Mississippi Solar Panel Buyers Guide [Installation & Efficiency 2022]
Here’s what we’ll cover in this guide to Mississippi solar panels:
- How the solar installation process works in MS
- How much electricity you can expect your panels to generate in the Magnolia State
- What state incentives are available for MS solar customers
How to Get Solar Panels in Mississippi
When you’re ready to install solar in MS, your first step will be to reach out to a local solar company to get a free quote. Your sales representative will determine your energy needs by reviewing past electric bills and will set up an appointment with you to have a technician measure your roof and assess sun availability on your property.
Once you approve the system the design team recommends for your home, the installer will pull permits and then begin the installation process. Finally, your system will be commissioned, final inspections will take place to close the permits and your panels will begin producing energy.
Going solar in MS is a great investment for most local residents. The average system pays for itself in electricity cost savings in just 13 years. This is just one year longer than the national average payback period. After that, the system is expected to save you an additional estimated $20,000 in energy costs.
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What Is the Price of Solar Panel Installation in Mississippi?Mississippi residents enjoy relatively low costs for solar PV systems. The typical price per watt is around $2.64, which is slightly below the national average. With an average system totaling around 11.5 kilowatts (kW), that puts the all-in cost of going solar at an average of $21,252 after the federal investment tax credit (ITC).
As mentioned above, that same system is expected to pay for itself in 13 years as it accumulates energy savings for you and your home.
By comparison, in MS the energy burden (how much you would pay out rather than save) of sticking with fossil fuels for the time your panels will last — based on warranty coverage — is over $50,000.
For more panel cost estimates or to see additional cost metrics in the area, you can read our solar pricing guide for Mississippi residents.
The Best Solar Panel Brands Available in Mississippi
The adoption of solar power in Mississippi has been somewhat slow according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).1 However, the local solar industry is still quite strong, and most of the larger solar panel brands have become available in the state.
MS receives ample sunlight for solar production, so most residents don’t need to purchase the most efficient brands out there. However, since energy needs are above-average, most solar customers stick to the big brand names they can trust to produce.
Below are just some of the popular brands in MS:
- Trina Solar
- Canadian Solar
Is Mississippi a Good State for Solar Panels?
Yes, absolutely. Not only does installing solar boost your home value in the Magnolia State, but there are a bunch of additional factors at play that make solar a great choice in the area. We’ll discuss these briefly below.
- Plenty of sunlight: Solar panels are more valuable in areas that receive a lot of sunlight. This is because more sun means more opportunity for energy production, which equates to more energy savings. MS residents see around 216 days per year with sunny weather.2 This is above the national average, making solar a bit more valuable in MS than in most states.
- High energy consumption: Mississippi residents use an average of 1,146 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity every month.3 That’s the third highest consumption in the nation after Tennessee and Louisiana. Although electricity rates are a bit below average in MS, solar is more cost effective in areas with high rates of energy consumption because there are higher electric bills to offset and increase savings.
- Decent state incentives: The solar industry might still be finding its foothold in MS, but the state already has a few solar incentives in place that make clean energy more profitable and valuable. We’ll discuss the available perks in greater depth later.
- Frequent power outages: Some solar customers install panels and inverters only, while others can include, if you choose, a solar battery in the system to provide electricity through power outages. This is a great option in MS, as much of the state is at high risk for blackouts due to extreme weather.4
How Much Energy Can I Get From Solar Panels in Mississippi?
Estimating how much solar electricity your home solar system will generate is an important thing to do before you install solar. Ultimately, this estimate will determine what system size you need to offset your energy bills.
Unfortunately, it’s often very challenging to get an accurate production estimate because there are so many factors that influence energy generation. These include:
- Which direction your roof faces: The orientation of your home matters because in North America panels on south-facing roofs point toward the path of the sun in the sky. This means the panels are hit by the most direct sunlight, which improves energy production.
- Shading on your roof: Any impediment to sunlight hitting your panels will cause a dip in energy production. Shading from trees, other homes or buildings or utility poles and electrical lines can disrupt the available sunlight striking your photovoltaic (PV) equipment. Roofs that receive little to no shading during the day are optimal for solar installations.
- Weather: The weather is another factor that affects available sunlight. Cloudy days can see your energy production dip by up to 90%. Even light cloud coverage can cause your production rate to drop by 10 to 20%.
- How many panels you have installed: The size of your system in kilowatts (kW) is one of the most critical factors to consider when estimating your production capability. More panels means more sunlight collected, which will always equate to higher production rates. However, systems should always be sized appropriately for the home.
