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 135 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Connecticut, employing 1,600 people.
- In 2014, Connecticut installed 45 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 17th nationally.
- The 119 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 17,000 homes.
- In 2014, $121 million was invested on solar installations in Connecticut.
- Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in Connecticut have fallen by 5% in the last year. National Prices have also dropped steadily -- by 8% from last year and 49% 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 homes.
- 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 Haven.
- 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 homes.
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Solar Companies in Connecticut
- There are currently more than 135 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: 33 manufacturers, 15 manufacturing facilities, 47 contractor/installers, 14 project developers, 10 distributors and 31 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.
Connecticut State Solar Policy Resources
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