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Solar Energy in Connecticut

In a state where the weather is constantly changing, solar energy may seem like an odd idea. After all, solar energy requires sunshine, so how could a solar power system reliably power a home in the midst of so many rainy and snowy days? In spite of the ever-changing weather patterns in Connecticut, it was the second state in the nation to reach grid parity, coming in behind only Hawaii. Not bad for a state with such frequent changes in the weather! What this indicates is that you do not need a region with almost constant sunshine to enjoy the benefits that come from solar energy; a solar power system can work just as well in areas with cloudy, rainy, and snowy days. For those of you looking for a way to reduce your carbon footprint and minimize your household’s fossil fuel usage—and save on your monthly energy bills in the process—a solar power system may well be the perfect solution for your home.


The Basics of a Solar Power System

One of the qualities that makes solar power stand out as the right solution for residential use is the system itself. It is low-profile, quiet, and does not require any additional effort to make it operate. Simply work with a solar panel company to have a system professionally installed, and the system plus sunlight will take care of the rest. A solar power system starts with what is called a solar array, which is a series of connected solar panels. Each solar panel contains around 60 photovoltaic cells, also called solar cells or PV cells. The PV cells are what absorb the sun’s rays. The combined panels in a solar array work to absorb as much sunlight as possible, in much the same way as a plant’s leaves absorb sunlight to convert it to usable energy. From there, all the absorbed energy passes through an inverter, which converts the energy current from DC to AC, so it can be used by your home. All of the energy produced by your solar power system is clocked by the electrical breaker box, as well, so your utility company will know how little energy, if any, your home has used from their energy generation—generally resulting in minimal or non-existent electric bills.


How Cloudy Days Impact a Solar Array

As you may have gathered, powering your home by way of solar energy is a pretty simple process. The inventors and builders have done the heavy lifting, so if your solar panel system is installed by a professional technician from a solar power company, there is nothing else to do to make it run but sit back and let your system work. Yes, that is really all there is to it. No shifting it around your yard, no waiting for the wind to pick up—you will not even need to flip a switch to turn it on each morning. And, fortunately, solar panel manufacturers had the elements in mind when they created the housing for the solar cells, so they are not likely to be damaged by wind or snow. Really, the only additional effort a solar array needs is to ensure it is not blocked by snow or damaged by a strong storm. As long as the panels are undamaged and unblocked, they will continue to generate energy, even on cloudy days. So, what happens on those cloudy days?


The more sunlight there is, the more quickly your solar array can absorb that light and convert it to usable energy. Fortunately, even on days that the sun is obscured by clouds, some level of light still filters through, so there is almost always light for your solar array to absorb and convert to energy. Generally, solar panels are installed on a sloped roof for two reasons: better sunlight absorption up above the trees, and the slant means snow and debris will simply slide off rather than block the panels. However, if a dense snowfall does happen to block part or all of the panels, there are ways your system will make up for that deficit. On bright sunny days, your solar array will absorb as much light as possible, often in excess of what your home can use. This way, the energy count on your meter will clock all of that extra energy to balance out days that the system may not take in quite as much sunlight. Often, many electric companies will even purchase excess energy production from you, as an incentive to those who choose to purchase a solar power system. Want to learn more about how it all works? RGS Energy has been around since the beginnings of residential solar energy nearly 40 years ago. Let our team of solar professionals explain the benefits going solar offers!



Knowing The Perks: Benefits to Solar Energy

More often than not, when solar energy is discussed on the news or in magazine articles, the biggest benefit touted is that it is a clean alternative energy source that will help the environment. But there is more to it than that! Yes, solar energy offers a way to help the environment, but there is more benefit than just that. There are also several layers of financial benefits to running your home on solar power. Between the clean energy it provides and the savings, it should be an easy decision to switch. Need convincing? These are the major benefits you can expect from a solar power system:


Renewable Energy

On both the micro and macro scales, solar energy is great for the environment. On a smaller scale, each household that switches to solar is one less household that relies on pollution-causing fossil fuels to power their lives. It may not seem like a great deal of difference is made by one individual, but as more households make the switch, more of a difference will be made. As of December 2017, only around 15 percent of all energy produced in the U.S. is made with renewable resources. That means a full 85 percent of all energy for residential and commercial purposes is still made with fossil fuels, the byproducts of which emit pollutants into the air, earth, and water. Solar panel systems, conversely, do not produce any byproducts as they generate energy. So, each household that switches to solar means that much less pollution is emitted. Since fossil fuels are a finite resource and solar is nigh on infinite, powering your home with solar energy means you will be helping your household make a difference presently and for years to come.



Financial Savings

In a more immediate level, the other big benefit to choosing solar energy is the financial benefit, which comes in multiple levels. The first layer of which is the difference you will see monthly. Even with the cost of a solar power system factored in, or the monthly solar loan payments included, a solar array means your home is producing its own energy, which means your monthly electric bill will drop noticeably, or go away entirely. Given that the average lifespan of a solar array is around 25 years, and rising, that is quite the positive potential to save. Think of buying a solar array as you would buying a house, rather than renting a home indefinitely. Even with monthly solar loan payments, there will be a definite end date, and you will enjoy the savings on your monthly energy bill in the meantime.


