Open to new members

Centre County 2024 Solar and EV Charger Co-op

Open to homeowners and small businesses throughout Centre County.

21 members of 125 member goal

Registration closes on July 26, 2024

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?

Example Pricing only; Actual system size will vary; *2% electricity price increase per year, 13.80 cents/kWh electricity rate, -0.5% panel degradation per year, 1,217 yearly kWh production per 1kW of solar. SREC prices are market-based and therefore subject to change.

Example Pricing only. Actual cost depends on system size, interest rate, credit score, & other factors.** Reflects year one average savings. Savings will grow each year as avoided utility 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.

Centre County 2024 Solar Co-op selects Sun Directed to serve group

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The Centre County 2024 Solar & EV Charger Co-op has selected Sun Directed to install solar panels for the group. Co-op members selected Sun Directed through a competitive bidding process over four other firms. They were chosen for their pricing, equipment options, and experience. Sun Directed will provide each co-op member with an individualized proposal based on the group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, members can save off the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow group members and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.

Want a Free Yard Sign?

Monday, April 8, 2024

Want a Free Yard Sign?

Help to promote the co-op!

You can pick up a free yard sign at

Centre Region Council of Governments office

2643 Gateway Drive

State College, PA 16801

Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm

 

Co-op launched
March 11, 2024

Upcoming events

April 24, 2024 @ 12:00 PM EDT

Centre County 2024 Solar 101: State College Municipal Building

Join us at the State College Municipal Building. Learn about solar energy and its benefits for your home, or small ...

May 19, 2024 @ 1:00 PM EDT

Centre County 2024 Solar 101: Philipsburg

Join us at Organic Climbing, Philipsburg. Learn about solar energy and its benefits for your home, or small business. We'll ...

July 22, 2024 @ 7:00 PM EDT

Centre County 2024 Solar 101: July Session

Learn about solar energy and its benefits for your home, or small business. We’ll take you through the technology, ...

Installer selected

Co-op members selected Sun Directed 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.

Federal incentives

Federal tax credit for new EVs:

https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/credits-for-new-clean-vehicles-purchased-in-2023-or-after

  • 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: 

https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/used-clean-vehicle-credit

  • 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*:

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i8911.pdf

  • 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:

https://fueleconomy.gov/feg/taxcenter.shtml

State incentives

Pennsylvania EV rebate: 

https://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/GrantsLoansRebates/Alternative-Fuels-Incentive-Grant/Pages/Alternative-Fuel-Vehicles.aspx

  • 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 500 rebates through the program starting July 1, 2023, until June 30, 2024.

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

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.

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