Do home solar panels make sense in West Hartford, Connecticut?
The median price of a 6 kilowatt home solar system in West Hartford is about
That 6 kW system would generate about
worth of electricity every year.
In 2019, you can qualify for a 30% federal tax credit.
In Connecticut, there are additional solar rebates available.
There are at least
20,813 homes in Buffalo with solar panels.
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How much do solar panels cost in West Hartford, CT?
The average cost per watt of residential solar in Connecticut is $3/watt. For comparison, the national average is $3.70/watt.
Cost per watt is the total installed cost of a system, including taxes, divided by the size of the system in watts (DC). It includes the cost of hardware plus installation costs. Cost per watt is always the gross cost, before incentives. This means, at a minimum, you can take 30% off the price of the system in 2019 because of federal tax incentives.
The cost of a solar panel system for your house in West Hartford will depend on how much electricity you want to generate, which affects the size of the system you’ll need. The following is an example price estimate for a home solar panel system in West Hartford, with an electricity generation estimate based on the local climate and the following assumptions:
• 690 kWh is the amount of electricity that the average Connecticut home uses every month.
• 5.93 kilowatts is the size of the system you’ll need to generate 100% of this electricity from solar panels.
• 15 to 23 panels is what that translates to (depending on panel efficiency, which commonly ranges from 260 watts to 400 watts)
• Panels oriented due south and mounted on a shade-free roof at a 30° angle.
|Gross system price||$19,570||This is the price of your system plus taxes but before incentives, based on an average cost of solar in your state of $3 per watt.|
|Federal tax credit of 30%||$5,871||The most important solar incentive in the nation, the federal solar tax credit, gives homeowners 30% off the cost of their system in 2019. It drops to 26% next year. Read more|
|Connecticut Green Bank rebate: $0.463 per PTC Watt for systems up to 10 kW PTC||$2,471||Connecticut Green Bank was established by the Connecticut General Assembly to further renewable energy and energy efficiency in Connecticut. Learn more about this rebate and other Connecticut solar programs|
|Net system price:||$11,228|
This estimate is based on averages but your home, of course, may be different. For a personalized estimate, grab a copy of your utility bill and use our calculator to plug in the numbers for your home.
Can you save money with solar panels in West Hartford, CT?
Every year, that hypothetical West Hartford home solar system described above would produce about $1,700 worth of electricity. This is based on the Connecticut state average price of electricity of $0.20/kWh and the average local climate.
But that’s just a home with average electricity usage. You might need more or fewer solar panels, depending on how much electricity you want to generate. Also, shade matters a lot. If you have trees or buildings throwing shadows on your roof, that could reduce your solar production by a lot.
Houses in West Hartford with solar panels
In West Hartford, our data shows that there are at least 444 houses with solar photovoltaic panels installed. This means that a lot of neighbors in your city are interested in solar, and have already made the leap. Added up, the total generating capacity of all these home solar systems equals 2,729 kilowatts. That’s a lot of clean energy being generated by your neighbors.
If you’re on the fence about going solar and trying to research whether solar is viable in the West Hartford area, this is good news. It means many of your neighbors have made the calculation and decided that solar is a smart move for them in the long term. Next time you’re driving or walking around, take a look at the roofs in your neighborhood. You might find a surprising number of solar panels. Try talking to your neighbors with solar, and see how it’s worked out for them.
West Hartford solar energy potential
To make a fair comparison of how much sunlight different cities get, we use a measurement called Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI). It takes into account the position of the sun in the sky throughout the year, cloud cover, airborne particulates, precipitation, and other climate variables.
The DNI for West Hartford is 4.54, which means that it has a good amount of sunshine - about average for the United States.
Averaged over the full year, a West Hartford home solar panel system will be generate a lot of solar electricity, although expect diminished production in the winter.
In the continental United States, DNI ranges from about 3.0 to 8.5 kWh/m2/day. In the most northern parts of Alaska, the DNI reaches a low of 0.5.
A higher DNI means more sunshine and more electricity generation by
solar panels, but solar can be viable even with a lower DNI. For example, Germany has widespread solar PV, but a DNI of only about 2.5.
This DNI data comes from GEOS geostationary
satellite data and
NREL climate models.
In some cities in the US, the amount of sunlight doesn’t change quite as much from summer to winter, while others see a big difference.
These charts show you what to expect in West Hartford.
Energy by Month (DNI)
The graph below estimates how much a 6 kilowatt south-facing solar panel system would generate in West Hartford.
Generation by Month (kWh)
As you can see from the graphs above, there is a seasonal variation in sunlight and solar power generation from summer to winter, but the variation is less pronounced than in many other places in the US. You can expect to produce about 197% more solar electricity in the highest production month of the year, compared to the darkest month of winter. Because of this, you will send less excess electricity into the grid in the summer and draw less electricity from the grid in winter.
West Hartford, CT solar companies
This is a list of solar home installations we know about within the city limits
of West Hartford, CT.
# of homes refers to the number of installations by the installer in the West Hartford area that we have a record of. It’s possible that the installer has done more installations in the local area.
Total kW installed is the cumulative solar generation capacity of all the residential installations by the installer in West Hartford.
