Supporting On-Site Generation Projects at Commercial and Government Facilities

The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), formerly the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF), has combined the former Best of Class and Public Buidlings solicitations.  The new solicitation, the On-Site Renewable Distributed Generation (OSDG) Program Best of Class, Public Buildings and Affordable Housing Request for Proposals (RFP) solicits applications from eligible entities working with experienced renewable energy developers. There will be a strong emphasis on evaluating the financial feasibility of proposed projects as well as the ability of applicants to complete project construction in a timely manner. The intent of the funding is to enable owners of eligible renewable energy systems to “break even” over the life of the equipment, with a fair and reasonable return on investment compared to purchasing the equivalent amount of power from an electric utility company.

 

CEFIA is currently offering OSDG grants through an RFP format. The OSDG Best of Class, Public Buildings and Affordable Housing RFP will be offered to bridge the time until the launch of the Zero-Emission and Low-Emission Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) programs become available to the market and to prepare the market for the transition from a grant-based program model to a REC-based program model. The competitive, solar photovoltaic (PV) only RFP will close at 5:00 p.m. EST on December 30, 2011. The rolling submission, other technologies RFP will close at 5:00 pm. EST on March 30, 2012.

 

The following technologies are eligible for grants under the competitive RFP:

  • Solar photovoltaic


The following technologies are eligible for grants under the rolling submission RFP:

  • Wind
  • Fuel cell
  • Landfill gas
  • Waste heat recovery – power generation
  • Low-emission advanced biomass conversion 
  • Hydropower meeting the standards of the Low-Impact Hydropower Institute


The following entities may apply under both the competitive, PV-only RFP and the rolling submission RFP:

  • For-profit companies
  • Not-for-profit companies
  • Religious organizations
  • Condominium associations
  • Municipalities
  • State and federal government agencies
  • School districts
  • Not-for-profit affordable housing companies
  • Public housing agencies

 

Program Announcements

Funding available under this RFP is as follows:

 

 

Best of Class, Public Buildings and Affordable Housing

Type of RFP

PV

$4,500,000

Competitive

Fuel Cell

$2,500,000

Rolling Submission

Other Technologies

$1,000,000

Rolling Submission

 

 

Competitve, PV-only RFP Timeline Activities
Activity Date
Issue RFP document
September 12, 2011
Issue press release
        September 12, 2011
Questions accepted in writing - E-mail only - info@ctcleanenergy.com
September 12, 2011 to 
October 12, 2011

Information session – Phoenix Room, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 79 Elm Street, Hartford
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

October 12, 2011
Final question responses posted on CEFIA Website
October 31, 2011
RFP response due date – Competitive solicitation only
December 30, 2011
5:00 p.m. EST
Eligibility rejection/acceptance letters issued – Competitive solicitation only
January 2012
CEFIA staff recommendations to the Board – Competitive solicitation only
February 2012
Funding authorization letters issued – Competitive solicitation only
March 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule for the On-Site Renewable Distributed Generation Best of Class, Public Buildings and Affordable Housing Request for Proposals

 

Rolling Submission, Fuel Cell and Other Technologies Solicitation

Activity
Activity Date
Issue RFP document
October 18, 2011
Issue press release
        October 18, 2011
Questions or clarifications accepted
October 18, 2011 to March 30, 2012

RFP closing date

March 30, 2012, 5:00 p.m. EST

Eligibility rejection/acceptance letters issued
Three (3) to six (6) weeks from receipt of complete application
CEFIA staff recommendations to Board
Next available scheduled meeting after project owner accepts preliminary grant offer in writing from CEFIA
Funding authorization letters issued
Within two (2) weeks of Board Approval

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Links to Important Information

Competitive Solicitation RFP document – PV only Version 2
Competitive Solicitation RFP application  - PV only Version 2

Rolling Submission RFP document – Fuel Cell & Other Technologies only
Rolling Submission RFP application – Fuel Cell & Other Technologies only

Link to Collateral 

October 12, 2011 Information Session Sign-In Sheet

Video of the October 12, 2011 Solar PV RFP Information Session

Solar PV RFP Frequently Asked Questions

 

Sample CEFIA Financial Assistance Agreements (FAAs)

 

OSDG Best of Class RFP Announcements

December 30, 2011 – On December 30, 2011 CEFIA received 42 applications from interested, commercial solar photovoltaic applicants. The applications are currently under review and grant awards will be announced in March 2012.

 

 

 

November 1, 2010 RFP Program Announcements

The following applicants were selected for funding under the OSDG Program Best of Class and Public Buildings competitive RFPs released on November 1, 2010. The Best of Class and Public Buildings RFPs were closed on February 28, 2011. 

 

 

Best of Class Category
Applicant Installation Location Contractor/Developer PV Installation Size (kWPTC) Grant Amount Project Status 
Church of the Ascension Hamden Sunlight Solar 12.12  $ 47,500 Withdrawn by Applicant
Centerpoint Building #5 Middletown Encon Solar Energy Division 17.13  $ 34,500 Under Construction
Columbia Towers Bridgeport Ross Solar Group 18.29  $ 34,400 Under Construction
DBS Energy East Berlin DBS Energy, Inc. 49.45  $ 91,670 In Process
Karl Chevrolet New Canaan Encon HVAC 13.67  $ 25,800 Under Construction
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses South Windsor Tuscany Design Build 50.98  $ 183,400 Under Construction
South Kent School South Kent Star Power, LLC 13.83  $ 22,700 Completed
Wesleyan University Middletown McLain Electric 182.06  $ 638,300 Under Construction
Wisdom House  Litchfield Litchfield Hills Solar 13.11  $ 50,500 Completed
Zackin Publications Oxford Sunlight Solar 21.72  $ 40,500 Completed
Bridgeport Central High School Bridgeport Main Street Power Company 198.15  $ 288,300 In Process

 

“Public Buildings” Category
 
 
 
 
 
Applicant
Installation Location
Contractor/Developer
PV Installation Size (kWPTC)
Grant Amount
Project Status
Newtown Public Works
Newtown
To Be Determined

84.09

$ 325,870
In process
Somers Public Works
Somers
DBS Energy, Inc.

36.19

$ 56,200
In process
Bridgeport Blackham Elementary School
Bridgeport

        Main Street Power Company 

81.43

$ 141,300
In process