Location: Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is the 6th largest city in the US with a population of over 1.5 million people. The Philadelphia metro-area is the 7th largest in the nation with an estimated 7.2 million residents. Philadelphia residents have had the ability to shop and compare electricity supply rates since the state passed the Electricity Generation Customer Choice and Competition Act in 1996. The goal of this bill was to lower the energy rates in the states by restructuring the state's utilities and introducing competitors to the market. Since the bill was passed, energy rates have dropped considerably state-wide. For more information on the Philadelphia energy market including electricity rates, energy sources, solar score, and energy usage, see the graphs below.
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Solar Score for Philadelphia, PA
Compare Electricity has developed a solar score for Philadelphia, PA residents and businesses of 13/100. The score is based on on a combination of factors including how much sun the area receives, roof space and obstacles that may obstruct the sun, electricity generation needed to be cost-effective, and more. Here is a description of each section of the solar score graph:
- Red = “Not Viable” meaning a solar installation would not be cost-effective.
- Yellow = “Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself over time.
- Green = “Very Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself quickly and has large savings potential.
Sources for Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA produces energy from a variety of sources. Here are the state’s current energy sources and energy production trends.
- Pennsylvania is the 2nd largest nuclear energy producing state behind Illinois
- PA is the 3rd largest supplier of electricity in the country behind Texas and Florida
- While coal is still a main source of energy, natural gas has risen significantly in the past decade
- Wind and solar energy are the primary sources of renewable energy in the state.
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