Simple. Local. Solar.

When you choose Solar States you support local, sustainable jobs and FREE education. Our training programs provide inner-city Philadelphians the opportunity to pursue careers in clean energy. In this video, Micah shares a bit about our educational partnerships, and how we train and hire locally.

2020 in Review

  • We came back stronger from the springtime COVID shutdown, growing our employee count from 28 on Jan. 1 to 32 (+2 interns) today. 
  • We started a 401K plan for employees and saved over $100,000 in our first year.
  • While respecting new safety restrictions and avoiding a single case of COVID-19, we installed more projects this year than last.  
  • Due to our growth in installations and profit-sharing program, we were able to reward employees with larger bonuses this year than any year prior. 
  • We hosted our free education programs online and hired more through these programs than ever before. A big “welcome!” to Aquill, Jonah, Cleo, Ta’Sean, and Domingo.
  • Our designers upgraded in-house drone and 3D technologies to continue to provide best-in-class service to future customers. 
  • We started a podcast to tell the story of our region’s developing solar industry and published thirteen episodes. 
  • Through the PEA’s Solar Savings Grant Program, we were able help nearly 40 low-income residents go solar. 
  • We were for a fourth time selected as the City of Philadelphia’s preferred solar installer for the Solarize Philadelphia program, which generated contracts for dozens of new installations in the city. 
  • We completed our largest installation to date. Our team and partners for this project were recognized by Governor Tom Wolf.

Intro to Solar 2021

Learn about the economics, process, important considerations and more in this 30-minute video from our Dan Fischl

How much will your solar project cost in 2021?

We can handle ANY solar project: flat rooftop, ground mount, battery backups, carport – ANY!

What determines the cost of a solar project?

The size of your rooftop and the amount of electricity you spend. Once we survey your roof, we can provide suggestions and pricing on racking, panels, inverters, and possibly a battery system.

How will we provide a quote?

We’ll send you a PDF via e-mail and assign a solar designer to your project. The solar designer will handle all of the nuts and bolts of your project moving forward.

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Need-to-Knows

What are SRECs?

SRECs are another revenue stream for solar generators. SREC values vary state-to-state. We will help you understand the value of and sell your SRECs.

More on SRECs

What is Net Metering?

Net Metering allows you to offset your bill by selling unused energy back to the grid. You can potentially offset 100% of your bill with Net Metering.

More on Net Metering

What is the Tax Credit?

The investment tax credit (ITC), also known as the federal solar tax credit, allows you to deduct 30% of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes. The ITC applies to both residential and commercial systems, and there is no cap on its value. The ITC steps down to 26% in 2020.

More on the Investment Tax Credit

Active Incentives

Investment Tax Credit

The investment tax credit, also known as the federal solar tax credit, allows you to deduct 26% of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes.

More on the Investment Tax Credit

Solarize Philadelphia

Solarize Philadelphia is a solar group-buying program for Philadelphians. More than 600 people have taken advantage of these group discounts. Solarize Philadelphia is now accepting applications.

Contact us to learn more

$500 Referral

Earn $500 for each friend or neighbor who chooses Solar States.

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A Podcast for YOU

On Yooo Sun!!! we discuss all-things solar. We’ve published thirteen episodes ranging from Frequently Asked Questions to Solar for Schools and Solar for Community Gardens. The show is hosted by Solar States’ founder Micah-Gold Markel and Energy Consultant Jared Paschko. Listen to all ~30-minute episodes here.

700+ Installations Since 2008

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Residential Solar

Did you know? The #1 misconception we hear is “I can’t go solar on my home because I have a flat rooftop.” Wrong – flat rooftops are GREAT for solar! We deal with them all the time in Philadelphia.

Solar stories from across NJ, MD, and PA

Commercial Solar

“Solar-States is the real deal, complete package. From idea to design to engineering to build to inspections to dealing with the utility, they handled it all.

A bit about us…

Solar States is a certified B-Corporation founded in 2008 based on the ideas found in Van Jones’ book, “The Green Collar Economy”. We are the on ramp for inner city residents looking to find jobs in the solar industry. As a result of our founding ethos we have a dual mission to install solar and educate the next generation of solar installers. We have developed over 700 solar projects and established ongoing educational partnerships with the School District of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Energy Authority, and others. More about us here.

Solar Education!

We’ve designed the “Find Your Power” curriculum to educate anyone interested in pursuing a career in solar. Our programs are made possible by educational partners, like the Philadelphia Energy Authority, so that students get a free education with hands-on experience. Our students enter with no previous exposure to the solar industry and graduate as qualified solar installers. A number of Find Your Power graduates now work for Solar States, and we’ve helped place many more in jobs elsewhere.

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