More and more people in CT wonder if solar power is an option for them. This technology has been available since the late 1970s when the first homes began installing solar power, although it wasn’t cost effective for the average homeowner. However, with global warming and other environmental problems coming to the fore, state officials agreed that it was crucial to find a way to use more sustainable energy sources. In addition, energy costs in the area were nearly double the national average. Something had to give, so the programs that are now in place were born in the mid 2000’s.
The government began looking into other types of alternate clean energy sources for CT, like solar and hydroelectric power. The proximity to the ocean made this a natural and easy to implement choice. Officials also began to explore biomass and biofuel technology. Biofuels use byproducts of other industries and residential waste to create a usable type of energy. This method can drastically reduce the negative environmental impact these wastes can create. Wind turbines also garnered popularity, and the state turned its attention to them as well. Though all of these are considered feasible sources of power, the one that remained the most promising for the majority of homes in CT was solar power.
The region is considered temperate in that it experiences all four seasons. Even though the amount of incoming sunlight varies with the season, there is still enough to partially provide power to homes, even during the darker months.
As this is typically the easiest type of clean energy to handle, officials made sure to attach plenty of incentives to programs that encourage the increased usage of sun panels and photovoltaic systems. At the time, the only other state that offered these incentives was Hawaii. Hawaii, naturally, has plenty of sunlight, but this didn’t deter area officials from making CT solar powered systems work just as well as those on the sun-drenched island.
Credits can be earned for using photovoltaic energy, and these credits can be used to sell excess power back to the electric company through net metering. Photovoltaic systems connected to storage batteries often handle more energy than the home can use. Batteries are usually optional additions to a PV system, so any homeowner wishing to take advantage of this option needs to keep that in mind prior to their purchase. There are also solar rebates that pay off after buying the panels, and further incentives that can be used to lessen the cost of the installation. There are tax exemptions available for homeowners who install this type of system. Some of these incentives are contingent on the number of panels installed and the number of kilowatts that the system can produce. Some CT solar rebates are only effective if the homeowner wishes to claim them all at once, or if the system is installed professionally.
The important thing about this technology is that it works, and that it has helped many communities throughout Connecticut. If more information is wanted, a resident can contact the Clean Energy Finance Authority, or CEIFA, or the Department of Energy. Most of the utility companies in the state will also have valuable information concerning various rebates, incentives and tax exemptions that are available when utilizing this type of system.