There are more than 197 solar companies at work in Georgia, investing $79 million to install solar on homes and businesses. Georgia has very strong solar potential. State law has made it illegal for Georgia residents to participate in power purchase agreements, a financing mechanism that has been crucial to the growth of the solar industry in other states.
Facts on the Georgia Solar Industry
- There are currently more than 201 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Georgia, employing 3,185 people.
- In 2015, Georgia installed 248 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it sixth nationally. Installed solar capacity in Georgia has grown by 445% over the last year.
- In 2015, $311 million was invested on solar installations in Georgia. This represents a 293% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
- The 495 MW of solar energy currently installed in Georgia ranks the state 12th in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 54,000 homes.
- Over the next five years, Georgia is expected to install 2,132 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking the state tenth over that time span. This amount is more than 6 times the amount of solar installed over the last five years.
- Installed solar PV system prices in the U.S. have dropped steadily- by 12% from last year and 66% from 2010.
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Notable Installations in Georgia
- Simon Solar Farm was completed in 2013 by developer Silicon Ranch. This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 30 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 2,800 Georgia homes4.
- At 12 MW, Camilla Solar Farm is among the largest solar installations in Georgia. Completed in 2013 by Origis Energy, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 1,300 homes5.
- Several large retailers in Georgia have gone solar, including REI and Anheuser-Busch. IKEA has installed one of the largest corporate photovoltaic systems in the state with 1,458 kW of solar capacity at their location in Port Wentworth6.
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Solar Companies in Georgia
There are currently more than 201 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Georgia. These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels. These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 39 manufacturers, 12 manufacturing facilities, 79 contractor/installers, 9 project developers, 12 distributors and 62 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.
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Solar panel costs have fallen significantly in the last 5 years and now installing solar panels can be one of the best investments you can make for your home. There are also now a lot of products on the market utilizing sophisticated financing vehicles to make solar panels for your home affordable. This website will show you the average retail price of installing home solar panels in Georgia.
Solar rebates and solar tax credits in Georgia.
Solar incentives are offered at the utility, county, state and federal level. These solar incentives can take various forms including solar tax credits, up front solar rebates, premium feed in tariffs (known as net metering) or solar production incentives.The eligibility and rules for each incentive program can vary greatly. This solar panel calculator allows you to enter your address and it will tell you what solar incentives will apply at your house and the value of these if you go solar.
Finding the right solar company for you:
There are many solar companies in Georgia offering a wide variety of brands and options. This consumer reviews website will show you the consumer ratings of each solar installer that services your area and will also show you what brands of solar panels.
Georgia Public Service Commission - Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Georgia public utilities
Georgia State Legislature - Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Georgia
Georgia Energy Policy - Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics
Georgia Tech University - Read about the innovative solar technology research taking place at Georgia Tech
DSIRE Incentives Database Georgia - Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Georgia and across the United States
U.S. Energy Information Administration - Georgia State Profile - Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government