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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Commercial and Industrial Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/15/2014
Program Overview:
State: Connecticut
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Refrigerators, Lighting, Chillers , Heat pumps, Motors, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Data Center Equipment, Any energy efficient equipment that creates demand savings during summer and winter peak hours
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Tribal Government, Fed. Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Amount:Up to 100% of project cost
Maximum Incentive:$1000/kW
Eligible System Size:Not specified
Funding Source:Connecticut Ratepayers Federally-Mandated Congestion Charges
Program Budget:Not specified
Web Site:

Note: The program is still open for select projects. Contact the program administrator for more information. 

Connecticut electricity customers that install energy efficiency equipment and reduce their energy use during peak hours may be eligible for a rebate based on the amount of kilowatt-hours (kWh) saved during peak hours. Any customer in Connecticut, whether building a new facility or retrofitting an existing facility, is eligible to apply. The key consideration for qualifying is that the customer's proposed energy efficiency retrofits or new building plans must result in energy savings during the winter peak (5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in December and January) and summer peak (1 p.m. and 5 p.m. in June, July and August).

Examples of energy-efficient technologies that could qualify include lighting and lighting controls, HVAC systems, refrigeration, motors and variable frequency drives (VFDs) and energy efficient improvements to overall manufacturing processes or data centers. Examples of "ideal" customers include retail facilities, two-shift manufacturing/industrial facilities, parking garages, hospitals, and other facilities with long hours of operation. Businesses, non-profits, and government facilities interested in applying should review the program web site above for more information.

The Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control (now the Public Utility Regulatory Authority) designated Ameresco, an independent energy company, to manage this program, which is intended to save five megawatts (MW) of electricity. The program is funded by a federally-mandated congestion charge. 

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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.

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