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Solar Incentives and Rebates in Pennsylvania

Peak Sun Hours (PSH): 4.0 - 4.2
Cost of Grid Power: $0.14/kWh
Number Of Installations: 33,889

What’s the Cost of Solar in Pennsylvania?

Cost of Grid Power

Pennsylvania electricity prices average $0.14/kWh, on par with the national average of $0.14/kWh.

Only four percent of Pennsylvania's electricity generation came from renewable sources in 2019. Of that roughly two fifths came from hydropower and one third from wind power. Of the 6% of renewable energy from solar, over eighty percent came from small-scale, "rooftop solar."

Cost of a Solar Install

Cost of a typical 6kW PV install in Pennsylvania from 2007-2013

A graph of falling prices for a typical 6kW PV install in Pennsylvania from 2007-2013.
Figures include design costs. Data from Berkeley Lab.

The average cost of a 6kW (equivalent to saving over 100 trees a year) solar power system starts around $11,000 in Pennsylvania. That system would pay for itself through energy savings with 10-13 years. System life can span well over 25 years, and savings will improve with inflation.



What Incentives are Available in Pennsylvania?

Data from DSIRE. For more info visit: https://www.dsireusa.org/

Name Implementing Sector Program Type Administrator DSIRE ID
Fuel Mix Disclosure State Generation Disclosure 68
Renewable Portfolio Standard State Renewables Portfolio Standard 191
Property Tax Assessment for Commercial Wind Farms State Property Tax Incentive Administered at county level 2369
PPL Electric Utilities - Commercial, Industrial and Agricultural Energy Efficiency Rebate Program Utility Rebate Program PPL Electric Utilities 3853
PECO Energy (Electric) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program Utility Rebate Program PECO Energy Co 4040
Philadelphia Gas Works - Residential and Commercial Construction Incentives Program Utility Rebate Program Philadelphia Gas Works 5354
PECO Energy (Gas)- Commercial Heating Efficiency Rebate Program Utility Rebate Program 5851
Solar Energy Loan Program State Loan Program Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) 5945
PECO Energy - Ways to Save For Your Business Utility Energy Analysis PECO Energy 14112
PPL Energy Services - Energy Savings Solutions Other Energy Analysis PPL Energy Services 16507
PPL Electric Utilities - Industrial & Manufacturing Rebates Utility Energy Analysis PPL Electric Utilities 17665
UGI Penn Natural Gas - Energy Advisor Other Energy Analysis UGI Penn Natural Gas 17798
Met-Ed - Energy Analyzer- Pennsylvania Other Energy Analysis Met-Ed 19778
Duquesne Light Company - Online Energy Audits Other Energy Analysis Duquesne Light Company 19896
UGI Utilities - Business Resources Other Energy Analysis UGI Utilities 20269
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development - Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program Other Energy Analysis Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development 20960
PPL Electric Utilities - All Rebates Utility Energy Analysis PPL Electric Utilities 20999
Delmarva Power and FirstEnergy Efficiency Solutions - Power Management Platform Other Energy Analysis Delmarva Power and FirstEnergy Efficiency Solutions 21719
U.S. Department of Energy - Industrial Assessment Center (IAC): University of Delaware Federal Energy Analysis U.S. Department of Energy 21749
First Energy - Business Energy Analyzer נOhio Other Energy Analysis 21758
First Energy - Business Energy Analyzer Other Energy Analysis First Energy 21760
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection - Comprehensive Statewide Pro-Active Industrial Energy Efficiency (E2) Program Utility Other Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection 21988
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection - Office of Pollution Prevention & Energy Assistance State Other Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection 21989
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships - EM&V Forum Non-Profit Training and Information Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships 22026
City of Philadelphia - Solar Rebate Program Local Rebate Program City of Philadelphia 22110



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