It’s no surprise that Solar Leasing has become more and more common in Pennsylvania over the past year. Not only has solar energy only become more cost-effective and popular, but also the economic impact of the pandemic on Pennsylvania landowners has left many looking for new sources of income. Thankfully, Pennsylvania’s government is taking notice. In late March State Senator Martin Scavello introduced PA Senate Bill 472, a piece of legislation with bipartisan support that would allow farmers, landowners, and business owners to opt into a community solar installation in exchange for a credit for any electricity they help to generate.
Over 2/3rds of all Pennsylvania counties now have registered solar lease agreements, and this move by the state senate seeks to foster even more rapid growth in the coming years. The PA Senate Bill 472 also offers landowners some protection in the form of Decommissioning bonds, which you can read more about here.