Rebates FAQ

1) How can I estimate the size and cost of a solar system for my home?
First, gather your electric bills to see how much electricity you use on a monthly basis. This number will be in kWh (kilowatt hours). Second, visit www.solar-estimate.org , the Clean Power Estimator at www.clean-power.com/ccef, or NREL's In My Backyard to get a rough idea of system size and costs. Third, contact CCEF-eligible installers for price estimates. To see the average system cost under this program please click here.

2) How do I apply for a solar rebate?
You must work with a CCEF-eligible installer to apply for a solar PV rebate. Once you decide which installer you want to use, he or she will apply to CCEF for a rebate on your behalf. You will receive a letter from CCEF to inform you when your rebate has been processed.

3) Why do I have to use an eligible installer?
CCEF has pre-qualified companies to perform PV installations to ensure that they have the right credentials, training, experience, insurance, and financial resources. These installers have agreed to abide by CCEF program rules and warranty requirements, as well.

4) How can I pay for my PV system?
You might consider taking out a home equity loan. Check with your tax advisor on the tax benefits of a home equity loan. If you are building a new house, you may be able to include the cost of your PV system in the mortgage. Low-interest loans are available to finance solar PV systems through the Connecticut Housing Investment Fund or by calling (860) 233-5165. NEW SOLAR LEASE OPTION -  To see if you qualify for our new CT Solar Lease program click here

5) What are Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)?
When you make electricity using clean energy, you earn renewable energy certificates (RECs), which are tradable commodities signifying the environmental benefits you have produced. There are organizations that are willing to pay you money for the RECs that your PV system produces. Selling your RECs can provide several hundred dollars of income to you a year. For more information, click here.

6) Will I still have power even if the grid goes down?
If you install batteries as part of your system, you can still have electricity during power outages. Without batteries, the device that converts your solar energy into electricity has to disconnect from the grid and from supplying your home with electricity, in order to protect electric utility workers who may be restoring the lines. CCEF will not provide a rebate for battery backup.

7) Is there a federal tax credit for homeowners who install PV?
Yes, a homeowner may take an income tax credit of 30% of spending on qualified solar property.

8) In what temperatures will a PV system operate? What about snow?
PV modules are generally designed to operate in a temperature range of -10 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. PV systems are designed to withstand snow, hail, rain, and wind.

9) Are solar water heating systems eligible for a rebate?
Currently, no. However, CCEF is in the process of creating a solar thermal pilot program to provide funding support for certain domestic, electric hot water heating and new construction solar thermal applications. Please visit our website in the future for updates on the solar thermal initiative.

10) I have a question that's not on this list. Who can I contact?
The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund is standing by to help you succeed. Please send your question to smallsolar@ctcleanenergy.com.