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The State of Solar in Arkansas

The state of Arkansas enjoys a warm subtropical climate and an average of 218 sunny days per year.* According to Google’s Project Sunroof, 80% of buildings in the state are solar-viable, amounting to 634 million square feet of roof space and 11.4 million MWh AC per year.*

How much solar energy does Arkansas produce?

In 2020, solar energy accounted for 6% of the renewable electricity production in Arkansas. The southern state’s solar capacity currently equals 581 MW.* While these are modest numbers, the solar energy production in Arkansas is 60 times higher today than it was in 2015 – a promising trend for the future of clean energy in the state.

What are the advantages of going solar in Arkansas?

The average solar system should return its costs within 14 years. Over the course of 20 years from the PV system installation, the property owner can save over $12,000.*

A home solar system installation is a long-term investment that offers homeowners several advantages, including an immediate drop in electricity bills, significant long-term savings, and increased property value.

Although the electricity rates in Arkansas are comparatively affordable right now, $89.52 per month for the average household, * major electricity providers in the state plan to raise their rates starting in June 2022.* With the prospect of increased electricity costs, going solar in Arkansas looks even more attractive.

Finally, a solar system with storage capacity may prove invaluable during an extreme weather event like the storms of Easter 2020, which left over 100,000 Arkansans without power.*

How much does solar cost in Arkansas?arkansas solar

The cost of a home solar system can vary, even in the same state, due to a range of factors. These include:

  • Roof type, angle, and condition

  • License cost

  • Quality of the solar panels

  • Any required structural adjustments

To help you understand the price of going solar in your area, we've analyzed SunPower price quotes as well as quotes gathered by third-party sources for thousands of homeowners across the country.

In Arkansas, we found that the average cost of owning a 5 kW solar system ranges from $12,950 to $13,800, or in other words from $2.59 to $2.76 per watt. And that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.

Over the past decade, average solar panel costs have fallen by 70%. Thanks to this trend, solar systems have become a lot more affordable. In 2010, a PV system could easily cost $40,000, a forbidding price for most homeowners.* Today, a home solar system is a financially viable option with a much shorter ROI period.

Arkansas homeowners can recoup some of their solar system installation costs by taking advantage of the federal 26% tax credit. *

Additionally, in Arkansas, the state mandates that electricity providers, like Entergy Arkansas, LLC, provide net metering programs to eligible customers.* Net metering allows utility companies to buy back (usually through credits to your electric bill) any surplus power that your system creates and sends to the grid.

Unfortunately, at this time, the state of Arkansas has no Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), solar power rebates, state energy tax credits, local property tax exemptions, or sales tax exemptions for energy.

  • *. SEIA, 2021 Q1 https://www.seia.org/solar-industry-research-data
  • *. Tax credits and incentives are subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
  • *. The availability of net metering varies by location and is subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.

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  • *. Wood Mackenzie, US PV Leaderboard (March 2021). SunPower ranked #1 in cumulative commercial volume 2017-2020

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