Pennsylvania Sunshine Solar Rebate Program

The Pennsylvania Sunshine Program was originated to offer rebates as incentives for the installation of solar energy systems. The program was authorized in July 2008, by the Pennsylvania legislature and began accepting applications in May 2009, under the direction of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The program will provide $100 million in rebates for residential and small business solar electric (solar photovoltaic) and solar hot water (solar thermal) installations. Rebates are set up on a declining scale as goals are met in installations. Rebates will only cover up to 35% of system installation charges.

Residential Solar Photovoltaic Rebates


Step No. Megawatts (MW) in Step Rebate Amount ($/Watt)
1 10 $2.25
2 10 $1.75
3 10 $1.25
4 10 $0.75


Small Business Solar Photovoltaic Rebates


Step No. MW in Step 3-10 kW Rebate Amount ($/Watt) 10-100 kW Rebate Amount ($/Watt) 100-200 kW Rebate Amount ($/Watt)
1 10 $2.25 $2.00 $1.75
2 10 $1.75 $1.50 $1.25
3 10 $1.25 $1.00 $0.75
4 5 $0.75 $0.50 $0.25


Residential and Small Business Solar Thermal Rebates


Step No. No. of Systems in Step Rebate Amount
1 1,500 25%
2 1,500 20%
3 1,500 15%
4 1,500 10%


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Highlighted requirements for the Pennsylvania Sunshine Solar Rebate Program:

• Must be a Pennsylvania resident.
• Own the home and use it as primary residence (no vacation homes or investment real estate properties).
• Households are permitted only one photovoltaic and one solar thermal rebate.

Small Business
• Must be for-profit entity.
• Located within Pennsylvania.
• Have no more than 100 full-time employees.
• Small businesses can receive multiple rebates but the projects must be completed before they submit any another applications.

Both resident and small business applications must be submitted through a qualified installer on behalf of the applicant.

Please refer to this page on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection site for more requirements and a list of qualified installers: Click Here To Learn More.