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In 2018, Pennsylvania has over 354 megawatts of solar power generation installed at nearly 19,000 homes, farms, and businesses, and nearly 5,000 people employed in the solar energy field. The solar industry is growing at an unprecedented rate, providing emissions-free power opportunities for all sectors. Every year more efficient and more versatile technologies are available and at a more affordable scale. We can't emphasize enough though that solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal opportunities should be explored ONLY once your building and operations are energy efficient. Another consideration for solar PV its ability to assist with grid reliability during peak electricity usage periods; and when combined with back-up batteries can provide both uninterruptable power and the opportunity to sell back power to the grid during high demand.

Is solar right for your business?

As you explore your solar power options, you'll need a site audit, a solar analysis, a determination of local permitting requirements, the utility interconnection, possible net metering agreement and to define post-installation monitoring maintenance. We recommend that before you proceed, you refer to the U.S. Department of Energy's Sunshot Initiative website for success stories, a project map and technical assistance at SunShot Initiative and “the PA PUC Renewables website for facts about and help with solar.”

Want to guide Pennsylvania's solar future?

PA DEP is very committed to renewable technologies like solar. The U.S. Department of Energy is providing funding for a statewide planning effort to increase Pennsylvania's solar energy production to at least 10 percent of in-state electricity sales by 2030. The project team members, Citizen's for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) and the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) will coordinate and conduct a scenario-based stakeholder engagement process to create a cogent statewide Solar Deployment Plan for Pennsylvania. Among the stakeholders are solar energy market actors, consumer and environmental advocates, legislators, utility representatives, the regional transmission organization, academic experts, and regulators. The stakeholders will address regulations, operations and systems and market transformation via incentives and business models. For more information go to: PA's Solar Future

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