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2019 Pennsylvania Home Solar Incentives, Rebates, and Tax Credits

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Published on 09/27/2007
Updated 12/31/2018

The consensus on Pennsylvania solar power rebates and incentives

Just a few years ago Pennsylvania was near the top of the solar heap, boasting one of the strongest solar power rebate program in the country to go along with solid performance incentives and strong net metering laws. Unfortunately, with the rebate program now exhausted, the picture is not nearly as sunny for solar. The absence of tax exemptions are more glaring omissions without that big rebate check overshadowing them and the SREC payments, while solid, aren’t dragging payback time frames into “A” range by themselves. All around Pennsylvania is still pretty OK – but it’s also just OK.

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Nicholle Bernardo-Pankuch
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Nicholle Bernardo-Pankuch

Can my HOA stop us from putting in panels?

Solar Installation Experts
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Solar Installation Experts

Great tips for buying a solar power system. These would be helpful in choosing the right solar companies. Thanks for sharing!

Mr. Edups
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Mr. Edups

Yo this is so cool but must ask, how does you take energy from plate when plate so hot, how you touch it confuse the people like me. Must be fixing problem in future but for now toodaloo.

Ike
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Ike

I own 150 acres of land in pa and run a summer camp on them i have enormous usage for two months a year and almost nine the other ten. Would anyone know if it would be cost effective for new to install enough panels so that i would be able sell enough electricity during the year to have substantial savings in the summer?

Richard Baker
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Richard Baker

I live in Waverly NY but electric is supplied by Penn Electric. Transmission wires and all it in tails. Would l still get the over produced energy sold back to Penn Electric.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

i own 2 homes in philadelphia and and have solar panels installed on both i am interested in seminars about solar energy in my area to learn all i can about solar energy and my savings.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

We own a mobile home, 10 years old and are interested in leasing solar panels for electrical usage. Our unit measures 28 Wide by approximately 59 feel long. I’ve tried twice to secure a quote, and waited by the telephone but NO CALLS. Can you advise if we are qualified to use solar panels, ( leasing) and how much we anticipate in savings? We live near Pittsburgh and recognize the sun doesn’t shine a great deal of the time. I would appreciate a reply. Thanks, Jerry Kline

Patrick Kilhoffer
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Patrick Kilhoffer

I’m sorry you didn’t receive a reply. A mobile home often lacks the roof support system needed to support a solar system and in many areas, mobile homes are in parks that do not allow for ground mounted systems so it is very unusual to be able to install a solar system on a mobile home. However, if you own the land your home sits on and there is sufficient room to install a ground mount system, simply indicate that you are interested in a ground mount system. In answer to your question, assuming you are paying the state average… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I put not real phone # becasue Im deaf, I rather you contact me by email. I own more then 5 acres, and interest black solar panel without reflection . Im serous.

Patrick Kilhoffer
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Patrick Kilhoffer

Hi, I’m certain the installers will be happy to work with you via email and other methods suitable for a deaf customer. Simply follow the link to contact an installer and mention what you said here, that you prefer the initial communications to be via email because you are deaf.

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I put not real phone numbers 610 845 0001 becaue Im deaf , so you have to accept to contact me by emails if you dont then you are discrimatation . So contact me by email , this is important, I own more then 5 acres and want to lease black non reflection solar panel or solar power window, Im sure you know what Im talking about.

Patrick Kilhoffer
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Patrick Kilhoffer

Hi, I’m certain the installers will be happy to work with you via email and other methods suitable for a deaf customer. Simply follow the link to contact an installer and mention what you said here, that you prefer the initial communications to be via email because you are deaf.

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james piccerillo
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james piccerillo

hi my wife and i really want to have solar. our house is perfect location. all day sun direct our house from 9am til dusk. we want to add yr listing. thank you so much,james

Ernie Givens
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Ernie Givens

We would like to add our Solar company in you r Pennsylvania listing.
Thanks

Joe
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Joe

I believe the correct course action would be to contact the local utility company to make sure a “net meter” was installed at the time of commissioning. This will allow for the home owner to sell any excess electricity back to the utility company. Also they should contact Clean Power Markets 877-237-7773 or http://paaeps.com/ . This orgainization is responsible for registering all alternative energy systems within the state of PA. Once the system is officially registered within the state it will be elgible to sell the renewable energy credits the system is producing. There are also people called aggregators who… Read more »

Brenda Parker
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Brenda Parker

I purchased a house in Pittsburgh, PA and it currently has solar panels installed, what do I need to do to receive the rebate credits over the years of ownership. I have heard about the program but was never formally notified when I purchased the home. What do I need to do from here?

