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The state of solar in Tennessee

Tennessee reigns as a hydropower leader in the U.S. However, boasting an average of 200 days of sunshine a year and a solar potential of 84%, Tennessee is ready for a solar revolution.* The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)* ranks it 29 out of 51, with the state's government* firmly committed to clean energy policies.


How much solar energy does Tennessee produce?

Tennessee is currently a fairly low solar energy producer. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) ranks the state 32nd in 2021.* Solar energy output provides only 0.56% of the state's electricity, only a fraction of the state’s potential. According to SEIA, existing solar infrastructure currently powers only 35,968 homes. Significant large installations include Mulberry Farm*, IKEA, and Volkswagen.

What are the advantages of going solar in Tennessee?

The main advantage of going solar in the region is the potential energy independence for home and business owners. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), 11,000 kWh per year is the average usage per household. Solar energy in Tennessee can provide 7,300 kWh of electricity per year, resulting in an enormous savings for the consumer.

With solar equipment lasting up to 30 years, a conservative estimate offers consumers a cost savings of $20K over 25 years. In addition to inexpensive electricity, benefits include CO2 reduction, improved air quality, and job creation in the region.

TVA’s Green Connect program* exists to help consumers find reputable contractors for residential installations that meet TVA’s standards. Installers receive no-cost training, customer leads, reimbursements, and an opportunity to join the Quality Contractor Network (QCN).

How much does solar cost in Tennessee?

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The cost of a home solar system can vary, even in the same state, due to a range of factors. These include the:

  • Weather

  • Quality of the solar system's panels and parts

  • Roof space

  • Household’s energy needs

  • Angle of the roof

To help you understand the price of going solar in your area, we've analyzed SunPower price quotes as well as quotes gathered by third-party sources for thousands of homeowners across the country.

In Tennessee, we found that average investment to own a 5 kW solar system ranges from $13,000 to $14,850, or in other words, from $2.60 to $2.97 per watt—and that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.

What to consider when going solar in Tennessee

In keeping with the nationwide trend, the average cost of solar panels for a home in Tennessee decreased by 43% over the last five years.* The state’s solar energy infrastructure consists of large power farms to small residential installations.

Tennessee offers incentives for homeowners and businesses, including a sales and property tax exemption* for solar panels. The state also participates in federal tax credit programs, such as the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC).*

  • *. SEIA. Tennessee (accessed July 26, 2021). https://www.seia.org/state-solar-policy/tennessee-solar
  • *. Tax credits and incentives are subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
  • *. Tax credits and incentives are subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.

What's the best way to go solar in Tennessee?

Harnessing the sun’s power provides long-term benefits. However, keep in mind that solar installations vary in quality, appearance, and durability. Be sure to do your research and choose a provider that is reputable, licensed, and experienced. It’s important to consult with a professional to find a design that works well with your budget and meets your energy needs. Always remember that premium materials from a reputable solar provider will stand the test of time.

The right solar system can also increase your property’s value while improving its aesthetics. Plus, an excellent solar energy company will help you access every available rebate and incentive to help you achieve maximum savings on installation costs.

If you’re ready to get started, we’re happy to help. Simply request a free consultation with SunPower and we'll follow up with a quick call to schedule a time. You can also call us directly at (800) 786-7693.

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SunPower is the top commercial solar provider in the U.S.* Schedule a commercial solar consultation today.

  • *. Wood Mackenzie, US PV Leaderboard (March 2021). SunPower ranked #1 in cumulative commercial volume 2017-2020

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