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Your 2020 guide to getting solar panels for your home in Mississippi

This page is a complete guide to the complicated and sometimes confusing process of installing solar panels on your Mississippi home. Since there's a lot to consider, we've separated the page into sections to help you find what you are looking for. If you find this page useful, please share it with someone who might also find it interesting!

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** What's new for 2020 **

Another year, another new decade, but legislators in Jackson haven’t really done anything of note to help promote adoption of home solar here. However, since there's quite a bit of sunshine hitting the state, solar panels can still be a compelling addition to your home. Read on to learn more about your potential savings with home solar in Mississippi.

Questions? Our network of solar experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page. You can get discounted on-grid pricing as low as $4,000/kW! This is paired with the Mississippi solar incentives you see below.

What you'll find on this page:

The Solar Strategy section is focused on the 3 ways of paying for solar in Mississippi, so you can decide which is best for you. We've created a tool that asks you a few questions and recommends whether you should pursue a solar lease, loan, or outright purchase. Then, we provide detailed analysis of how each works.

The Policy Information section contains all our latest research on the rules set by lawmakers and the Public Utilities Commission, which determine how easy it is to go solar in Mississippi. These policies and rules govern everything from renewable energy mandates to interconnection, and have a huge effect on the viability of solar.

Finally, the Solar Incentives section includes information about money-back rebates and grants, tax credits, and tax exemptions for going solar in Mississippi.

Click any of the boxes below to go to that section of the page, or scroll down to read the page in order.

Your Solar Strategy in Mississippi

Figuring out the best way to go solar in Mississippi can be a little daunting. From loans and leases to power-purchase agreements, there are a lot of options out there. To help you pick the one that might be best, we've created the handy decision tool below.

We'll ask you a few simple questions about you and your home. Once you're done, we'll recommend a good option. Further down this page, we provide cost estimates and example return-on-investment calculations for all the various options:

How should you pay for solar?

Use our decision tool to find out!

How to pay for solar panels in Mississippi

The chart above shows the 25-year returns for an investment in solar whether you choose to purchase a system with cash or pay over time with a loan. Since Mississippi doesn't have an RPS, the state isn't quite financially right for leasing yet, so we included two different sizes of solar loans—one for people with a lot of equity (or credit), and one for people with just a little.

What Mississippi does have, though, is sunshine and medium-high electricity prices. That means solar makes more financial sense here than in some other states. It also means there are a few good ways to go solar here and make money.

As you can see from the chart, the purchase option leads to the highest dollar-amount returns over time, but it also requires a big up-front investment. A better option is to take a home equity line of credit (HELOC). You'll put $0 down and end up with a big, big tax break at the end of the year.

Your loan payments over 15 years will be more than your electric bill savings, but you'll still come out thousands of dollars ahead by the end of your panels' 25-year warranty, with the potential to continue the savings long into the future. We've included examples for two sizes of solar systems with loans.

Read on to find out more about each option.

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Option 1: Paying cash for solar

Paying up front used to be the only way to get panels on your roof, and it's still the option that allows you the most control. But it isn't the best option from a percentage return on investment standpoint—that award goes to the solar loan option.

Still, an outright purchase means you own the system from day one and reap the benefits. You get the 30% Federal solar tax credit and electricity savings to bring your first-year costs way down. In our example, you put down $20,000, but by the end of year 1, incentives and energy savings will erase a bunch of it. Over 25 years, your system will have produced more than $10,000 in income. That's a pretty good deal, but it can't quite compete with an elternative investment in the stock market. Check out the NPV:

Here’s how the numbers work for a Mississippi solar purchase of a 5-kW rooftop solar system:

  • Installing a typical 5-kW solar system should start at about $20,000.
  • The Feds calculate their 30% tax credit based on actual out of pocket costs, so you'll get $6,000 back as a tax credit, for a new price (after year 1) of $14,000. Note: you can take the credit over as many years as necessary if you don't owe $6,000 in Federal taxes this year.
  • Next, you'll subtract your first-year energy savings, which will add up to about $686, bringing your cost after the first year to $13,314. Those savings will continue for the life of your system, and will only get bigger over time, considering that utility companies raise their rates 3.5% annually on average.
  • By the time your system pays itself back in year 16, you’ll be seeing over $1,000 per year in savings until the end of your 25-year warranty.
  • When all is said and done, our estimate shows a total net profit of $10,301, with an internal rate of return of 4.6%. That's not bad, but not quite as good as a 25-year investment in the stock market. Mississippi solar isn't the best investment option—but it is a way to make a little money while doing good for the environment.
  • On top of those returns, your home's value just increased by just about $18,000, too (your expected annual electricity savings over 20 years)!
  • And speaking of doing good for the environment... your system will create some green for the earth by not using electricity from fossil-fuels. In fact, the energy you’re not using has the carbon equivalent of planting 104 trees a year, every year your solar power system is humming.
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Mississippi. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar panel system, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

