Durham’s Trusted Solar Energy Company

Solar is charging the Bull City. Request a free custom solar assessment for your home or business in Durham!

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Solar Energy is Rising in Durham

Solar Panel Installations in the Durham area is making the Bull City a leader in North Carolina’s clean energy industry. As your resident No. 1 Seed for solar panel installation in Durham NC, we’re here to help you find the right time to go solar.  Because of Durham’s pro-solar policies, lower solar panel prices, and increasing energy costs, now is a great time to make the switch to solar.

Why is going solar great in Durham?

Save Money

Producing your own solar energy saves money each month on your electricity bill.

30% Federal Solar Tax Credit

Take the money you owe to Uncle Sam next year, and invest it into clean energy for your home.

Avoid Rising Energy Bills

As utility rates rise over time, your solar savings will protect you from higher electric bills.

Increase Home Value

Go solar and sell for a premium–add 8kW and get a $16,300 increase in home value.

A Brighter Future

Generating renewable solar energy reduces pollution, helps fight climate change, and lowers America’s dependence on fossil fuel imports.

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Working With Durham’s Most Established Solar Company ▾

All of our systems are designed, constructed, and installed by our in-house team, allowing us to provide a seamless project and customer experience.

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Durham Solar Panels & In-House Solar Installations

Cost and performance are top priorities above all other factors when deciding on equipment for your home solar system. Ultimately, our designers will work with you to find the best solar products to meet your energy goals.

Southern Energy Management is also Durham’s Top Certified Tesla Powerwall Installer. Our team has installed over 950 batteries across North Carolina! 

What is the average cost of solar panel installation in Durham? ▸

The cost of a home solar system in Durham really depends on your home and family’s energy goals. Elements like shading, available roof space, your family’s energy use patterns, and your budget are big factors that impact what size system makes sense for your home. Our average solar system size in Durham is 8.2 kilowatts priced at $24,500, or $17,150 after incentives.

Current Solar Incentives in Durham, NC 
The 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit for solar has been renewed with the signing of the Inflation Reduction Act

Our solar designers will work with you to maximize your electric bill savings while meeting your energy goals and can walk through the many home solar financing options available

Get started with a free virtual solar assessment to see if your home is right for solar. 

Simple Solar Solutions in Durham

Our process is designed to educate and empower you so you can make a smart solar decision.


Talk to our solar educators to learn about solar power. Fill out a free solar quote request form to get started.


Work with one of our solar designers to customize a system that meets your home and family’s energy goals.


Enjoy 30+ years of sunny savings -- Save the world, save your wallet, save the future!

Leading the Change in NC Since 2001 ▸

Born and bred in Raleigh, NC, Southern Energy Management is North Carolina’s oldest local solar company. With 20+ years of experience installing 3,000+ solar systems, our team of 100+ solar and building performance professionals have the experience and expertise to find the best solar solution for any scenario. 

Our Solar Team Loves Local Too!

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Business as a Force for Good ▸

As a Certified B Corporation, we’re one of 4,000+ companies across the world using business as a force for good. We measure our success by our impact on our workers, our community, the environment, and our customers.

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Celebrating Our SHINE Tribe ▸

What’s better than investing in the sun? Investing in communities that invest in the sun! We had a blast celebrating Durham’s newest solar-powered home with a cold treat while educating neighbors on the sweet savings of solar energy. 

Let us know if you’re interested in celebrating your install with a neighborhood ice cream party (on us)!

Frequently Asked Questions

The Duke Energy Solar Rebate was a one-time solar incentive available to homes, businesses, and nonprofits serviced by Duke Energy in North Carolina. The Duke Energy solar rebate began in 2017 and concluded in 2022. Currently, there are no plans for the Duke Rebate to return in 2023.

Learn about other solar incentives in North Carolina!

If you live in Durham and use social media, chances are you’ve some form of advertisement saying “Free Solar Program for Durham County Residents” or “See if You Qualify for Free Solar Panels”. Unfortunately, there is no magical fairy that will grant you a free solar system in Durham, but there are Zero Down financing options that allow you to purchase a solar system with zero upfront cost.

Here’s our guide to Zero Down financing in North Carolina.

The demand for solar in North Carolina is strong! Our local solar market is continuing to grow, with North Carolina still leading the list of Top Solar Power States at number four. 

Solar-friendly utility policies in North Carolina, such as net metering, help make solar a beneficial investment for businesses and homeowners across Raleigh. Incentives like the 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit make the climate for solar in North Carolina even better!

On average, Durham gets 220 days of sunshine per year (slightly above the US average of 205 days). June is Durham’s sunniest month with an average of 267 hours of sunshine. If you’re worried about how much sun your home in Durham gets, our solar designers have fancy tools to measure the sun exposure on your roof. We’d be happy to provide you with a free virtual assessment of your home.

Request a free solar assessment to get started!