CEFIA - Residential Solar PV Rebate Program

March 05, 2012


March 2012: This program is no longer available.  It has been replaced by the Residential Solar PV Investment program.

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, now the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), solar photovoltaic (PV) program offers qualified installers monetary incentives that will be passed on to customers in the form of rebates. The program is only available to residential customers in service territories of United Illuminating Company and Connecticut Light & Power.

The rebate level for residential systems is $1.75/watt (W) (PTC rating)* for the first five kilowatts (kW) and $1.25 for the next five kW, with the payment adjusted based on expected system performance. The funding cap is $15,000 per project. Factors considered in calculating the rebate include: PV panel selection, inverter efficiency, system orientation and tilt, and shading on the site.

Participation by installers is limited to those pre-approved through a request for qualifications (RFQ) process. Installers are responsible for all paperwork necessary to obtain the rebate from the CEFIA on behalf of state residents. A list of approved installers is available on the program web site. The program operates on a rolling basis, with no specific application deadlines.

Businesses are not eligible for rebates under this program. However, businesses might be eligible for grant funding through CEFIA's On-Site Renewable Distributed Generation Program.

* PTC is the acronym for PVUSA Test Conditions.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Connecticut
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: http://www.ctcleanenergy.com/YourHome/SolarRebates/tabid/586/Default.aspx
Administrator: Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority
Start Date: 10/1/2004
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
Incentive Amount: Residential: $1.75/watt (PTC rating) for first 5 kW; $1.25/W (PTC) for next 5 kW, adjusted based on expected performance
Maximum Incentive: Residential: $15,000;
Incentives will be subject to a maximum of the customer’s average annual or expected electric usage
Eligible System Size: Up to 10 kW
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 minimum 20-year warranty.
Installation Requirements: Starting March 1, 2010: applicants must participate in CEEF's Home Energy Solutions (HES) program
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: Remains with customer/producer


Name: CT Green Bank
Address: 865 Brook Street
Rocky Hill CT 06067
Phone: (860) 563-0015
Email: cgbinfo@ctgreenbank.com

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.