Option 2: Using a loan to pay for solar

Usually, this is where we tell you that taking a loan for solar panels is a no-brainer, because it means investing in an income-generating asset. And technically, that's true in Mississippi, too. It's just not a sure-thing like it is in other states, because Mississippi has low electricity prices, and the savings aren't as great as in other states.

As you can see from the chart above, you'll start out with a big windfall, because with a loan, you're not putting any money down, and you get the Federal 30% tax credit for the whole installed cost of your system. Then, over the 15-year repayment term of your loan, you'll be spending more than you're saving in electricity costs, to the tune of about $1,000 per year until you pay the loan off.

After that, though you'll save over $1,000 per year in electricity costs from your paid-for solar panels, and by the end of the system's 25-year warranty, you'll have $3,672 in profits, which is about equal to investing in stocks.

Here’s how the numbers pencil out for a Mississippi solar purchase with a solar loan:

  • Installing a typical 5-kW solar system should start at about $20,000. That's how big your loan will need to be to cover it.
  • The electricity you'll save in the first year of operation would have cost $686, but your loan payments will total $1,775, for a net cost of $1,089, or about $90.75 per month.
  • That's not so bad when you consider your tax savings for the year will be $6,000! You'll come out over $4,900 ahead in year 1, which should help ease the burden of loan payments for a few years, at least.
  • When your loan’s paid off after year 15, you’ll start see over $1,000 per year in savings until the end of your system’s life.
  • At the end of your 25-year panel warranty, you'll be in black by $3,672. That's a great return for a $0-down investment!
  • Finally, the environmental benefits might make you smile, too. Operating your system will take as much carbon out of the air as planting 104 trees every year!
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Mississippi. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar loan, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

Option 3: Buying the electricity, not the panels with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

Mississippi does not offer solar Power Purchase Agreements or leases. Perhaps it would be a good idea to contact a solar advocacy organization and ask them to fight for solar in your state!

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Mississippi Solar Policy Information

Ever wonder why solar seems to be everywhere in some states, but not in others? We did too.

State legislatures and public utilities commissions can enact rules to make solar power accessible for everyone. Favorable rules explain why some of the cloudiest states—New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, are doing so well with solar, and yet some of those with the most natural solar resources—like Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia—are doing so poorly.

Below is important information about the public policy, rules, and economic reasons that affect your ability to go solar here in Mississippi:

Mississippi's Renewable Portfolio Standard

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Mississippi's Renewable Portfolio Standard grade

A Renewables Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) requires utilities in the state to eventually source at least a certain percentage of their electricity from clean, renewable sources like solar panels. Mississippi is without an RPS, and it shows in the state’s complete lack of incentives for solar.

An RPS is critical to strong renewable energy policy. Utility companies aren't really all that gung-ho about you producing your own power. After all, it costs them money when you use less of their electricity. They also don’t naturally want to give you big payments for energy you're feeding back into the grid. The main reason the utilities are aiding the transition to lower electric bills and offering incentives to put solar on roofs is because the state forces them to. Without an RPS, Mississippi is missing opportunities to help homeowners take advantage of clean, reliable solar power.

Learn more about Renewable Portfolio Standards

Mississippi's Solar carve-out and SRECs

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Mississippi's Solar Carve-out grade

The best states for solar mandate that a certain percentage of the RPS comes directly from solar energy. Without a mandatory RPS in Mississippi, this is another area that falls short. If an RPS contains specific carve-outs for clean and efficient technologies like solar panels, or mandates for the environmentally necessary increases in distributed generation, you see even stronger incentives for residential solar power.

