With more than 200 sunny days throughout the year, Mississippi should be an excellent contender for solar production. Yet, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, 0 MW of solar were installed in 2014, placing the state last in the nation for that year. Creating a major roadblock for this source of renewable energy in Mississippi is the lack of solar-friendly policies and incentives. Incentives and companies installing solar panels in Mississippi do exist; learn how to find them and why solar is still a good bet.

Mississippi’s Solar
Report Card

Grade
Methodology

To determine a grade for each state, our researchers and solar experts analyzed data on crucial solar-advancement criteria from the following sources:

We determined a rank from 1 to 10 for each state in each category. We then combined the scores with the following weights and assigned an overall grade for each state. Our goal is to encourage those considering solar for their homes to get a basic understanding of solar potential in their areas and discover the best opportunities for clean energy available.

Incentives & Rebates, 40%

Electricity Rate, 15%

Renewable Energy Policy, 30%

Interconnection Ease, 5%

Photovoltaic Potential, 10%

The Expense of Electricity in Mississippi

Residential electricity prices average $.12 cents/kWh. This rate hovers close to the national average and places Mississippi 28th in the nation for its energy costs. The majority of Mississippi’s electricity is generated by natural gas-fired and nuclear power plants, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Wood and wood-waste accounted for nearly all of the state’s 2.7 percent of electricity generated from renewables. Renewable resources, including solar, simply do not play a strong part in Mississippi’s energy portfolio.

Cost of Residential Electricity

Data from U.S. Energy Information Administration
*as of Q3 2015

Mississippi Resources
and Additional Reading

Solar Policies & Incentives in Mississippi

Mississippi ranks last in the nation for installed solar and with good reason. The state lacks solar policies and incentives that encourage the adoption of solar. DSIRE, a U.S. Department of Energy database that contains a comprehensive source of incentive and policy information for renewables and energy efficiency, lists only six different incentives and policies for the entire state. Mississippi, unlike many other states, also lacks a renewable portfolio standard. Nevertheless, residents are taking the initiative to install rooftop panels, recognizing the solar energy potential of the state.

REBATES/INCENTIVES

TVA – Green Power Providers

The Tennessee Valley Authority allows commercial and residential property owners in Mississippi to receive an incentive of $1,000 when they install a PV system to their property. Additionally, customers can receive $0.02/kWh. To qualify, systems must be between 0.5 kW and 50 kW.

None for residential specifically

None for commercial specifically

POLICIES

Net Metering

The Mississippi Public Utilities Commission established this rule in 2015 to allow residential and commercial property owners with PV systems to receive credits on their bill for generating solar energy in the state. Residential customers must have a system with a capacity of no more than 20 kW (DC), while the maximum capacity for commercial customers is 2 MW (DC).

Interconnection

Mississippi’s interconnection regulation allows those with PV systems of up to 2 MW to connect to the power grid. Utility companies can charge up to $50 plus $1 per kW for systems that must be modified to meet the capacity standards.

None for residential specifically

None for commercial specifically

TAX CREDITS

None for residential/commercial specifically

None for residential specifically

None for commercial specifically

EXEMPTIONS

None for residential/commercial specifically

None for residential specifically

Mississippi Clean Energy Initiative

Companies that manufacture solar energy systems can receive an exemption for 100 percent of their sales, income, and franchise taxes for up to ten years. A business must create 250 full-time jobs and invest $50 million to receive these exemptions.

Mississippi Installation Companies

Mississippi Solar LLC

As Mississippi’s main solar contractor, Mississippi Solar provides locals with design, installation, and maintenance of solar panel systems. Their installations with battery-based backup power promise reliable power even when the grid is down.

Where it operatesCarthage, MS

Year of opening2008

Solar Panel Resources in Mississippi

Mississippi Public Service Commission

Find information on the electricity and other utility rates and their regulations by the Mississippi government.

Mississippi State Legislature

Keep up with current and pending legislatures and legislative issues regarding solar and other energy in the state. Contact local legislators.

Mississippi Energy Development Office

Learn about government programs, policies, energy-related statistics and energy-saving strategies.

DSIRE Incentives Database – Mississippi

Explore the public database of federal and state incentives, programs, policies, and other initiatives regarding solar in Mississippi.

U.S. Energy Information Administration – Mississippi State Profile

Track the latest statistics for Mississippi’s consumption, production, and pricing of energy.