Hey there, Connecticut! Want to Save Big Bucks with Solar?

If you call the Constitution State home, you‘ve likely noticed those electricity bills just keep going up. Meanwhile, your neighbors seem to be plastering their roofs with shiny new panels. What gives?

Turns out, Connecticut offers some of the strongest solar incentives nationwide – from fat rebates to tax credits that slash your costs almost in half. So don‘t let the Nutmeg State‘s infamously gray skies fool you. Now is the time to join the solar savings party!

This guide will breakdown precisely how much you can save, which incentives you can tap, whether leasing makes sense (spoiler: often not!), and everything else you need to know about affordably jumping on the solar bandwagon. LET‘S DO THIS!

Solar Power to the Rescue for High Electricity Rates

Connecticut residents fork over more for electricity than almost anywhere else in the the continental US. Just look at this data from the Energy Information Administration on average retail electricity rates across states:

StateAvg. Rate (¢/kWh)
Rhode Island21.59
New Hampshire21.32

Ouch! No wonder we hate opening those Eversource bills every month. But solar panels let you take control by slashing your electricity expenses way down.

Based on the typical home usage in CT, installing a solar system saves households about $2,000 per year on average. And with incentives factored, a system often pays for itself in 5-7 years. Then 20+ years of nearly free power!

So how exactly does all the solar savings work? I‘m glad you asked…

1. Federal Solar Tax Credit

The federal government offers a tax credit that cuts 30% off the total cost of installing a solar system. For a typical 6 kW, 18 panel setup running around $17,000 in Connecticut, that saves you $5,100 off the bat!

Key Facts:

  • Credits 30% of your system cost
  • For systems installed through 2032
  • Must own panels (not lease)
  • No cap on system size

The existing 30% credit stays put until December 31, 2032. Then it begins stepping down – 26% in 2033, then 22% in 2034. The program expires completely in 2035 unless renewed by Congress.

My strong advice? Move fast to start saving! Installing solar panels can take months from deciding to power on, so begin the process ASAP.

2. State Solar Rebate

In addition the federal break, Connecticut provides some enticing solar rebates of its own directly to residents:

Solar Rebate Amount

$426 per kW installed, up to 10 kW capacity

  • 6 kW system = $2,556
  • 10 kW system = $4,260

Cha-ching! $4,000+ back in your pocket after installing panels is music to anyone‘s ears.

Connecticut‘s solar rebate program is administered by the Connecticut Green Bank. Check their website for the latest details and application process.

3. Net Metering for Bill Credits

Two money-saving words: net metering.

This policy lets you send excess power from your panels into the grid and accumulate credits on your utility bill. So you‘ll keep racking up savings even on cloudy days or when away from home!

How Net Metering Works

  • 1 kW solar panel system produces 1,500 kWh electricity in a year
  • House only uses 1,000 kWh so 500 kWh gets sent to grid
  • Utility credits homeowner for 500 kWh x $0.20/kWh = $100 savings!

Connecticut‘s net metering program runs through the end of 2041 as of now. So still plenty of time to benefit. But the sooner your panels start producing credits, the better!

4. Sales and Property Tax Exemptions

Two often overlooked incentives in Connecticut are the sales and property tax exemptions for solar:

  • 100% Sales Tax Exemption – Pay $0 sales tax on solar panel system and installation equipment purchases. Saves approx ~6.35% overall.
  • 100% Property Tax Exemption – The value solar panels add to your home is excluded from property value assessments so rates stay put.

Although skipping these taxes reduces your eligibility for the 30% federal credit a bit, the combined savings typically outweigh the smaller federal deduction.

5. Special Lower Income Programs

Lack the funds to buy a solar system even with incentives? Connecticut has a couple options:

Solar for All

  • Through CT Green Bank
  • Provides solar credits/subscriptions
  • 50-80% off community solar project
  • For households earning 80% of area median income or less

Smart-E Loan

  • Low interest solar loans (0.99% – 3.99%)
  • Up to $40k with 15 year term
  • Available from local credit unions
  • Must meet income limits

So even if your budget is tight, with a bit of persistence you can share in the solar savings!

Connecticut Solar Costs and Incentives Recap

Federal Tax Credit30% of system cost
CT Solar Rebate$426 x system kW (max 10 kW)
Net Metering Value$0.20/kWh credit on excess solar electricity
Sales Tax Exemption~6.35% savings
Property Tax ExemptionNo increased tax from system value
Special ProgramsReduced cost options for lower income residents

Let‘s Run the Numbers!

Okay, but what does all this mean for actual savings? Here‘s an example 6 kW system:

Cost Before Incentives

  • 6 kW solar panel system
  • 18 panels with microinverters
  • Total: $17,000


  • Federal Tax Credit (30%): $5,100
  • CT Rebate ($426 x 6 kW): $2,556
  • Annual utility savings: $2,000 (~$167/month)

Final Out-of-Pocket Cost

  • $17,000 system
    • $5,100 federal credit
    • $2,556 state rebate
  • = $9,344

With $2,000 saved yearly, the out-of-pocket cost would be covered in under 5 years! Then almost 15 years of free electricity before any maintenance needs. Amazing!

And check out the solar savings over the 30 year system lifespan:

Chart showing $70,000 in electricity bill savings over 30 years with CT solar incentives

Buy vs. Lease: The Verdict?

Should you lease solar panels instead of buying them to save on upfront costs? In most cases, no.

Why Buying Beats Leasing

Own SystemLease System
Get federal + state incentivesMiss out on $7,600+ incentives in CT
Electricity bills reduced mostBills don‘t drop as significantly
Added home resale valueNo added property value

Leasing can still allow you to go green affordably. But buying the system outright unlocks maximum savings!

Ready to Catch Some Rays, Connecticut?

With some of the highest electricity bills in the 48 states, solar panels are a slam dunk investment for Nutmeggers. And Connecticut makes it even sweeter with generous rebates and credits that save you thousands.

But with incentives like the federal tax credit starting to decline, time is of the essence. Reach out to local solar providers for quotes to get your personalized savings estimate. With the right package, you‘ll be basking in both sunshine AND savings in no time.

Onwards to cheaper power bills and a cleaner environment!

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