RGS Energy Brings Solar Energy To Connecticut
Hello, constant readers, and welcome back to our blog! As the world’s energy demands begin to outstrip production capacities of traditional forms of energy production, states, cities, and communities are increasingly dedicating time, energy, and money towards the development of solar arrays. These arrays, when installed on homes, businesses, and industrial buildings, work to provide much needed energy during peak operational hours to decrease the demand that is placed on the energy grid. While it is true that solar infrastructure is in its infancy relative to other forms of energy production, amazing gains have been made in the last decade and all signs point toward solar energy becoming the fastest growing renewable energy option in the United States. In today’s post, we are going to go over some information about Solarize Connecticut, a program set up to help residents of selected Connecticut cities make the switch to solar and take advantage of the energy and cost-saving benefits of this form of energy production. Continue reading below to learn more.
What is Solarize Connecticut?
Anyone who has done research related to solar panels knows first hand that there is a lot of information that has to be absorbed before deciding whether or not installing a solar array is a viable option. A wide range of factors must be considered when deciding whether or not to install a solar array including the location of the home, amount of projected sunlight that the home is expected to experience in a given year, and any tax incentives available to homeowners on both the state and federal level. Consolidating all of this information can be difficult for some homeowners, resulting in fewer people exploring their options when it comes to solar energy. Luckily, Solarize Connecticut makes it easy for Connecticut residents to find all of the information they need in regards to investing in solar energy in a single place.
Solarize Connecticut is a community program that makes it easy for Connecticuters to invest in solar panels for their homes. Through this program, residents are put in touch with local installers (in this case, RGS Energy), provides them with resources relating to financing, and allows them access to the latest technology in the realm of solar panels. Below, we have listed out a few reasons why this program is so beneficial to the average homeowner.
Quality Products, Reduced Price
One of the best things about Solarize Connecticut is the fact that it gives people the chance to procure high-quality solar panels at a price point that is more affordable than normal. Anyone who begins to do a little research on having solar panels installed on their home can tell you that the panels, the main source of energy production for the entire solar array, are the most costly component of the entire system. While the amazing growth that has been seen in the solar industry over the last decade has largely been associated with the availability of cheaper, imported panels, recent legislative decisions could place tariffs on these imported panels, increasing the cost of the panels and the associated services that surround the solar industry. Solarize Connecticut hopes to buffer residents from this potential increase in solar components by providing special pricing options on products.
Another hurdle that is often talked about by those individuals looking to make the switch to solar energy is the relatively high cost of the initial investment in relation to the solar array. Before tax credits of any kind, the average solar array costs approximately $16,800, with most homeowners paying somewhere between $2.87 and $3.85 per watt to install solar panels. After tax credits, the average solar system costs about $10,045 to $13,475. Even though these costs may seem high at first, data shows that these figures are around nine percent lower than they were a year ago, meaning that solar panels and solar arrays continue to fall in price as adoption rates increase. To help with the initial costs of installing solar panels, Solarize Connecticut offers a competitive financing option known as the EmpowerLoan. The EmpowerLoan offers the following to Connecticut area residents:
- $0-Down Financing: While some people choose to pay for the installation of their solar arrays in cash, many homeowners would rather pay off their solar array in an installment type payment solution. With $0 required upfront, the EmpowerLoan, offered in partnership with Dividend Solar, allows homeowners to realize the maximum benefit of solar ownership while also including panel performance guarantees and maintenance guarantees on the solar array. In addition to the benefit of owning a solar array with no money down, the EmpowerLoan provides:
- Low-interest rates
- Tax benefits for the homeowner
- No prepayment penalties
- Warranty Management
- Performance monitoring of the array in real-time
In addition the Empower Loan, the Smart-E Loan provides homeowners with a financial option that provides a no-money-down, long-term payment option that is handled through local banks and credit unions. The Smart-e Loan comes with flexible repayment terms that let homeowners choose a repayment schedule that best works in their unique situation. By acting quick, New Haven residents can take advantage of smart energy bundles that provide rates as low as 2.79 percent to 2.99 percent for 10 years. If neither the EmpowerLoan or the Smart-E Loan works for a particular household, there are other financing options available including purchase power agreements, solar leases, and other solar specific loan options.
Perhaps the most talked about reason that people make the switch to solar energy revolves around the fact that people who invest in solar stand to save a lot of money in relation to their monthly energy bill. Anyone who has had to pay a power bill in the last few years can attest to the fact that energy costs continue to rise on a national scale. This is an especially relevant fact to the residents of Connecticut because, in a 2017 study conducted by WalletHub, a D.C.-based personal finance website, it was found that Connecticut residents pay, on average, $380 per month in energy costs. This figure earns Connecticut residents the top spot in the “who pays the most for energy category” in the United States. While installing solar arrays will not completely negate the amount of money that Connecticut residents pay in energy each year, it can drastically reduce the amount that is paid on a monthly basis.
Peace of Mind
The final benefit that we will cover in this blog post, and one of the hardest benefits to quantify at this point in time, is the fact that solar energy helps to reduce the carbon footprint associated with a household. The burning of fossil fuels, whether it be in the form of oil, coal, or natural gas, releases a variety of harmful emissions into the air. These emissions, according to a recently released study by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, coupled with human activity have had an undeniable effect on global climate change and, if left unchecked, could result in major shifts in weather patterns, global temperatures, and the amount of ice in our northern and southern oceans. By installing solar panels on the roof of their home, homeowners can reduce the amount of fossil fuels that are burned in the attempt to satisfy the energy demands of the country. While it might seem like a small step on a global scale, the more people who make the switch to solar energy, the fewer people there are drawing from the grid that is built upon the backbone of fossil fuels.
How Does RGS Energy Fit Into Connecticut’s Solar Energy Goals?
RGS Energy, the nation’s original solar company since 1978, has been selected by Solarize New Haven as the exclusive partner to bring solar arrays to residents of New Haven, Connecticut. RGS Energy is set to provide New Haven residents with solar panels with the support of their 31 local employees based out of their 10,000 square foot warehouse in Bloomfield. Bringing decades of experience to the table as well as some of the most highly trained solar panel experts in the nation, RGS Energy is ready to supply New Haven residents with the tools, knowledge, and expertise needed to make the most out of residential solar arrays.
Final Thoughts on Solar Energy in Connecticut
So, by this point in the post, you are probably wondering whether or not it is worth for you, as a Connecticut resident. In the simplest terms, the answer is yes. Even when you factor in the upfront costs of a solar array, the savings that can be had over the life of the system are hard to ignore from any viewpoint. In many cases, Connecticut residents find that their solar array almost completely wipes out their monthly electric bill during the summer months which, in turn, makes up for any energy related expenditures in the winter months.
If you would like to learn more about solar energy in Connecticut or you would like to learn more about what we do at RGS Energy, please do not hesitate to visit our website today. Additionally, if you have any questions, please fill out our contact form here or, if the phone is more your speed, give us a call at (877)-747-4338. We are more than happy to answer any and all questions you may have in relation to solar energy in Connecticut and our operators are standing by to hear from you. Don’t settle for anything less than the best, get in touch with us today and let us show you the benefits that solar energy can bring to your household.