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The state of solar in Louisiana

Most of Louisiana's electricity comes from natural gas and coal. However, if you are a Louisianan who prefers clean energy, solar power is the way to go. That's because the Bayou State experiences an average of 216 sunny days each year, above the national average.*

The state's abundant sunlight can deliver over 5 kWh (kilowatt hours) of daily sunlight per square meter.* Also, according to Google's Project Sunroof, if 88% of Louisiana's buildings installed solar panels, the state could produce up to 25.9 million MWh (megawatt hours) AC each year.*

How much solar energy does Louisiana produce?

Louisiana may get a lot of sunlight, but its solar energy production is still on the low side. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Louisiana had 21,369 solar systems that produced 190.5 MW of solar power in the first quarter of 2021. Predictions indicate that the state's solar energy production may rise by 507 MW over the next five years.*

What are the advantages of going solar in Louisiana?

The cost of going solar has dropped by more than 60% over the last decade, making now a great time to invest in solar panels.* If you buy a 5 kW solar system today, it will reduce your monthly electricity bills by from 71% to 96%. At that rate, you will save $10,526 to $14,241 over the next 20 years and recuperate the cost of your solar system within 12 to 17 years.*

Another reason to invest in solar is that it will future-proof your property and increase its value. A high-quality system that covers all of your energy needs can increase your property's value by at least 4%.

Lastly, if everyone in the Pelican State switched to solar power or other forms of clean energy, it could reduce carbon emissions by 16.1 million metric tons.*

How much does solar cost in Louisiana?

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

  • Solar panel brand and quality

  • Roof size and angle

  • Installer rates

  • Permit costs

  • Weather

  • Roof condition

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 Louisiana, we found that the average cost of owning a 5 kW solar system ranges from $11,550 to $14,900, or in other words, from $2.31 to $2.98 per watt—and that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.*

If you want to reduce the cost of going solar in Louisiana, apply for these incentives:

  • Net Metering: Louisiana's net metering policy ensures that you will receive compensation for your excess solar power that transfers to the main grid.

  • Property Tax Exemption: Installing solar panels will increase your home's value. Thanks to Louisiana property tax laws, you won't pay taxes on the added value.*

  • Home Energy Loan Program (HELP): This loan program allows you to access a low-interest loan to fund adding solar panels to your property.

  • Federal Solar Tax Credit (ITC): If you install a photovoltaic solar system, you qualify to receive up to 30% of the cost of your investment. The refund will come as tax credits deducted from your personal income tax.*

Please note that tax credits and incentives are subject to change. Also, the availability of net metering varies by location and is subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.

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

When you are ready to go solar in the Bayou State, interview several providers and then select a reputable and experienced solar installation company. The solar installer will assess your property to determine the right size and type of solar system for your property. Your contractor can also provide you with a solution tailored to fit your budget and other requirements.

By working with a professional solar installer, you can rest easy knowing that you are getting a system that will stand the test of time and boost your property's value. Your solar contractor can also handle permitting to keep your move to solar as hassle-free as possible.

Before meeting with an installer, it's worth using a solar power calculator to quickly build a custom solar system design for your roof with an estimate of how much money you'll save on electric bills and the amount of power it will produce.

For nearly 40 years, SunPower has offered the highest-quality solar and battery storage solutions. Request your consultation below if you're ready to get a custom solar design and price quote for your home. We'll follow up with a quick call to schedule a time. You can also reach us directly at (800) 786-7693.

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