The sun is a near-constant presence in the South where residents are very familiar with how to take advantage of sunny days for beach trips or hiking opportunities. But there are even more ways the sun can benefit the region. Thanks to the fairly consistent four-season climates found in the Southeast, it’s an ideal place for homeowners to take advantage of the potential cost savings and renewable energy of solar power. Let’s talk about why the Southeast comprises some of the best states for residential solar panel systems, as well as why solar energy is an excellent renewable resource to invest in throughout the region.
The Southeast And Solar Energy
The Southeast includes the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Pink Energy works in four of those (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee), and we also work in two nearby states that are on the edge of the Southeast: Kentucky and Virginia. These states all have reliable seasons and boast climates with mild winters and extended long springs, summers and autumns. This creates an ideal environment for solar panels.
Contrary to what you might think, solar power does not thrive best in scorching summer heat. Rather, cool, sunny weather is where you’ll find the most potential solar power produced. During spring and autumn in the Southeast, your panels produce plenty of electricity thanks to the ideal weather conditions and abundance of sunlight.
Southeast Solar Energy Incentives
Federal Solar Tax Credit
Many incentives vary from state to state, but there is currently a federal tax credit in place for homeowners installing solar panel systems! If you install a solar system now through the end of 2022, you can deduct up to 26% of the cost of this system from your taxes. It’s worth the investment to install soon, as this credit goes down to 22% by the end of 2023 and is not available for residential solar systems after that.
Net Metering Policies
Currently, Southeast states such as North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Kentucky have established net metering policies. Learn about the programs’ benefits below.
If your solar panels produce more electricity than your home needs, net metering programs allow you to send the surplus electricity back to the grid to receive credits toward future electric bills. That allows you to benefit from all the energy your solar panels produce, whether your home uses it or not.
Beyond net metering, you could send some of that excess electricity to a battery backup system, where you can use it at night or during outages.
Harness The Sun With Pink Energy
You have plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun in the solar-friendly states of the Southeast. Why not take full advantage of that sunlight? Our team is part of your local community, and we use that connection to better understand how to install solar panels that make the best of the region’s climate and other characteristics. Pink Energy’s experts can offer you a free custom quote that works for your home’s unique needs. Get in touch today to learn more!