Best Solar Companies in Mississippi

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      SunPower
      3.6(2,279)
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      ShopSolar
      4.7(149)

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      Best Solar Companies in Mississippi

      If you've been thinking about going solar in Mississippi but aren’t sure where to start, you’re not alone. We’re here to help you compare your options and get the best deal.

      The ConsumerAffairs Research Team compared popular solar companies on ratings and reviews, equipment options, warranties, availability and other factors to choose the top picks for this guide. Read the full methodology below for all the details. Our picks may be Authorized Partners that compensate us — this does not affect our recommendations or evaluations but may impact the order in which companies appear.

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      SunPower

      Buyer's Choice Award Winner
      Max. panel efficiency
      22.8%
      Payment options
      Cash, loan, lease
      Warranty
      25 years
      Year founded
      1985
      2x Award Winner
      Selected for having one of the highest satisfaction rates for Best Customer Service and Best for Installation

      SunPower is a top national company with high-efficiency solar panel technology. We like that its SunVault storage battery is excellent for maximizing energy savings during peak rate times.

      But what really sets SunPower apart is its seamless solar panel installation process. Local reps can evaluate your home energy needs, design a custom system, help secure any necessary permits and work out financing options. They work with local installers on Mississippi projects, and then SunPower’s monitoring app lets you track the system’s performance once everything is complete.

      SunPower benefits

      • 35+ years of experience
      • Comprehensive 25-year warranty
      • Battery storage options
      • Energy monitoring services
      • Ongoing support

      SunPower is a big national company. If direct, in-person communication is important to you, consider working with a smaller operation or hiring locally. One customer, Leroy in Tupelo, even said that reps were “aloof” and “not very helpful.”

      SunPower’s “Complete Confidence Warranty” covers your entire solar energy system for 25 years, including the panels, inverter, racking and monitoring. The company repairs or replaces equipment at no cost to you (including labor and shipping).

      Financing options

      • Loans: Qualified customers can find reasonable rates with no money down. All financing approvals and processing happen through the mySunPower online portal.
      • Leases: Customers pay a monthly fee to use solar panels that SunPower owns. SunPower reimburses you if your solar system doesn’t perform as guaranteed. You can transfer the agreement to a new buyer if you sell your home.

      ShopSolar

      Buyer's Choice Award Winner
      Max. panel efficiency
      Varies
      Payment options
      Cash, loan
      Warranty
      Varies
      Year founded
      2018
      1x Award Winner
      Selected for having one of the highest satisfaction rates for Best Customer Service

      ShopSolar is an awesome place to buy solar equipment for DIY projects. It has a nice selection of equipment and fast deliveries. ShopSolar customers tell us that setting up an account takes about two minutes, and you get extra discounts for doing so.

      You can find new and used solar panels, solar storage batteries, inverters, charge controllers, cabling and hardware, mounts and racks — everything needed for an off-grid or hybrid setup. The online store stocks brands like Panasonic, REC, Renogy, Canadian Solar and EcoFlow, plus it sells custom solar kits. Orders typically arrive within 10 business days.

      One local customer, Charlie in Petal, mentioned some issues with underground connectors and fuse links. Still, overall, they were pleased with the kit's performance, especially considering the shade around their house. “The big solar kit I got has been doing good,” Charlie said. “I would use ShopSolarKits again if I need something there.”

      ShopSolar benefits

      • Great for homes, RVs and outbuildings
      • Free shipping
      • Price-match guarantee
      • 30-day return policy
      • Lifetime customer support

      Some customers experienced problems with their purchases, such as damaged or faulty equipment, but ShopSolarKits generally resolved these issues with refunds or replacements.

      The important thing to keep in mind is that ShopSolar doesn’t offer professional installation services, so it’s best to know a little about solar panels and electrical work. Otherwise, you might get frustrated with the process or install something incorrectly.

      » DIY SOLAR PANELS: Pros, cons and installation guide

      ShopSolar is an authorized distributor of all the brands it sells, so all solar equipment is covered by the individual manufacturers’ warranties. If you run into a warranty issue, reps can help you contact the equipment manufacturer.

