Pennsylvania is home to more than 547 solar businesses, making it one of the largest solar employers in the nation. Solar firms in this state offer a wide variety of solar goods and services, including solar cell and module manufacturing, as well as residential and commercial solar installations.
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Facts on the Pennsylvania Solar Industry
- There are currently more than 547 solar companies1 at work throughout the value chain in Pennsylvania, employing 2,498 people2.
- In 2015, Pennsylvania installed 13 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 26th nationally. Installed solar capacity in Pennsylvania has grown by 25% over the last year3.
- In 2015, $32 million was invested on solar installations in Pennsylvania. This represents a 21% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
- The 265 MW of solar energy currently installed in Pennsylvania ranks the state 15th in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 31,000 homes.
- Over the next five years, Pennsylvania is expected to install 325 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking the state 28th over that time span. This amount is more than 2 times the amount of solar installed over the last five years.
- Installed solar PV system prices in the U.S. have dropped steadily- by 12% from last year and 66% from 2010.
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Notable Solar Installations in Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Solar Park was completed in 2014 by developer Green Energy Capital Partners. This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 10 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 1,200 Pennsylvania homes4.
- At 6 MW, Keystone Solar Project in Lancaster County is among the largest solar installations in Pennsylvania. Completed in 2012 by Community Energy, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 700 homes5.
- Several large retailers in Pennsylvania have gone solar, including IKEA, Crayola, Staples, Walmart, and Kohl's. Snyder's has installed one of the largest corporate photovoltaic systems in the state with 3,500 kW of solar capacity at their location in Hanover6.
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Solar Companies in Pennsylvania
There are currently more than 547 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Pennsylvania. These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels. These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 118 manufacturers, 46 manufacturing facilities, 284 contractor/installers, 28 project developers, 27 distributors and 90 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.
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Solar panel costs have fallen significantly in the last 5 years and now installing solar panels can be one of the best investments you can make for your home. There are also now a lot of products on the market utilizing sophisticated financing vehicles to make solar panels for your home affordable. This website will show you the average retail price of installing home solar panels in Pennsylvania.
Solar rebates and solar tax credits in Pennsylvania.
Solar incentives are offered at the utility, county, state and federal level. These solar incentives can take various forms including solar tax credits, up front solar rebates, premium feed in tariffs (known as net metering) or solar production incentives.The eligibility and rules for each incentive program can vary greatly. This solar panel calculator allows you to enter your address and it will tell you what solar incentives will apply at your house and the value of these if you go solar.
Finding the right solar company for you:
There are many solar companies in Pensylvania offering a wide variety of brands and options. This consumer reviews website will show you the consumer ratings of each solar installer that services your area and will also show you what brands of solar panels.
Public Utility Commission - Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Pennsylvania public utilities
State Legislature - Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Pennsylvania
State Energy Office - Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics
DSIRE incentives database - Pennsylvania - Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Pennsylvania and across the United States
U.S. Energy Information Administration - Pennsylvania State Profile - Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government