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 4 is Now Open!
G.E.T. SOLAR ROUND FOUR NOW OPEN
Thursday, January 14, 2021
The Pennsylvania Solar Center is pleased to announce round four 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.
While we know many organizations are still 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.
Organizations across the commonwealth have until Monday, March 1, 2021 to submit a completed application.
The full Request For Proposals (RFP) which outlines the goals and parameters of the G.E.T. Solar program can be found below. Round four will be focusing exclusively on for-profit businesses and commercial organizations, but we do encourage tax-exempt organizations to reach out through our website as we will soon launch a separate program to address your unique needs. We would encourage all interested organizations to fill out a prequalification survey below to get more information about your suitability for solar and to learn more about how the G.E.T. Solar initiative can help. Interested organizations should also attend our video conference webinar on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 to learn more about the PA Solar Center, G.E.T. Solar, and to have all of your questions answered. See below for more details.
Not sure if your business or non-profit’s property is right for solar? Fill out the pre-screening form below and we will let you know if your property is a good candidate for solar and a good fit for the G.E.T. Solar program. We will also be able to answer any of your questions about the process of going solar generally and as part of our program.
We will respond to all surveys completed by Monday, February 22, 2021. The deadline for a completed G.E.T. Solar application is Monday March 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm.
Video Conference Webinars
The PA Solar Center will be hosting conference call webinars throughout the round four application period for organizations interested in learning more about the G.E.T. Solar initiative and how it can help them navigate the solar procurement process from start to finish. We encourage all interested parties to register in advance so that we can provide you with resources that may guide the discussion or prompt questions that can be answered on the call.
G.E.T. Solar Round Four Introduction Webinar
Join the PA Solar Center on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 1pm for a short presentation about the Center and the G.E.T. Solar initiative. We will cover the basics of the program, information about all of the ways solar can be financed and made affordable–even for organizations with little or no up-front capital, and present an opportunity for folks to ask questions.
G.E.T. Solar Round Four Finance Webinar
Join the PA Solar Center on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 1pm as we take a deeper look at the financing tools and resources available to Pennsylvania organizations pursuing solar electricity. By taking advantage of tax benefits at the federal and state level, as well as various grant and loan programs, organizations can recoup as much as 75% of their initial investment back in year one and/or prorate their investment out over a number of years. In C-PACE eligible counties, solar costs can be bundled with other infrastructure upgrades and be financed as a special tax assessment with no up-front costs and no affect on your line of credit.
Apply to G.E.T. Solar
Please review the G.E.T. Solar Request for Proposals (RFP) document below and submit a completed application form along with accompanying documents (outlined in the RFP). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 (Round 4)
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.
C-PACE Financing for Solar (Round 2) 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.