The piece below was submitted by CFE, VoteSolar, and Environment Connecticut in response to the latest delay in the shared solar pilot program.
Solar and environmental advocates are calling for a new community solar program in Connecticut that will expand solar access, energy choices and consumer savings for families, municipalities, and businesses statewide. The demand follows today’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) technical hearing where attendees reviewed the state’s current Shared Clean Energy Facilities pilot program. The pilot has stalled several times over the last two years, most recently following DEEP’s decision to scrap all the proposals they have received and issue a new request for projects. DEEP heard from many advocates and developers at the hearing who are frustrated with this latest delay and skeptical about the long term success of the pilot.