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The state of solar in Scranton

With just 174 days of sunshine per year, Scranton is far from the sunniest city in the U.S.* However, 89% of the city’s rooftops are solar viable,* and coal mining is on the decline in Lackawanna County, encouraging the adoption of clean energy solutions. Legislation is also in the works to raise the state's renewable energy goal from 8% to 18%, which is likely to spur more solar incentives for residents.*

How much solar energy does Scranton produce?

Although neither Scranton nor Lackawanna County have released solar capacity stats, based on the Generation Attribute Tracking System (GATS) for Renewable Energy Credits (REC), Lackawanna County has at least 134 solar installations producing 1,281.38 kW of solar energy. Google Project Sunroof estimates 53 of those installations are in Scranton.*

Expansions in solar energy development in the area have made headlines in recent years. The Lackawanna Energy Center located just outside Scranton came online in 2019.

The 1,485 MW natural gas combined-cycle electric generation facility is the largest in the state. Its Administration and Control Building features a solar array on the roof that helps make the facility 60% more energy-efficient than similar conventional buildings.*

What are the advantages of going solar in Scranton?

The potential for electricity cost savings is one of the biggest advantages of going solar. A 5 kW solar PV system in Scranton can offer cost savings of up to $18,000 over 20 years and potentially pay for itself within 11 to 12 years.*

You also won’t have to worry about inflating electricity prices as solar energy comes at a fixed rate, and with battery storage, you can improve your energy security. With backup storage, if grid power goes down, your lights will stay on.

Known as the “Electric City,” Scranton recognizes its beginnings as an industrial center for iron and coal production while earnestly looking towards cultivating clean energy resources to repair the environmental ramifications of its past.* Solar energy is carbon-neutral and can help reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions in our community.

How much does solar cost in Scranton?

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The cost of a home solar system can vary, even in the same city, due to a range of factors, such as:

  • Household’s energy needs

  • Angle of the roof

  • Efficiency of the solar panels

  • Permitting fees

To help you understand the price of going solar in your area, we've analyzed SunPower price quotes, as well as quotes gathered by third-party sources for thousands of homeowners across the country.*

In Scranton, we found that the cost of purchasing a 5 kW solar system ranges from $13,600 to $20,100, or in other words, from $2.72 to $4.02 per watt. And that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.

If you install a grid-tied system, you may be able to take advantage of net metering to offset any energy usage from the grid.* Net metering allows you to earn a credit on your bill for any excess electricity you produce.

Staying connected to the grid has other benefits too. The Pennsylvania solar renewable energy certificate (SREC) program provides one SREC per megawatt-hour of electricity your solar PV system generates, which you can sell.* While the price of an SREC varies based on supply and demand, as of May 2021, an SREC in Scranton is worth around $23.*

Finally, if you purchase rather than lease your system, you may be eligible for the 26% federal tax credit, which applies to your solar system’s installation, equipment, and permitting costs.*

What’s the best way to go solar in Scranton?

Many factors go into determining an appropriate solar system size and setup. You'll need to consider your budget, roof angle, energy production needs, and much more. Given the complexity and cost of solar system installation, it's best to work with a reputable solar provider.

A good installer can also walk you through different solar and battery storage versus solutions and answer any resulting questions. You should also receive a detailed price quote for your customized solar design.

Get started today by requesting a free consultation, and we’ll follow- up with a quick call to schedule a time. You can also call us directly at (800) 786-7693.

Looking for commercial solar in Scranton?

SunPower is the #1 commercial solar provider in the U.S.* Schedule a commercial solar consultation today.

  • *. Best Places. Climate in Scranton, Pennsylvania. May 2021.
  • *. Google, Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018).
  • *. Vote Solar. New legislation would put PA on the road to economic recovery. March 2021.
  • *. Google, Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018).
  • *. Power Technology. Lackawanna Energy Center begins operations in US. July 2020.
  • *. Energy Sage. Solar Panels in Scranton, PA. May 2021.
  • *. Lackawanna Country. Attractions Coal Mine. May 2021.
  • *. Local Solar Installers 2020/2021, Solar Reviews 2021, Energy Sage 2021, Wood Mackenzie 2020, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 2020
  • *. The availability of net metering varies by location and is subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
  • *. Local incentives and rebates vary and are subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
  • *. SRECTrade. Pennsylvania. May 2021.
  • *. Tax credits are subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
  • *. Wood Mackenzie, US PV Leaderboard (March 2021). SunPower ranked #1 in cumulative commercial volume 2017-2020
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