A new law (S.B. 928) in Connecticut requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), in coordination with utilities, to establish a two-year pilot program to support the development of shared clean energy facilities, including shared solar PV systems. It also requires the DEEP to issue an RFP seeking subscriber organizations to develop such facilities.
Under S.B. 928, the DEEP will select one or more projects with an aggregate capacity of 2 MW in United Illuminating’s service territory, and one or more projects with an aggregate capacity of up to 4 MW in Eversource’s service territory. Shared clean-energy facilities may be built, owned or operated by a 3rd-party entity under contract with a subscriber organization. The DEEP will establish a billing credit mechanism for subscribers of clean energy facilities, and will develop consumer protection guidelines for subscribers.