvantages to going solar in Georgia?

    The biggest disadvantage of going solar in Georgia is the lack of incentives the state offers. It is also more expensive to buy a solar energy system in Georgia than in some other states.

    » MORE: Solar energy pros and cons

    Is my HOA allowed to restrict solar panels?

    Many states have laws that prevent homeowners associations (HOAs) from making rules against solar panels, but Georgia does not. There’s no active solar rights law in the state, so your HOA may try to prevent you from putting up panels.

    How can I pay for solar panels?

    Paying upfront saves you the most money, but there are other options if you don’t have much cash. Solar loans can help you finance solar panels, but be sure to look for ones with low interest rates to save the most money. Other options include leasing solar equipment or entering a power purchase agreement (PPA).

    » SOLAR PANELS: Lease vs. buy

    Bottom line: How much are solar panels in Georgia?

    Overall, it’s expensive to go solar in Georgia. You can save a lot of money with the federal ITC, though, and certain electric membership cooperative customers may qualify for a solar loan to make paying for solar easier.

    The ConsumerAffairs Research Team conducted an in-depth analysis to determine how much it costs to go solar in Georgia and the average solar costs in other states.

    Solar costs: Georgia vs. nearby states

    Upfront cost*ITC value (30%)Typical system sizeAverage cost per wattPayback period**Estimated net savings
    Georgia $28,050 $8,415 11 kW $2.55 12 years $23,182
    Alabama $28,176 $8,453 11.5 kW $2.45 11 years $28,590
    Florida $29,095 $8,728 11.5 kW $2.53 12 years $21,500
    Kentucky $25,740 $7,722 11 kW $2.34 12 years $20,247
    Tennessee $29,880 $8,964 12 kW $2.49 13 years $19,688
    *Before the federal solar investment tax credit(ITC); **When you pay in full upfront

    Article sources
    ConsumerAffairs writers primarily rely on government data, industry experts and original research from other reputable publications to inform their work. Specific sources for this article include:
    1. DSIRE, “ Georgia Solar Programs .” Accessed Sept. 18, 2023.
    2. EcoWatch, “ How Much Do Solar Panels Cost in Georgia? ” Accessed Sept. 18, 2023.
    3. United States Environmental Protection Agency, “ Summary of Inflation Reduction Act provisions related to renewable energy .” Accessed Sept. 18, 2023.
    4. Solar Energy Industries Association, “ Georgia Solar .” Accessed Sept. 18, 2023.
    5. EnergySage, “ Georgia Power Net Metering .” Accessed Sept. 18, 2023.
    6. DSIRE, “ Net Metering Georgia .” Accessed Sept. 18, 2023.
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