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Connecticut solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

Connecticut State 33 solar panels available

  • $0.79/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of September 2022
  • 2 years Average system payback period
  • 73 130 / year Average savings from going solar in Connecticut
  • 6 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 4.67 kW Recommended system size

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What our happy customers say

I did business with A1 about half a year ago (it’s september 22 atm) when I needed panels for my home in Phoenix. I took Panasonic, if anyone’s wondering. The system’s doing great, and I think I got really lucky with my installer and the shop as well. If I recall correctly, my order was indeed processed in 24h as promised, delivery took a bit longer than expected but it wasn’t a big deal, these were busy days for fedex. panels were in good shape. I myself checked them thoroughly.
Ryden R
Via Trustpilot
Sep 25, 2022
I like this company. Good service 👍
Daiga Ellaby
Via Google
Sep 19, 2022
i read too much about the broken panels and decided to go with the pickup option. Loved the experience overall. One of their centers was nearby, so I ordered some q cells for myself and drove there. They explained in detail how to drive the package home safely so I was really careful and yeah, now they are in my garage, waiting to be installed. Can’t really complain about anything, panels are fine, the service was cool, and the delivery was on me lol
loken
Via Trustpilot
Sep 19, 2022
So I did order a system, and everything arrived on time, and yes, one panel was broken. But you know what? I’m still going to give them 5 stars. Because 1) they warned me about the possibility of this happening and told me what to do in this case; 2) when I contacted them about it, they handled the situation professionally. I sent them all that they asked for and got a replacement relatively quickly. If it’s anyone’s fault that panels break, then it is the carrier's one. My impression: good service, great prices, commendable customer support.
Will Ghost
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Sep 14, 2022
I needed just a couple of panels for the boat, but the staff treated me like I was buying the whole warehouse. I decided to pick the order up myself, their center was within reach. Getting my panels and a Magnum inverter was easier than going for groceries. There is a lot of hard work behind this simplicity. This I know from experience
Filip Scot
Via Trustpilot
Sep 11, 2022
The best-trained salesmen and warehouse workers I've ever encountered. The shop really is excellent. I needed to find some PV modules to replace those in a system that had been running for a while. Because cost was my primary concern, I was ready to settle for less than ideal service. Indeed, it came as a nice shock.
Piter Poti
Via Trustpilot
Sep 11, 2022

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Solar laws, incentives and rebates in Connecticut you need to know

Return 26% of your PV system cost with Federal Solar Tax Credit

The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) allows homeowners to claim 26% of the cost of their solar power system installed until 2022 as an income tax deduction. For example, if your solar system costs $20,000, you are eligible for $5,200 (26% of the total gross cost) in tax credit. Solar system cost comprises not only the money spent on solar panels, but also freight shipping costs, professional installer fees, tools bought or rented, and so on. To claim the ITC, complete all the necessary forms and submit them when filing your taxes.

Sell excess electricity with Net Metering Program

The Net Metering policy in Connecticut has made it easier for its customers to sell excess solar power instead of storing the energy in batteries. Your PV system will start to pay for itself primarily through the Net Metering program by selling solar energy that you haven’t used into the commercial grid. You will gain credits from the utility company to zero out future bills.

The credit value in Connecticut is slightly less than your utility retail rate per kWh. Credits continue to roll over monthly and are stored for up to a year which need to be cashed out at the beginning of the new annual cycle.

One of the top Net Metering programs in Connecticut is by Eversource. To join the program, you must submit an application and pay an interconnection fee.

Green Bank Rebate Program

Supported by the Connecticut Green Bank, the Residential Solar Investment Program is a rebate program open to households of 1–4 that are customers of Eversourse or United Illuminating. This rebate is worth $0.463 per watt of solar power installed (up to 10kW) which would equal $2,315 directly for a 5kW system. This program has a capacity of 300MW so make sure to sign up while there's still room.

Raise your property value but not your taxes

Connecticut PV System owners can avoid paying additional property taxes on the added value their solar system brings to their home by applying for a solar system tax exemption. This certificate will ensure any new PV system installed and its equipment will not be part of your property tax. Additionally, any such home improvement will definitely make it about 4% more valuable on the property market, says the 2019 Zillow report.

Protect your solar panels from obstacles with land subdivision

Although Connecticut doesn’t offer solar easements, it does offer a land subdivision which will help ensure your PV system always has adequate sun exposure, protecting you from potential obstacles. Subdivision of land will help guarantee that your neighbor will not 

enlarge the size of their building or allow their vegetation to block sunlight from reaching your system.

Get a permit to install your solar panels in Connecticut

It is legal to install solar panels on your house in Connecticut, but a permit application is required before you begin. You may also face some restrictions when installing a solar PV system, so it’s better to contact your homeowner’s association (HOAs) to be certain of any restrictions that may be in your area. HOAs in Connecticut define a neighborhood’s aesthetic rules. You may have to submit your project for approval before changing the exterior of your house. The board may ask you to hide the system from view, reduce the number of panels or just reject your proposal.

Solar panels help Connecticut survive hurricanes

Hurricane season peaks in Connecticut from June through November. Located right on the east coast, Connecticut residents should always be prepared for a hurricane. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy left over 486,000 of customers without power across Connecticut. Solar panels are manufactured to withstand most hurricanes, and in any power outage, solar panels will help you survive a blackout. As stated by the Environmental Protection Agency, our climate is changing and natural disasters are becoming more frequent, but by powering your home with solar energy you will no longer have to worry about blackouts.

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