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Georgia's Solar Energy

Georgia's Solar Potential

The potential for solar energy use in Georgia is dependent upon the amount of sun shining on the earth's surface called "solar insolation." Several factors such as weather patterns, humidity and haze can affect local insolation levels.

As can be seen on this solar map, insolation values in Georgia are significant enough to support solar energy systems in our state, with the southern two-thirds of Georgia having solar insolation values equivalent to most of the state of Florida.

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Calculate Your Solar Power

Get an estimate of the amount of energy your solar panels will produce in an annual period.

Solar Installation Incentives

An uncapped 30% federal income tax credit is available to homeowners for solar equipment placed in service before December 31, 2032. It will decrease to 26% for systems installed in 2033 and to 22% for systems installed in 2034. The tax credit expires starting in 2035 unless Congress renews it. Please consult your tax advisor to determine how this federal incentive may apply to your particular circumstances.

Learn more at the Homeowner’s Guide to the Federal Solar Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics website.


Solar Resources

Solar Basics: Learn more about the basics of how solar works from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Solar Research: The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) offers research data and information for photovoltaics for homes and solar water heating for homes.

Solar Electric Power Association: The Solar Electric Power Association provides solar info from the utility company perspective.

REC Disclaimer:
A Renewable Energy Certificate (REC), sometimes called a renewable energy credit, represents the renewable attributes of energy produced from a renewable energy facility. RECs are considered a commodity and can be sold or traded separately from the actual energy. Georgia Power purchases only the null energy output from some renewable generating facilities that have contracted to sell that energy to the company. Georgia Power does not report emission reductions from the null energy purchased through PPAs that do not bundle the RECs for sale to Georgia Power. Ownership of the associated renewable energy credits (RECs) is specified in each respective power purchase agreement. The party that owns the RECs retains the right to use them.