Dmitri Donskoy figures he'll save only $20 a month on his electricity bill after solar panels are installed on the roof of his home under a state program. But he shrugs it off because the green energy appeals to his environmental concerns.
Donskoy, a software developer, said he was motivated to go solar after Connecticut officials killed a wind turbine proposed for the town last year.
Installing solar panels could cost, on average, $35,000, according to a state energy agency spokesman. Donskoy says he's leasing because he doesn't have thousands of dollars to spend, instead paying a solar company $58 a month for his electricity.
"The savings didn't motivate me. It's really the environmental aspects," Donskoy said.
Solar energy is seen as one way to save in Connecticut, where residential electricity costs were the third highest in the United States in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.