Solarize speeds CT solar installations
A Connecticut residential solar pilot has been so successful the program developers are already considering a second phase.
In less than five months, Solarize Connecticut drove twice as much residential solar installation in four pilot areas than the same areas had seen in the last seven years.
The secret to the program's success? It leverages community outreach to simplify the solar installation process and harnesses the power of group purchasing to deliver discounts on the cost of a typical solar installation. Tiered pricing allows customers to save money. The more people who sign up to install solar through purchase or lease agreements, the more the price goes down -- for everyone, including those who had already installed systems earlier in the program.
Solarize Connecticut -- part of the Energize Connecticut initiative -- contracted approximately 2.3 MW of new residential solar. The goal is to deploy 30 MW of new residential solar over the next 10 years.
Developed jointly by the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, the John Merck Fund, and SmartPower, Solarize Connecticut has already reduced the cost of solar installations to its pilot areas by up to 20 percent. Other successful "Solarize" programs have been deployed in Massachusetts and Oregon.
The second phase of Solarize Connecticut is scheduled to launch at the beginning of March and will add five more pilot areas.