Learn more about Solar Carve-outs

Mississippi Electricity Prices

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Mississippi's Electricity cost grade

Mississippians currently pay about 11 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity. That’s about a penny cheaper than the national average. We know you like paying less now, but that’s only until the long-term costs kick in. Most electricity is currently produced by burning fossil fuels. All that earth-killing oil and coal may still be relatively easy on your wallet, but the long-term costs associated with fossil fuels are going to far outweigh those monthly bill savings. When new regulations that consider all those long-term costs really start to kick in, monthly electricity bills are going to inevitably rise as well. When that happens, you’ll be patting yourself on the back for having already switched over to clean efficient solar energy!

Find out why electricity prices matter

Mississippi Net Metering

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Mississippi's Net Metering grade

Net Metering requires your utility to monitor how much energy your solar power system produces and how much energy you actually consume, and make sure you get credit for the surplus.

Mississippi is one of only six states in the nation without statewide net metering standards in place. Net metering remains completely at the discretion of the utility companies. That’s a raw deal for Mississippi homeowners, unless you happen to live in the TVA service area, it might be difficult to figure out how your panels will affect your electricity bill.

Mississippi Power, for its part, makes its policy pretty clear: "Any excess power from the solar system that may flow back to Mississippi Power can be credited to the customer under our CSPP-3 rate explained here."

That means you'll only get full-price savings for electricity you actually use while your solar system is generating electricity, i.e., while the sun is shining, you're getting free energy, but you're also selling the additional generation for about half of what you would otherwise pay. Pretty raw deal, Miss Power.

Learn more about net metering

Mississippi Interconnection Rules

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Mississippi's Interconnection Standards grade

Likewise, Mississippi is one of fifteen states lacking statewide standards for interconnection. Utility companies have full discretion not only on whether to offer net metering, but also over what is required for you to get your solar power system connected to the grid in the first place.

Learn more about solar interconnection rules

Mississippi Solar Incentives

Next to high electricity prices and net metering, solar incentives have traditionally been the most important factor for whether home solar power makes financial sense in a state. In the past, some states with otherwise lousy policy had tremendous incentives that drove down the up-front cost of going solar so much that homeowners could save oodles of money even without net metering or a good RPS.

These days, the big incentive most people can get is the Federal Solar Tax Credit that earns you 26% of your total system costs back after just 1 year. State incentives play less of a role than in the past, but some really good ones are still out there, ready to help homeowners go solar and save money before you know it.

Let's see how Mississippi measures up:

The availability of state solar incentives for residential solar systems was sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, utility company websites, and the state public utility commission.

Mississippi Solar Power Rebates

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Mississippi's Solar Rebates grade

With no RPS in place, politicians and utility companies have no incentive to help promote solar power. They’re happy to leave all the costs to you… until they face stiff penalties for failing to satisfy an RPS, that is. Given all of Mississippi’s sunshine, legislators have a golden opportunity to harness cheap and plentiful energy, but they need to start pushing statewide incentives to make use of all those solar resources.

Learn more about solar rebates

Mississippi Solar Tax Credits

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Mississippi's Solar Tax Credits grade

Mississippi offers no state tax credit based on your costs when purchasing a solar panel system. As mentioned above, lawmakers in Jackson can’t even get good solar legislation out of committee in the state House of Representatives. Not to worry, though; the feds offer a solar tax credit when you install a system, which reduces first-year costs considerably, even in solar-backward Mississippi.

Learn more about state solar tax credits

Property Tax Exemption

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Mississippi's Solar Property Tax Exemptions grade

When you install a solar panel system on your home, it’s resale value goes up considerably. The best states for solar recognize this, and reward solar homeowners by exempting the extra value from property taxes. No dice here in the Magnolia State.

Sales Tax Exemption

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Mississippi's Solar Sales Tax Exemption grade

Mississippi also offers no exemption from sales tax, meaning you’ll pay a premium of 7% above the installed costs of your system. This is a simple way to help homeowners go solar, and Mississippi once again misses the mark.

Learn more about tax exemptions for solar

Low-income Solar Programs

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Grade: F

Mississippi's Solar Sales Tax Exemption grade Learn more about low-income solar programs available in the U.S.

