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Solar Panels in Pennsylvania

There are currently at least 11,414 solar panel installations throughout the state of Pennsylvania right now.

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Solar Energy Levels in Pennsylvania

The average monthly solar radiation level in Pennsylvania's capital city, Harrisburg, of 4.56 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 22% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 31% less than the average level of 6.6 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically high levels (NV). [1]


→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ Pennsylvania values listed here are based on the capital, Harrisburg.

Solar Radiation in Pennsylvania

Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average Pennsylvania solar radiation levels compare to average levels in an area with historcially high levels (NV) and one with historically low levels (WA). [1]

→ k/m/d = kWh/m2/day = kilowatt hours per square meter per day.
→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ Pennsylvania values listed here are based on the capital, Harrisburg.

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Solar Installs in Pennsylvania

Solar Panel Installations in Pennsylvania

A look at solar installs in Pennsylvania. The chart below visualizes install totals for the top five counties in PA vs. the cumulative install total of rest of PA counties combined.

Breakdown of Solar Installs in Pennsylvania

There are currently at least 11,414 solar panel installations throughout the state of Pennsylvania right now. [1]

  • Top Five Solar Install Counties in Pennsylvania
    • Lancaster County: 1,273 solar installs
    • Chester County: 1,096 solar installs
    • Montgomery County: 1,004 solar installs
    • Bucks County: 851 solar installs
    • York County: 711 solar installs
    • Everywhere Else: 6,479 solar installs

Note: Install totals presented here are those voluntarily contributed from a variety of sources including solar incentive programs, utilities, installers, and the general public. [1] Data for some states is thinner than others.

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Cost of Utilities in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Electricity Costs

Residential electricity prices in Pennsylvania averaged 14.46 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in April 2017, which was approximately 14% more than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 12.70¢/kWh in April. [2]

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Pennsylvania Natural Gas Costs

Residential natural gas prices in Pennsylvania averaged $11.71 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in April 2017, which was about 3% more than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $11.38 per Mcf in April. [3]

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More about Pennsylvania

About Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all states in the U.S. with a population of approximately 12,702,379. [4]

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Solar Energy in PA

To learn more about solar energy and solar power in Pennsylvania, or for additional solar-related resources in PA, visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Did you know?

Nineteen-year-old Edmund Becquerel, a French experimental physicist, discovered the basis of solar energy in 1839.

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