Best Solar Panel Installation Companies in Mississippi

Electricity prices in Mississippi are rising. You may be able to protect yourself with solar panels.

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Solar panels are a way to find some energy independence in Mississippi.

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Electricity bills are high in Mississippi. It's both the heat and the humidity.

In June 2023, Mississippi had among the highest average electric bills in the nation, at more than $167. This despite those bills being down more than 5% from a year earlier and despite the Magnolia State having relatively low electricity rates.

That hot sun makes it hard to give the air conditioner a break in the summer. But what if you could make the sun power your air conditioner? 


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Installing solar panels can reduce or even replace your utility bill and protect you from the unpredictable energy market. 

After your solar system's payback period, or the time it takes to see a return on investment, you can save thousands on your energy bills. The cost of solar has decreased by 52% in the last 10 years, and incentives are available to reduce the price further. 

Here's a look at the costs, incentives and companies offering solar panels in Mississippi.

National solar panel companies in Mississippi

There are not many residential solar companies to choose from in Mississippi. The following companies are on our list of the top national solar companies.

SunPower Solar

Best solar panels

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If you're looking for top-of-the-line solar panels, SunPower is your best choice. But don't write it off if you're looking for a less flashy installation that will get the job done. This year it started installing Qcells panels, which should make an installation from the longest-tenured company on our list available to more people.

  • Equipment 8 / 10
  • Warranty 8.5 / 10
  • Service 7 / 10
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Tesla Solar

Most affordable

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Tesla's solar branch seems to be the least loved of Elon Musk's ventures. Even Tesla's Solar Roof seems to get more love.

If price is the thing you won't budge on, consider Tesla. By all accounts, Tesla installs quality panels and makes the closest thing there is to a household name in solar storage: the Powerwall.

Where you might miss out is customer service. Discussion online seems to suggest Tesla's service is a bit of a gamble.

  • Equipment 7.3 / 10
  • Warranty 6.5 / 10
  • Service 8 / 10
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Local solar panel companies in Mississippi

Mississippi Solar has served commercial and residential customers since 2009. The company installs REC Solar panels with a 25-year performance and product guarantee. In addition, Mississippi Solar backs its services with a five-year quality of work warranty, which is lower than most competitors. The company includes lifetime monitoring to ensure the system performs efficiently. 

How to determine which solar company in Mississippi is best for me

You don't have a ton of choices in Mississippi -- only five installers operate in the state, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association -- but it's still important to shop around. Get quotes from multiple companies, and make sure they're coming to your home and making those estimates based on your actual situation.

You'll need to evaluate companies on more than just price. Look at each choice's reputation, product offerings, services and warranties before making a decision.

Average cost of solar panels in Mississippi

Here's a look at the average cash price for a 5-kilowatt system before factoring in tax credits and incentives, according to data from FindEnergy.com. But your system could cost more if you choose to install a solar battery or other equipment. 

Mississippi solar panel costs

System size (kW)Price per wattTotal cost
5 $3.14$15,700

Mississippi solar panel incentives and rebates

Mississippi has no state-specific solar incentives such as property tax exemptions, but residents can take advantage of the federal solar tax credit. The 30% residential clean energy credit applies to solar systems purchased from 2022 through 2032. The following table details the solar tax credit and net metering in Mississippi.

Mississippi solar incentives

Program Description
Net metering The process of selling excess power generated from your solar panels back to the utility company. The Mississippi Public Service Commission sets the compensation rate.
Residential clean energy credit A tax credit on your next filed return for 30% of the total cost of a solar system. The credit lowers to 26% in 2033 and 22% in 2034, expiring in 2034.

Want something smaller than a whole-home solar system? See our picks for the best portable solar panels and solar generators.

Solar financing options in Mississippi

Paying for solar upfront can be a large investment. While a cash purchase may be the quickest way to get a return on investment, other payment options are available with lower or no upfront costs. Here's a look at some options.