The consensus on Mississippi solar power rebates and incentives

The Mississippi legislature is really singing the blues when it comes to solar energy. The state’s leaders have hardly even mentioned the words in their sessions since 2005. With all the rebuilding in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Ike, the state could take the opportunity to protect the environment by promoting clean energy too. It’s about time the legislature took a stand in support of solar power. As it stands, we have to give Mississippi a “F” for it’s current climate. It can’t be helped out of failing only by the level of sun the state gets and the spotty TVA incentives.

Again, if you are confused about how these numbers work and would like some personalized assistance or a quote of your own, simply connect with our network of solar experts. They’ll help sort out all the pricing, get you access to special deals, and they’re super friendly to boot!

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Has there been anything new on HB 793 bill? Have any changes for solar in Mississippi happened since this was published?

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Any solar panel manufacturing companies in mississippi near gulf-port.

Dave
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Gulfport High School is transitioning to Career Academies next school year. The foundation of our Academic Institutes is Project Based Learning and my Construction Technology students have decided build a greenhouse this school year that can be used in the future to explore and develop renewable energy and sustainable resources. Right now they’re researching water harvesting, solar and wind power generation, and 12V electrical systems opposed to 120v systems. Of course funding is a concern and since this is brand new way of going about education we’re jumping in head first. If anyone out there has information, advice or assistance… Read more »

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Keep an eye on HB 793. I have to be optimistic about this bill passing. I mean we have been behind the power curve (pun intended) for way too long here. This bill has some really good incentives to make solar energy more affordable for our state. Eventually, the more we demand, the louder we get, it will happen.

Paul
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Inaction may be the biggest form of action.
Jerry Brown

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alternate energy solutions

http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=MS01F&re=0&ee=0

Mississippi Development Authority is offering loans for solar installations in MS for 3% Below prime! This money is funded from oil overcharge restitution funds from the US DOE. Take advantage of it now before it is gone.

Paul
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Paul

This guy try’s to discuse sustainability with a Pearl River Vally Electric Power employee. Check out the employee’s reaction.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cluBNxfUOS8&sns=em

Paul
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Paul

I get the feeling the Mississippi public service commission and our representative are doing little more than posturing a renewable Mississippi. I’ve seen new power plants and offshore drilling get driven right on though the system while anything putting money back in the public’s pocket gets hung up in a docket or never brought up for a vote. Bull, that comment has exactly the type language the power company uses to cause doubt about producing ones own solar energy. I find it strange your keeping up to date on podunk Mississippi’s emergence (or lack there of) into renewable energy, seems… Read more »

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Contact your state Rep to pass HB 1051. This will enable you to get a tax credit for your solar installation. Mississippi deserves this credit. Contact [email protected] and ask him to bring it to a vote and vote yes.

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alternate energy solutions

House Bill 1051 needs to be brought up for a vote and passed this year. It will allow tax credits for the purchase of solar systems. Please contact your rep to let them know to vote yes on HB 1051. Or copy and paste Percy Watson at [email protected].
Mississippi deserves these tax credits.

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I find the comments that I have read to be very interesting. It seems to me that the majority of comments view the power companies as the “enemy”, which I believe they are not. Power utility companies do the best they can to provide safe, reliable, inexpensive power, while trying to plan for future growth, as well as trying to control rising costs. When you consider the volatile pricing structure of coal, and the fact that the coal companies usually only provide one year contracts, maintaining resonable priced power can be difficult, but the power companies manage to do it.… Read more »

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Prentis, I recommend you contact TVEPA concerning your interest in solar panels,it appears they do participate in TVA’s green power switch program.This program is the best you can get in MS and several of the surrounding states.
I think you may have some problems in your homes electrical system, if your as frugal with your usage as you say you are and your bill is still 500 bucks. I would like to talk with you, email me at [email protected]

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I assume TVA Batesville, MS has been reading my meter wrong for over eight years My light bill is always $300 to $400 dollars every month. I have a computer and a lamp fridge and AC on the hot days but I cut it off at night. In the winter I burn wood for heat and block off every room in my home except for the kitchen bathroom & bedroom. I have not had gas in my tank in four years I can not afford it. I cook outside on the grille 90% of the time In the month of… Read more »

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The 2011-published, “Free Market Solar Power” book explains that, to win over the Red States, Solar PV is best advocated as a wealth generator for “Joe Six Pack” and only secondarily for its ecological benefits — benefits that greenies too often exaggerate (Solar PV, for example, will NOT lessen our dependence on foreign oil). Hence, the solar vendors should work toward bringing Solar PV’s cost down to $1/watt installed — without subsidies. That includes eliminating costly government regulations. $1/watt will open up a “Solar Aisle” at Home Depot, commodity (like PCs) level sales, and resulting epic ecological benefit. It will… Read more »

