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.
$45 min (or $8/1,000 ft of construction)
Commercial <=25 kW
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.
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
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.
Applying For My Permit
Review the Solar Roof Installation Permit Submittal Information checklist of requirements for solar permitting in the City of Savannah.
Residential Solar Guide
Choosing a Solar Contractor
Solar Ready Buildings Planning Guide
Solar Ready Construction Guidelines
UL Fire and Safety Training
International Association of Fire Fighters Solar Training
Photovoltaic Online Training Course for Code Officials