Solar panels on Apple Creek home., a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Abbey Forney’s photostream

Have you installed or are thinking of installing solar electric (solar photovoltaic), solar hot water (solar thermal) or a battery back-up system on your home or small business but thought it was too late to obtain a PA Sunshine Solar Rebate? The good news is that there’s still almost $3 million worth of rebate money left in the program which was initiated in 2008 by the General Assembly under the Rendell Administration and administered by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). More good news in that you can qualify for the rebate without needing to first obtain approval prior to project implementation to reserve funding (as in the old two-stop process).

These rebates are available to PA residents and small for-profit businesses. Homeowners may receive up to $7,500 and businesses up to $52,000. But, you’ll want to apply right away as rebates will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your project will need to be complete before you can apply and the deadline for new applications is December 31, 2013. Be advised that the moneys are expected to run out before that date.

There is a $100 residential application fee and a $150 small business application fee. Residential applicants that have a household income that is less than 60 percent of the state median income (as defined by Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare) are eligible for an application fee waiver.

You can see all the rules and regulations as well as a PA Sunshine Program Project Completion Form in the .PDF document here.


Gone Solar, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Earthworm’s photostream