Manchester, Connecticut

Solar Energy Resources

                                                         

 

Solar Energy Resources

 

Manchester has been awarded a SolSmart Bronze designation for our efforts to make it faster, easier, and more affordable to go solar! We are proud to be recognized as a national leader in advancing solar energy.
 
Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, SolSmart recognizes cities and counties for cutting red tape and making solar more affordable and accessible for homes and businesses. We are committed to reducing solar energy costs at the local level and encouraging even more homes and businesses to use this clean, affordable energy source. The SolSmart Bronze designation recognizes that we are “open for solar business,” helping to attract solar industry investment that generates economic development and jobs.

Getting Started with Solar
 
Welcome to the Town of Manchester’s solar resource webpage. Manchester is seeking ways to encourage solar energy development in our community. This webpage represents a collection of solar information and resources for the community. Our community’s solar goals can be found in its Solar Statement. For more information about the basics of solar energy, your solar options, and questions to ask solar professionals, read the Residential Consumer Guide to Solar Power and visit the Department of Energy’s Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar.
 
For communities working towards designation:
Manchester is working to become a SolSmart designated community by implementing best practices to make it easier for residents and businesses to install and access solar energy.
 
Our Solar Commitment
 
The Manchester Building Inspection Division and Public Works Department are committed to exceptional customer services as it relates to solar processes. To promote the continued advancement of solar in our community we are committed to the following:

  • Providing clear guidelines about the solar PV permits in our solar PV permit & checklist.
  • Providing an online process to apply for solar permits and schedule the necessary inspections through our Citizen Self Service Portal.
    • Applicants for solar PV permits should anticipate up to two inspections (rough and final)
 
Solar Benefits
 
Solar energy uses a renewable energy source – the sun – and provides many benefits for individuals and the community. It improves environmental quality by reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, supports local solar companies in Connecticut, saves money on energy costs as the price continues to drop from technological developments, and improves electric grid resilience during peak demand and other stresses to the system.
 
Solar Maps and Potential
Investigate your property’s solar potential by clicking here. You can also estimate the performance of potential PV projects using the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s PVWatts Calculator.
 
Finding a Contractor and Going Solar
 
Find a solar contractor (or two) to assess your home for solar energy and provide a quote.
  • Certified practitioners can be found through NABCEP.
  • Visit EnergySage to learn about solar energy and submit for solar quotes from a network of pre-screened, local solar installers
  • Consumer Solar Checklist – a checklist for residential consumers considering solar energy from IREC, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
 
Financing, Incentives, and Tax Exemptions
 
Typically solar installations are paid for through loans or cash, with Federal and State incentives available.  
Solar Rights and Procedures
 
For specific information on solar rights and procedures, contact the Town of Manchester Building Inspection Division.
 
Get Involved, Stay Informed
 
If you are interested in learning more about how the Town of Manchester is working towards a greener future, the Sustainability Commission acts as an advisory commission that promotes the development, implementation, and interdepartmental integration of sustainability into all Town operations, both internally in governmental operations, as well as externally in community-wide efforts. An overview for interested residents can be found here.
 
The Sustainability Commission meets (virtually until further notice) on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm. For more information, contact Deputy Director of Public Works Courtney Lindberg at clindberg@manchesterct.gov.
 
Job Training and Educational Opportunities
 
If you are interested in pursuing a career in solar energy, here are some links to regional and national educational courses, programs, and/or trainings offered from colleges, universities, technical institutions, and non-profits:
   
Local Solar Metrics and Projects 
 
The below table is from the Eversource Energy Efficiency Board 2021 Programs and Operations Report and included energy savings due to solar as well as other renewable energy sources.
 

Town

Manchester

Energy Incentives

 $    3,010,734.00

Annual kWh Saved

5,944,634

Lifetime kWh Saved

77,546,799

Peak Demand kW Saved

                       863

Annual ccf Saved

70,148

Lifetime ccf Saved

1,337,710

Annual Gallons (Oil & Propane) Saved

33,250

Lifetime Gallons (Oil & Propane) Saved

670,823

Annual Dollars Saved

 $    1,206,634.00

Lifetime Dollars Saved

 $ 16,571,804.00

Annual CO2 (Tons) Saved

2,881


The Town has also committed resources for the installation of solar arrays atop several school buildings. Two examples—Verplank and Waddell Elementary Schools—have produced 144,550 kWh and 230,835.70 kWh respectively since their installations in 2019. For reference, large town buildings can consume between 200,000 to 500,000 kWh of electricity per year.  
                Solar Panels on Waddell School