Tag: incentives

Great Bay Wildlife Refuge in New Hampshire

Solar Hasn’t Won New Hampshire Over, But Efficiency Has

Although New Hampshire isn’t in the forefront of clean energy in New England, the solar power and energy efficiency industries are active there, according to Michael Behrmann, director of New Hampshire Clean Tech Council. In this interview, he said that some solar developers are working around bottlenecks at the state level by bypassing bureaucratic intervention. There is more state support for energy efficiency than for solar power.
Laura Nelson

Utah Slowly Constructs Clean Energy Markets

As Utah builds utility-scale solar and advances distributed generation, stakeholders are behaving collaboratively, according to Laura Nelson, executive director of Utah Energy Office. In this interview, she said that low energy prices have reduced the state’s incentive to pursue energy efficiency. The rooftop solar market has slowed this year.
Bryan Garcia

Connecticut Lays the Groundwork for Clean Energy

Connecticut has adapted creatively to the call to develop clean energy markets, combining energy efficiency and solar power as it brings in private financing. There is extensive work in progress to strengthen its programs. In this interview, Bryan Garcia, president and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank, outlines the current business environment.

Innovation Routes Clean Energy to Low-to-Middle-Income Communities

On Oct. 20, stakeholders from across the clean-energy-finance sector came together for the day-long conference in New York City, Innovations in Clean Energy Finance IV: Market Successes and Lessons for Lower Income. The conference was convened by Citi, Environmental Defense Fund, and Elevate Energy. An historic hardware store is still open in a community in Edmonton, Canada. Low- and moderate-income (LMI) households are often respectively defined as families with incomes less than 80 percent or 100 percent of the Area Median Income. They comprise 40 percent of American households, according to a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas...

Reducing Shell Games with Energy Subsidies

Today, many governments simultaneously subsidize fossil fuels and clean energy. The fossil fuel subsidies tend to be hidden and complex, but the solar and wind subsidies are relatively transparent. This can create a shell game-like effect in which fossil fuel subsidies are embedded into business as usual while solar and wind subsidies are visible and are weakened.

The Struggle to Combine Energy Efficiency and Solar Power

How can programs motivate homeowners to make their homes energy-efficient before installing solar panels? And how can incentives support a whole-house retrofit approach that will optimize energy savings and prevent solar systems from being oversized? California, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Austin Energy have been grappling with this challenge for years. Their experiences show well-designed incentives may drive the joint adoption of solar power and energy efficiency. Simply introducing energy efficiency requirements into the solar installation process may not be successful without adding financial motivation.

Why Solar Thermal Technology Lacks Incentives and Financing

Compared to the outpouring of financing for solar photovoltaics, financing for solar thermal technologies has taken a back seat for many years in the United States. The Clean Energy Finance Forum (CEFF) spoke with Everett Barber, a consultant and author who has worked for many decades in the solar thermal industry, about his perspective on this discrepancy.