PPL Electric Utilities - Solar & Geothermal Rebate Program

May 31, 2011


Note: Rebates for residential photovoltaic (PV) systems are reportedly no longer available.

PPL Electric Utilities is offering rebates to its non-profit and government customers that install photovoltaic (PV) systems, and residential, non-profit, and government customers that install geothermal heat pump systems on properties which they own. Residential eligibility is limited to the geothermal heat pump portion of the program and to single-family homes that receive service in the RS, RTS (R) or TOU rate classes. The non-profit and government designation includes schools, colleges or universities, and all levels of government in any rate class. Both new construction and existing buildings are eligible for PV or geothermal heat pump rebates.

Rebates for PV installations are set at $2.00 per watt (DC) up to a maximum of $500,000 per non-profit or government customer/parent organization. Rebates for geothermal heat pumps are set at $217 per ton up to $1,200 per residential customer; $6,510 per non-profit/gov't customer; and $30,000 per non-profit/gov't parent organization. All systems and components must be new in order to qualify for a rebate.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which administers the state Pennsylvania Sunshine solar rebate program, has issued a policy statement stating that projects which receive a solar rebate from the PPL program described below are generally not eligible for the Pennsylvania Sunshine program. However, the DEP has also identified certain circumstances where participation in both programs would be permitted. Click here to view the DEP's statement.

The current program is retroactive to systems installed on or after July 1, 2009. The current applications have an expiration date of May 31, 2011.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Pennsylvania
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: http://www.pplelectric.com/e-power/renewable+energy+program/Renewable+Energy+Program.htm
Administrator: PPL Electric Utilities
Start Date: 07/01/2009 (retroactive to systems installed on or after)
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
Incentive Amount: PV: $2.00 per DC watt
Geothermal Heat Pumps: $217 per ton
Maximum Incentive: Non-profit/gov't PV: $500,000 per customer/parent company
Residential geothermal heat pump: $1,200 per customer
Non-profit/gov't geothermal heat pump: $6,510 per customer; $30,000 per parent company
Equipment Requirements: Equipment must be new
Installation Requirements: PV systems must be grid-connected
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Not specified, but net metering customers generally retain title to RECs


Name: Program Information
Phone: (877) 486-9204
Email: info@pplelectricsavings.com

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.