Connecticut has released its second microgrid solicitation, offering $15 million in funding. Governor Dannel Malloy announced the second round at Wesleyan University in Middletown University, the site of the new microgrid project that was funded through the state’s initial $18 million release of funds.
The second RFP looks to build on the success of the first and achieve statewide deployment of microgrids. Thus, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is looking for proposals that promote geographic diversity. The RFP also seeks proposals that vary in size, scale and technical configurations. The main purpose of the microgrids is to support critical facilities when the grid fails. Connecticut began its microgrid operation in response to severe weather in recent years that caused prolonged power outages.
Bids on the second RFP are due August 6th at 4 p.m., and winners are to be announced by October 1st. A bidders’ conference is upcoming on March 20th. Winners will receive a maximum of $3 million each. To receive the funding, microgrid projects must meet series of milestones, including beginning operation within three years. Each winning project must serve two or more critical facilities and have a signed support letter from the municipality where it will be located. No more than 25 percent of the microgrid’s generation can be from diesel. Solar photovoltaic and wind energy will be counted toward overall generation capacity only if they are paired in the microgrid with energy storage that will allow 24/7 use of the power when the microgrid islands. Winning microgrids also must be able to withstand a Category I hurricane.
The second RFP is available here.