Mary S.
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Mary S.

I would like to know if there is any State money out there to support a non-profit organization that wants to go solar but needs industrial solar panels? Thank you for a response.

Loreal
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Loreal

Is there a problem with going all solar or just partial in PA or is it ownly in certain places in PA? Also, to even own solar equippment with the intent to use on or in your home do you have to get anyones permittion?

Loreal
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Loreal

I am thinking about moving out to either Brandywine or Oxford MD. I wanted to know if there were any probitions on having solar panels installed either a connection in my backyard to my house or on my roof?

Ilona
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Ilona

In your December 2010 update you mention Pittsburgh but you only have Philadelphia suburbs listed. Are there any suggestions for Pittsburgh in the works?

jennifer
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jennifer

I would like to explore solar panels for our church. Are there state grants for churches?
Jennifer

stuart edelman
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stuart edelman

What is the Pa. grant for a commercial
450 kw system.

jay
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jay

Put them up any way and make them hire a lawyer……it will be a pretty penny…….then take the panels down thw day before you court date, thus canceling the affair….then put them up a week later……..repeat as necessary

Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"
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Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"

Bob, Your story is sadly common in many areas. And sadly, you may need a lawyer to ultimately resolve this issue. However, I would recommend several tactics for persuading your HOA to reconsider. 1) First, I would contact votesolar.org and SEIA.org, the Solar Energy Industries Association. This is a common issue and they may have resources that you can use. 2) You might call/contact your congressmen and Pennsylvania legislator, and especially the governor’s office. Gov. Rendell is very pro solar, as you know. Staff there may also have recommendations. 3) If you really want to escalate things and perhaps upset… Read more »

bob
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bob

Please help with any info you can! To my dismay my HOA has declined my request to go solar. My plan was to use my rear south facing roof with low profile black solar panels. No wires would exposed and the frames of the panels would be black as well. I guess it’s my fault to be this naive in thinking that a HOA could stop a project this important to our planet. It’s my understanding that I can’t even take the matter before the township without the HOA approval?!? My local township is East Fallowfield, Pa just outside Coatesville… Read more »

herbert
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herbert

I am retired and payout much money for doctors and such so the 30% from the Feds will not be of any help unless someone out there knows how to get that money in a grant

nick c
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nick c

i love the comments and great feedback. i’m thinking about starting a company and targeting residential townhomes. i was wondering if you could recommend a solar panel company to get info from, and are there any small business
grants available to help me get started? are there any seminars in the chester county area offering solar information?

Robert lulloff
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Robert lulloff

Just a note to any one who did or is going to install salor on your own. The city of scranton is making me pay a fine for my self installed system. I am disabled and there for can not accsess the roof of our home. The panels are set in the side yard and feed to a controller that charges the set of only 6 12volt batterys, We use it to maitain low voltage lighting. We are not hooked to the grid. Pa just wants money for what somebodies else does. this is only a 12volt system. self installers… Read more »

Cliff
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Cliff

What’s the latest from the Energy Cooperative of Pennsylvania? They or other utilities should be buying the solar power at pro rata prices. If we can’t sell the electricity our grid systems will generate, why would anyone be interested in doing this except for purely altruistic reasons?

Mike
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Mike

Hi We are looking into putting a 60 kw on the roof of our small business. We need to know if the SREC income can be paid to us monthly or qaurterly instead of yearly so we can pay on our morgage better?

Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"
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Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"

Mike… I’m not sure. I think you can submitted on the SREC market whenever you produce a certain amount of kW, but I’m not certain about that. Please contact someone from http://www.srectrade.com. They’re the experts and will give you more details about the SRECs than I can find.

60kW sounds great! Good for you.

Steve Littlewood
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Steve Littlewood

Mike – If you are still interested and are a profitable business we will install your system for only your would be tax dollars and offer you a $.06 fixed electric rate for 16 years.

