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Lessons Learned from Solarize Campaigns in Connecticut

Solarize is a unique community-based program that leverages peers and social networks to encourage residential solar adoption through a group pricing strategy. Solarize campaigns spread the knowledge of solar benefits through social networks and engage strong volunteer leadership (“solar ambassadors”) who are passionate about solar energy.
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How Solar Can Expand Its Socioeconomic Reach

Innovative solutions can help solar companies reach the low-to-moderate-income market, according to a report from Vote Solar. According to 2016 Census and FICO data, 44-78 million people in the United States qualify as low-income and/or low-credit. But many of these customers are being left out of the clean energy transition because of financial barriers to securing access to solar products.
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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.

Connecticut’s C-PACE Program Is Picking up Speed

Clean energy finance in Connecticut just got a major boost. On Dec. 17, Hannon Armstrong agreed to provide up to $100 million in funding for the Connecticut Green Bank’s C-PACE (Commercial Property-Assessed Clean Energy) program. The deal represents a major milestone for an initiative that has already funneled upwards of $70 million toward renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The Science of Acceleration: Reflections on Solar Marketing

This blog post, which describes a joint research project involving Yale University, was originally published on the website of Yale Center for Business and the Environment. On April 15, students and professors from Duke University and Yale University met with executives from SmartPower and the Connecticut Green Bank. We gathered around a very large table in the basement of Kroon Hall at Yale University. This was the final meeting of a five-year campaign – the Solar Energy Education and Diffusion Study (SEEDS) , a Department of Energy-funded research program. Since 2010, 58 Connecticut towns have participated in five rounds of...

Three Strategies for Low-Income Solar Programs

The phrase ‘low-income’ rarely appears in solar energy press coverage in the United States. But some enterprising organizations have set their sights on expanding the market for residential solar photovoltaics to include low-to-moderate-income communities. Three approaches – group discount programs, affordable leases, and community solar installations – are making solar power available to these communities in some states.

Green Banks Can Multiply the Impact of Clean Energy Financing

Last Friday, the Clean Energy Finance Forum spoke with Reed Hundt, CEO of the Coalition for Green Capital, which has led the movement to create green banks in the United States during the last several years. Green banks are financial institutions that use public funding to leverage private financing of clean energy. Hundt said it is urgent for states to start green banks to finance clean energy as they move away from coal and toward meeting their renewable energy standards. He said green banks can multiply financing resources by a factor of 10.