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Site-Specific Feasibility Study Grants ('SSFSG") provide financial support for assessing the technical and economic feasibility of using complex, often large customer-sited renewable energy systems that can be funded under the On-site Renewable Distributed Generation Program. SSFSG are intended to increase the ability of businesses or organizations to make informed decisions about using complex renewable energy systems by understanding and solving technical and economic uncertainties.
Examples of projects that could receive support include:
Verifying and accurately quantifying the availability of a renewable energy source at at specific site (e.g., wind studies, seasonal flow rates of a watercourse, landfill gas production rates and expected life, etc.)
Assessing the costs and benefits of using renewable energy to meet the energy needs of commercial, government or non-profit entities;
Determining which renewable energy technology will best meet the needs of a particular application;
Determining the appropriate location and design of a renewable energy system; and,
Determining and resolving the technical, economic, or regulatory issues that can arise when renewable energy systems are proposed to meet complex energy needs.
SSFSG will not support the purchase of renewable energy equipment, or the costs of product research and development.
$50,000 maximum per project;
Grants awarded to commercial entities and third party service providers will be paid, as a reimbursement of feasibility study costs, when all milestones and deliverables detailed in an executed Financial Assistance Agreement have been met, as long as there are no plans to install a technology other than Class 1 Renewable within 36 months from the completion date of the feasibility study.
Grants awarded to government and non-profit entities will be paid, as a reimbursement of feasibility study costs, upon completion of the feasibility study and all milestones and deliverables detailed in an executed Financial Assistance Agreement have been met.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
In addition to the eligibility, technology, application requirements described above, the following terms and conditions also apply under this funding program.
The grant amount is a not-to-exceed amount. Only expenses for activities identified in the approved scope of work and budget will be eligible for reimbursement. Expenses incurred before the Grant Agreement Form is signed will not be eligible for reimbursement, unless approved by CCEF.
The grant recipient must submit an electronic and paper copy of the draft final report within 60 days of the end of the study. The draft final report will be reviewed by CCEF for completeness; changes may be requested. The draft final report must include:
A summary of the work performed that incorporates:
A brief description of the original intent of the feasibility study;
A summary of the milestones achieved by the feasibility study;
All findings and recommendations from the feasibility study;
Analysis of data collected under the feasibility study and any conclusions based upon the analysis; and,
Description of information and materials developed through the feasibility study (spreadsheets, maps, presentations, manuals, directories, etc.).
Copies of all written, visual, or audio materials produced
The grant recipient must maintain sufficient segregation of project accounting records from other projects or programs.
CCEF reserves the right to terminate a grant award in whole or in part due to the recipient's failure to fulfill the terms certified in the grant's financial assistance agreement, or due to non-appropriation of necessary funds.
Applications under this solicitation must be delivered personally, by U.S. Mail, or by courier service to the Office of CCEF.
Two (2) copies of the Application must be submitted to CCEF in the following format:
â€¢ Typed or printed using 12-point font on standard 8.5 X 11" paper; and.
â€¢ Bound using staples, binder clip, GBC binding, or other soft method. Three-ring binders are not permitted. CCEF would appreciate an electronic copy of the Application.
CCEF strongly encourages all Applicants to schedule pre-application discussions with the CCEF staff before submitting applications under this solicitation offered under the On-site Renewable Distributed Generation Program.
Application for Site-Specific Feasibility Study Grants
Complete all sections!
Attach scope of work, tasks/deliverables timeline & budget, and qualifications to this application.
Section 2: Host Site Details
Describe in detail the host facility.
Annual facility energy cost by source*:
Total electric service
Total energy cost
Describe other: â€‚â€‚â€‚â€‚â€‚
Annual facility energy usage by source*:
Rate class of facility
Peak load demand
Minimum load demand
Other energy used
Units used for other: â€‚â€‚â€‚â€‚â€‚
Off-peak electricity cost
On-peak electricity cost
Electric demand charges
Do you have other charges? Yes No
Natural gas unit cost
Fuel oil unit cost
Describe your thermal requirements* at the facility (e.g. domestic hot water, heating steam, hot water heating, process steam, chillers), the fuel used and conversion equipment (e.g. boilers, cogeneration, district heating) presently used for each.
Describe any backup power generation equipment presently at the facility. Describe the nature of any loads served by this backup generation equipment.
Describe the nature of any critical loads* at the facility.
*Only those energy sources or loads affected by the proposed project need be described. Most recent 12 months of energy or fuel billing data, or copies of the bills, is the preferred data.
Section 3: Scope of Work
Title of Project:
Scope of work must describe the following:
The nature, size and ultimate owner of the proposed renewable energy project that will be undertaken if the feasibility study results are favorable
The goals of the feasibility study;
The specific tasks and deliverables that will be accomplished.
Attach any pre-feasibility study that has been completed on the proposed feasibility study.
Section 4: Tasks/Deliverables, Timeline and Budget
Timeline and budget for each task/deliverable described in feasibility study's scope of work.
Provide the following:
A descriptive phrase for each task/deliverable;
A date when each task/deliverable will be completed;
The name of each person or consultant who will complete the task or deliverable, the person's hourly rate, estimated hours, and total cost;
An itemized list of the costs of the materials, travel, equipment and other costs that will be needed to complete each task or deliverable;
The total cost of the project, the amount of money you are requesting from CCEF, and the amount you will pay for (including amounts from other grants and/or in-kind contributions, if applicable).
Section 5: Qualifications of Feasibility Study Personnel
Attach a description of the qualifications to feasibility study personnel, including consultants.
Describe all personnel and consultants who will be working on your project and their relevant experience;
List similar projects that the personnel and consultants have completed.
