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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR BUSINESSES & NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT DAUPHIN COUNTY!

GET Solar: Harrisburg is a group of local community leaders partnering with the PA Solar Center (a statewide nonprofit) to educate businesses, nonprofits, and community property owners on the benefits of going solar through their GET Solar Communities program. With the rising cost of electricity and the new federal incentives available for those going solar, now is the time to explore how going solar on your property can save you money.

Together, we will provide free technical assistance and financial guidance to organizations in Harrisburg who want to learn more about going solar — and how it can save them money.

Register Here to join our monthly GET Solar webinar on Thursday, February 29, 2024 to learn how your organization can get a free solar feasibility assessment and help going solar.


Apply to GET Solar!

Join GET Solar: Harrisburg by filling out the simple application form found here and emailing it to the Program Manager, Amelia Eggan at [email protected].

PA Solar Center will then put your project out to bid to qualified developers and help you understand costs, savings and financing. We make it easy for you to explore solar!


For example, the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) successfully went solar last year through the GET Solar program. It will save them an estimated $750,000 in energy costs over the next 28 years. The best part? Thanks to a specialized and simple financing package, CCAC didn’t have to put any money down for the project!


LEARN CREATIVE WAYS YOUR ORGANIZATION CAN REAP THE BENEFITS OF SOLAR

The PA Solar Center will even offer a free assessment of your company’s solar potential and issue RFPs (requests for proposals) for estimates from qualified solar developers. The PA Solar Center will review the bids with you and help you make sense of them — serving as your unbiased guide through the entire process. Another advantage of the GET Solar program is that it can offer discounted pricing for everyone (since developers will be bidding on multiple projects in one area).

 

     

The GET Solar initiative is a streamlined process that instills organizations and communities with confidence in the process of going solar by using trusted tools and resources that connect organizations to qualified professionals making the process straightforward and simple.

We guide your organization through four steps to completing your solar installation, throughout which we serve as a trusted partner and steward. We will do the heavy lifting so that your organization can dedicate your time and resources to best serve your mission.

1.) Basic Solar Feasibility

The GET Solar team provides a high-level design and analysis of your property’s solar opportunity. We estimate the potential production of a solar installation as well as the costs and benefits. We provide basic solar education; discuss the process of going solar; and identify basic financing strategies, including existing federal tax benefits, available grants, and loans. All we need is a complete, recent copy of your electricity bill and the address of the property on which you are considering the installation.

2.) Request for Proposals (RFP)

The GET Solar team solicits design proposals from vetted, regional solar developers through an unbiased, competitive bidding process. The GET Solar team works with you to compile necessary documentation and engages directly with solar developers on your behalf, from organizing site visits to compiling submitted proposals. We solicit and organize the proposals so that they can be reviewed in an apples-to-apples fashion.

3.) Review and Compare Proposals

The GET Solar team helps you review the proposals you received through the RFP, providing education and support in understanding the opportunities being presented. As an unbiased consultant, we ensure you have the tools and knowledge to make the best decision for your organization, but do not influence the selection process.

4.) Financing and Implementation Support

Once your organization has selected the solar developer/proposal that best suits your organization’s needs, the GET Solar team works with you to develop a comprehensive financing strategy. We can assist your organization in identifying grants and funding opportunities while connecting you with lending organizations or financial partners. While we remain a collaborator through the contract and installation of the system, the selected solar developer becomes an invaluable partner in assisting your organization to maximize the value of your solar, including setting up a plan to commodify your Solar Renewable Energy Credits (S-RECS) and providing an operations and maintenance plan to protect your solar asset.

THREE EASY STEPS TO JOIN GET SOLAR!

1) Prequalification Survey

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 GET 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.

Please feel free to complete the prequalification survey to get a high-level assessment of your property’s solar potential. The GET Solar team will respond to all reasonable inquiries, but due to a high volume of surveys and applications, there may a delay in response or processing of inquiries.

2) View our Webinars to Learn More
Register Here to join our monthly GET Solar webinar on Thursday, December 14th to learn how your organization can get a free solar feasibility assessment and help going solar.
GET Solar Communities Round Three Webinar  (September 14, 2023)

The PA Solar Center recorded this webinar on Thursday, September 14, 2023, which discusses why it is a good time to go solar, provides information about the GET Solar initiative, and takes a cursory 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 much 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 effect on an organization’s line of credit.

3) Apply to GET Solar
Submit a completed application form along with accompanying documents (outlined in the RFA) to [email protected].

The application form for 2023 can be found HERE.