Because of our high utility rates, solar installed in New England can be more beneficial than in the sunny Western US. For example, although Hartford, Connecticut has 30% less sunshine each year compared to Reno, Nevada, Reno’s electricity cost 45% less than that in Connecticut.
See calculations below for the output of a 10 kW solar system in Hartford, CT vs. Reno, NV… Which geographic location has the greater savings after one year?
Most New England States have also embraced “Net Metering” which allows the overproduction of solar generated electricity during the summer months to build up credit for our snowy winter months which also have shorter hours of sunlight each day.
For Northeast Smart Energy’s customers we make conservative electricity projections, including snow days, insuring the benefits we project will be reached. Solar panels also operate more efficiently in our cooler summer weather, which means more power with
the same level of sunlight than hotter climates, not less. Solar energy systems keep on working on cloudy days also, collecting scattered light and focusing it into power.
Given the history of rate increases by utilities of 3% per year, it’s prudent to get started now! Stop energy cost inflation by generating your own.