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Many of the posts above have called for some sort of organized action and interaction with elected officials and utility executives. On May 10-11 in Biloxi, MS, an event is being held that will allow citizens an opportunity to engage with officials, utilities, and business leaders. Advocates for biomass utilization and renewable energy development from across the state and region will gather in Biloxi, Mississippi on May 10-11, 2011, to learn, promote and network. The theme of the conference “A Decade of Promoting Biomass and Renewable Energy”, will celebrate the 10 year history of the Southern Bioproducts and Renewable Energy… Read more »

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By the way. The price to install solar has come down and federal incentives have gone up since they posted that spreadsheet above. We would install a 2 KW system for about $16,000 you would get a 30% federal tax credit of $4,800, which would bring the cost down to $11,200! If you installed this on your business, you would get an additional tax credit plus save on the amount you pay to the utility company and have this renewable energy system producing energy for well over 30 years. http://www.alternateenergyms.com Also green drinks in gulfport/biloxi is looking for someone interested… Read more »

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Thanks Paul. I just sent an email to them saying basically I would not recommend anyone connecting their solar power to the grid unless we got paid for providing the utility company with the power that was generated by our solar power the same rate at which they charge us for using their power. We would both benefit. The peak load period, the time in which the utility company uses and needs the most power happens to be the time in which our solar panels are producing the most power and we are not at home to use that power.… Read more »

Paul
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The internet, chase.

The epa of Mississippi wants to hear your thoughts on renewable energy. They have started a “lets talk” page and apparently want to know what you think. heres the link. http://www.epaofms.com/form_letsTalk.aspx

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This is where I got the system. http://www.affordable-solar.com/grid-tie-kits.htm If each one of South Mississippi Electric Power Association’s 400,000 costumers installed 2 panels (400 watts) on their home it would amount to 160,000,000 watts or 16 mega watts. So every hour the sun was shinning those small systems would be producing enough to power 106 homes for 1 month. today we had 6 hrs of strong productive sun that would have powered 600 homes for 1 month. I’d say not to shabby for an inefficient rock sitting in the sun. fun fact; trees are less than 5% efficient at converting sun… Read more »

chase
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chase

paul who did you buy your system from

Paul
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Maybe David has something there, I emails Pearl River Vally Electric and Mississippi power and South Mississippi Power Association today to see if they would offer blocks of renewable energy to their customers. A block being 100 kwh for say 3 bucks extra on your bill. something like this http://www.stoughtonutilities.com/renewable.aspx This would solve several things. 1.The power company could pay a better rate to the renewable source instead of 4 cents it would be 6 or 7 cents per kwh 2.It would shut up some of the belly aching. 3. People could choose if they want to support renewable energy.… Read more »

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Here is a link to the monitoring site for my system in Perkinston Mississippi. http://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/public/systems/rQq46398 Regardless of the dew point, humidity, wind, haze, cloads or some times even when it rains the solar panels still put out power. There have been dark rainy days where the system only put out 1 kwh but as you’ll see there have been plenty productive days.

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I may have over reacted, I should have just added to what David has pointed out. While these industries do employ many people there will be a transition period where for say 20 years jobs will be added on the renewable side. My local utility provider prvepa will still need all 137 employees it currently has. smepa which is who supplies the coal/lignite power would be smart to start investing in ways to store the renewable energy again adding jobs. As for the oil companies you failed to mention terrorist getting a big chunk of the profits which were record… Read more »

shelley
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Its bad enough that MS does not offer any tax incentives to help offset the cost to install renewable energy but it is a shameful thing when government grants are awarded to a MS business to install solar and that grant money is given to a solar company in another state! So much for building jobs in MS.

David sounds like he listens to too much Rush. I wonder why he visits this site?

