The state of solar power in Georgia

The state of Georgia is currently 10th place in the US in terms of solar power. Georgia experienced major solar power growth in 2016 when solar installations capable of producing more than 1,000 megawatts went online.

Although Georgia has plenty of sun and is one of the states where solar installation should thrive, there has been almost no local incentives to boost this growth. Instead,the growth of solar in Georgia can be attributed to the local pro-solar community, led by Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, the state’s Public Service Commission head.


How much solar power does Georgia produce?

Currently, the only incentive available to people in Georgia is the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which offers 26 percent of the value of the solar investment in tax writeoffs for qualified homeowners who purchase a system and have it installed and activated this year.* This incentive goes down to 22% next year.

  • *. Tax credits subject to change. SunPower does not warrant, guarantee or otherwise advise its partners or customers about specific tax outcomes. Consult your tax advisor regarding the solar tax credit and how it applies to your specific circumstances. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.

Is solar power generation feasible in Georgia?

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Georgia’s location is extremely favorable for solar growth, with plenty of land area available for large-scale solar installations and an abundance of sunshine. The Southeast of the U.S. should see the highest growth of solar installations in the next five years.

Impressively, the state has more than 310 solar companies operating in the region, including 62 equipment manufacturers and 121 installers. In total, there were 3,696 solar jobs in Georgia in 2018.

Despite a lack oflocal incentives, it is still feasible to go solar in Georgia. Proof of that is the completion of the Butler Solar Project 103 in 2016 when a 103-megawatt solar project went online with a capacity sufficient to power more than 11,000 homes. In the next decade, the solar sector should see a lot of growth— not just in Georgia but nationwide—due to the declining costs of solar installations and rising energy costs.

How much solar power does Georgia produce?

Currently, the only incentive available to people in Georgia is the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which offers 26 percent of the value of the solar investment in tax writeoffs for qualified homeowners who purchase a system and have it installed and activated this year.* This incentive goes down to 22% next year.

  • *. Tax credits subject to change. SunPower does not warrant, guarantee or otherwise advise its partners or customers about specific tax outcomes. Consult your tax advisor regarding the solar tax credit and how it applies to your specific circumstances. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.

How can I start using solar in Georgia?

If you would like to know more about going solar in Georgia, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with SunPower. Our team of industry-leading professionals will quickly help you make the right decision for you. Whether you are a homeowner, business or homebuilder, SunPower has services and products to suit your needs. Request a free savings estimate to get started and find out how much you can save with SunPower® solar.


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