Frank
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Frank

Thanks for the tax info..Now for a solar question… I have a contractor coming out next week to check my site for a system. His company charges $8.00 per watt for a ground mount system. My wish is to have a 6kw system, but at $8.00 a watt that comes to $48,000. Even with the state and Federal rebates the final cost to me for the system comes to around $23000 after state tax is added. Thats a little tight for me to handle so heres my question….is it possible to have a system installed (inverter, etc…) that will handle… Read more »

Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"
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Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"

Hi, Frank. Absolutely, that’s possible. More so than ever with “micro inverters.” Check our our archives about micro inverters. It’s very modular. Even going with a central inverter, what you described is certainly possible, although, as you noted, you won’t get any more rebates for the panels or installation. Going halfway can be very cost effective by itself if you have a tiered rate system with your utility. When you go modular without micro inverters, it does become less flexible, however, and you may need to buy the same exact panels later on for the best efficiency. Keep in mind… Read more »

Frank Vilk
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Frank Vilk

I have read all the comments on this board but can’t find the answer to my question. Here it is… (When filing yearly state and federal taxes)If you cannot claim all of your tax rebate in one years filing, can you roll over the difference the following year or years until exhausted?

Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"
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Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"

Yes, Frank. You can carry over the 30% tax credit. How many years exactly is unclear, but at least until 2016 when the federal ITC expires. That’s our understanding, but you should always double check with your tax person, since we’re, you know, 3 solar dudes, not 3 tax dudes.

mitch
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mitch

Is the state rebate taxed by the federal government?

Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"
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Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"

Mitch, I’m unsure about that, honestly. It varies by what tax person you talk to, so go with the advice of your expert. Sometimes they consider these rebates as a “reduction in price” rather than “income.” Again, please check with your tax person with their understanding of the guidelines.

stan
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stan

My contractor sources say the rebate paperwork is submitted by the installer on behalf of the customer to insure efficiency levels and state requirements are being met. Should the customer owe the state any moneys they are ineligible for state rebates. Any rebate moneys due, by law, MUST be paid to the customer directly, only after the state receives proof of final payment to installer.
Therefore, does this qualify as a prevailing wage job? Thanks for your help and comments.
STAN

stan
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stan

Does the solar energy installation come under the guidelines of the pa prevailing wage act? The project must be completely paid for before any government moneys come into play and then go to the customer as a rebate not the installer.
Please respond.

Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"
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Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"

Stan, Short answer: We don’t know about the prevailing wage act. Not sure you’re right about the subsidy being fronted by consumer, however. If you’re talking about residential, I believe under the Sunshine program, the consumer must fill out an application after being approved by the installer for solar (meaning that their home is right for solar and has enough sunlight, roof orientation etc.) and then submit the application through the installer, who in turn submits it to the State program. I believe, but am not certain, that it is the installer who gets the rebate check if the consumer… Read more »

david
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david

hi dave form williamsport i just started my co. Renewable Energy For Pa llc . the D.E.P have been a big help.my email add is [email protected] i have been installing these systems for 3 plus years and i cant wate to get the first one for my own co.

Jason
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Jason

I agree completely we are starting a new business in this area and it seems we are fighting an uphill battle all the way. All I want to know is what tax credit is availible and how do I go about getting it. I’ve spent hours on the web trying to figure this out only to be left more confussed then ever. HELP!

J. Lubas
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J. Lubas

How does one become a state installer if you have to install at least 3 systems before you get on the list as a contractor. Is there any exception to this? Where can you apply to become a certified installer.

david
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david

HI im dave i live in williamsport and i have been installing these systems for about 4 years, i am starting a renewable energy business and found an outline draft on how the state will only give grants to the systems that are installed by NABCEP Certified installers and they want energy audits to that have to be done only by RESNET OR BPI CERTIFIED I beleive this will stop a lot of people from getting one installed i have installed more of these systems than i can count , at least give us time to get the classes and… Read more »

druidclark
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druidclark

So much for the State giving it more than PPL. Solar is actually excluded from the rebate-eligible expenses. Look at this site and “Advanced Performance” (http://www.keystonehelp.com/info/eligible.php)And, you have to use one of their contractors. IMO, as long as the materials are certified Energy Star and the Contractor is registered and I can prove that they were installed correctly, that should be enough. FPhhfffft.

