Pennsylvania has a long and proud tradition of producing copious amounts of energy, from early oil discoveries and rich coal deposits to modern solar energy production. When it comes to energy, this state has a way of getting things done. Thanks to supportive government policies, going solar in Pennsylvania is easier than ever.
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SRECs and net metering in PA
Pennsylvania has two main programs to support the development of residential solar systems: net metering and solar renewable energy certificates.
Pennsylvania net metering
This is one of the most important policies for solar in Pennsylvania, as in many other states, because it governs how your residential system interacts with the grid. Net metering allows you to sell excess solar electricity back to the utility at the same price at which you would buy it. The ability to send electricity back to the grid is key, as it allows homeowners to “bank” their solar energy when production is up and use it when they need it later on. PECO Energy offers the top utility net metering program in Pennsylvania.
Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs)
This program enables Pennsylvanians to sell the SRECs that their panels generate. As of late 2019, the going rate for these credits was about $24. At this rate, a 5-kilowatt (kW) system that generates 5 MWh per year could make an extra $120 per year from selling credits in the SREC market.
Pennsylvania solar tax credits
The federal solar tax credit
Don’t forget about federal solar incentives! With the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), you can reduce the cost of your PV solar energy system by 26 percent. Keep in mind that the ITC applies only to those who buy their PV system outright (either with a cash purchase or solar loan), and that you must have enough income for the tax credit be meaningful.