August 4, 2017

DEEP offers funding for microgrid projects

Connecticut's hospitals, grocers, municipal facilities and others can apply to the state for millions of dollars in aid to develop microgrid projects that would provide power even when the electric grid is down.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) says it has millions of dollars in funding available for a new round of microgrid projects aimed at providing power for critical facilities during times when the electric grid becomes disabled.

The program was developed in 2012 after multiple storms resulted in widespread outages of long duration.

"Microgrids are a key part of our effort to make our supply of electricity more resilient and to meet the needs of our residents when the power goes out," said DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee.

Under state law, the microgrid program may provide matching funds and/or low interest loans for energy storage or Class I or Class III energy sources.

Qualifying projects may receive a capital grant of up to $4 million from DEEP and a term loan of up to $2 million from the Connecticut Green Bank.

Interested parties can apply for Round 4 funds between Sept. 1, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2018. Round 3 applications are being accepted through Aug. 31, DEEP said.

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