Paul
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Hey David, You may be forgetting the fact that the power company claims to be non profit. Do you think renewable is the dumbest thing your tax dollars are being spent on? Why don’t we talk about where the 20 dollar meter fee (the power company charges) is going. For instance we pay 1.25 per month to the epa for a unadvertised life insurance plan (life patornage fund) that if you move or are late one month on your power bill it starts over. Now that disheartens me I think they have alot of “IF WE DON’T SPEND IT WE… Read more »

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I think David works for Mississippi Power. Solar Power is feasible in any state even without incentives. what else can you buy that will pay for itself? Also, it is worth it to see look on the face of the utility company when the meter is always going the other way in day, and if you have enough batteries (usually 8-16 L 16) then you can unplug the utility anyway. check out http://www.solarpromagazine.com to see what the rest of the US is doing… Did you know that 24MW of PV was installed today, yesterday, and the day before in the… Read more »

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After reading all these comments I am disheartned that most seem to think more government involvement is the answer. That and the evil utilites and oil companies are out to get us all. Has everyone forgotten that these “evil” companies employ thousands of people, pay dividends to thousands of investors, pay millions in taxes and give us a standard of living the world has never seen? I would also suggest taking tax payers money and subsidizing people who want to feel good about their “green” policy through tax credits is wrong. Solar panels cost a lot of money and are… Read more »

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A. Till

I have just recently become really interested in solar power and I’m only beginning to learn the details. Are there any suggestions for how to build-your-own solar panels? After reading these post I am a little discouraged about how our state doesn’t have the foresight to see how valuable solar power can be. I love my state but how behind the times can we be? My husband can make or build almost anything so maybe we can beat the system by building the panels ourselves…puzzled in Pelahatchie……..

Mel
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Mel

Paul, great stuff! Would you send me some details of your solar equipment you used.
Thx Mel
[email protected]

Paul
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Paul

sent to [email protected] I recently installed a small renewable source of energy on my home in Perkinston MS, after getting my new bill I realized I reduced my energy by 70% and was being charged 25% more for the energy I did use. After speaking with the power company about the issue they stated there was a 20 dollar a month fee just to have a meter. In my opinion this fee is not all that expensive when you use energy excessively, but when you start to reduce your energy it can add up quickly. last month I paid 17.5… Read more »

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lynn daugherty

I am very interested and looking into solar/wind energy for our home -my parents walk around in the dark and the monthly electric bill is still over $500.00. When Singing River Power stopped by to collect payment on another little house they own, I said, “How can it be $250.00 a month? No one even lives there!” The collector went sorta white in the face. Since then, that monthly bill has dropped to $54.00. So, do I completely trust the electric company? No. The price of the panels is amazing, but I have seen several sites where people successfully built… Read more »

Rev. Guy A. Leonard
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Rev. Guy A. Leonard

The present fat-cat governor will be gone soon. The next one will be elected based on running a going green campaign, especially solar power. And we can start getting checks back from Entergy…can’t wait for that the rip offs!

Matthew Philyaw
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Matthew Philyaw

Renewable energy continues to grow in Mississippi due to noble citizen investments.Our state government is on the bottom of the list of networks that have fueled the growth of sustainable electricity in Mississippi due to policy and lack of ongoing investment into renewable energy, Haley Barbour has plans for oil,gas,and nuclear power-plants to begin construction in Mississippi. The state just does not have the power demands like California and Nevada, which is why they have better state incentives than we do. Louisiana on the other hand when compared to Mississippi embraces the adoption of renewable energy with policy and incentives… Read more »

Will Invest
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Will Invest

I am going to call WLBT news station in Jackson and ask what can be done, we need a petition to force the state to do what the people that pay there salary want. I keep hearing no one is spending money and the banks are lending at an all time low so why not make it easy on the people and boost the economy? If enough people call and ask WLBT it will get more air time and get out to all the people in MS not just the few with computers hooked to the internet.

P.J.
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I am so depressed and disgusted by what the power companies are doing to us. My partner and I moved down here to Saucier, MS from TX eight years ago, and every single year our electricity rates go up, even though our energy consumption is the same and we have done several things to lower our energy usage. Finally last year I called our electric provider, Coast Electric, and asked them to send someone over to check our meter, because I just can’t believe we are using as much electricity as they claim on our bills. The woman on the… Read more »

shelley
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shelley

What a horrible horrible tragedy that has happened off of our coast. We buy power from utility companies without thinking of how it is produced. This should be sign to our government and our citizens that we must curtail our dependency on oil! Solar may not be cheap but at what cost are we willing to pay with our environment? MS has refused to provide us with any incentives to purchase renewable energy. This year again they let us dow by not supporting SB2444. At least Percy Watson let us down. He is the chair of the house ways and… Read more »

