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ADT Solar: Upcoming Solar Company in Pennsylvania

ADT Solar has been providing solar solutions to homeowners for more than a decade and now we’re excited to announce we’ll be doing the same soon in Pennsylvania!

As a company that has been installing solar panels on residential properties since 2008, ADT Solar has become an industry leader. In fact, Solar Power World Magazine recognized our achievements, ranking ADT Solar #2 on its Top Residential Solar Installer list in 2021.

ADT Solar is passionate about powering homes and empowering people. We make life sunnier by offering homeowners a sustainable source of energy that can benefit you, your neighbors, and the environment and we’ll be doing the same for Pennsylvania soon!

While we are currently not providing solar installations in Pennsylvania, feel free to keep reading below to learn more about solar panels systems and what they can do for you.

Going Solar in Pennsylvania

Do you assume you need to live in a state well known for its environmentally progressive policies to benefit from solar? Then we hope you’re sitting down because you’re about to get a pleasant surprise!

Going solar in the Keystone state is supported by a number of incentives at both the federal and state level. Pennsylvania has embraced solar energy from a policy standpoint. And you get to reap the rewards.

It’s a reflection of the state’s commitment to making Pennsylvania solar energy more affordable. After all, going solar can save you money on your electric bill and help the environment by reducing carbon emissions.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average Pennsylvania family consumes more than 10,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually and spends more than $2,000 per year on energy bills. It’s no wonder that more and more homeowners in the Keystone state are going solar!

Facts About Solar Energy in Pennsylvania

  • There’s enough solar installed in Pennsylvania to power 112,816 homes.
  • 44,927 solar installations have been completed in Pennsylvania.
  • Solar in Pennsylvania is estimated to grow by 1,593 MW over the next five years.
  • Pennsylvania has invested $2.6 billion in solar.
  • Solar prices in Pennsylvania have fallen 50% over the last 10 years.

Source: (SEIA)

Are Solar Panels Worth it in Pennsylvania?

When you get your solar system installed by an established Pennsylvania solar energy company, solar panels are very much worth it. More and more people are going solar in Pennsylvania ― and with good reason. Powering your home with solar energy can reduce your electric bills and it benefits the environment. Other advantages include:

  • Lower prices ― Getting solar panels installed in Pennsylvania costs 50% less than it did a decade ago. And with attractive solar incentives and net metering policies in place, going solar is definitely well within reach.
  • Performance improvements ― Technology advancements have created solar panels that perform better. They’re more efficient at producing solar power. This characteristic is particularly helpful for homeowners with limited space on their roofs.
  • Elevated home value ― Solar has become a popular value add for home buyers. As interest in homes for sale with solar systems grows, home sellers can capitalize on it by listing their homes at a higher price.
  • Federal tax credits ― Through the end of 2032, you could be eligible to get a 30% tax credit for installing solar panels on your roof.
  • Excess solar storage ― With power outages on the rise, there’s never been a better time to consider a solar battery. This add-on allows you to store the excess solar energy your panels generate. You can use the stored energy to power your home during a power outage or at night.
  • Eco-friendly Energy ― When you use a renewable source of energy that has a small carbon footprint, you help the planet and yourself. Solar power doesn’t produce greenhouse emissions, which are damaging to the environment.

Pennsylvania Solar Incentives, Tax Credits, & Rebates

Are you wondering, does Pennsylvania have a solar rebate? The answer is a resounding “yes!” In fact, the Keystone state offers several solar incentives.

Federal Solar Tax Credit in Pennsylvania

If you get a solar photovoltaic (PV) system ― in other words, a solar panel system ― installed on your home and it’s located in the U.S., you’re eligible to claim the Federal Solar Tax Credit. You’ll make the claim on your federal income taxes for a percentage of the cost of the PV system. There’s no cap on the amount of money you can claim, but the system must be placed in service during the same tax year that you claim it.*

Solar arrays that are installed through the end of 2032 qualify for a 30% tax credit.**

Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs)

Pennsylvania is one of the states that impose state regulations called renewable portfolio standards. Why should this matter to you? Well, under these regulations, utility companies in Pennsylvania must produce a specific percentage of their electricity from renewable resources. Sometimes utilities need help meeting the requirement. This is where homeowners with solar systems come in.

With solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs), you can earn additional income if your home produces solar energy. SRECs designates the payment as one SREC for every megawatt hour (MWh), or 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWhs), of electricity generated by your solar panel system. You can learn more about SRECs from EnergySage’s handy guide.

City of Philadelphia Solar Rebate Program

Homeowners who live in the City of Brotherly Love are eligible for an incentive that offers $0.20 per watt of solar photovoltaics installed. The typical 8.5-kW system would yield an average reimbursement of $1,700 under the City of Philadelphia Solar Rebate Program. Keep in mind that the dollar amount earned from this incentive depends entirely on your individual solar system.

Philadelphia also offers a rebate for the permit costs you must pay to get solar panels installed on your roof. As with the solar rebate program incentive, the exact reimbursement will depend on your situation.

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Pennsylvania Net Metering Opportunities

At times, your solar panels might produce more energy than your home needs. When this happens, some utility providers will allow you to “sell” the excess energy back and receive a credit on your electric bill. This process is called net metering.

If you own a home in Pennsylvania and go solar, you’re in luck! The state’s net metering policy requires all investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to offer net metering. Furthermore, the IOUs must compensate homeowners for the solar energy their system sends to the grid at full retail value. This means that every kilowatt-hour that solar systems overproduce and route to the grid will offset one kilowatt-hour they pull from the grid.

Any residential solar system up to 50 kW is eligible for net metering in Pennsylvania, as outlined in the policy.

How to Choose Pennsylvania Solar Panel Installers

There’s no denying it: going solar is a big decision. One with many benefits, yes, but one you should make carefully regardless. Choosing a company that’ll perform the installation skillfully and use high quality equipment is imperative for ensuring that your investment pays off.

These three tips will help you choose the best Pennsylvania solar panel installers:

  • Steer clear of fly-by-night solar ventures that haven’t been on the scene long, especially if they make promises that sound unrealistic. Instead, focus on companies that have been in business for years and will be around to support you in the long term.
  • The solar installer you select should provide comprehensive warranties on both the equipment and labor. These warranties will protect the investment you’re making.
  • Take time to read the company’s reviews carefully. If the majority of the reviews are negative or state a recurring problem, that’s a major red flag. Companies with mostly positive reviews, on the other hand, are far likelier to be trustworthy.

ADT Solar employees installing solar panels over a home