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 125 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Connecticut, employing 1,100 people.
- In 2013, Connecticut installed 37 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 15th nationally.
- The 89 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 11,500 homes.
- In 2013, $143 million was invested in Connecticut to install solar for home, business and utility use. This represents a 154% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
- Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in Connecticut have fallen by 14% in the last year. National prices have also dropped steadily — by 8% from last year and 34% 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.
- Another utility-scale project, East Lyme Solar Park, is currently under construction in Connecticut and is scheduled to come online in 2014. Developed by Greenskies Renewable Energy, this 5 MW photovoltaic project will generate enough electricity to power 700 homes.
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Solar Companies in Connecticut
- There are currently more than 125 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: 31 manufacturers, 15 manufacturing facilities, 44 contractor/installers, 13 project developers, 7 distributors and 30 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