Solar Energy Resources

Welcome to Etna Borough’s solar resource webpage! Etna is seeking ways to encourage solar energy development in our community. This webpage represents a collection of solar information and resources for the community. As of May 2021, Etna has 10 permitted residential solar installations as well as a solar car port and electric car charger at the Garden of Etna, a municipal owned project. Our community’s solar goals can be found in our Solar Statement.  For more information about the basics of solar energy, your solar options, and questions to ask solar professionals, read the Residential Consumer Guide to Solar Power and visit the Department of Energy’s Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar.

Our Solar Commitment

The Etna Borough staff is committed to exceptional customer services as it relates to solar processes. To promote the continued advancement of solar in our community we are committed to the following:

*Vacations, illness, and unforeseen circumstances many delay processing times due to staff availability. 

Solar Benefits

Solar energy uses a renewable energy source – the sun – and provides many benefits for individuals and the community. It improves environmental quality by reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, supports local solar companies in Pennsylvania, saves money on energy costs as the price continues to drop from technological developments, and improves electric grid resilience during peak demand and other stresses to the system.

Solar Maps & Potential

Investigate your property’s solar potential by clicking here. You can also estimate the performance of potential PV projects using the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s PVWatts Calculator.


Through a project with Triboro EcoDistrict, a solar map has been created for each communities within the Triboro: Etna, Millvale, and Sharpsburg. Etna's solar specific map can be found on this page.

Finding a Contractor & Going Solar

Find a solar contractor (or two) to assess your home for solar energy and provide a quote.

  • Certified practitioners can be found through NABCEP.
  • Visit EnergySage to learn about solar energy and submit for solar quotes from a network of pre-screened, local solar installers
  • Consumer Solar Checklist – a checklist for residential consumers considering solar energy from IREC, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
  • Clean Energy Consumer Bill of Rights – ensure a positive consumer experience by addressing important issues from IREC, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. 
  • Solar Customer Resource Portal – various resources from SEIA, the Solar Energy Industries Association.

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