Connecticut is one of the fastest growing of the smaller states in the solar industry. Solar production more than tripled from 2012 to 2013 and 2014 is set to see even bigger gains. This success comes after the state launched the Connecticut Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program to offer property assessed clean energy financing and program services to municipalities and commercial property owners throughout Connecticut. This unique program will serve as a model for other states to follow.
Facts on the Connecticut Solar Industry
- There are currently more than 156 solar companies1 at work throughout the value chain in Connecticut, employing 1,951 people2.
- In 2015, Connecticut installed 91 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 14th nationally. Installed solar capacity in Connecticut has grown by 64% over the last year3.
- In 2015, $270 million was invested on solar installations in Connecticut. This represents a 124% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
- The 244 MW of solar energy currently installed in Connecticut ranks the state 17th in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 33,000 homes.
- Over the next five years, Connecticut is expected to install 1,031 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking the state 18th over that time span. This amount is more than 6 times the amount of solar installed over the last five years.
- Installed solar PV system prices in the U.S. have dropped steadily- by 12% from last year and 66% from 2010.
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Notable Solar Installations in Connecticut
- Somers Solar Center was completed in 2013 by developer HelioSage Energy. This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 5 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 700 Connecticut homes4.
- At 5 MW, East Lyme Solar Park is among the largest solar installations in Connecticut. Completed in 2014 by Greenskies Renewable Energy, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 700 homes5.
- Several large retailers in Connecticut have gone solar, including Walmart, Kohl's, Staples, Target and Walgreens. IKEA has installed one of the largest corporate photovoltaic systems in the state with 940 kW of solar capacity at their location in New Haven6.
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Solar Companies in Connecticut
There are currently more than 156 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Connecticut. These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels. These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 38 manufacturers, 15 manufacturing facilities, 47 contractor/installers, 12 project developers, 11 distributors and 48 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.
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Solar panel costs have fallen significantly in the last 5 years and now installing solar panels can be one of the best investments you can make for your home. There are also now a lot of products on the market utilizing sophisticated financing vehicles to make solar panels for your home affordable. This website will show you the average retail price of installing home solar panels in Connecticut.
Solar rebates and solar tax credits in Connecticut.
Solar incentives are offered at the utility, county, state and federal level. These solar incentives can take various forms including solar tax credits, up front solar rebates, premium feed in tariffs (known as net metering) or solar production incentives.The eligibility and rules for each incentive program can vary greatly. This solar panel calculator allows you to enter your address and it will tell you what solar incentives will apply at your house and the value of these if you go solar.
Finding the right solar company for you:
There are many solar companies in Connecticut offering a wide variety of brands and options. This consumer reviews website will show you the consumer ratings of each solar installer that services your area and will also show you what brands of solar panels.
Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority - Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Connecticut public utilities
Connecticut General Assembly - Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Connecticut
Connecticut Clean Energy Fund: Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) - As the nation’s first full-scale clean energy finance authority, CEFIA will leverage public and private funds to drive investment and scale up clean energy deployment in Connecticut.
DSIRE Incentives DataBase Connecticut - Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Connecticut and across the United States
US Energy Information Administration- Connecticut State Profile - Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government