Going solar in New Orleans, LA

In New Orleans, an average home needs a 9kW solar system in order cover most of their electricity needs. Given the average residential price-per-watt of $3.92 in New Orleans, a 9kW system can cost around $35,280 depending on applicable rebates and other factors.

Average out-of-pocket cost for a 5 kW system The upfront amount spent to buy and install solar.
New Orleans: $19,600US Average: $19,594
Average Payback Period The number of years until you break even on the solar investment.
New Orleans: 12 yearsUS Average: 13 years
Average Net 20-year savings The total amount of money saved over 20 years minus the out-of-pocket cost.
New Orleans: $12,354US Average: $11,571

Solar Potential in New Orleans

Estimated system size and solar electricity production per median viable roof in
New Orleans.

Roof size 983sq. ft.
Capacity 13.75kW DC
Electricity 17.8kkWh AC per yr.

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Compare solar panels by system size in New Orleans

Get the most value out of your roof by comparing the different benefits a given system size has.

System Size 5kW
Roof Size Min. space required
358 ft²
Electricity Value Annual Production $947 a year
Est. Price
$19,600
Savings from a 5kWthis system
  • Est. yearly production 7,829 kWh
  • Est. monthly savings $79
  • Full payback in 21 years
Environmental Impacts
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by 5 tons a year
  • Equivalent to planting 230 trees a year
  • Equivalent to driving 12,369 mi less a year
System Size 6kW
Roof Size Min. space required
429 ft²
Electricity Value Annual Production $1,137 a year
Est. Price
$23,520
Savings from a 6kWthis system
  • Est. yearly production 9,395 kWh
  • Est. monthly savings $95
  • Full payback in 21 years
Environmental Impacts
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by 6 tons a year
  • Equivalent to planting 275 trees a year
  • Equivalent to driving 14,843 mi less a year
System Size 7kW
Roof Size Min. space required
501 ft²
Electricity Value Annual Production $1,326 a year
Est. Price
$27,440
Savings from a 7kWthis system
  • Est. yearly production 10,960 kWh
  • Est. monthly savings $110
  • Full payback in 21 years
Environmental Impacts
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by 7 tons a year
  • Equivalent to planting 321 trees a year
  • Equivalent to driving 17,317 mi less a year
System Size 8kW
Roof Size Min. space required
572 ft²
Electricity Value Annual Production $1,515 a year
Est. Price
$31,360
Savings from a 8kWthis system
  • Est. yearly production 12,526 kWh
  • Est. monthly savings $126
  • Full payback in 21 years
Environmental Impacts
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by 8 tons a year
  • Equivalent to planting 367 trees a year
  • Equivalent to driving 19,791 mi less a year
System Size 9kW
Roof Size Min. space required
644 ft²
Electricity Value Annual Production $1,705 a year
Est. Price
$35,280
Savings from a 9kWthis system
  • Est. yearly production 14,092 kWh
  • Est. monthly savings $133
  • Full payback in 22 years
Environmental Impacts
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by 8.42 tons a year
  • Equivalent to planting 387 trees a year
  • Equivalent to driving 20,843 mi less a year

New Orleans solar incentives, tax credit, and rebates

New Orleans has 2 rebates and tax credits that you may be eligable for. Visit the official links for more details to see if you apply.

Solar incentives in LA

Home Energy Loan Program (HELP)

Value:Up to $6,000

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the Home Energy Loan Program, or HELP, for homeowners making energy efficiency improvements. HELP loans offer a maximum principal of $12,000 to be repaid over five years. Half of the principal is disbursed by the DNR at 2% interest. The other half is disbursed from any of the HELP partner banks at their current market rate. The partner bank will handle all servicing responsibilities. HELP loan partners set their own institutional policies, including their own interest rates and the maximum amount for their own portion of the principal. Interested homeowners should therefore contact their local partner directly to apply or make further inquiries. A list of current HELP loan partners is available from the DNR website.

New Orleans City - Energy Smart Program

Value:Varies

The Energy Smart program is a joint venture between Entergy and the City of New Orleans. Orleans Parish Entergy customers may be eligible for a variety of rebates from the city government for new energy efficient equipment and improvement projects. Available rebates will change from time to time. Current offers include HVAC, windows, insulation/weatherization, ductwork, CFL/LED lighting, smart thermostats, and solar water/pool heating. Total rebate amounts can exceed $5,000 for qualifying customers. Application forms and additional information are available on both the Entergy and New Orleans city websites.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • As a general rule, unless there are local limitations, the main limitations to the amount of solar panels you can put on your roof are the available space on your roof, your electricity usage, your providers net metering rules, and the limitations of your house hold electrical system.
  • Based on our research the average price per installed watt is $3.92 in New Orleans. This means for a 10kW system you can expect to pay $39,200 though pricing can vary significantly between installers based on the projects requirements.
  • Based on a Zillow research study from 2019, home with solar panels sell for roughly 4.1% more.
  • To generate the most power, solar panels in the United States should face true south as this generally results in the solar panels receiving the most light each day throughout the course of the year. That said, given that energy prices are often variable throughout the day, your installer may recommend you rotate your panels slightly so that the panels will receive more light at the end of the day when energy prices can be more expensive. That said, for most consumers the positioning of solar panels is highly dependent on your home's roof.
  • Based on our continuously updated database of solar installers, we have found 19 verified solar install companies in New Orleans

Solar installers in New Orleans (19)

Go Solar Power

Boca Raton, FL(800) 530-9597

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.
  • Solar systems for selling electricity back to the grid.

SunPro Solar

Mandeville, LA(866) 599-3643

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.
  • Auditing of energy requirements for independent energy generation.
  • Monitoring of independent energy generation.
  • Solar systems for selling electricity back to the grid.
  • Expertise in consulting on advantageous financing for solar.
  • Consulting on all things solar related.

SunPower Corporation

San Jose, CA(800) 786-7693

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Reparation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.
  • Monitoring of independent energy generation.
  • Solar systems for selling electricity back to the grid.
  • Expertise in consulting on advantageous financing for solar.
  • Consulting on all things solar related.

Entegrity

Little Rock, AR(800) 700-1414

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Expertise in consulting on advantageous financing for solar.

LightEdison

Denver, CO(888) 966-6377

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Reparation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.
  • Expertise in consulting on advantageous financing for solar.
Last Reviewed By: King Manalo
Published: 2022-10-15