Pennsylvania ranks #23 in America for savings from installing solar panels on your home

Solar power in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has a grant program and net metering alongside the 30% federal tax credit. Upfront nearly 40% of the costs are covered when you choose to install solar.

The Pennsylvania High-Performance Building Program offers a low interest loan or a grant for 10% of the system costs.

Net metering values your unused solar generation sent to the grid at the retail power rate. Excess power after covering your night/cloudy day electric bill is given as credit to future bills still at the retail value. At the end of the yearly billing cycle remaining credit is deposited into your account at nearly full retail price.


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Solar power in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania solar power facts


Average cost of a 5kw solar power system in 2019
Price shown before incentives

8 Years 6 Months

Average payback time


Average lifetime savings
Price shown after repayments of capital


levelized cost of solar energy


If you don't get solar
The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years


Annual power production

Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of a 7.76kW system

This 7.76kW system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill in Pennsylvania is $150, however your situation may vary so try our solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.

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How much do solar panels cost in Pennsylvania

$3.58 per watt

Cash purchased solar system
Before 30% solar tax credit

$4.06 per watt

Financed solar system
Before 30% solar tax credit

N/A cents/kWh

Av. 15 year term, 2.5% price escalator

What are the pros and cons of buying solar panels for your home in Pennsylvania

The advantages of installing solar panels is there is both state based incentives and the federal tax credit. In addition, Pennsylvania above average power prices meaning overall the return on investment for an installation of residential solar panels in Pennsylvania is one of the best in the nation.

The disadvantage of installing solar panels is that there is less overall solar irradiation in Pennsylvania per year and so a solar system, produces less than it would in some other areas. However, the local incentives more than make up for this and I think Pennsylvania home owners will be kicking themselves they didn't install solar panels while these generous incentives are around. Enter your details to calculate the cost and savings you are likely to get from installing solar panels for your home.

Best brands of solar panels

To find the best brands of solar panels you can use America's most trusted solar panel comparison and reviews website, SolarReviews.

However, reviews of solar panels can be a bit meaningless because most consumer owners have not had any issues and so whilst solar company reviews are very important when choosing solar installers they are of less use when choosing solar panels.

For more information to help you make an informed decision about this topic, I would recommend this article about buying solar panels.


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How much electricity will solar panels produce in Pennsylvania

Solar panels produce different amounts of energy in different locations.

Around the Philadelphia area solar panels installed on a south facing 27 degree pitch roof will typically produce:

1,254kWh per year per 1kw of peak DC (direct current) capacity

For more information about how your location, roof direction and roof tilt affects solar power production use the solar panels calculator and enter your zipcode below.


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Pennsylvania High-Performance Buildings Program

Under the High-Performance Buildings Program you may choose between a low interest loan or a grant for 10% of the project cost.

The grant option is by far the best choice since cash purchases of solar systems are always cheaper and carry no interest rates.





Net Metering in Pennsylvania

All investor owned utilities in Pennsylvania are required to offer net metering. Investor owned utilities encompass most of the state and majority of coop's and municipalities also offer their own net metering programs.

Net metering provides the same value per kWh for excess solar generation as another kWh drawn from the grid. When more energy is sent to the grid than your property draws credit is provided to future bills at the same 1 for 1 value.

At the end of the yearly billing cycle (June 1st to May 31st) your utility will write you a check still at the full rate minus the distribution charge. Considering most states don't make the utilities pay up at all this is a huge win.





Simplified Pennsylvania Interconnection guidelines

State legislation has made connecting to the grid a fairly simple process compared to the bureaucratic headache of some other states however, this is of little concern since your local solar company will handle this.

Pennsylvania Solar Calculator

Regardless of what you want to know about the economics of installing solar panels for your home or business in Pennsylvania we have a solar calculator that can show you exactly the information your require.


You can either use our full monthly solar calculator that shows you everything you could possibly want to know or you can use one of our range of smaller calculators for specific solar calculations that focus on providing you only with the specific information you require.



What you can find out about installing solar panels in Pennsylvania using our full monthly solar calculator

This solar calculator requires you to input your address, utility company, your average monthly power spend - It tells you:

If you want to see all of the above but also see live pricing, the three best solar deals available in your city and get binding quotes from each of these solar companies then use this solar panels calculator. This calculator requires you to also input your name and contact details because most of our 200+ installer partners will only authorize the sharing of their live solar pricing where we have validated that you are a real homeowner with a home in their service area. We respect the privacy of your data and only share your contact details with the solar companies you ask us to get binding quotes from.


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Going solar in Pennsylvania

Check out all of the ways energy providers of Pennsylvania can help you be more energy efficient and save money.

The following programs are available:
Incentive Name Eligibility Type
Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit Federal Personal Tax Credit
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Your city may have further incentives to offer. Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.