No Commitment; Reserved Rights
This Program Opportunity is not an offer and neither this document nor any subsequent discussion shall give rise to any commitment on the part of CCEF or confer any rights on any Applicant unless and until a binding written agreement is executed by CCEF and the Applicant. CCEF reserves the right to reject any or all Applications; to waive defects or irregularities in any Application; to enter into discussions with selected Applicants; to discontinue discussions with any Applicant at any time and for any reason; to correct inaccurate awards; to change the timing or sequence of activities related to this Program Opportunity; to modify, suspend, or cancel this Program Opportunity; and to condition, modify, or otherwise limit awards pursuant to this Program Opportunity.
Program Logistics On-site Renewable DG Program
All costs to the Applicant associated with the preparation of an Application, material preparation for any related investigative or due diligence activities, other than the external review, and any resulting discussions or negotiations shall be borne by the Applicant.
By responding, the Applicant shall be deemed to have represented and warranted: (1) that the Application is not made in connection with any competing Applicant submitting a separate response to this Program Opportunity and is in all respects fair and without collusion or fraud; provided, that this requirement shall not be construed to prohibit any person or entity from being involved in more than one project or Application; (2) that the Applicant did not participate in the Program Opportunity development process outside of CCEF's requested public comment period; (3) that the Applicant has not been convicted of bribery or attempting to bribe a public official or employee of the state, has not been disqualified for contract awards by any agency of the state, and is not in default under any contract with an agency of the state; (4) that the Applicant has not provided any gift or benefit to any state official or employee, other than as set forth on the gift affidavit included as part of the Application; (5) that the Applicant has disclosed all affiliates, partnerships, and relationships; and (6) that the information contained in the Application is true, accurate, and complete and includes all information necessary to ensure that the statements therein are not misleading.
Freedom of Information Act
Connecticut Innovations, Inc. ("CI"), which administers CCEF, is a "public agency" for purposes of the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Accordingly, upon receipt at the office of CCEF, your Application will be considered a public record or file subject to disclosure under the FOIA. The FOIA includes exemptions for "trade secrets" and "commercial or financial information given in confidence, not required by statute." CI's legislation expands the FOIA exemption to include "all financial and credit information and all trade secrets concerning any applicant, project, activity, technology, product or invention." Only the particular information falling within one of these exemptions can be withheld by CI if made the subject of a public records request under FOIA. CI will not withhold any information unless the Applicant specifically identifies the information that the Applicant considers confidential or proprietary and demonstrates how such information fits into one of the FOIA exemptions set forth above. Upon receipt of information so designated as confidential by an Applicant, CI will review the request and make a determination as to the confidentiality of such information. CI will provide the Applicant with its determination prior to releasing any such information to the public.
Program Logistics On-site Renewable DG Program
Applicants should be aware that (i) CI has no obligation to initiate, prosecute, or defend any legal proceeding or to seek to secure any protective order or other relief to prevent disclosure of any information pursuant to an FOIA request, (ii) the Applicant will have the burden of establishing the availability of any FOIA exemption in any such legal proceeding, and (iii) in no event shall CI or any of its officers, directors, or employees have any liability for disclosure of documents or information in the possession of CI that CI, or such officer, director, or employee, in good faith believes to be required pursuant to the FOIA or other requirements of law.
Use of Information and Ownership of Work Product
Except for trade secret or other proprietary information identified as such pursuant to the section above dealing with the Freedom of Information Act, CCEF is not restricted in its right to use or disclose any or all of the information contained in any Application and can do so without compensation to the Applicant, notwithstanding any language in the Application to the contrary.
State Contracting Requirements
This Program Opportunity and any contract awarded pursuant to this Program Opportunity shall be subject to and incorporate all applicable legal requirements arising under federal or state law, including applicable state statutes and Executive Orders relating to maintenance and examination of records, nondiscrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act, violence in the workplace, and whistleblower protection. A more complete description of such state contracting requirements is available on request directed to CCEF in accordance with the communications protocol set forth above.
Gift/Campaign Contribution Affidavit to Accompany Bid or Proposal
for Large State Contracts, Pursuant to Sections 2, 3 and 4 of Public Act 04-245
and Governor M. Jodi Rell's Executive Order No. 1, para. 8.
I, Type/Print Name and Title, hereby swear that during the two-year period preceding the submission of this bid or proposal that neither myself nor any principals or key personnel of the submitting firm or corporation who participated directly, extensively and substantially in the preparation of this bid or proposal nor any agent of the above gave a gift, as defined in Conn. Gen. Stat. Â§1-79(e), including a life event gift as defined in Conn. Gen. Stat. Â§1-79(e)(12), except the gifts listed below:
Name of Benefactor
Name of Recipient
Date of Gift
List information here
to (1) any public official or state employee of the state agency or quasi-public agency soliciting the bids or proposals who participated directly, extensively and substantially in the preparation of the bid solicitation or preparation of request for proposal or (2) to any public official or state employee who has supervisory or appointing authority over the state agency or quasi-public agency soliciting the bid or proposal.
Further, neither I nor any principals or key personnel of the submitting firm or corporation who participated directly, extensively and substantially in the preparation of this bid or proposal know of any action to circumvent this gift/campaign contribution affidavit.
Further, during the two-year period preceding the submission of this bid or proposal, neither I not any principals or key personnel of the submitting firm or corporation who participated directly, extensively and substantially in the preparation of this bid or proposal nor any agent of the above gave a contribution to a candidate for statewide public office or the General Assembly, as defined in Conn. Gen. Stat. Â§9-333b, except as listed below: