Solar Panel Installation in PA
Custom Solar Installations for Homes, Farms, and Businesses
More and more Pennsylvania residents and business owners are making the switch to solar.
The main reason is an economical one.
A properly installed solar electric system could save the average Pennsylvania household $1,150* each year on electricity! Add in Pennsylvania state and federal government tax incentives, and it makes even more financial sense to go solar.
What are you waiting for?
*Based on an 8 kW solar panel system producing 9,600 kWh per year
Serving All of Pennsylvania
We are the leading solar installer in Pennsylvania.
Homeowners, farm owners, and businesses are taking advantage of Pennsylvania’s Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SREC). Read more about SRECs farther down this page
You earn a SREC for every 1,000 kWh your solar panels generate. Pennsylvania’s SREC value is $10 (as of June 2016). Utility companies are required to generate a certain quota of renewable energy or buy credits elsewhere to meet their quota. In PA, most utilities are purchasing SRECs from solar panel owners.
To learn more about how we can help, contact our office in Paradise PA. We would love to speak with you about your options and help you decide if solar makes sense for you.
Our main office is located in Paradise, PA in Lancaster County — the solar capital of PA — and serves as the main office for all of Pennsylvania, including:
- West Chester
Gary Troxell – Lebanon PA
“Our local electric utility was looking to raise electric rates, so I wanted to do something to offset that.”
Gary Troxell, a homeowner in Lebanon PA, says the professionalism and friendliness of the Paradise Energy Solutions staff impressed him.
Solar Panel Projects We’ve Done in PA
Other people in Pennsylvania have partnered with Paradise Energy Solutions for their solar panel installations. Here are a few projects we’ve completed across the state.
We’re absolutely confident in our solar panel installation work. We offer a 10-year performance guarantee on each new system that we install. What does that mean? If the output doesn’t meet our minimum output projections, we will refund the difference based on current energy prices.
A properly installed solar panel system will operate nearly maintenance-free for 25 years. Paradise Energy Solutions installers are well trained employees with technical certifications and trusted Paradise Energy Solutions Partners. Plus, we offer a 10-year workmanship guarantee on our systems.
Not sure if you qualify for certain tax breaks? Don’t worry. Our experienced staff will identify federal and state grants and tax credits that you qualify for and complete and submit the forms on your behalf.
Performance-Based Incentives Available in Pennsylvania
Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs)
Renewable energy certificates are an economic incentive to develop additional alternative energy resources. In Pennsylvania, each megawatt hour of power a renewable energy resource produces qualifies for 1 renewable energy certificate. State law mandates that utilities purchase alternative energy, either directly from generators or by using these certificates. Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS) requires electricity distributors and suppliers to supply roughly 18% of its electricity using alternative-energy resources for servicing its retail customers in Pennsylvania.
Click here to see the current value of Pennsylvania SRECs. In some cases, these SRECs can be contracted for several years, creating a more predictable source of income.
Federal & State Tax Incentives
A 30% tax credit allows you, as the homeowner, to claim a credit on your federal tax return worth 30% of the solar array installed cost. Photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence, and must meet applicable fire and electrical code requirement in order to qualify for the tax credit. This credit can be carried forward to future tax years if it is not claimed in its entirety in the year that the solar panels are installed. For example, let’s say you’re claiming a $2,500 credit on a $2,000 tax bill – you can’t use the credit to get $500 back from the IRS. Instead, you’ll carry over the credit to the following tax year.
Tax Credit vs. Deduction
A tax credit is taken directly off your tax payment, rather than as a deduction from your taxable income. The solar panel tax credit may be applied to a primary residence, a vacation home, and for either an existing structure or new construction. Other than the cost of the system, there is no limit on the dollar amount of the credit.
A 30% tax credit allows the business owner to claim a credit on Federal income taxes worth 30% of the installed cost of a solar facility. There is no maximum set for the credit. There are provisions for carryback of the credit to previous years and carry forward of the credit to future tax years.
Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System (MACRS) allows businesses to recover investments in solar property through depreciation deductions. This is achieved through a 5-year tax depreciation schedule, allowing a business to recover a portion of their investment quickly.
Eligible Solar Energy Systems Must Do One (or More) of the Following:*
• Generate electricity
• Heat or cool a building
• Provide hot water (for use in a structure, or to provide solar process heat)