In addition to the monthly savings on your electric bill, there are a few other ways you stand to benefit financially. One is the potential for net metering. As a solar array produces energy, the electric meter on your home will track it. If your solar power system produces more than your home can use, those numbers will add up on your meter. Many of the utility companies will purchase that excess energy from you to power other homes. And, many of the utility companies that do not purchase that excess energy still offer a rebate for homes which run on solar power. In addition to benefits from your utility company, there are also myriad other financial incentives out there to encourage more households to make the switch to solar. Privately funded, local, state, and federal solar incentives offer both one-time and ongoing monetary incentives. All told, there are a wide variety of tax breaks, grants, and other solar incentives to add to the amount you stand to save by switching to solar power. If you are interested in learning more, the RGS Energy team is happy to help. Give us a call for more information about the savings and benefits based on where you live in Connecticut.



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Getting Ready To Go Solar

Once you make the decision to power your home with solar energy, the next step is to prepare. The following steps are suggestions to help you ready your home and set plans in place so you can enjoy the most benefits possible throughout the life of your solar power system. Since the idea is for your solar array to last for decades, a few extra steps beforehand will better set you up for long term success. To enjoy the most benefit possible from your solar array, we suggest the following:

Ready Your Roof

First and foremost, before you schedule your solar installation, you will want to make sure the place it will be installed upon is ready for it. After all, that solar array is going to be up on your roof for decades, so a bit of preparedness will go a long way toward ensuring you get the most benefit possible without a great deal of extra care or effort. The RGS team will help you determine how large of a solar array you need and whether or not your roof is strong enough to support the additional weight. Before installation, however, we suggest having a thorough roof inspection performed and any repairs taken care of. Better to do so before the solar panels are installed, rather than needing to take them all down a small handful of years later.

Improve Your Home’s Efficiency

Another preparatory step we highly recommend is to take steps to improve your home’s efficiency. These steps will vary based on the age and upkeep of your home as a whole, but the overarching idea is to make it so your home requires less energy to run. Doing so may mean your home needs a smaller solar array, but it can also mean your system will produce more energy and provide you with years of better net metering. Take as few or as many steps as you choose; start with our video on improving home efficiency to see how changes both large and small can help. These steps include things like:  

  • Replacing insulation and repairing drafty areas, so your home takes less energy to heat or cool.
  • Replacing your old hot water heater with a tankless option.
  • Upgrading to more energy efficient electronics, from better power strips to Energy Star appliances.
  • Repairing or replacing old doors and windows to retain temperatures better.
  • Repairing or upgrading your heating and/or air conditioning.

There are a wide variety of different ways you can help reduce your home’s electricity needs, both large and small, to help your solar power system function better. Even something as simple as replacing light bulbs and unplugging more of your electronics when not in use can make a difference in your home’s energy consumption. And, each step you take means better savings as you power your home with a solar array.

Prepare Financially

In addition to the physical changes and tweaks around your house, the other key thing to do is get your financial plan in order. This includes determining how you will pay for your solar panel system, which efficiency updates are worthwhile for you to undertake, and the range of different solar incentives your household is eligible for and how much of a fiscal impact they will make. RGS Energy has been helping people make the switch to solar for nearly 40 years, so we have experience with every step of the process. Contact us to work with an Energy Broker, who can help you determine all of the details and develop your financial plan. We can discuss payment options and work with you to create the right payment plan for your needs, as well as finding as many solar incentives and other benefits as you are eligible for. Submit the contact form in the link below or give us a call to get started developing your financial plan to go solar!




Common Solar Panel System Myths Explained

As with just about anything out there, the more something is discussed, the more likely information is to be misheard, poorly explained, or just generally exaggerated. Solar power systems are no exception, and we have heard a few misconceptions repeated over the years. Since solar power was first conceived of in the 1800s, that is a good long while for a few myths to crop up and misdirect people. Residential solar power systems started becoming more widespread in the 1970s, and the interim years have generated a few incorrect ideas. It is high time to correct those misconceptions. The following are a few of the most common incorrect ideas about solar energy, and what the truth really is.

1. Solar panels only generate power when it is sunny.

Yes, we can see where this particular myth comes from; it stands to reason that you need plenty of sunshine to generate solar energy. Fortunately, this idea is not correct. While you do need the sun’s rays to power a solar array, it does not require brightly sunny days to work. The sunlight that filters through the clouds is generally sufficient for a solar power system to generate energy. Of course, if you are concerned about too many cloudy days affecting your home’s power supply, there are solar battery options so you can store a bit of extra energy—though, this is not generally necessary.

2. A solar panel system needs a lot of maintenance.

It would make a lot less sense to install solar panels up on roofs if they required constant upkeep and care. Fortunately, solar panel manufacturers take things like placement and the elements into consideration when designing and producing the panels. A solar power system is made to handle the wind, snow, and debris kicked up by Connecticut storms without a problem. While you may want to occasionally check on your solar array after particularly strong storms, a solar power system is designed to be installed on your roof and function perfectly well without any additional work on your part.

