Pennsylvania Sunshine Solar rebate Program

Pennsylvania Sunshine Solar rebate Program;
State: Pennsylvania

  • Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
  • Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photvoltaics
  • Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential, Low-income Residential, Agricultural
  • Amount:Residential PV: $1.25/W DC
  • Commercial PV: $0.25 – $0.75/W DC (varies by system size)
  • Solar Thermal: 25% of installed cost
  • Low-income (PV and solar thermal): 35% of installed cost
  • Maximum Incentive: Residential PV: lesser of $12,500 or 35% of installed costs
  • Commercial PV: lesser of $77,500 or 35% of installed costs
  • Solar Thermal: $2,000 for residential, $20,000 for commercial
  • Eligible System Size: Residential PV: 1 KW Minimum
  • Equipment Requirements: Equipment must be new; PV equipment must be listed as eligible under the California Solar Initiative (CSI); Utility grade meter (new or refurbished) required for PV systems; SRCC OG-100 certification required for solar thermal collectors
  • Installation Requirements: Work must be performed by a program-approved installer; PV systems must generally be grid-connected (exceptions on a case-by-case basis); Shade and system performance analysis must indicate system output at least 80% of optimum; Newly constructed homes must be Energy Star certified
  • Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Not specified, but net metering customers generally retain title to RECs
  • Funding Source: Pennsylvania Energy Independence Fund (state bonds)
  • Program Budget: $100 Million (total over life of the program)
  • Program Start Date: 05/18/2009
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Public Information – PA Sunshine
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Energy and Technology Deployment
PO Box 8772
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8772
Phone: (717) 783-8411
Web Site: