This state’s energy policy is designed to compensate homebuyers that include solar, but it has the unintended consequence of discouraging builders from including the tech as standard.
TecHome Builder’s new solar series takes it state-by-state to provide you with a better grasp on the current solar market, including current laws and advice from builders on how to overcome obstacles.
Part 13 of our series heads to Connecticut, where we speak to Mark Nuzzolo of the zero-energy-ready homebuilder Brookside Development.
“From a builder’s perspective, our solar policy is not that friendly,” says Nuzzolo. “It discourages builders from putting solar on without a buyer.”
Brookside Development focuses on net-zero-ready homes and has been recognized on the national level with the Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Awards program. This commitment to green building has opened up the solar conversation among clients, but Nuzzolo warns that unless there is a significant solar policy shift, builders will be left in the dark.
SCROLL: Connecticut’s Uniquely Different Solar Energy Market
Connecticut is one of the lowest energy-consuming states in the nation, however, the residential sector is the state’s leader when it comes to energy consumption.
According to the EIA report on Connecticut, the state receives less than four percent of its net-generation from renewable resources. Instead, the Nutmeg State relies on nuclear power and natural gas for energy generation.
Even with the current state of the market, the state’s laws and regulation toward renewables should be encouraging in the long-term. Connecticut legislators passed a law that states 27 percent of electricity must come from renewables by 2020. And of that 27 percent, a fifth must come from “Class 1” renewables such as wind and solar power.