solar panels on a hill with fir trees in Pennsylvania

G.E.T. Solar for
Non-Profits & Tax Exempt Organizations

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 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 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.

 

Benefits of Going Solar

  1. Reduce your electric bill so that you can allocate more funds to programming or services to fulfill your organization’s mission
  2. Hedge against fluctuating and rising utility bills. Once the solar equipment is installed, your organization will have a steady and predictable cost of electricity for the next 20 years or more enabling you to reliably budget your electric bill from year to year.
  3. Reduce climate and air pollution as well as health impacts resulting from fossil fuels. Solar energy reduces our reliance on fossil fuel-generated electricity that causes climate change and air pollution and subsequently, serious health conditions for resident of our communities.
  4. Increase the positive perception of your organization. Solar energy demonstrates a commitment to environmental and community health and signals that your organization embodies these values. Going solar also reflects favorably upon your organization in the eyes of your employees and your constituents, clients and/or members and the larger community.

solar panels and a wind turbine in a snowy setting in Pennsylvania

To help you through the solar procurement process, PSC can:

  • Conduct an initial intake visit with you to evaluate your solar needs
  • Prepare and issue a Request for Proposal to identify a qualified solar contractor
  • Link you with financing and/or investors
  • Connect you with legal, engineering and technical assistance, if needed
  • Help guide you through Power Purchase Agreement negotiations with the solar developer and investors
  • Act as a trusted advisor and coach throughout the process
  • Help you run a crowdfunding campaign with your employees, members and constituents, if you want to purchase the system outright
  • Explore other financing models with you

Services that PSC offers:

Because tax-exempt organizations cannot take advantage of the tax benefits that for-profit businesses can, the cost of solar is about 40-60% higher than for a business. Linking your organization with businesses or investors who can take advantage of the tax benefits, can help your organization go solar with little or no money down.

A Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) allows a for-profit business or investors to essentially “rent” or “lease” your rooftop or other property. The for-profit organization owns the solar system and installs the system on your property. You then pay them for the power generated from the solar system on a monthly basis just as you would the utility. Usually the price for this power is somewhat less than what you currently pay the utility company for electricity. The PPA is usually for 10, 15, or 20 years. Some Some PPAs will also permit the for-profit business to donate or sell the system back to your organization for “fair market value” after about 7-10 years (after they have received the tax benefits).