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 created a stakeholder engagement process for Sustainable, Transparent and Efficient Practices (STEPs) for Solar Development to identify policies, legislative actions, and best practices, related to the procurement, siting, and permitting of ground-mounted solar systems in Connecticut.

STEPs has the following 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 for these projects; and
  • Ensure that state and/or ratepayer-supported procurements align with these objectives.
NEW Draft Guidance for Siting Solar in Connecticut:  
Please provide your feedback on these draft guidance documents via email to

STEPs/SCEF Stakeholder Engagement Meeting on Agrivoltaics:
  • On August 16, 2023, CT DEEP held a virtual public information meeting on the new Draft Guidance for Siting Solar on Agricultural Land and potential agrivoltaics bid preferences in the upcoming Shared Clean Energy Facility Program procurement. The meeting slides and meeting recording with unofficial transcript are available for review.
2023 Energy Procurement and Siting Workshop:

STEPs Scoping Meetings:

June 16, 2021 Scoping Meeting:

July 19, 2021 Scoping Meeting:

July 20, 2021 SCEF and STEPs Bid Preference Public Meeting:

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Content last updated August 2023.