CCEF - Affordable Housing Initiative Solar PV Rebate Program

July 06, 2009


Note: In December 2008, the CCEF announced that it would not accept any new pre-applications or applications for photovoltaic (PV) systems under the On-Site Renewable DG Program (which includes the Affordable Housing Initiative Solar PV Rebate program) after January 15, 2009. All pre-applications and applications received under the OSDG program are date-stamped and have been evaluated in the order received. Funding for this program has been fully committed. The CCEF will announce future developments and program changes on its web site, although it does not anticipate reopening this program until July 1, 2010. Through the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund's (CCEF) Affordable Housing Initiative, developers who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at affordable housing projects may apply for a grant to defray a portion of the upfront installation costs. Because the solar PV system will displace a portion of the electricity used, tenants will receive long-term financial benefits through stabilized electricity costs. The rebate level for developers of single-family residential units is $6/watt (W) (PTC rating)* for the first 10 kilowatts (kW). The funding cap is $60,000 per project. Factors considered in calculating the rebate include: PV panel selection, inverter efficiency, system orientation and tilt, and shading on the site. For multi-family and rental units, the rebate level is $6/W for the first 200 kilowatts (kW), with a maximum award of $850,000 per project. This program is set to expire on June 30, 2010. CCEF launched the Affordable Housing Initiative in November 2006 with a small-scale “pilot” effort. Through this initial effort, CCEF supported solar installations -– now either under construction or completed -– at six affordable housing sites in Connecticut. * PTC is the acronym for PVUSA Test Conditions.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Connecticut
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Connecticut Clean Energy Fund
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
Incentive Amount: $6/watt (PTC rating)
Maximum Incentive: Single-family residential: $60,000 per project
Multi-family residential: $850,000 per project
Eligible System Size: No system size restrictions
Equipment Requirements: Equipment must be new and listed on the California Energy Commission's list of eligible equipment; Inverters and installation must carry a minimum 5-year warranty; PV panels must carry a 20-year warranty.
Installation Requirements: Installation must comply with all federal, state, and local codes; Must be grid-connected and installed by a pre-approved contractor; Installation must be in service territory of United Illuminating Company or Connecticut Light & Power
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: CCEF retains RECs on projects over 50kW AC


Name: CT Green Bank
Address: 865 Brook Street
Rocky Hill CT 06067
Phone: (860) 563-0015

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.