JODY
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JODY

UNTIL THE POWER COMPANIES ARE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE GREEN POWER, WE IN MISSISSIPPI ARE NOT GOING GET ANY HELP ON THE SOLAR ISSUE. I SPENT TWO WEEKS IN SAN JOSE CAL IN DEC 2008 GOING TO A SOLAR SCHOOL TO LEARN HOW IT WORKS AND HOW TO INSTALL SOLAR. WHAT I LEARNED WAS CALIFORNIA WANTS SOLAR POWER AND MISSISSIPPI DOES NOT. UNTIL WE START PUSHING OUR POLITICIANS TO ACT WE WILL NEVER GET THE HELP WE NEED.

Stephen Cheek
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Stephen Cheek

I think the Mississippi congress should get behind solar energy for homeowners. It’s time to take a lead in something.

Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"
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Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"

We’re right behind you, Stephen. BTW, just in case you’re near Oxford, Hotty-toddy, gosh almighty, who the hell are, we etc. :). Ringing cowbell if you happen to be aligned with that other team. ;)

Selina
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Selina

I’m with Melanie, 25 years to pay for itself doesn’t sound like a viable alternative to me either. Not only will you be paying for the solar kit, but you will still have a power bill. I’m looking for something around $15,000-$20,000 for a 2400 sq ft. house that uses anywhere from 2000-2800 kwh a month. Also, if there are no rebates, incentives, or tax credits for at least the first 5 years you have your system, it’s not saving anyone anything, just adding a second mortgage on your homes to have pennies for 30 years. Heck, most people can’t… Read more »

Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"
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Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"

You’re right, Selina. Mississippi has a great deal of sunlight, yet the legislators refuse to keep up with the times and create rebate and incentive programs. The best thing you could do is create some kind of press to shame the governor and the legislator into getting up to speed with the rest of the Country and to start creating some kind of subsidy to encourage solar. Thanks for commenting.

Kelly
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Kelly

I have just been visited by relatives from Biloxi. Since I have started a solar company here in Florida I thought I would see what the incentives were in MS. It doesn’t look too good. And from what the relatives were saying, your electric rates will effectively be doubling within the next 3 years.But on the bright side, prices for solar panels are down right now. The price for a totally installed 5kw system should be around $9 per watt or $45,000. The fed tax credit will bring it down $13,500 to $31,500. When you calculate the payback keep in… Read more »

Melanie
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Melanie

25 years to pay for itself doesn’t sound like a viable alternative just yet! Who can afford to spend another 54K on their home and have that investment increase the value of the home only 13k? This is not a viable alternative solution at this price!

Tabatha
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Tabatha

I’ve just sent an email not only to Dean Kirby, but to each and every member of the MS Senate Finance committee. I was very polite but I let them know in no uncertain terms that I am displeased with the death of this bill. MS is so behind the times its not even joke worthy anymore. We need to be on the cutting edge. The destruction left behind after Katrina was the perfect time to rebuild GREEN. How about that Kansas town that went as green as possible after being destroyed by a tornado, Greensburg, I think it was?… Read more »

shelley
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shelley

Retract previous statement. The HB 194 did pass the ways and means committee but died in the finance committee, thanks to the chair Dean Kirby. If any of you think that bill should have passed, please let Mr. Kirby know, [email protected]
The only way to get these types of incentives passed is to let them know that you want it.

shelley
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shelley

Mississippi!! You can say that with a little more pride now. Mississippi passed H.B.194. The Great State of Mississippi will now give a tax credit (that can be carried foward for up to 5 years) of 50% of the first $25,000.00 for the purchase of wind or solar. You can find this on line by typing in HB 194 on MS legislature web page. This is a huge savings for installing solar on our homes espically when you consider the 30% tax credit from the federal government. Now we, Alternate Energy Solutions, can begin to install solar without any reservations… Read more »

John
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John

Hey! There are now FIVE bills before the state legislature regarding renewable energy.
http://index.ls.state.ms.us/2009Session.html
Go to this site and search the word “solar”.

