Solar Panel Laws in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania solar panel laws

Solar Panel Laws in Pennsylvania

Every year your home emits as much as 20 metric tons of carbon pollution. Installing solar panels will decrease the carbon footprint of your home by at least 3 metric tons a year.

Do you know how many trees that is?

You would have to plant 88-100 trees a year to offset that much carbon dioxide!

If you live in Pennsylvania and have decided that you just can’t afford to plant that many trees’ here is a list of rules that you will need to follow.

Solar Panel Laws in Pennsylvania

1) Required Permits

You will need to obtain a permit before you start the installation of your solar panels. The types and cost of permits that you need will vary, depending on the municipality that you live in.

2) Roof requirements

According to the National Electrical Code (NFPA70), your roof must be capable of supporting the weight of your solar panels in any type of weather conditions, e.g., snow, Ice, or wind.

It also requires that the Panel system complies with the fire classifications for roof coverings. Roof mounted Panels are permitted to slightly exceed the building height limitation for the principal structure.

3) Ground mounted or freestanding Panel Systems

Any systems not attached to the roof are required to comply with the minimum yard or setback requirements for accessory structures in your local zoning district.

4) Small Scale Installation

When your Panels are being used to provide electricity to your home, business or farm, it should be regulated as an accessory similar to a swimming pool, satellite dish or shed.

5) Neighboring Properties

There are no laws that directly address the issue of a neighboring property owner whose trees or buildings cast shadows over your solar panels causing interference.

However, the general rule of thumb is to talk with your neighbor and see if they are willing to create an easement that prevents one property owner from blocking another’s sunlight.

In the state of Pennsylvania, the municipalities are able to create their own zoning ordinances according to the needs of their citizens.

It’s good to keep in mind that each municipality may have different rules and regulations regarding the installation of Solar Panels. Always make sure you contact an employee of your municipality before you begin your project, they will be able to steer you in the right direction.
You should know that Pennsylvania offers many rebates and incentives. These incentives are offered at the state and local level and by individual utility companies.

You can find out about these incentives and rebates by contacting the state energy office and/or a solar company located near you.

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