Calculate how much you can save on your DLC bill with solar panels

Average 25 year solar savings for a DLC customer: $45,547

Average solar panel cost: $15,676 - $19,160*

Estimate solar panel cost and savings based on your location, roof and power use.

*Solar panel cost varies by location, solar panel mqanufacturer, system size and the amount of electricity your home uses.

Adding solar panels and switching rate plans can lower your Duquesne Light electric bill

Updated: October 22, 2020

Installing solar panels can help reduce your DLC bill, thanks to Florida’s sunshine and the company’s net metering program! Combined with the 30% solar tax credit, KUA customers can see great savings when they switch to solar!

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Are solar panels worth it for Duquesne Light customers?

Absolutely. Pennsylvania has a solid SREC program which amounts to annual cash payments in your pocket for you when you go solar as a Duquesne Light customer. Duquesne net metering policy also ensures you get credited on your power bill at full retail rates for the excess solar electricity your panels produce. Your credits are rolled over and applied to your next month’s bill.

Does Duquesne Light offer net metering credits for exported solar power?

Yes, Duquesne Light offers net metering credits.

Under the Duquesne Light net metering program, solar panels will first send energy to your home. Any excess solar energy is sent to the grid and purchased in the form of a bill credit. The credit value is determined by the Tri-Party Net Metering Power Purchase Agreement. KUA customers are billed for all of the electric energy delivered to them by the company.

If you supply more electricity to Duquesne Light than what you have used in a given billing period, the excess kilowatt-hours will be carried forward and credited against your usage in subsequent billing periods at the current retail rate.

What incentives, tax credits, and rebates are available to DLC customers for installing solar?

The biggest financial incentive for solar homeowners is the 30% federal solar tax credit. The tax credit equals 30% of the solar installation costs and directly reduces your federal income tax liability.

Some states and local governments offer additional solar incentives. These incentives include state tax credits, rebates, or performance-based incentives like Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs). The best part is that these local incentives can be used in addition to the federal tax credit!

Here is every incentive you may be eligible for as a DLC customer:

Table 1: Incentives
Upfront Incentives Value*
Residential Clean Energy Tax Credit (Federal) -$7,465
Solar Alternative Energy Credits (State)

Current pricing is around $43 for 2021 SRECs.

Net Metering (State)

Electric distribution companies must credit a customer generator the full retail rate for each excess kWh produced.

TOTAL -$7,465

*Based on 10.89 kW system, average installation cost $24,883

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How much does installing solar panels save the average Duquesne Light residential customer?

If you input the details for a DLC customer with a power bill of $150 per month into the best online solar panels calculator, it tells you that you need a 10.89 kW solar system that will produce 12,097 kWh per year and that this system will return the owner a $45,547 profit after repaying the cost of the system.

The solar savings possible for you as a DLC customer will depend on the amount of electricity you use and the cost of the solar system you buy. Savings also vary based on the direction of your roof or any shading of your roof that affects output.

Here is a monthly and lifetime solar savings estimate for the same relatively typical DLC customer with a $150 per month electric bill prior to solar and who installs a 10.89 kW solar system.

How much do residential solar panels cost for DLC customers?

Solar prices near you

Cost range of local prices


Net profit (savings less system cost)


Payback period

7.7-9.4 years

Recommended size for the selected utility bill


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Detailed information about your estimate

Table 2: Estimate details

System Size (for 100% usage offset)

10.89 kW

Annual Power Generation

12,097 kWh

Pay-back time (assuming Cash purchase)

9.3 Years

Internal Rate of Return (IRR) on Investment


Gross cost


Total Upfront Incentives and Rebates


Net Cost of System after rebates and incentives


Total Cost of Utility Power Avoided over 25 years


Please note that the investment return figures do not include the possible increase in property value.

What are the environmental impacts of Duquesne Light customers installing solar panels?

While most homeowners decide to install solar panels because of financial savings over time, the environmental impacts of this choice are the primary motive for others. Here is a breakdown of the environmental benefits from a Duquesne Light customer installing a 10.89 kW solar system on their property:

A solar system generating 12,097 kWh per year will save you money AND make the world a nicer place

Saves you


on average per year

Reduces CO2 emissions


tons per year

Equivalent to planting

42 trees

per year

Equivalent to driving

13,247 mi

less per year

CO2 emissions calculation based on the electricity generation and emissions data for your state in 2015 as published by the US Government Energy Information Administration.

What factors affect the price of solar panels for Duquesne Light customers?

The cost of installing solar panels will vary with brands of solar panels and inverters you choose and also the installation company you choose to install them.

It is common to see really good systems, using quality brands of equipment, being sold for around $2.29 per watt or $18,416 for a standard 10.89 kW solar system after the customer claims the 30% federal solar tax credit.

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