The Clean Energy Communities Program provides qualified cities and towns with performance-based incentives that include “Bright Idea Grants” that can be used for energy-saving projects from the Energy Efficiency Fund.

In order to qualify for a Bright Ideas Grant, your city or town must:

  • Earn 100 points by participating in Energy Efficiency Fund programs
  • Earn additional points by hosting a special energy-saving project or program
  • Benchmark all municipal buildings (town and board of education) by July 1, 2015
  • Create a Municipal Action Plan (MAP) for reducing energy consumption  by July 1, 2015
  • Meet the annual energy reduction goal for the current program year (effective July 1, 2015)

How do the points count?

  • 6 points. For every 1% of households that participate in Energy Efficiency Fund residential programs (Home Energy Solutions, Income-Eligible, Residential New Construction, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®). Participation is retroactive back to January 1, 2010.
  • 8 points.  For every 1% of households who redeem rebates for energy-efficient technologies. Participation is retroactive back to January 1, 2010.
  • 4 points. For every 1% of commercial or municipal entities who participate in an Energy Efficiency Fund business or municipal program, such as Small Business Energy Advantage and Energy Opportunities. Participation is retroactive back to January 1, 2010.
  • Special Project Points (ranging between 1- 10 points.  Any community that host or promotes a special energy conservation program or energy-saving project (initiated after January 1, 2012) may earn from 1- 10 points.

How can I sign up for a Home Energy Solutions appointment?


It’s easy! Any customer of Connecticut Light & Power or United Illuminating can sign up for Home Energy Solutions by using:

  • Call 877–WISE-USE to be connected with an authorized vendor in your area
  • Sign-up on-line at


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