Solarize New Haven
Solarize New Haven is a community-supported solar campaign that makes it easy for residents to go solar. You’ll get:
- $0 down financing options that require no out-of- pocket expenses
- Certified local solar installer
- High quality equipment at reduced pricing
- Significant federal and state incentives
- Protection against rising energy costs
The Solarize New Haven program is over, but if you are interested in getting a no-cost site evaluation you can contact RGS Energy at 877-747-4338.
Click here to watch a webinar about how to get discounted solar through the Solarize New Haven program
“The City is bringing Solarize New Haven to residents as part of my administration’s ongoing commitment to increase the adoption of clean energy within this community. It’s important that efforts be made at every level to reduce emissions contributing to climate change. The City has pledged to use 100% renewable energy in its operations and we hope residents will consider doing the same in their homes. I encourage everyone to determine whether or not their home is suitable for solar over the next twenty weeks while the discounted pricing is being offered.”
New Haven Mayor Toni Harp
Solar, A Wise Investment
My wife and I just moved to the area, with clear expectations to stay for at least six years. We lived in many rental apartments previously and wanted a new experience with owning a home. While we both were employed, we weren’t certain about job security or family needs. The space where we live includes two floors (~1,100 SF) for three adults and an infant.
We planned to have a family. Energy costs were high and we needed to manage our current and future expenses in a predictable way. We also wanted to consider alternative investments to stocks and mutual funds that might be a more secure option. We struggled to find socially responsible investments that were affordable. We wanted to do the right thing for the environment, but we weren’t sure how much we could pay to do so.
We chose to investigate solar panels for our home. We worked through a friend with experience at a solar firm. We got offers from more than one solar company and compared the financial options, warranties, and services. We ultimately chose a firm that offered some discounts, had broad experience across the country, and were very positive and responsive.
The steps of the process were clear and communicated. We had a slightly complicated situation, since we also needed other renovations in a similar time-frame to the installation, but the team emailed, called, and followed up with us often. We felt we understood what needed to happen, what we committed to do, and what the company and its system would perform. The site was evaluated in a couple hours, the system was installed in one day, and the system was turned on within two months of our commitment and first progress payment. We received access to accounts to see our production, a free iPhone app, and immediately saw a huge difference in our energy bill. Our system (3kW) provides nearly all of our energy annually. Many of our electric bills during the year are $10, with the maximum of $130 in the winter (when there is the least sunshine and we use electric heat). We cut our electric rate to less than half of the United Illuminating rate and our system’s simple payback is 6.2 yrs, including all incentives received. When considering the 25 yr costs (inverter replacement or maintenance), the simple payback is 8.2 yrs.
The Savings from our Solar Panels Paid for Our New Kitchen!
Sue & Rich Carrozza
We have nothing but good things to say about our solar panels. Before we went solar, we were spending between $220 and $250 every month for our electricity. Now, we are locked in to a fixed rate of $84 a month for our electricity and a monthly $17 basic United Illuminating charge. That’s a huge savings for us! Another thing that we appreciated about the process of going solar is that it alerted us to the state-supported Home Energy Solutions program. As part of the evaluation we found out that we needed more insulation in our attic, so the solar exploration process ultimately helped reduce our heating bills too. Not only are we saving money, but it’s also a win-win for the environment and it couldn’t cost more than electricity would. If we had to purchase the system outright, we likely wouldn’t have installed the panels, but luckily there are financing options that can help you save money right away. One of my favorite thing about going solar though is that we were finally able to move forward with the kitchen renovation I had been dreaming about doing since we moved into the house. With all of the money that we are saving, we were able to start the remodeling 6 months after the panels were installed.
No Cost to Find Out If Your Home is Good For Solar
Paula & Frank Panzarella
We first became interested in solar panels back in 1975 when we met a man in California who had them on his house. However at that time the cost was prohibitive. In 2013 we heard about solar leasing programs and we became serious about considering a solar installation. We looked at a variety of companies and asked lots of questions. After conversations with various solar representatives we were confident about choosing solar. As we had recently replaced our roof the timing was perfect and we signed a contract on Halloween 2013 and our panels were activated in July of 2014. Though the process took a while we have been very happy with our current system and the money we have saved by switching. It feels really great to know we are not contributing to more greenhouse gas pollution and we are using the latest technology. We are also glad to hear that the costs for people today to purchase their own solar array is getting more and more affordable. As it costs nothing for most solar consultants to come and assess your house, we encourage everyone to explore the possibility of making the switch to clean solar power.