Schmo
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Schmo

Does anyone have information on solar hot water rebates, installers or contractors?

chris
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chris

so are there any rebate now

Daniel-Sun
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Daniel-Sun

Good to know folks in Pa. are paying attention(not just paying ppl).Being from Ca. I wasn’t sure how solar would be received, and am now confident the time is now!

Jeremy Klotz
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Jeremy Klotz

Mark, it’s a $2 to $2.5 per watt rebate for PV. I have it from a good source that it’ll start in April. Here’s a draft of the legislation: http://www.paenergyfest.com/downloads/09-Jan-SolarProgramOutline.pdf

[email protected]

Mark
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Mark

Does anyone know what % of a tax credit or rebate will be allowed for PA? Everything that I found for the State is for 08. Nothing for 09 yet. I have the Fed information, but can’t find anything exact for state rebates. Thanks in advance!

Brian
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Brian

Great Website ! We wanted to Announce an Energy Expo for Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council is a 501©3 non-profit organization that has been active within northeast Pennsylvania since 1980. The Pocono Northeast RC&D is a regional organization that encompasses and serves the following ten counties: Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Schuylkill, and Wayne. The Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council and its partners will be hosting the Northeast PA Energy Solutions Expo on June 13-14th, 2009 at the Luzerne County Fairgrounds in Dallas, PA. The event will focus… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

i am a do it yourselfer, and i have been unable to find any where that i can get the info i need and purchase a roof system for my home. of the places i found on th internet in pittsburgh area, they are all contractors and no help, with info do to my wanting to do it myself. can’t find anyone who will sell to the do it yourselfer. any info on where i can find whatever it is i need, please help!!

Charles
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Charles

Hi People,
I understand the frustration over this whole alternative energy incentive thing that is lacking in our Keystone State. Seems none of our elected officials can get it together.
If you need some assistance in lowering your energy bills I may be able to help.
I’m doing it in my home.

Scott
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Scott

Hey guys, for information on finance and incentive help in PA try http://www.disireusa.org. Its a database of state incentives for renewable energy. Federally the only real incentive is the 30% direct tax credit for the installation. That is not a deduction but a direct cash credit (same as cash) of 30%.

Shana Haygood, Director of Sales
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Shana Haygood, Director of Sales

Anyone interested in signing up to hear exactly what the PA credits are, and exactly when they are going to be released, please visit http://www.ahs2.dep.state.pa.us/aeifsignup/ Please feel free to post back with any further questions. We expect to hear something definitive around March 2009.

Rob
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Rob

I watched a little bit of the meeting between Obama and the governors last night and was wondering if anyone caught any concrete plans for solar subsidies in PA

DAVE
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DAVE

GOOD OLD RENDELjUST A BAG OF “HOT AIR”.
ALL SHOW AND NO GO!!

Julia
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Julia

Here’s the latest word I’ve heard from the DEP about when residents can expect to hear about taking advantage of the Renewable Energy rebate program; the program is being funded by a bond, so they can’t activate the program until the bond has been issued. In our current economic situation, they’re not sure when that will happen. They’re projecting mid-2009. There will likely be stipulations that will determine your rebate eligibility, particularly energy efficiency; if you’ve demonstrated energy reduction in your home and/or have had an energy audit, you’re more likely to get a higher rebate (the maximum we’ve heard… Read more »

john
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john

Hello to all you folks talking about solar energy. Over the past 9 months I have designed and build my own solar water heating system. Over the past 3 months I have reduced my natural gas bill by approximately $50.00 a month and my investment was around a thousand dollars. The materials need to build a solar thermal collector are available at many plumbing supply stores. Good plumbing skills are a must have, if you wish to build your own system. I originally got most of my idea from http://www.builditsolar.com and just went ahead with what I wanted to do,… Read more »

Joy
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Joy

The state rebates are still being dickered over, as I understand it. The federal “30% up to $2,000” is good for systems up and running by Dec. 31 2008. That cut off has been moved before, and (esp. if you call your congressman and senator) could be renewed / extended again. use http://www.dsireusa.org/ to track funding opportunities; there are quite a few low-interest loans. Most Solar companies will help to hook you up with one. I would suggest buying a bit more inverter than your panels need, BTW, in case the panel cost and efficiency both improve in the next… Read more »

Dan Hahn
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Dan Hahn

Tony,

I provided an update today regarding the status of Pennsylvania homeowner rebates, incentives, and credits. Which ‘list of choices’ are you referring to?