      Payment options

      • Online payments: ShopSolar accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Venmo, Shop Pay and Diners Club International.
      • Financing: ShopSolar partners with Affirm on financing. Customers can make payments every two weeks or once a month for up to 36 months. Annual percentage rates (APRs) range from 0% to 36%.

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        Mississippi solar panel buyers guide

        Going solar in the Magnolia State might be easier than you think. Our team has talked to thousands of solar customers across the country — here’s what to expect and look out for.

        Key insights

        • A professional solar panel installation can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 or more.
        • The federal solar tax credit is the most significant way to lower the cost of buying solar panels. You won’t be eligible if you lease the equipment.
        • The best solar energy companies have a few things in common: great local reviews, transparent contracts, reliable equipment and comprehensive warranties.

        How much does it cost to install solar panels in Mississippi?

        Solar panel costs in Mississippi are comparable to the national average of around $18,000 for a 6-kilowatt system (that price drops to $12,600 after factoring in the full federal solar investment tax credit).

        The cost to go solar in Mississippi has fallen 47% over the last 10 years.

        The size of your system plays a big role in how much it costs overall. The price also varies depending on which installer you hire and if you need a solar storage battery. Solar storage battery costs are sometimes almost as much as the panels. Storage batteries are a must if you want real energy independence and essential if you go off-grid.

        » COMPARE: Solar costs in other states

        How can I pay for solar panels?

        You could pay the full cost upfront, but many choose to finance their system through a solar loan. It works like most other types of loans — there is an application process, and you pay the loan back over time with interest.

        Alternatively, you can lease solar panels. There are pros and cons to leasing. It’s sometimes cheaper in the short term, but you’ll be disqualified from some of the best financial incentives, including the federal solar investment tax credit.

        » SOLAR PANELS: Lease vs. buy

        What solar incentives are available in Mississippi?

        The federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) is the most significant way to make installing panels more affordable. The ITC is a federal income tax credit worth 30% of your solar system’s total cost, including equipment, labor and permits. The ITC is not a rebate or a refund, and any unused portion rolls over into the next tax year.

        Homeowners may also be able to take advantage of solar rebate programs in Mississippi.

        » EXPLORE: Mississippi solar incentives

        Net metering in Mississippi

        If you install solar panels or another renewable energy system at your home in Mississippi, you can take advantage of net metering. This means your home's electricity meter keeps track of both the electricity you use from the utility company and any extra electricity your solar system feeds back into the electric grid.

        At the end of each month, your utility company calculates whether your solar system sent more electricity into the grid than you pulled from it. If you put more into the grid than you used, you get a credit on the next month's utility bill. If you used more grid electricity than your solar panels produced, you only have to pay the utility company for that additional amount. (You do not have to pay for the electricity your solar panels feed into the grid.)

        However, unlike some states, Mississippi utilities do not have to pay the full retail electricity rate through net metering credits. Instead, they pay an avoided cost rate plus a premium:

        • Avoided cost rate: The wholesale rate utilities pay power plants for electricity
        • Premium: An extra 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh)

        Some low-income residents can also qualify for an additional 2 cents per kWh premium if they are Entergy Mississippi or Mississippi Power customers.

        How do I choose a solar company in Mississippi?

        The best solar companies have a few things in common: high-efficiency equipment, transparent contract terms and long warranties (at least 10 to 25 years). Here’s what else to look for.

        • A long time in business: Look for companies with plenty of experience installing solar panels in Mississippi. It makes it easier to navigate regulations, permits and available financial incentives.
        • A good reputation: Research the company's track record and read reviews. Look out for red flags — complaints about misleading sales tactics, equipment failures, billing issues and lack of communication are common themes in negative solar company reviews.
        • Comprehensive service: Consider if you want a solar storage battery, electric vehicle (EV) charger or a monitoring system to ensure optimal output. It’s also smart to ask about critter guards in Mississippi.
        • Free consultations: Get multiple quotes from different solar companies to compare prices and services. Be cautious of companies that provide significantly lower quotes than others — this may indicate lower quality.
        • Licensed, insured and certified: Ensure the company is appropriately licensed, insured and has NABCEP-certified installers. This protects you and shows the employees take their business seriously.
        • Transparent terms: Carefully review proposals and financials carefully, understand legal considerations and ask about maintenance before signing an agreement with any solar company. If you don’t understand something about the payment terms, warranty or ongoing services, ask.