- The panel brand you decide on: Different panel brands and product lines come with varying levels of efficiency. The efficiency rating you see on a solar panel’s spec sheet tells you what percentage of the available sunlight the panel can convert into solar electricity. The higher the efficiency rating, the more energy your solar power system will produce.
While all of these factors need to be considered to get an accurate estimate for solar generation, you can use the chart below to get an idea of what you can expect in Mississippi.
|Solar Power System Size||Expected Daily Energy Produced||Expected Monthly Energy Produced||Expected Annual Energy Produced|
|9 kW||30 kWh||900 kWh||10,800 kWh|
|10 kW||33.3 kWh||1,000 kWh||12,000 kWh|
|11 kW||36.6 kWh||1,100 kWh||13,200 kWh|
|12 kW||40 kWh||1,200 kWh||14,400 kWh|
|13 kW||43.3 kWh||1,300 kWh||15,600 kWh|
|14 kW||46.6 kWh||1,400 kWh||16,800 kWh|
|15 kW||50 kWh||1,500 kWh||18,000 kWh|
For more information on these calculations or to estimate how much energy solar panels on your specific roof can produce, you can use EcoWatch’s solar calculator. Or, click below to get connected with a Mississippi solar installer directly.
Solar Panel Policy History in Mississippi
As mentioned above, Mississippi has been a slow adopter of renewable energy — solar in particular. Pro-solar legislation and policies in the state are limited at this time, although there has been a recent trend toward pushing energy efficiency.
Mississippi’s solar policy began decades after many other states began adopting renewable energy. It wasn’t until 2010 that the state implemented the Mississippi Clean Energy Initiative.
This was a tax incentive for solar manufacturers. While it doesn’t directly affect the cost of going solar for residents, it does make PV equipment more affordable. This is likely part of the reason why MS residents pay below-average prices for PV equipment.
A few years later, in 2015, the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) implemented its net metering program. This has consistently ranked as one of the most important policies in the country for promoting solar conversion and making solar equipment more valuable to Mississippians.
The State of Mississippi currently doesn’t mandate net metering for investor-owned utility companies (IOUs) like Entergy Mississippi but it does require it for all electric co-ops, which service most of the state.
It’s worth noting that the net metering policy in MS isn’t ideal, as the excess energy your rooftop solar equipment produces is credited at the wholesale rate and not the retail rate. Still, you can use accrued credits to pay down future energy bills, which is a great way to save year-round.
According to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE), Mississippi is one of the few states that still doesn’t have a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goal. These goals typically establish a timeline according to which the state must produce a certain percentage of its electricity via renewable energy sources.
If and when MS does implement an RPS goal, the likelihood is that additional pro-solar legislation and policies will follow to help reach it.
What Are the Solar Panel Incentives in Mississippi?
Given that pro-solar policies in MS are lacking, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are only a handful of perks available to solar customers in the area. We’ll discuss the available perks and rebates below.
- Federal solar tax credit: The ITC is a credit that gets applied to your income tax burden. Provided you owe enough taxes to take the full amount, you’ll see a credit in the amount of 30% of your total solar panel system cost. In MS, that comes out to an average of around $9,100.
- Net metering: Net metering is a policy that, through interconnection with the power grid, lets you generate more energy than you use and bank the excess with your electric company. If your consumption ever outpaces your production — like when consumption peaks in the hot summers or on cloudy days when production dips — you can call on those credits to reduce your utility bills. Keep in mind that the credits are offered at the wholesale rate, which is less than ideal but better than nothing.
- Mississippi Clean Energy Initiative: As mentioned above, this initiative doesn’t directly benefit homeowners. However, the tax incentives available to solar panel manufacturers under this initiative do tend to make equipment more affordable for solar customers.
For more information on these perks or to read about additional local rebates and tax incentives that are available in some municipalities, you can check out our guide to MS solar incentives.
Find a Local Installer in Mississippi
When you’re ready to commit to going solar in MS, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is the company you choose to handle the installation.
This will determine how satisfied you are with the overall experience but will also affect your solar panel system cost, the equipment brands available to you, your warranty coverage and more.
Below, we’ll provide some links to top-rated solar companies in different major cities throughout Mississippi. These should help you get started in the right direction.
If you’re looking for company recommendations in other MS cities, or you want larger regional or national companies to install your solar array, you can read through our guide to choosing a solar installer in Mississippi.