Georgia's Solar Energy

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.  

Georgia's Solar Potential

As can be seen in the solar map below, 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.

Calculate Your Solar Power

Use the NREL PV watts calculator to estimate the amount of energy your solar panels will produce in an annual period.

Georgia Incentives

An uncapped 30% federal income tax credit is available to homeowners for solar equipment placed in service before December 31, 2019. Find information about tax incentives at the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy. Please consult your tax advisor to determine how this federal incentive may apply to your particular circumstances.

Georgians may  qualify to be eligible for the Federal Solar Tax Credit.

Government agencies and utilities offer a variety of tax credits and rebates. See if you qualify for nationally available rebates or find savings that may be available to you at Energy.gov Tax Credits, Rebates, and Savings.

Georgia 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. However, 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.

 

Basic Information

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.

 

Cost and Production

The Open PV Project: Nationwide data on solar PV installations from NREL.

PVWatts Georgia: Use the NREL PV watts calculator to estimate the amount of energy your solar panels will produce in an annual period.

 

Georgia Incentives & Rebates

An uncapped 30% federal income tax credit is available to homeowners for solar equipment placed in service before December 31, 2019. Find information about tax incentives at the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy. Please consult your tax advisor to determine how this federal incentive may apply to your particular circumstances.

Georgia Clean Energy Property Tax Credit | Energy.gov Tax Credits, Rebates, and Savings

Georgia Power's Solar Demonstration Project

Housed on the roof of Georgia Power's headquarters, the energy generated by the PV panels is partially offseting the electricity needs of Georgia Power's corporate headquarters.

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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 the renewable generating facilities that have contracted to sell energy from their solar facilities through the Large Scale Solar (LSS) program and the initial (2013/2014) Advance Solar Initiative (ASI). The sole ownership of RECs belongs to each generating facility, as specifically stated in each respective power purchase agreement (PPA). The original intent of these programs was to grow renewable resources in Georgia, while allowing the generating facilities to retain the benefits of the RECs. 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.