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The state of solar power in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania holds a moderate rank in solar power use. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Pennsylvania ranks 22nd in the United States for solar generation. This is a few spots up from its place at 26th in 2018.
Despite the presence of sun and clear skies in Pennsylvania, the state hasn’t yet managed to implement many incentives or push for use of solar power. The state has plenty of environmental resources ideal for this type of electrical power—it’s just a matter of showing people that it’s possible and beneficial to have a solar-powered home or business.
How much solar power does Pennsylvania produce?
Pennsylvania produces about 452.24MW of electricity with solar power. That comes out to 0.25% of the state’s electricity. While this percentage is low, the Keystone State is beginning to understand the importance of solar energy.
Currently, 25,863 solar installations power 55,625 Pennsylvania homes, and there are 4,219 solar-related jobs. Lancaster County is the highest producer of solar energy in the state, due to its expansive farming areas.
Is solar feasible in Pennsylvania?
When it comes to climate and land areas, solar power generation is feasible. The challenge in this instance is not the absence of area available, but the lack of financial assistance and government support for this type of renewable resource.
Currently, solar provides less than half a percent of Pennsylvania’s total energy, and that’s not because it’s impractical. Many farms in Pennsylvania have seen the value in solar power, but when it comes to residential areas, the state doesn’t always make it easy to afford or install solar panels. Solar grants have been cut, and solar energy credits are priced low due to solar energy’s unprecedented popularity.
However, this is beginning to change. The Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future Project has a goal to increase the use of solar power, doubling Pennsylvania’s solar energy output by 2021 to reach 0.5%. By 2030, the aim is 4-8%, and ultimately at least 10%. It’s a reachable goal, considering it would take only 0.3% of Pennsylvania’s land area and $9 billion over the course of 15 years to get there.
How much does solar power cost in Pennsylvania?
Cost is one of the greatest obstacles when it comes to installing solar power in Pennsylvania. The only major tax credit available is the 26% federal tax credit available to customers who purchase solar in all states.*
What's the positive to solar power in Pennsylvania? The payback period is very short. A solar system will save you money in the long run - and the long run is really not that long, despite up-front costs.
- *. Tax credits subject to change. SunPower does not warrant, guarantee or otherwise advise its partners or customers about specific tax outcomes. Consult your tax advisor regarding the solar tax credit and how it applies to your specific circumstances. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.
What legal considerations affect solar power in Pennsylvania?
Despite the lack of incentives, Pennsylvania is beginning to bring about some legislation supporting solar power. The Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (2004)* helped grow alternative energy sources like solar power by offering more opportunities for economic development in conjunction with these energy sources.
How can I start using solar in Pennsylvania?
Despite the challenges of solar power installation in Pennsylvania, SunPower can help you make the most of what is available to you.
Experts who know your local regulations will install your new system. Contact us on the SunPower website or call us at (800) 786-7693.
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