Solar Hot Water Program by gstec


									       Solar Hot Water
      Incentive Program

A Smart Energy Solution
                                                                How Do I Get Started?
Investing in a Solar Thermal or Solar Hot Water (SHW)
system is a smart energy solution for most homeowners
and certain businesses. This proven and reliable technology
offers long-term performance with low maintenance.
                                                                         Step 1: Complete an energy assessment for
                                                                         your home. You may participate in the Home
What Is a Solar Hot Water System?                                        Energy Solutions program offered by the
                                                                         Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund or schedule
A SHW system generates heat from sunlight. The most
                                                                         an independent review with a contractor
visible components of a SHW system typically are the solar
                                                                         certified by the Building Performance
collectors, or panels, which are usually roof-mounted. For
                                                                         Institute, Inc. (BPI), Certified Energy Managers
water-heating systems, the rest of the system includes
                                                                         (CEM), Certified Energy Auditors (CEA) or a
a tank for storing the heated water, a pump and piping to
                                                                         Professional Engineer (PE). Make sure to take
circulate the heated liquid (usually an anti-freeze solution)
                                                                         advantage of all of the cost-effective ways to
from the collectors to a heat exchanger in the tank, which
                                                                         save energy in your home.
generates hot water or warmed air, and a controller to
automatically operate the pump.
                                                                         Step 2: Find a solar hot water installer.
Benefits of Owning a Solar Hot Water System                              Homeowner must use a CEFIA Approved
                                                                         Contractor to qualify for a rebate. Review our
      SHW systems are appealing because they are                         list of Approved Contractors. The contractor
      technically simple and tend to be less expensive than              will review your project with you, provide
      other types of renewable energy systems for most                   information on solar hot water systems and
      applications. The most cost-effective application in               assist you with CEFIA’s application process.
      Connecticut is for domestic hot water (DHW) heating,               Locate an approved contractor at
      particularly if it displaces electric water heating.     
      While the capital cost of installing a solar thermal
      system for DHW is higher than that of installing a
      conventional water heater, the fuel savings can pay                Step 3: Install your system!
      back the cost of the system in approximately 6 to 10
      years, with federal and state incentives.

      The planet benefits from reduced greenhouse gas
      emissions and preservation of finite fossil-fuel
      resources for future generations. A typical residential
      SHW system supplies about 70% of a home’s hot
      water, saving 7.7 barrels of oil per year and avoiding
      the production of almost 3.5 tons of carbon dioxide!

      The local community benefits from improved air
      quality, greater independence from fossil fuels, and
      jobs created by the installation of these systems.
Incentives to Help Pay for Solar Hot Water
The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority
(CEFIA) offers grants, through designated participating
contractors, to any customer of Connecticut Light & Power
or United Illuminating Company who wishes to install solar
hot water systems. Funds will be restricted to domestic
hot water and commercial process water systems only;
space heating and pool heating systems will not be eligible.
Grants are intended to support systems that will supply
between 50% and 80% of a customer’s annual domestic or
process hot water needs. Developers of new residential or
nonresidential facilities in Connecticut may also apply for
the incentives.

How Are Incentives Calculated?
Solar Hot Water incentives are in the form of rebates                „   Commercial solar hot water projects will be incented
based on collector ratings provided by the Solar Rating and              under a competitive bidding process to be announced
Certification Corporation (SRCC). The maximum rebated                    on or before April 30, 2012.
size of any installation will be limited by the domestic hot
water needs of the building’s occupants. For commercial,           *Please visit
industrial or institutional projects, the rebate limit will also   for up-to-date program information.
incorporate the process hot water requirements of the
facility.                                                          Special Note
Residential Installations*                                         Funding for this program is being provided as a transition
                                                                   from the Solar Thermal Rebate Program funded by the
  „   Multiplier is $70 times the SRCC Category "C" Mildly         American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 to a long-
      Cloudy rating. This will represent about 30% of the          term CEFIA-funded program which will rely primarily on
      average system’s cost, with a range from 25% to 45%.         attractive financing options. The long-term program will
                                                                   be launched by Summer 2012.
Non-Residential Installations*
                                                                   About the Clean Energy Finance and Investment
Solar Hot Water systems are ideal for the following                Authority
commercial entities:
                                                                   The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority was
  „   Apartment Buildings                                          created by Connecticut’s General Assembly as a part of
  „   Breweries, Distillers & Wineries                             Public Act 11-80, An Act Concerning the Establishment of
  „   Carwash Facilities                                           the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  „   Dairies & Agriculture                                        and Planning for Connecticut’s Energy Future. The
                                                                   Authority works closely with the newly created Department
  „   Hotels, Motels & Resorts
                                                                   of Energy and Environmental Protection and the
  „   Laundromats                                                  Department of Economic and Community Development
  „   Restaurants                                                  to align the State's energy goals with its economic
  „   Schools & Municipalities                                     development mission.

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                                                                   Rocky Hill, Connecticut 06067   F: 860-563-4877

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