Serving Litchfield County since 2009
January 2024 Update
We are currently on our annual winter hiatus, and our regular office operations will resume in March.
If you wish to inquire about solar PV for your property, we recommend that you reach out to us in March by filling out the form on our 'Getting Started' page.
If you are a current solar client with a pressing question, you are welcome to reach out to James LaPorta: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, note that due to the high cost and rapidly changing technology, we are not currently recommending battery back-up / hybrid systems.
What is “PV”?
PV is short for Photovoltaic, the process of transforming sunlight into electricity. A PV system, also called a solar electric system, is an array of modules that use the sun’s energy to power your home. Since shading and orientation dramatically effect a module’s electrical production, the array location must be carefully selected. Litchfield Hills Solar can evaluate your home’s PV potential based on the relevant criteria to ensure optimum cost-effectiveness balanced with aesthetic considerations.
What is a good solar site?
A good roof for solar would be unshaded, have a typical slope and face south. The roof should be in good repair and relatively new, as our modules have a performance warranty of 30 years. Depending upon system size, you might need between 300 and 800 square feet of unobstructed roof area (clear of dormers, chimneys, etc.). If a roof mount is not practical, a ground mount at some sunny spot in the yard might be an option. Ground mounts require a structure to mount the modules on, as well as a buried conduit for connecting the array to the home.
Will my PV system provide power during utility blackouts?
Given the inconsistent sunlight and winter weather in New England, complete off-grid systems are impractical, and most hybrid (battery back-up) systems are not yet cost effective when compared to a generator. Batteries can be added in the future as the technology and price improves.
Can I install more modules and sell the electricity back to Eversource?
Eversource does not permit homeowners to install solar PV systems that generate substantially more than the property's historical electrical usage. It’s true that when the system is producing more electricity than your home is consuming, the excess will be available to the grid for credit at full retail rates, but they can only be applied to your electric bill (not redeemed for cash). Therefore, a PV system is ideally sized to match a home’s expected future annual usage.
Are there other benefits?
In addition to the pleasure of using and producing clean renewable energy, components and installation of solar PV systems are exempt from state sales tax, and the resulting increase in home value is exempt from property taxes in Connecticut.
What is my next step?
Submit the Questionnaire on the “Getting Started” page (please note that we will begin processing new client inquiries in March). You’ll need to supply basic information such as your average monthly electrical usage and property location. A Litchfield Hills Solar representative will then contact you to confirm details, and as appropriate, provide a preliminary proposal. If acceptable, we will schedule a site visit, and prepare a contract for your review and signature. Litchfield Hills Solar installations are turnkey. We submit all paperwork with the town and the utility company as well as secure required permits and handle the necessary inspections.
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