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Connecticut solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

Connecticut State 18 solar panels available

  • $0.71/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of June 2022
  • 1 years Average system payback period
  • 73 416 / 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

The website UI is really intuitive and I figured out what I want pretty quickly. Went for Canadian Solar panels plus a solaredge inverter. I went to their fulfillment center to grab my order, and they were very quick to bring it out. The staff really made sure to warn me that panels are fragile and I appreciate that. Drove the package home safely, unpacked, all good. Right now we’re in the middle of the installation process, they sent a letter asking how I’m doing and asked for a review. Here I am! The panels are nice and it was a pleasure doing business with you.
Lime
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Apr 7, 2022
Fantastic company. Everything went smooth and the shipped was fast. The customer service was great.
Joe M.
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Apr 5, 2022
So I’m from LA and everybody’s going solar here so though that I should too. But I was really afraid it would be too much of a hassle. Eventually i went on google and soon found a1store. They got a pretty website and lots of articles on solar, and I flicked through a couple. So I decided to contact them, they were very friendly and we scheduled a call with their engineer. He was very patient with me and explained all the basics that I needed to know.

So i made an order, one of their centers is nearby, so i ordered pickup. I drove there, and they warned me to drive the panels carefully and pack them well for the road. seems like it's a recurring thing that people break their panels on the way home. I was real careful and yeah, I got home safely. Panels are in my garage now. I already found the installer. we have to take care of some papers and then it’s on!
Jerry Burton
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Mar 23, 2022
Great selection of high quality solar panels, good pricing, fast shipping, everything arrived in great condition.
Paul
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Mar 8, 2022
I ordered some solar panels. The top 4 ones were damaged during delivery (A1 had emailed me in advance what to check for before I took delivery which I followed even though the truck driver was pushing not to inspect them as thouroughly) and A1 replaced them in a timely manner and kept me informed. The price on the panels were some of the best on the internet (delivered). I would buy from them again.
Robert Broughton
Via Google
Nov 27, 2021
I ordered some solar panels but during delivery, the top 4 were broken by the shipping department.

A1 replaced them and kept me informed when the replacements would be in. I would buy from them again.
Robert Broughton
Via Trustpilot
Nov 27, 2021

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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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