Supporting On-Site Generation Projects at Commercial and Government Facilities

Notice Regarding Future Rounds of the OSDG Best of Class and Public Building Requests for Proposals


After a thorough review of the current commercial demand for on-site solar photovoltaic (PV), fuel cell and other technologies eligible for incentives from the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), formerly the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF), CEFIA has decided to offer another round of the On-Site Renewable Distributed Generation (OSDG) grants under a Best of Class and Public Buildings Request for Proposals (RFP). CEFIA will be offering this additional RFP round to bridge the time between the launch of the Zero-Emission and Low-Emission Renewable Energy Credit (REC) programs available to the market and to prepare the market for the transition from a grant-based program model to a REC-based program model.  Although the round will offer grant incentives, the RFP will include a methodology to develop incentive requests on a REC-based program model basis. The RFP will be split into two separate solicitations. There will be a competitive RFP for PV and a rolling submission RFP for fuel cells and other eligible technologies. Both solicitations are expected to be released on September 1, 2011 and closed on February 29, 2012. 


Public Act 11-80, An Act Concerning The Establishment Of The Department Of Energy And Environmental Protection (DEEP) And Planning For Connecticut’s Energy Future, recently signed into law by Governor Malloy, creates Zero-Emission and Low-Emission REC programs to provide incentive funding for commercial clean energy generating projects.  Beginning in 2012 the Zero-Emission REC program will be the primary incentive funding mechanism for commercial solar PV, wind, hydro and other non-emitting Class 1 technologies.  Low-Emission RECs will be awarded to technologies such as biomass, fuel cells and other Class 1 fuel sources and technologies meeting the statutory emissions definition (no more than 0. 07 pounds per megawatt-hour of nitrogen oxides, 0. 10 pounds per megawatt-hour of carbon monoxide, 0. 02 pounds per megawatt-hour of volatile organic compounds, and one grain per one hundred standard cubic feet). Both the Zero-Emission REC and the Low-Emission REC programs will be managed by electric distribution companies and the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA), formally the Department of Public Utility Control, a branch of the newly created DEEP.


While the Zero-Emission and Low-Emission REC programs are being developed and implemented, potential clean energy project hosts, developers and financiers will have questions as to how to develop projects eligible for one of these programs.  In addition to opening Round 2 of the OSDG RFP, CEFIA will be monitoring the development of these programs and will be available to provide technical and financial modeling assistance to such entities in their efforts to develop projects eligible for a long-term REC contract.  Please send inquiries to or call 860-563-0015.


Program Announcements

The following applicants have been selected for funding under this round of the OSDG Program competition and have until April 29, 2011, to accept or decline CCEF’s funding offer.


“Best of Class” Category
Installation Location
Solar PV Installation Size (kWPTC)
CCEF Grant Amount ($)
Bridgeport Central High School
Centerpoint Connecticut Building #5
Church of the Ascensions
Columbia Tower
DBS Energy
East Berlin
Karl Chevrolet
New Canaan
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses
South Windsor
South Kent School
Wesleyan University
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Zackin Publications


The On-Site Renewable Distributed Generation (OSDG) Program Best of Class Request for Proposals Round 1 was closed on February 28, 2011. 


The competitive OSDG Program Best of Class 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. 


The following technologies are eligible for grants under this RFP:

  • Solar photovoltaic (PV)
  • 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 this RFP:

  • For-profit companies
  • Not-for-profit companies
  • Municipalities
  • State and federal government agencies


Funding available under this RFP is as follows:



Best of Class

Solar PV


Fuel Cell


Other Technologies


Links to Important Information

RFP document  The OSDG Best of Class RFP Round 1 was closed on February 28, 2011.


RFP application  The OSDG Best of Class RFP Round 1 was closed on February 28, 2011.





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