Capital Grants for Customer-Side Distributed Resources
Connecticut offers grants to retail end-use customers of electric distribution companies for the installation of customer-side distributed resources. Customer-side distributed resources are defined as “the generation of electricity from a unit with a rating of not more than sixty-five megawatts on the premises of a retail end user within the transmission and distribution system including, but not limited to, fuel cells, photovoltaic systems or small wind turbines, or a reduction in the demand for electricity on the premises of a retail end user in the distribution system through methods of conservation and load management, including, but not limited to, peak reduction systems and demand response systems." Eligible baseload distributed generation projects will receive an award of $450 per kilowatt (kW). Electric distribution companies will purchase excess generation from the projects at the company’s non-firm tariff rate. A grant payment will be issued to the customer-generator after the Department of Public Utility Control receives security equal to 50% of the grant amount, when the DPUC receives an affidavit that the project has completed final acceptance of the applicable interconnection process, including satisfactory commissioning test; and the project is operational. Contact: Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control, 10 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT 06051; 860-827-2773; Fax: 860-827-2613; http://www.state.ct.us/DPUC/dg.htm
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