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STEPS is Sustainable, Transparent and Efficient Practices for Solar Development  

To advance the  Governor's Council on Climate Change (GC3) and Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) recommendations, DEEP is convening a stakeholder engagement process on Sustainable, Transparent and Efficient Practices (STEPs) for Solar Development to identify policies, legislative actions, and best practices, particularly related to the procurement, siting, and permitting of ground-mounted solar systems in Connecticut, to achieve the following tentative objectives.

Tentative Objectives:
  • Ensure that new solar generation projects can be sited and built in a predictable, efficient, and transparent manner;
  • Include consideration of local laws concerning zoning, the environment or public health and safety;·
  • Avoid, or minimize and mitigate, to the maximum extent practicable, adverse impacts on the environment, agricultural, and natural resources;·
  • Promote equity and environmental justice through community engagement; and
  • Ensure that state and/or ratepayer-supported procurements align with the objectives, above.
Scoping Meetings:     
June 16, 2021 Scoping Meeting Updates and Materials:

Scoping Meeting Power Point Presentation

June 16, 2021 Scoping Meeting Recording and Unofficial Transcript
July 19, 2021 Scoping Meeting Updates and Materials:

Please note: new extended deadline for written comments is Monday, July 26, 2021; and new email address submittal:  DEEP.STEPS@ct.gov

Scoping Meeting Notice for July 19, 2021

Spanish Scoping Meeting Notice for July 19, 2021

Scoping Meeting Presentation for July 19, 2021 

Spanish Scoping Meeting Presentation for July 19, 2021

July 19 2021 Scoping Meeting Recording and Unofficial Transcript 
July 20th, 2021 SCEF and STEPS Bid Preference Public Meeting Updates and Materials:

Scoping Meeting Presentation for July 20, 2021

Spanish Scoping Meeting Presentation for July 20, 2021

July 20, 2021 SCEF and STEPS Bid Preference Public Meeting Recording and Unofficial Transcript

Download the Solar Siting and Permitting Engagement Notice Download the Scoping Meeting Reference Sheet 
 
Written Comments: 
All materials submitted by stakeholders and any future updates and information on this stakeholder engagement process will be posted on this DEEP webpage. Any questions may be directed to 860-424-3003 or preferably via e-mail at DEEP.STEPS@ct.gov.

Download the STEPs Scoping Comments- Due July 26th, 2021 (zip file) 

Download the SCEF Bid Preference Comments - Due July 26th, 2021 (zip file)

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Content last updated in September 8, 2021.