A Connecticut resident or small business owner that is looking for a solar power installation needs to make sure that the companies they might hire are licensed and on the list of providers for CCEF, or Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. This is very important because a homeowner will only be eligible for the available incentives and tax breaks after the approved company sends in the appropriate paperwork on the home or business owner’s behalf.
If a homeowner is unsure of exactly who to call, they can go to the CCEF’s website to find valuable information on those companies that are qualified to perform a solar power installation. This site can help match a resident or business owner with the right solar companies by asking a few important questions, like whether or not a south facing system will be used on the ground, or if the roof will provide an unobstructed collection area for the sunlight. Questions about the roof itself, such as its pitch, its type and how much sunlight it receives each day are also included in the questionnaire. The site will also list questions about the home or businesses monthly usage and utility bill amounts. The reason for all this questioning is to come up with a ballpark figure of how much electricity needs to be generated by the panels for the solar power installation.
Once these questions are answered, a solar power installation professional will contact the resident and work with them to provide accurate quotes. For the best quote, the contractor will likely set up an appointment to come out to the site and verify exactly what will be needed, and where the system will be placed for higher efficiency and output of the panels.
There are a number of rebate programs available to homeowners in Connecticut for solar power and surrounding states. Some offer incentives for those who choose to install photovoltaic hot water systems, and some provide for a property tax exemption as well. Any system that generates power or heats water using photovoltaic panels is completely exempt from sales tax, adding another bonus to employing this type of technology to one’s home or business. Another program worth noting is net metering, which is available through the two major electric providers in Connecticut. This program allows a resident to store and then sell back any excess energy that was generated through the photovoltaic process.
These programs are generally intended for a solar power installation up to 10 kilowatts in size. If the system is larger than this, these programs will only cover that particular part of the system.
Connecticut has one of the most aggressive green energy programs and policies in the country, with the exception of Hawaii, who is leading the way. It is moving forward with the latest technology and helping their populace adopt greener energy systems into their every day lives. The savings on monthly utility bills are certainly nice, but the boost to the environment makes this option even more attractive to those that are concerned with the environment.