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Pennsylvania Solar Center’s mission is to maximize the number of people, businesses and organizations who experience the benefit of solar energy in the state.

G.E.T. Solar Round 2 is now Open!

Does your organization or business need help going solar?

The Pennsylvania Solar Center is pleased to announce round two of our G.E.T. Solar (Galvanizing our Energy Transition) program wherein we provide technical assistance and financial guidance for organizations across the commonwealth looking to benefit from solar energy. The Solar Center understands that the process of installing solar can be daunting and is committed to supporting businesses and non-profits through each step along the way.

We are focusing on non-profits and businesses that are located in these counties (but if you’re located elsewhere in PA, you may still apply): Allegheny, Lawrence, and Erie. These counties have approved C-PACE funding (or will be soon), which may provide additional funding opportunities. Organizations should submit their completed application and additional materials outlined in the RFP to getsolar.pa@gmail.com.



UPDATE: G.E.T. SOLAR PROGRAM DEADLINE EXTENDED!

The PA Solar Center is extending our deadline for  applications to Round 2 of our G.E.T. Solar Initiative to May 15 so that we can help more nonprofits and businesses to go solar. While we know many organizations are grappling with the incredible challenges of the Covid-19 crisis, we believe that in times of crisis we must continue to think and plan for the future, to prepare our infrastructure for the next series of challenges that await.

 

We also believe that renewable electricity is paramount to sustainability, the ability for our systems and ourselves to prosper, to grow to, regenerate rather than deplete our resources – both natural and financial. Renewable energy (along with energy storage, energy efficiency and smart grid technologies) is also important to build a more resilient electric grid to increase the likelihood that our systems will endure in the face of adversity and disruption.

We are grateful to the organizations that were able to complete their applications by the March 31st deadline and we’re looking forward to providing them with all of the tools that they need to become both more sustainable and more resilient in their operations.

 

Organizations across the commonwealth have until May 15, 2020 to submit a completed application.

This is a rolling deadline and the G.E.T. Solar team will be reviewing applications as they are submitted in advance of the deadline, so we encourage interested organizations and businesses to apply early. Again, we are focusing on counties that have or are working to get C-PACE funding, particularly in western Pennsylvania (including Allegheny, Lawrence, and Erie), but organizations and businesses located in other locations are also encouraged to apply.

 

Please review the G.E.T. Solar Request for Proposal document (see bel0w) and submit a completed application form along with accompanying documents. The application form can be completed one of two ways.

Download the PDF application HERE, fill it out using Adobe Acrobat, and email the completed from to getsolar.pa@gmail.com

To enter data into the application fields, you must use the Fill and Sign feature in Adobe Acrobat. Go here to quickly learn how to use Fill and Sign in Adobe.

OR
Use DocHub to Fill out an application online
  • Click on the above link
  • Sign into your Gmail or Dochub account
  • Click “Fill a Copy” on the top right of the page
  • Click “Fill a Copy”
  • Complete all required fields
  • Click “Finalize” and then “Finalize Document.”
    (This requires you to have a free Gmail or Dochub account)


G.E.T. Solar Resources

Request for Proposals

Download the full Request for Proposal (RFP) for a complete breakdown of the G.E.T. Solar initiative, including application requirements, solar procurement process, and timeline goals.

Businesses

Non-profits

Webinars

General G.E.T. Solar Webinar was held February 26, 2020. View the recording of the webinar below to learn more about the program and the application process. 

C-PACE Financing for Solar Webinar was held on March 5. View the recording of the webinar below learn more about Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) and how it helps organizations finance solar with no money down.

 

Key Benefits of Going Solar

Businesses of all sizes are capitalizing on the financial opportunities of installing solar, proving that a solar energy system is a key strategic decision that virtually guarantees a solid financial return for your business. Solar makes sense for Pennsylvania-based businesses. By taking advantage of your roof space, you can

  • Reduce the operating costs by cutting electricity bills
  • Lock-in energy costs for years to come
  • Decrease carbon footprint
  • Receive a Federal Investment Tax Credit
  • Reliable and Maintenance Free Energy
  • Quick payback with high rate of return

Leading the Way

Paying for a commercial system with cash can be the most cost effective way to go solar. The return on investment or payback is often about 7 years or less. After that, you’ll be decreasing your operating costs with free solar power for the remaining life of your solar installation. Since solar PV systems last 25 years or longer, those savings could be significant.

The other advantages of a cash purchase:

  • You receive the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which reduces your gross system cost by 30%.
  • You’ll get another IRS tax deduction in the form of Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS), which accelerates the depreciation of the solar installation over a 5-year period (with an additional 50% of that in the first year), which amounts to an additional 25%-30% (or more) of savings. – https://www.energy.gov/savings/modified-accelerated-cost-recovery-system-macrs
  • You’ll collect the proceeds from the sale of any available Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) generated by the solar system.

These same advantages apply for a business loan, although the payback will be slightly slower due to interest charges. However, with today’s low interest rates, your ROI and IRR should still be substantial. After installation, there are relatively little or no costs since the solar maintenance costs are minimal.