3. Having solar panels installed will damage my roof.

As with the question of maintenance, it would hardly make sense to install solar panels on the roof if they damaged the very thing offering them support. At RGS Energy, all of our solar installation technicians stay up to date on the most current installation practices, so you can rest assured that no damage will be done to your roof or your solar array. A few holes will need to be drilled into your roof, but they will be appropriately sealed and protected so leaks do not form and your roof will stay in good repair.

4. Aren’t solar power systems too noisy?

How often do you think to yourself, “My air conditioning is just too noisy; I should stop running it”? A solar power system is no different. The solar panels themselves do not produce any sort of noise as they absorb sunlight. The only noise you may hear would be from the inverter, as it converts AC to DC for your home to use, but that is a quiet hum. In scale, it is not any more noticeable than the quiet hum of a heater or air conditioner running.

5. A solar array will make my home worth less.

Given how prevalent the concern for our environment grows to be, this myth is one that is quickly fading away. When residential solar power was new technology just becoming publicly available, the aesthetics may have been a cause for concern. Today, however, a solar array is much more likely to increase a home’s value than it is to lower it. According to a study performed by the Department of Energy, this holds true across the country, not just in Connecticut. The study found that a photovoltaic system increased a home’s value by an average of $15,000. That number may change depending on the size of the array, the home, the neighborhood, and so on. Keep in mind that the added value to your home is in addition to the monthly savings and other financial benefits.

6. Solar energy is too costly for us.

This is another myth that has its roots in the early years of residential solar power. Back during the late 1970s, a solar array cost upwards of $100 per Watt, so it is understandable that solar energy got a reputation for high price. However, the price today is only around $5 per Watt, and that is for a larger solar array. If the drop in cost is not enough on its own, there are plenty of grants, tax breaks, and other financial incentives, which work in addition to the savings you can expect to see each month on your energy bill. It all adds up together to help make a solar panel system more affordable than ever for as many households as possible.


Do you have additional questions about solar energy? Get the truth from the solar company who has been in the business for nearly 40 years. Contact the RGS Energy team to learn more about how solar power systems work, and what they can do for your home.


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Paying For Your Solar Panel System

Money is often a weighty subject. And, when discussing a purchase as lasting and impactful as a solar array has the potential to be, discussing the financial side of things is just as important as preparing your home. There are payment options to be weighed, incentives to apply for, and discussions to have; a strong financial plan will help you reap the most savings possible throughout the life of your solar array. To begin with, we offer two options to pay for your system: paying for it upfront or taking out a solar loan. At RGS Energy, our goal is to help as many households as possible switch to solar, so we will gladly work with you to devise the right payment plan so you can best enjoy the benefits. Those benefits include:


As you can see, both options offer a range of benefits, so there really is no wrong answer. Our mission is to develop the right plan based on your individual needs, so you can make the most of all the savings and other benefits that a solar power system brings with it. The more households that switch to solar, the faster we can break our dependence on harmful fossil fuels and improve our environment. Get all the financial details from an RGS Energy Broker, learn about solar incentives, and start developing your financial plan today. Contact RGS Energy to get started.




Finding Financial Perks For Your Solar Power System 

Switching to solar energy means helping the environment and seeing a drop in your monthly energy expenses. That means decades of savings and a reduced carbon footprint. And, if that is not enough of a reason to switch to solar energy, there are additional financial perks out there to sweeten the deal. Find tax breaks at the federal and state level, savings from your local energy company or city government, and even grants or other incentives provided by privately funded groups. There are a wealth of different solar incentives available to encourage more households to make the switch. The RGS Energy team will help you find as many different incentives as we can, and we have the experience to help you apply for as many as you are eligible for. To get you started, here are a few of the broad categories of solar perks you can find:

Federal Solar Incentives

Nationally, there are a pretty wide range of different incentives available, which provide benefits for both commercial and residential solar energy systems. In order to find all of the federal solar incentives you are eligible for, you can start with The Energy Department’s website to see the various options that are currently available and the requirements therein. Of course, we know that government websites are not always the easiest to navigate, so your Energy Broker can help you wade through the minutiae and walk you through all the options.  

Connecticut Solar Incentives

Just as the federal government offers financial perks to those who have solar energy, likewise the Connecticut government provides funding to incentivize households to embrace renewable technology. You can learn more about the various options through Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection website. Your RGS Energy Broker can help you navigate current Connecticut solar incentives as well, so give us a call.

Local & Privately Funded Incentives

The most widespread locally available incentives are those that are offered through regional electric companies. These incentives include net metering, which pays you back for any excess energy your solar array produces, as well as savings on your energy bill. Then, in addition to locally-based benefits, there are an array of different grants and other solar incentives that come from various privately-funded groups. This latter collection of financial benefits are constantly changing, so be sure to check with your RGS Energy Broker for help narrowing down and applying for the incentives your household is eligible for. We take the time to stay up to date on the full range of different financial solar incentives available so you can enjoy the most savings possible. Call the RGS team to learn more about the incentives available for you!



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