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Solar for Residential Homes and Businesses
Getting Started

Georgia House Bill 57 was enacted under law in 2015 as O.C.G.A. § 46-3-63 to promote the use of solar energy.  Solar projects in Georgia are covered by a variety of state and local rules and requirements: Solar Easement and GA Solar Financing Law.

Solar easement statutes are voluntary, therefore a third party solar owner cannot require that a neighbor agree to a solar easement. However, there are methods which make this process a lot easier. Registering a solar system with the local governing body allows an owner to put a neighbor on notice without having to require expressed consent.

If your property is located in a plan district, historic district, or conservation zone, there may be zoning regulations that determine where you can locate solar electric or solar water heating systems on your roof.  You can find your zoning with the  Savannah Zoning Map or you can visit the Zoning staff at the Development Services Department and the Metropolitan Planning Commission to determine the specific limits applicable to your property.

A building permit is required for all solar energy system installations. Depending on whether your project is a solar electric system, or a solar water heating system, an electrical, building or plumbing permit will also be required.

Determine What Your Fees Will Be

The minimum fee is $45.00.  Standard Permit must be paid in person at 5515 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31405.

Permit Type

Building

Electrical

Total

Residential

Standard Res.

$45 min (or $8/1,000 ft of construction)

$45+

Commercial <=25 kW

Standard Com.

$45 min (or $8/1,000 ft of construction)

$45+

Federal Tax Credit

The federal government offers a tax credit  for 30 percent of the cost to install your system, with no cap. To claim the credit, fill out  Residential Energy Credit Form 5695 when you complete your Federal income tax return. There is no other application material, though you should keep documentation of your project’s cost and proof of payment for your records. 

Tax credits, unlike tax deductions, reduce your tax liability directly: dollar for dollar. Provided you have sufficient tax liability to claim the credit, a $1,000 tax credit will be worth a full $1,000 to you in reduced taxes. If you typically pay your taxes through employer withholding throughout the year, a tax credit will likely result in a refund. If you normally owe taxes at the end of the year, the tax credit will directly reduce how much you would otherwise pay. 

If you have insufficient tax liability to claim your entire tax credit in one year, you may carry forward any remaining credit. More details about carry forward can be found on the Form 5695. Note that the Residential Energy Tax Credit is not a refundable tax credit.

Solar Financing

How to pay for a solar system is often the biggest issue for consumers and businesses. Here we provide incentives, programs, and financial help to help reduce soft and hard costs of solar energy.

Listed are financing options to assist you in achieving your energy goals and reduce soft and hard costs of solar energy.

Home Owner’s Guide to Solar Financing 

PACENation  

Solarize Savannah

Solarize Savannah is offered through Hannah Solar on a regular basis, and will offer premium solar power installations at a cost 30% lower than current market pricing within a 100 mile radius. 

Community Solar 

Applying For My Permit

Review the Solar Roof Installation Permit Submittal Information checklist of requirements for solar permitting in the City of Savannah.


Resources

Solar 101 

Residential Solar Guide 

Consumer Protection 

Choosing a Solar Contractor

Solar Ready Buildings Planning Guide

Solar Ready Construction Guidelines 


Training 


UL Fire and Safety Training

International Association of Fire Fighters Solar Training 

Photovoltaic Online Training Course for Code Officials