As a Pennsylvania resident, you may already know about the many benefits of residential solar. But did you also know that Pennsylvania offers a variety of tax incentives that can make it easier and more affordable to install solar panels in your home? In this piece, we’ll explore how residential solar can benefit you and the Pennsylvania incentives that can help you get the most out of your solar panel system.
Introduction to Residential Solar
Residential solar is a great choice for many homeowners in Western Pennsylvania. Solar panels require little maintenance and will produce energy for a lifetime – not to mention eco-friendly. But the real benefit is that solar energy is clean, renewable, and cost-effective. With solar, you can reduce your energy costs, your carbon footprint, and even make money by selling excess electricity back to the grid.
There are two main types of residential solar systems: grid-tied and off-grid. Grid-tied systems are connected to the electricity grid and use the energy produced by the solar panels to power your home. Any excess energy is sent back to the grid and you are credited for it. Off-grid systems are not connected to the grid and are used for powering remote locations or for emergency backup power. Here at Raycycle, we do both.
Benefits of Installing a Home Solar Panel System
There are many benefits to installing a home solar panel system. First, solar energy is a clean, renewable energy source that can reduce your carbon footprint. Solar panels also require little maintenance, so once your system is installed, you can enjoy the benefits for years to come.
Solar energy is also cost-effective. With a grid-tied system, you can reduce your electricity costs by using the energy produced by the solar panels. And with an off-grid system, you can save on installation costs since you won’t need to be connected to the grid.
Finally, solar energy can be an excellent investment. With a grid-tied system, you can make money by selling excess electricity back to the grid. And with an off-grid system, you can save money over time by not having to pay for electricity.
Solar Tax Incentives
The switch to solar is now more affordable than ever, with the available state tax incentives and federal tax credits.
The federal residential solar energy credit is a tax credit and can be claimed on federal income taxes for a percentage of the cost you paid for your solar system, with no minimums. Residential solar panel systems installed from now until 2032 are eligible for a 30% tax credit.
The state also offers various incentives when it comes to going solar that are available for residences as well as small businesses. From tax credits (SREC & ITC) to exemptions (SEETE), the state of Pennsylvania is incentivizing you to make the move to solar energy.
For more information on solar energy tax incentives, you can learn more at energy.gov
How to Get the Most out of Your Residential Solar System
Once your residential solar panels have been installed, there are a few things you can do to get the most out of the system. First, make sure you are taking advantage of all available tax incentives. This includes taking advantage of the federal tax credits and state incentives such as, SREC, ITC, and SEETE programs.
Next, make sure your solar system is properly maintained:
- Solar panels require very little maintenance, but it is important to keep them clean and free of debris
- Regularly inspect your system for any damage or signs of wear and tear
- Make sure you are using the energy produced by your solar system efficiently turn off lights and appliances when not in use
- Use energy-efficient appliances and lighting
- If you have a grid-tied system, make sure you are selling excess electricity back to the grid
Is Solar Right for You?
Residential solar is an excellent choice for many Pennsylvania homeowners. Solar energy is clean, renewable, and cost-effective. And with the various Pennsylvania tax incentives available, it can be even more affordable to install a solar system in your home. With the right information and resources, you can make an informed decision about whether residential solar is right for you.
The Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate has a helpful guide to understanding the different types of solar energy systems and the incentives available. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office also provides a wealth of information on the benefits of solar energy and the various types of solar panels available.
You can also contact us to learn more about residential solar systems! We will provide you with detailed information about the types of systems available, the cost of installation, and the potential savings you can expect. Our mission is to make the solar process as seamless as possible by keeping quality and accountability in everything we do throughout the process.