Fuel Cell Initiative (Connecticut)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Connecticut

Name Fuel Cell Initiative
Incentive Type State Grant Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government
Eligible Technologies Fuel Cells
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Varies

Equipment Requirements Fuel cells must be greater than 1 kW
Start Date December 2003
Expiration Date April 2004**

Maximum Incentive Total of 4 million available

Program Administrator Connecticut Clean Energy Fund
Website http://www.ctcleanenergy.com/rfp/CEF_RFP_FC_003.pdf

References DSIRE[1]


**Note that this solicitation is now closed. However, a similar request for proposals is expected in November 2004. Updated information will be posted here when it becomes available.

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) has announced a request for proposals (RFP) to install and demonstrate fuels cells (greater than 1 kW) under the CCEF Fuel Cell Initiative, now in its third year. CCEF is the state's public benefits fund financed by a surcharge levied against the state's electrical ratepayers and administered by Connecticut Innovations, Inc., a quasi-public agency of the State of Connecticut.

The funding level for this round of the program is set at up to $4 million. Proposals are requested from fuel cell manufacturers or integrators, and teaming of parties is encouraged and can include a wide variety of organizations. In particular, CCEF is seeking projects that:

  1. Employ fuel cells with strong commercialization potential;
  2. Involve an engaged and knowledgeable host;
  3. Use innovative, high-value applications and approaches;
  4. Will demonstrate the benefits of distributed generation;
  5. Will help increase public awareness of fuel cells;
  6. Show how costs can be reduced or barriers overcome;
  7. Promote environmental and social benefits; and
  8. Offer a high degree of replicability.

CCEF funding is not anticipated to cover the entire cost of the project. Co-funding from participants to lower the amount of funding needed and/or create payback opportunities are required components of the successful proposal. Financial structures may include, but are not limited to:

  • debt
  • equity and equity-like
  • warrants
  • royalties
  • combination structures

This program employs a two-step process. Proposers complete and submit a Round 1 application (see web site above) providing key information about the project. CCEF’s evaluation team will select projects eligible to advance to Round 2, at which point a Round 2 application but be submitted. Participants in projects selected for the "short list" in Round 2 will be asked to make oral presentations to CCEF on the merits of their projects.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Project Manager, Fuel Cell RFP
Department Connecticut Clean Energy Fund
Address 200 Corporate Place, 3rd Floor
Place Rocky Hill, Connecticut
Zip/Postal Code 06067
Phone (860) 563-0015

Email cefinfo@ctinnovations.com
Website http://www.ctcleanenergy.com

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"