Shared Clean Energy Facility Pilot Program
Typically, residents or businesses can choose to invest in, or lease, a renewable energy system installation on the rooftops of their homes or businesses, or on their properties. However, some Connecticut residents and businesses are either not able to, or elect not to, invest in or lease an individual property installation for a variety of reasons (e.g., high installation costs, unsuitable rooftop orientation, shaded property, or because they rent instead of own their properties). Subscription to a shared clean energy facility (SCEF) provides an option that can be used to overcome such barriers, thereby expanding access to renewable energy to more households and businesses in the state. A SCEF enables multiple customers to benefit directly from that facility's energy production.
What is the Shared Clean Energy Facility Pilot Program?
The Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), in consultation with Eversource Energy (Eversource) and The United Illuminating Company (UI), established the SCEF Pilot Program in response to Public Act 15-113, An Act Establishing a Shared Clean Energy Facility Pilot Program, as amended by Public Act 16-116, An Act Concerning the Shared Clean Energy Facility Pilot Program, as a two-year initiative to support the development of SCEFs in Connecticut. The SCEF Pilot Program was designed with specific policy objectives, including:
- Expanding clean energy deployment;
- Promoting equitable participation by increasing access to clean energy for low- to moderate-income customers;
- Optimizing the positive re-use of sites with limited alternative uses; and
- Supporting economic development opportunities, and minimizing the cost to electric ratepayers.
- Is served by an electric distribution company (EDC), either Eversource Energy (Eversource) or The United Illuminating Company (United Illuminating);
- Is within the same EDC service territory as the individual billing meters of its subscribers;
- Is 100kW - 2MW in size; and
- Has a minimum of ten subscribers.
- The Subscriber is an electricity customer with an active account assigned to an individual billing meter with either Eversource or UI, and has signed onto a subscriber agreement with the subscriber organization of participating SCEF located in the same service territory as the individual billing meter.
- The Subscriber Organization owns and/or operates a SCEF for the benefit of subscribers.
- The Electric Distribution Company, Eversource or UI, purchases the energy generated and exported to electricity grid, as well as the renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the SCEF or SCEFs, in its service territory.