Skip Navigation

The U.S. Department of Energy and the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center are excited to announce that a new, modernized DSIRE is under construction. The new version of DSIRE will offer significant improvements over the current version, including expanded data accessibility and an array of new tools for site users. The new DSIRE site will be available in December 2014. Staff are currently working hard on the new version of DSIRE but are also maintaining the content of the current version of DSIRE. Thank you for your continued support and patience during this transition. We hope you are as excited for December as we are!

US Department Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
IREC North Carolina Solar Center
Home Glossary Links FAQs Contact About Twitter    Facebook


Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

Printable Version
Commercial Solar Thermal Incentive Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 06/20/2013
Program Overview:
State: Connecticut
Incentive Type: State Grant Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, Construction, Tribal Government, Multi-Family Residential, Low-Income Residential, Institutional
Maximum Incentive:$150,000 per customer site or project owner per round
$500,000 per customer site or project owner over the entire course of the program
$500,000 per contrator over the entire course of the program
Equipment Requirements:Must be SRCC rated, or rated and certified by independent testing body. Must comply with the "California standard" (see California Solar Initiative Thermal Handbook for details)
Installation Requirements:Must be installed by eligible installer and must install performance metering equipment.
Funding Source:Public Benefits Fund
Web Site:
Note: This program is not currently accepting applications. Check the program web site for information regarding future financing programs. 
The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority is offering grants and loans to non-residential entities for solar hot water installations. Only customers of United Illuminating or Connecticut Light & Power are eligible. An energy audit or proof of past (recent) energy efficiency improvements is required. There is no set amount for the grant or loan; rather CEFIA will fund the projects based on project economics, preferring those that require the least amount of funding. CEFIA will also take into consideration factors such as the amount of in-state job creation the project supports (either directly or indirectly, for example through use of major components made in Connecticut), and whether or not funding funding for the project not supported by the incentive program has been secured. CEFIA will also evaluate the public education opportunity, the type and extent of prior energy efficiency improvements, and whether or not the equipment is sized properly for the use.
The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) started this program in 2009 using $4 million dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act State Energy Program funding to support solar hot water heating in the State. In March 2012, the CEFIA board approved interim funding to continue the residential and commercial programs while a new financing program is developed.

  Information - CEFIA
Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority
865 Brook Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Phone: (860) 563-0015
Fax: (860) 563-4877
Web Site:
NCSU - home
Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

While the DSIRE staff strives to provide the best information possible, the DSIRE staff, the N.C. Solar Center, N.C. State University and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. make no representations or warranties, either express or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability or suitability of the information. The DSIRE staff, the N.C. Solar Center, N.C. State University and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. disclaim all liability of any kind arising out of your use or misuse of the information contained or referenced on DSIRE Web pages.

Copyright 2014 - 2015 North Carolina State University, under NREL Subcontract No. XEU-0-99515-01. Permission granted only for personal or educational use, or for use by or on behalf of the U.S. government. North Carolina State University prohibits the unauthorized display, reproduction, sale, and/or distribution of all or portions of the content of the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) without prior, written consent.