Cash: Cash allows you to avoid paying financing costs and interest. Not ready for solar yet? Consider saving up for your future solar panels in a high-yield savings account.

Solar loans: These loans, typically offered by your solar installer, are another option that is still eligible for the federal tax credit. Keep in mind that interest and fees can lead to higher costs over time. 

Other loans: You don't have to borrow money from your solar company or the partner they recommend. You can also pay for solar panels -- and get the full federal tax credit -- with loans from banks and other lenders. That includes home equity loans and home equity lines of credit, which are secured by your home. Be careful: If you don't pay back a home equity loan or HELOC, your lender can foreclose.

Leasing and other options: Solar leases and power purchase agreements offer affordable ways to use solar energy without owning or maintaining the panels. While owning may lead to more long-term savings, solar leases and PPAs can result in lower energy bills since you are not paying for electricity from the grid. In a solar lease, you pay the solar company, which installs and owns the panels, a fixed monthly price. For PPAs, you pay a rate based on the amount of electricity used. 

Solar panel installation questions to consider

Going solar is a big, expensive proposition. Consider the following before deciding if solar is right for you.

Questions to consider

Does your homeowner's insurance cover solar panels? Contact your home insurance company to make updates if your current policy does not include solar panels.
Is your home in the best location? Solar panels still generate energy in shaded areas but perform best with at least four hours of direct sunlight daily.
Are you an HOA member? If you are part of a homeowners or other neighborhood association, there may be rules or restrictions for solar panels. Check with your association for guidelines.
How old is your roof? Old or damaged roofs require repair before installation. Sturdy roofs help ensure your panels won't need removing during the lifetime of your system. Repairs should be factored into your budget.
Do you rent your home? Community solar programs are available for renters through subscription-style services.
Who completes the process? Inquire with your selected solar company about their installation process to determine if they complete all of the work in-house or hire subcontractors. Ensure you have a list of who to contact throughout the process.
Have you received multiple estimates? Getting price quotes from multiple companies can help you determine which company fits your budget.
What is the company's warranty? Compare the length and terms for solar company warranties for what potential maintenance and protection is covered.

How we found the best solar companies

Our methodology

The companies we listed above as "the best" are curated from CNET's best solar companies list. Companies making the best list are scored on the equipment, warranties and customer service they offer. Then, we make sure these recommendations are available in your state. You can read a full breakdown of how we review solar companies here.

Companies listed under the local installers were chosen in a less rigorous way. We chose them because they offered something unique or notable to customers in the state, they seemed well-regarded by internet reviewers or because they were one of the few installers we could find information on in the state.

Whether we've completed a full review on a company or not, it's always a good idea to get multiple quotes from different installers before choosing a company.

Mississippi solar FAQs

What is the solar payback period in Mississippi?

The payback period for your system depends on your home's energy usage and total system cost. The average payback period is six to 12 years, according to experts we talked to.  

How long do solar panels last?

Solar panel production warranties from manufacturers usually last 25 years, but the panels are expected to last much longer. Over time the power output will decrease, just as with any technology, but higher-quality materials tend to have a longer lifespan than cheap options. 

Can I save money with solar panels?

Yes. Installing solar panels can save money on energy bills and reduce the financial impact of rising electricity rates. Financial incentives and financing options are available to make solar more affordable.

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Faith Foushee CNET Contributor
Faith Foushee is a CNET contributor and a writer for our sister publication SaveOnEnergy.com, covering energy-efficient products, renewables and other energy topics. She enjoys learning about new energy technology and helping others save money. Faith graduated from High Point University with a bachelor's degree in strategic communication.
Faith Foushee
Faith Foushee is a CNET contributor and a writer for our sister publication SaveOnEnergy.com, covering energy-efficient products, renewables and other energy topics. She enjoys learning about new energy technology and helping others save money. Faith graduated from High Point University with a bachelor's degree in strategic communication.

Article updated on Sep 26, 2023

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