New Federal Climate, Energy Law Makes Going Solar Well Within Reach

By Sharon Pillar, Executive Director PA Solar Center | October 4, 2022

The recently passed [federal] Inflation Reduction Act offers a number of incentives that make transitioning to solar power very attractive to homeowners, businesses, and other organizations.

It offers financing tools and opportunities to make flipping the switch to solar well within reach, including that 30% tax credit (or more for commercial systems). 

NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) is the gold standard for demonstrating competency for solar installation. 

How does one find these reputable, NABCEP-certified solar installers, you might ask? 

Well, a directory of them can be found right on our website

The certified installers in this directory are also all based in Pennsylvania, which is a great way to support local businesses and keep resources in our state.

Keep in mind that an average home solar system is about seven kilowatts (kW) and would cost on average between $2,500-$3,500 per kW or about $17,500-$24,500 before applying the new 30% tax credit and without energy storage. 

But it will also vary depending upon the steepness and composition of your roof and how much energy you use.

Consumers can also check out our FAQ page, which answers common solar questions from “How much does it cost to go solar?” to “What sort of maintenance is required?” to see how the proposals they receive compare.

The PA Solar Center also provides unbiased assistance to non-residential organizations through our program called GET Solar, through which we usher businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, schools, and others through the whole solar procurement process.

The Pennsylvania Solar Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit effort to raise the awareness of the benefits of solar energy in Pennsylvania. Click Here to sign up for regular updates.


— Williamsport Sun: Interest In Solar Power Projects Growing Statewide, Including Lycoming County

— Bay Journal: Community Solar Energy Projects Slowly Expand In The Chesapeake Bay Region [Except In Pennsylvania Where Legislation Is Needed] – By Ad Crable

— Bloomberg: Solar Energy Now 33% Cheaper Than Natural Gas Power In U.S.

— CNN: This 100% Solar Community In Florida Hit Head-On By Hurricane Ian Had No Loss Of Power, Minimal Damage

Related Article:

— DCNR Announces Guidance For Planners Seeking To Generate Clean Renewable Energy Through Grid-Scale Solar Installations  [PaEN]

[Posted: October 4, 2022]  PA Environment Digest | Source



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