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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Last DSIRE Review: 12/13/2014
Program Overview:
State: Connecticut
Incentive Type: Green Power Purchasing
Eligible Efficiency Technologies:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind
Applicable Sectors: Local Government
Renewables % or Amount:20% by 2018
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The Clean Energy Communities program, offered by the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority and the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, offers incentives for communities that pledge their support for energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy.

In order to participate in the program, a municipality must meet three requirements:

1. The municipality must make the Municipal Energy Efficiency Pledge and reduce municipal building energy consumption 20% from baseline levels by 2018.

2. Commit to the Municipal Clean, Renewable Energy Pledge and purchase 20% of municipal buildings’ energy use by 2018 from renewable sources;

3. Achieve milestones in support of energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy. Communities receive energy efficiency points or renewable energy points depending on the milestones achieved.

Once communities earn 100 energy efficiency points, they are eligible for a Bright Idea Grant ranging from $5,000 to $15,000. Additionally, after communities earn 100 renewable energy points, they are eligible for a clean energy system equivalent to 1 kilowatt (kW) of solar PV. Other small bonus awards are also included for communities acheiving special milestones in their plan.

* Additional criteria apply. See the program web site for details.

  Information - CEFIA
Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority
865 Brook Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Phone: (860) 563-0015
Fax: (860) 563-4877
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

While the DSIRE staff strives to provide the best information possible, the DSIRE staff, the N.C. Solar Center, N.C. State University and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. make no representations or warranties, either express or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability or suitability of the information. The DSIRE staff, the N.C. Solar Center, N.C. State University and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. disclaim all liability of any kind arising out of your use or misuse of the information contained or referenced on DSIRE Web pages.

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