Rocky Hill, Conn., January 2, 2013 — The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for its Anaerobic Digestion Pilot Program (AD Program). Pursuant to Section 103 of Public Act 11-80, CEFIA is charged with administering a three-year, $6M Pilot Program. The total funding allocated for all selected Projects under this competitive solicitation is $2M.
The purpose of the AD Program RFP is to solicit applications from eligible entities working with experienced renewable energy developers (Applicants). There will be a strong emphasis on evaluating the financial feasibility of each proposed installation (Project) as well as the Applicant’s ability to complete construction of the Project in a timely manner.
CEFIA has modified the AD Program RFP, which was initially offered last spring, to allow greater flexibility in sizing a proposed Project. The revised RFP allows Applicants to maximize a Projects economics by removing the on-site generation requirement and allowing projects to distribute energy off-site. The AD Program provides support towards the intent of Public Act 11-217, An Act Concerning The Recycling Of Organic Materials By Certain Food Wholesalers, Manufacturers, Supermarkets, And Conference Centers, which requires recycling of food waste throughout Connecticut. CEFIA seeks to coordinate the recycling policy with the AD Program opportunity to facilitate the use of food waste as an energy source, providing the state with energy and environmental benefits. CEFIA’s AD Program RFP is the only vehicle through which CEFIA will identify and qualify AD Projects for financial support.
CEFIA will offer financial support for AD energy generating projects in the developmental stages that have not yet commenced the construction phase. The level of support for individual awards is not a fixed amount based on size or cost; it will vary based on the specific technology, efficiency, and economics of the installation.
This solicitation is designed to offer a number of financial support options in an effort to best leverage limited public dollars. Financial support may include a loan, grant, or alternative financing mechanisms – with higher weighting given to Projects that request financing as opposed to grants. Additional Project considerations include overall feasibility and viability of the proposed project.
Prospective Applicants should review the AD Program RFP which contains detailed information regarding the application and evaluation processes, solicitation eligibility, eligible energy projects, and potential areas of financial innovation.
The RFP and application materials are posted at www.ctcleanenergy.com/AD. Applications under this round of the AD Program must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. EST, on February 8, 2013. Programmatic questions regarding eligibility will be accepted via email from the release date, through February 8, 2013. Questions regarding application processes or timetables may be directed to Dale Hedman, CEFIA Director of Statutory and Infrastructure Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority
CEFIA was created by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2011. It is the successor organization to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. CEFIA’s mission is to promote, develop and invest in clean energy and energy efficiency projects in order to strengthen Connecticut’s economy, protect community health, improve the environment, and promote a secure energy supply for the state. CEFIA is governed by an 11-member board of directors appointed by the governor and the leadership of the State Legislature. As the nation’s first full-scale clean energy finance authority, CEFIA will leverage public and private funds to drive investment and scale up clean energy deployment in Connecticut. For more information on CEFIA, please visit www.ctcleanenergy.com.