Connecticut Energy Efficiency Incentive Program

IMPORTANT PROGRAM UPDATE: The program is nearing completion. All new applicants will be placed on a waiting list in the order they are received.


Connecticut Energy Efficiency Incentive Program

Contact Larry Kata for more information:
866.314.9611, or lkata@ameresco.com

 

What are the qualifications?
How does it work?
What funding is available?
What energy-saving measures are covered?
What types of customers are participating?
What are the cost savings?
What are the other benefits?

 

What are the qualifications?

Peak Demand Savings
The program is targeted to save peak demand use across Connecticut. Therefore, the program is best suited for the installation of energy efficiency equipment which is in service throughout the year, particularly from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. during the months of June, July, and August, and from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. in December and January.

Peak demand savings are calculated as the average kW saved during the performance hours (1 p.m. - 5 p.m. June - July; 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dec - Jan / non-weekends and non-holidays), i.e. total kWh saved during those hours divided by the number of hours in the period. Example: 2600 kWh during the 260 performance hours in Summer 2009. 420kWh during the 84 performance hours in Winter 2009/10. Summer savings = 10kW / Winter savings = 5kW.

Customer Type
The program is open to commercial, industrial, institutional, state and municipal customers of all sizes.

Project Type
The program is open to both customers building new facilities and customers retrofitting their existing facilities.

Location
In order to qualify, the facility has to be in Connecticut, but can be located in any of the electric service territories.

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What energy-saving measures are covered?

Retrofits and New Building Plans that include energy efficient:

  • Lighting and lighting controls
  • Motors
  • Air compressors
  • Refrigeration
  • Manufacturing processes

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How does it work?

If you are considering energy efficient improvements, contact us to tell us about the project and see if it qualifies.

If you have a contractor already:
Most of the time customers already know who they want to work with to build the project. We are contractor-independent and will work with all contractors. We can get the project information from either the customer or the contractor.

If you DON’T have a contractor already:
We can give you a list of contractors available in your area for you to work with.

What information do you need?:
Our program administrators will work with you or your contractor to collect from you the required project information. Depending on the type of project, this may include equipment specifications, construction plans, facility operating hours, and load profiles. If you do not have this information already, your contractor, consultant or engineer can provide the information for you.

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What funding is available?

Rebate Amounts
The program offers substantial rebates based on kW saved during the peak hours of 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. in the summer and 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the winter. Rebates vary by project type and are available up to $1000/kW and 100% of the project cost for ideally-suited projects. There are no caps on amount given per customer. Ideally-suited projects which could receive $1000/kW include HID lighting retrofits at a retail facility that is open until 10PM. Relamping projects greater than 10kW are also great projects that often cover the cost of the lamps with the Ameresco rebate.

Availability
The funding is available on a first-come first-served basis, but is expected to be available until June 2011.

Funding Source
The program receives its funding through a charge on your utility bill, the Federally Mandated Congestion Charges – so take advantage of it!

Financing
Please contact us about potential financing opportunities.

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What types of customers are participating?

A broad cross-section of customers including hospitals, colleges, government facilities, retail, industrial, manufacturing, corporate parks, shopping plazas, and other facilities typically with long hours of operation.

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What are the cost savings?

  • Incredible energy cost savings (including a dramatic reduction in your monthly surcharges)
  • Maintenance costs
  • Substantial rebates up to 40% of the project cost
  • Tax incentives for systems installed in 2009
  • Paybacks are typically less than three years

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What are the other benefits?

  • Substantial financial incentives to reduce installation costs
  • Analysis of energy-saving opportunities
  • Engineering and design services
  • Equipment specification
  • New equipment, lower operating costs and energy savings

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