Thank you all again for your comments and suggestions.

Tony
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Tony

Please post something for the individual residential homeowner, there must be some funding out there and hybrid (solar and wind) systems are not on you list of choices.

Craig B
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Craig B

Hi, I’m a retired NYC Police officer that fell ill after 9/11. Yep, I’m one of those guys that you hear about who are sick, and getting the shaft by the City. So seeing as I am on Social Security and 100% disabled, and living with my father who is also on social security, I need to find a way to lower my energy bills drasticly now. I want to go green, and get off the PPL trough. My dad and I live in a single wide mobile home in a nice area in PA, and the trailer faces exactly… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

I find it kind of funny that the governor of the state has a solar roof and gets a $20,000 grant to have it done but the working Keystoner can’t get any definitive answers when it comes to financial assistance. (lost the link to the page will post it when I find it)

Dan Hahn
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Dan Hahn

David, Thank you for your concern and comments. We’re doing the best we can to accurately reflect what is going on incentive and rebate-wise for Pennsylvania homeowners. From the installers we have spoken to in our network, there is some consensus that solar will not be an easy option to pursue in Pennsylvania for at least a year or so. That is in comparison to other states with much clearer goals and passed legislation. When the aforementioned bills get passed, we plan on reporting what it takes to acquire solar in a fiscally responsible manner with an actual example from… Read more »

David Leinenbach
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David Leinenbach

Careful Everyone. I’ve done some pretty extensive research and so far I have yet to see a site that deals exclusively with homneowners, residential, and individual use assistance, grants, and reasonable financing. I’ve had 3 or 4 contractors out to the house and I get the sense there will be some predatory activity initally given the intense interest as of late. ITS STILL THE RIGHT THING TO DO, but dont get sucked in too fast. Im pretty sure it can be done for a reasonable cost, but they’re not gonna make it easy as you can all see. Anyone find… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

I got a quote but the “grant” would have sign over my energy credits indefinitely. Does anybody know why the grant program has changed its format so many times?

Jeff
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Jeff

This news release was on the PA DEP website. It mentions “$100 million to provide loans, grants and rebates that cover up to 35 percent of the costs residential consumers and small businesses incur for installing for solar energy technology”. Here is the web address. http://www.ahs.dep.state.pa.us/newsreleases/default.asp?ID=5150&varQueryType=Detail

Sally
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Sally

I see nothing on this page for financial help for PA homeowners…just small business. It is an enormas expense…how does one get help?

Lorraine
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Lorraine

Didn’t the legislation just pass? Please be the first to post information about residential renewable credits from PA.

Gregory Gorbulsky
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Gregory Gorbulsky

Dear friends! As I can see from your questions, you are homeowners like me. Unfortunately, there is no rebate program for homeowners in PA right now. Governor Rendall stepped forward last year with so calle Sunshine Initiative, which stipulates 50% rebate for us, homeowners, but this initiative still did not passed Senate. We have to write or call to our Senators to move ahead with this bill asap. Meanwhile, Ihave installed 3.1 kwt Solar System myself and have been enjoying free clean energy.

Bruce
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Bruce

Hello??? Does anyone check the postings on this site? I to would like info for residential solar power incentives.

Allan Minard
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Allan Minard

I am like the rest of the people psting here. All the listed information seems to be geared to the business owner and not the home owner. Where can I find information for the homeowner that wants to install solar and find possible wources of help?

Doris
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Doris

Hi. Im interested in getting solar heating for my home. The fuel bills will put me out of my house if I cannot come up with something more feasible. But like Brian asked, where can I find out about info on solar ins. and rebates for residental use? Thanks.

Amy Sahm
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Amy Sahm

The sites listed above are all for small business. Where can I find info about solar panel installation and possible rebates and tax advantages for residential use?

ross
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ross

These sites all seem to be for businesses. Where can I find information about solar rebates for residential homes.

Catherine Neil
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Catherine Neil

The site at Find Solar is really great for general information and is geared toward the home owner. It also can link you up with customer recommended installers.

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