        » TIPS: Get the best solar quotes

        Are solar panels worth it in Mississippi?

        Solar panels aren’t as widespread in Mississippi as other states, but going solar is still a worthwhile investment for many homeowners. The state gets a good amount of sunlight most days, which is ideal for clean energy production. Even though Mississippi has relatively low electricity rates, going solar now will offset rising electricity costs in the future.

        Mississippi receives an average of 4 to 4.5 peak sun hours a day.

        Solar panels are expensive, and the upfront costs of going solar are the biggest deterrent for many. If you finance solar panels, it makes sense as long as the solar loan payment is lower than what you would be paying in regular electric bill payments (plus the cost of the energy you use from the local power grid, if any).

        A common misconception is that homeowners with solar panels don’t get electric bills at all. This is not always the case. On the bright side, it’s typically cheaper than what you’d pay for traditional utility bills.

        Some are happy going solar just for the energy independence or environmental benefits. If you’re interested purely in cost savings, though, we suggest consulting with a few local installers. They can best calculate the potential savings you’ll get with solar panels. You can also look up your house with Project Sunroof or the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's PVWatts Calculator.

        » STILL NOT SURE? Solar energy pros and cons

        FAQ

        Can I get free solar panels in Mississippi?

        We are not aware of any legitimate programs for totally free solar panels in Mississippi. However, you can lease a solar energy system with minimal upfront costs. Just look out for scams that promise free solar panels — they can end up costing you quite a bit of money.

        » FREE SOLAR PANELS: Are they really free?

        What’s the difference between a solar broker and a solar installer?

        A solar broker is a middleman or intermediary who helps connect homeowners with solar installation companies. A solar installer specializes in designing, procuring and installing solar panels and related components.

        Ultimately, deciding between a solar broker and a solar installer depends on how much you want to be involved in the process. A broker can be helpful if you value convenience. If you want more control and potentially lower costs, it’s best to work directly with a solar installer.

        Should I replace my roof before installing solar panels?

        As a rule of thumb, consider fixing or replacing your roof before going solar if it’s more than 10 years old. If you have to replace your roof after, expect removing and reinstalling the panels to cost around $5,000 for a 19-panel setup.

        » SHOULD YOU: Replace your roof before going solar?

        Methodology: How we picked the best solar companies in Mississippi

        The ConsumerAffairs Research Team objectively evaluates solar providers to highlight those best equipped to meet most homeowners' needs. To choose our top picks for this guide, we started with 31 popular providers. First, we narrowed it down to the ones available in Mississippi. We then weighted several key features to get our final rankings:

        Reviews, ratings and testimonials: 40%
        We analyzed verified customer reviews and ratings to gauge real-world satisfaction.

        Overall reputation: 20%
        We considered each company's history, mission and value. Companies with generally positive feedback on our site scored highest in this aspect.

        Warranties: 20%
        A long warranty is important. We compared both product and craftsmanship warranties available from our top picks. All of our top picks have warranties of at least 25 years.

        Equipment selection: 10%
        We evaluated each company’s selection of solar panels, storage batteries and inverters. Those with proprietary technology or a wide equipment selection from trusted brands ranked highest.

        Monitoring and maintenance: 10%
        We gave preference to companies that offer real-time monitoring, regular maintenance services and solid after-sales support.

        To recap, our top picks for the best solar companies in Mississippi are:

        • Our pick for professional installation: SunPower
        • Our pick for DIY solar projects: ShopSolar

        Guide 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, “Mississippi Solar Programs.” Accessed Jan. 30, 2024.
        2. Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, “A Consumer’s Guide to Solar Power in Mississippi.” Accessed Jan. 30, 2024.
        3. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, “Homeowner’s Guide to the Federal Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics.” Accessed Jan. 30, 2024.
        4. Solar Energy Industries Association, “Mississippi Solar.” Accessed Jan. 30, 2024.
        5. SolarReviews, “How much do solar panels cost in Mississippi, 2024?” Accessed Jan. 30, 2024.

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