Brad
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Brad

The truth is the power companies and the oil business are just like we hear about the car companies, they are “JUST TOO BIG TO FAIL” The central banks and the IMF control all this, and they do not like competition period. Not solar, wind, free energy of any kind is just not acceptable. They might allow a few just to keep us from raising questions but if wind or solar is allowed someone on top will control our strings. We are puppets. These guys even decide our leaders, elections are like football games, just something for our entertainment. They… Read more »

George
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George

I just moved last year from Germany to Mississippi, bought a home and enjoying this huge amount of sunshine here, decided to take some money out of my savings and install a solar roof doing something for our energy independence and saving our environment. Now I´m quite shocked about the missing solar tax incentives here. Even Germany has much higher tax rebates for solar installations although having much less sunshine than MS. What a waste of ressources…we could avoid 160 tons and more of greenhose gases a year per home! This is an amount of waste filling a 16 wagon… Read more »

T-Bone
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T-Bone

We all
know the cost of alternative energy is high but what will it take for us to become part of the solution hmmmmmm I know lets stop paying taxes until we get something for our money like honest officials who live like we live (just above broke)

shelley
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shelley

We are Alternate Energy Solutions LLC and we feel just like all the rest of you. That’s why we developed this company! To help the citizens of MS reduce their electric bill with the use of solar, solar thermal, and wind. At least now the federal government has lifted the cap on the 30% incentive. It used to be up to $2,000. Now it is 30%, no cap. But it does not go into effect until Jan 2009. But hey it’s a start. Now we just need to let our leaders know that we demand net metering, at least the… Read more »

Tim
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Tim

Mississippi Power’s answer sounds like an answer from a monopoly. Just the thing to encourage the status quo.

diana
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diana

Sounds like Mississippi Power should “develop a better understanding.”

Pat Heidingsfelder
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Pat Heidingsfelder

Back in Feb, I contacted MS Power on the subject of net metering. Sounds to me like they will, but at a very reduced rate… Dear Pat, Mississippi Power would like to thank you for submitting your question. We have put consideration into the issue, and have answered to best of our ability below. We hope this helps. Southern Company is committed to increase the amount of electricity from renewable resources such as Biomass and Green Energy programs. We have been, and continue to work, in conjunction with federal, state and local agencies on extensive environmental research and programs aimed… Read more »

Al
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Al

What about these new solar shingles? Cost, effectiveness. They look great because they blend in with your other shingles.

KK
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KK

WAKE UP MISSISSIPPI — Why can’t Mississippi do like Idaho when it comes to Alternative Energy Rebates.

http://www.thenaturalabode.com/renewable_energy/Idaho_Energy_Incentives.htm

I’m thinking of moving to Idaho just for the Rebates.

Travis Whitaker
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Travis Whitaker

Who out there knows how to get through to Governor Barber to tell him Mississippi’s middle class need some big incentives implemented. We need the same incentives as Florida and California.

Burney
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Burney

The price of oil is going up everyday and so are electric bills. Even Lousiana has tax credits for solar. How can we get this done.

Buddy
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Buddy

We are facing a energy crisis and our state is not offering opportunitys for us to utilize our natural energy (sun shine). Whats up with that??? Why not have net metering and catch up with the other 40 states who encourage energy independence?

Annie
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Annie

RE: Please write:
Government office:Barbour

http://www.governorbarbour.com/

FAX Or write.

P.O. Box 139 | Jackson, MS 39205 | Phone: 601.359.3150 | Fax: 601.359.3741

Annie
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Annie

Let us get the Solar going in Mississippi and get out of the as always last place for Solar energy: Please write a message/Letter to Gov Barbour.

Nikki T.
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Nikki T.

I agree with Pat H. Why wouldn’t Mississippi incorporate solar with all the building going on (residential and commercial)????

Truck
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Truck

Could not agree more here. But most of the ppl in the senate and house are from oil/gas pockets anyway. Entergy Inc. has no incentive for anything ever. Because they are just like the greedy saudi’s. We are one of the poorest states but we have rates like california.

Pat Heidingsfelder
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Pat Heidingsfelder

Being from Long Beach, MS and living the complete destruction from Katrina, I really think the state dropped the ball when it comes to solar and all other alternative energies. Solar and even wind energies could have been implemented very easily!

Eric
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Eric

I wished gov barbour would sober up and catch up to the rest of the civilized world.

Helen McDonald
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Helen McDonald

plase email additonal information about a loan for solor power instulation.

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