The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s (MassCEC) Community Microgrids Program seeks to catalyze the development of community microgrids throughout Massachusetts to lower customer energy costs, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and provide increased energy resilience.
The program intends to award funding for feasibility assessments to advance proposed microgrid projects through the early project origination stages and attract third party investment to these opportunities. Community Microgrid Feasibility Assessment Grant Applicants must either have the capacity to carry out the feasibility study with a pre-identified team of their own, or may opt to receive a technical and financial assessment from a Technical Consultant contracted by MassCEC to perform such assessments.
MassCEC is soliciting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from groups interested in participating in feasibility assessments for community microgrid projects across the Commonwealth. Respondents may include municipalities and their public works departments, electric distribution companies, municipal light plants, emergency services departments, owners of critical infrastructure such as hospitals and financial institutions, self-organized groups of commercial building owners, developers or any other actor that either owns property within a potential microgrid or can demonstrate that they represent stakeholders with the capability of developing a community microgrid. The Request for EOIs will help MassCEC and other stakeholders identify projects which are attractive to the relevant local authorities, electric and/or gas utility, and have a strong likelihood of success.
MassCEC seeks to support multi-user community microgrids, located in Massachusetts, that meet a range of objectives including reducing GHG emissions, enabling the integration of renewable energy sources, supporting the local distribution system, and providing energy resilience for critical facilities during electrical grid outages. Respondent teams must include support from the local government and the relevant electric or gas distribution company.
Completed Expressions of Interest must be submitted to [email protected], and “Community Microgrids Feasibility Assessments – EOI” must appear in the email subject line. Completed Expressions of Interest must be received by Friday, June 23, 2017 by 4:00pm.