The cost to go solar in Pittsburgh and Western PA closely mirrors national averages. According to 2021 data
reported by the Solar Energy Industries Association, residential solar installations across the U.S. averaged about $3.04 per kW or $15,000-$37,000 for a 5-12kW solar energy system before incentives were applied. Solar costs include equipment, permitting and interconnection fees, installation, and other associated services.
To understand the value, we have to look at savings. The 2021 median system size installed by Palmetto solar customers in Pennsylvania was 8.8kW and offered $13,456 in estimated 25-year savings
. This value accounts for the total cost of the system as well as energy offset, utility rates and fees, tax credits, and other financial incentives.