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Pennsylvania Incentives

Residential PV: $0.75/W DC
Commercial PV: $0.50 - $0.75/W DC (varies by system size)
Solar Thermal: 35% of installed cost
Low-income
(PV and solar thermal):
35% of installed cost
Maximum PV Incentive
(Residential):
lesser of $7,500 or 35% of installed costs
Maximum PV Incentive
(Commercial):
lesser of $52,500 or 35% of installed costs
Maximum Solar Thermal
Incentive (Residential):
$5,000
Maximum Solar Thermal
Incentive (Commercial):
$50,000
Eligible System Size:
(Residential):
1 kW minimum
Eligible System Size:
(Commerical):
3 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

Federal Tax Credit

Eligibility: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Other Solar Electric Technologies
Applicable Sectors: Residential
Amount: 30%
Maximum Incentives: Solar-electric systems placed in service before 1/1/2009: $2,000
Solar-electric systems placed in service after 12/31/2008: no maximum
Solar water heaters placed in service before 1/1/2009: $2,000
Solar water heaters placed in service after 12/31/2008: no maximum
Wind turbines placed in service in 2008: $4,000
Wind turbines placed in service after 12/31/2008: no maximum
Geothermal heat pumps placed in service in 2008: $2,000
Geothermal heat pumps placed in service after 12/31/2008: no maximum
Fuel cells: $500 per 0.5 kW
Equipment Requirements: Solar water heating property must be certified by SRCC or by comparable entity endorsed by the state in which the system is installed. At least half the energy used to heat the dwelling's water must be from solar. Geothermal heat pumps must meet federal Energy Star requirements. Fuel cells must have electricity-only generation efficiency greater than 30%.
Start Date: 1/2006
End Date: 12/31/2016
Maximum Solar Thermal
Incentive (Commercial):
RS Form 5695 & Instructions: Residential Energy Credits

More Solar Incentives

Database for State Initiatives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) http://www.dsireusa.org), a website listing incentives for each state as well as federal grants and incentives.