Closed to new members

Allegheny County 2023 Solar and EV Charger Co-op

Open to homeowners and small businesses throughout Allegheny County.

129 members of 200 member goal

Registration closes on September 1, 2023

Imagine walking into a solar company’s office with 50 or 100 of your neighbors and saying, “We all want to get solar. What kind of deal can you give us?”

That’s a solar co-op!

In fact, it’s even better than that. In addition to competitive pricing on solar panels, you get:

  • Info to help you understand solar. Our vendor-neutral solar experts are here to help you understand how solar works and make the best decision for your energy needs.
  • A direct line to ask specific questions. You can call or email us anytime you need help. We’ll be here now and long after you install solar.
  • A team that solicits and reviews proposals from solar companies. First, Solar United Neighbors requests bids on your behalf. Then, a committee of your fellow co-op members meet to assess the pros and cons and select the best installer for the group. (Note: If that sounds interesting to you, you’re also welcome to join the selection committee!)
  • Community. You’ll join the growing solar movement. You’ll have a built-in network of support and inspiration from others who, like you, are taking a stand for energy freedom and advancing the clean energy economy.
  • A bigger impact! Going solar creates jobs, and puts energy production and its benefits back in the hands of the people and contributes to cleaner air and water for everyone. A solar co-op amplifies those outcomes exponentially.

Watch the video below to learn more about our solar co-op process and its benefits or view our FAQs.

How does a co-op work?

Can’t make our info session?

How much does solar cost?

*2% electricity price increase per year, 17.2 cents/kWh electricity rate, -.5% panel degradation per year, 1,217 yearly productions per 1kW of solar, does not include solar renewable energy credits.

** reflects year one average savings – savings will grow each year as electricity costs increase

Can I finance my solar?

Not sure if you can avoid the upfront cost of solar? Check out our financing page to learn about the loans that may be available to you, including some that are exclusive to solar co-op members.

Co-op launched
April 3, 2023

Upcoming events

Installer selected

Co-op members selected Envinity to be the group's installer through an open and competitive bidding process.

The company is in the process of developing personalized proposals for each co-op participant.


Solar United Neighbors is working to help low-income households in Allegheny County own a rooftop solar system this year.

The families that can least afford a rooftop solar system often have the highest monthly energy bills. But everyone should have access to clean energy regardless of income.

You can make life better for a low-income Pennsylvania family!

Please make a tax-deductible donation today to Solar United Neighbors. Every dollar makes a difference!

Thanks to generous local philanthropic donors, we’ve already raised $111,500, but we know there is a need for far more solar than we can currently fund. If you can help us raise the remaining $25,000, we can leverage every dollar to help 8 low- or moderate-income Pittsburgh homes become solar homeowners.

To Donate by Mail
Make your check or money order payable to “Solar United Neighbors.” Write “Allegheny LMI Solar Project” in the memo portion, and mail your donation to the following address:

Solar United Neighbors
Attn: Development Dept. – Allegheny LMI Solar Project
1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, Ste. 412
Washington, DC  20036

Create a Personal Fundraising Page & Raise Donations from Family, Friends, and Associates to support our work to fund low-income solar projects In Allegheny County – Creating your page is easy and quick! To get started, click the “I Want To Fundraise For This” button under the large photo on this page.

Donate via Donor-Advised Fund – If you have a donor-advised fund set up with Fidelity Charitable®, Schwab Charitable®, or the BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund®, you can easily jumpstart the process now. Click here.

Donate Stock – Donate publicly traded stock, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds. Click here.

Federal incentives

Federal tax credit for new EVs:

  • The Inflation Reduction Act offers up to $7,500 toward the purchase of a new, qualified plug-in electric vehicle or fuel cell electric vehicle
    • The credit is available to individuals and their businesses and is nonrefundable
    • Your modified adjusted gross income may not exceed:
      • $300,000 for married couples filing jointly
      • $225,000 for heads of households
      • $150,000 for all other filers
    • The vehicle must have a battery capacity of at least 7 kWh and be made by a qualified manufacturer, as well as undergo final assembly in North America
    • To claim the credit, file Form 8936 with your tax return and provide the vehicle’s VIN

Federal tax credit for used EVs:

  • 30% credit (up to $4,000) toward the purchase of a qualified used electric vehicle or fuel cell vehicle costing $25,000 or less
    • The credit is available to individuals and is nonrefundable
    • Your modified adjusted gross income may not exceed:
      • $150,000 for married filing jointly or surviving spouse
      • $112,500 for heads of household
      • $75,000 for all other filers
    • The vehicle must have a sale price of $25,000 or less, have a model year at least 2 years earlier than the calendar year when you buy it, have a battery capacity of at least 7 kWh
    • To claim the credit, file Form 8936 with your tax return for the year you took possession of the vehicle and provide the vehicle’s VIN

Federal EV charger tax credit*:

  • For residential EV charging hardware and installation, 30% of cost of equipment and installation, up to $1,000 tax credit 
    • One-time, nonrefundable credit
  • For businesses installing EV charging units, up to 30% of cost of equipment and installation, up to $100,000 per unit
    • Projects must be completed after 2022
    • Must meet labor and equipment specifications to claim full credit
  • To claim the credit, file Form 8911 with your tax return, and provide receipts for the equipment and installation

Complete list of new EVs qualifying for the tax credit:

State incentives

Pennsylvania EV rebate:

  • Offered through Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate to eligible PA residents
  • New or qualifying pre-owned AFVs, including all-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and electric motorcycles
  • Income-based eligibility 
  • Eligible AFV purchase price cannot exceed $50,000
  • Rebates available:
    • New or used EV – $2,000
    • New or used PHEV – $1,500
    • New or used electric motorcycle – $500
  • Additional $1,000 available for applicants meeting the low-income requirements
  • Applications for rebate must be received within 6 months of vehicle purchase
  • Rebates awarded on first-come, first-served basis
  • The program will offer at least 1,000 rebates starting September 1, 2022 until June 30, 2023

To receive the rebate, apply using the eGrants electronic application submission process

Duquesne Light Company: EV TOU Pilot Program Overview

Co-op organizer

Monica Carey
Pennsylvania Program Director
Solar United Neighbors

Hello and thank you for checking out the solar co-op!

Whether you’re just curious about solar, or you’re ready to make the switch now, I’m here to help. I can answer any questions you have about solar. I’ll give you installer-neutral guidance to help you make an informed, confident decision about going solar.

I’m a renewable energy advocate who started with SUN by researching solar policy solutions. My background in chemistry drives my passion for solar technology. I work throughout Pennsylvania, helping communities go solar, join together, and fight for energy rights. Solar co-ops are a big part of this work!

I love seeing fellow Pennsylvanians harvesting sunshine to lower their electric bills and build a clean, equitable energy system in their communities!

Take a look around the co-op page, and let me know how I can help you today.

Email me