Year of the most recent install is the most recent record of work done by the installer in West Hartford. This lets you know if the company is active in the area, or hasn’t done work in some time (or even gone out of business).
|Installer||# of homes||Total kW installed||Year of most recent install|
|AEGIS ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS||8||60||2017|
|BEFREE GREEN ENERGY||1||10||2013|
|DIRECT ENERGY SOLAR||5||38||2015|
|ECOSMART HOME SERVICES||2||16||2017|
|HORIZON SOLAR POWER||5||36||2017|
|JD SOLAR SOLUTIONS||5||51||2015|
|NORTHEAST SMART ENERGY||4||31||2013|
|ONE ROOF ENERGY||1||5||2016|
|PURE POINT ENERGY||1||6||2015|
|R PELTON BUILDERS||2||10||2013|
|ROOF DIAGNOSTICS SOLAR & ELECTRIC||10||63||2016|
|ROSS SOLAR GROUP||5||51||2017|
|SHIPPEE SOLAR & CONSTRUCTION||2||13||2015|
|SUMMER HILL SOLAR||1||7||2014|
|SUNLIGHT SOLAR ENERGY||4||29||2017|
Solar panel lease companies in West Hartford
If you’re thinking about going with a solar lease or PPA, you should first read our guide to solar financing to make sure that you understand the pros and cons of a lease or PPA versus purchasing a system outright. In most cases, you will come out on top by buying your solar panels, even if that means taking out a loan.
That said, leases/PPAs continue to be popular, and they can be a good choice in some cases. There are several national solar installers that offer leases/PPAs, but not all of them operate in every state. Here’s a breakdown of some of the major solar installers that offer these types of contracts, and whether they operate in your state:
|Company||Operates in Connecticut ?|
Looking for solar panel cleaning companies in West Hartford?
Are you searching for a local solar panel cleaning company? Stop and reconsider.
Solar panel cleaning services can cost more than $100 per visit, and in the vast majority of cases the temporary increase in power generation you get will never make up for that cost.
In fact, rain is sufficient to keep solar panels clean for most people.
If you live in a dry and dusty area or frequently find bird poop or leaves on your panels, invest in some inexpensive equipment to take care of cleaning yourself. Read our guide to solar panel maintenance, which includes tips on solar panel cleaning and a some recommended cleaning equipment.
Contact solar companies in West Hartford
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Average Connecticut electricity prices
The average price of residential electricity in Connecticut is 20.29 cents per kilowatt hour, while the average price across the nation is 13.34 cents per kWh.
This means that your price of electricity is about 52% higher than the US average, which makes your electricity rates very high compared to the rest of the nation.
With high electricity prices like this, it makes a lot of sense to consider whether solar panels are a good choice for your home. With the cost of solar hardware dropping all the time, if you have a suitable roof or yard for solar, it’s very likely that solar electricity will be cheaper than the high utility rates in your state.
Regardless of what your electricity prices are, by adding solar panels to your house and generating your own electricity, you’re locking in your cost of electricity for as long as your system is working, which will protect you from future rate increases by your utility. Given that many panels come with 25 year warranties, this is an investment that can last a long time.
Keep in mind that the price of electricity varies by utility, sometimes by a lot. The table below lists the average price of electricity for utilities in Connecticut state. For current rates, check with your utility.
|Company||# Customers||Avg Price (¢/kWh)|
|Bozrah Light & Power Company||2,441||16.87|
|City of Jewett City - (CT)||1,877||17.91|
|City of South Norwalk - (CT)||5,420||15.35|
|City of Norwich - (CT)||17,613||19.33|
|Groton Dept of Utilities - (CT)||12,002||15.92|
|Norwalk Third Taxing District||2,968||16.91|
|Town of Wallingford - (CT)||21,264||13.52|
|United Illuminating Co||194,728||23.68|
|Connecticut Light & Power Co||824,059||19.47|
Historical Connecticut electricity prices, 2008 to 2017
The average price of residential electricity in Connecticut, over the past ten
19.31 cents per
This is 60% more than than the US average price of 12.07 cents per kWh. Because your state historically has had high electricity prices, there’s a good chance that prices will continue to be high in the future. This is a good argument for going solar.
Why is this important to know? Depending on the size of your system, owning
solar reduces or eliminates the effect of electricity price increases.
Historical Connecticut electricity prices (cents per kilowatt hour)
By looking at the trend in electricity prices over the past decade, you can get a better idea of whether high or low prices in your state are a recent change, or part of a long term trend. Because solar panels last a really long time (most come with 25 year power warranties), going solar protects you from future changes in electricity price. Basically, by paying for a system now, you can lock in your cost of electricity for two or even three decades.
Environmental report for Connecticut electricity
Depending on the type of fuel they use, power plants produce differing amounts of air pollution. This is measured as units of pollution per megawatt hour (mWh) of electricity.
For every mWh of electricity generated, Connecticut power plants produce on average:
- 228 kilograms of CO2, which is 50% less than the US average of
- 19 grams of SO2, which is 95% less than the US average of 411 g.
- 173 grams of NOx, which is 54% less than the US average of
In the power generation estimate listed above, The Solar Nerd calculator determined that an unshaded, south-facing 6 kilowatt PV system would generate about 8,377 kWh in an average year.
This means that putting a 6 kW solar panel system on your house would prevent 1,910 kilograms of CO2, 159 grams of SO2, and 1,449 grams of NOx from being emitted into the atmosphere.
The carbon offset of these solar panels would be about equivalent to planting 111 trees every year! (One deciduous tree left to grow for 10 years offsets 17.2 kg of CO2, according to the EPA.)
CT state average electricity emissions
CO2 is carbon dioxide and is a primary greenhouse gas.
SO2 is sulphur dioxide. It
human respiratory system and contributes to acid rain.
NOx refers to nitrogen
contribute to smog, acid rain, and lung damage.
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This report was prepared with
data from the good people
National Renewable Energy Laboratory Data, the US Energy Information Administration, and the
Environmental Protection Agency.