Middlesex Chamber Announces Joint Energy Saving Effort with Connecticut Green Bank

Program will help local businesses save energy and money 

Middletown, CT – March 2018 – The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce announced a new initiative to help local businesses afford renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades. The effort is a collaboration between the Chamber, the Connecticut Green Bank, and Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy. The team will help local businesses take advantage of C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy), an innovative financing program for green energy upgrades. C-PACE offers long-term financing for projects that lower energy costs and generate positive cash flow.

The initiative’s official announcement was made at the Chamber’s Member Breakfast Meeting on February 26, 2018. Pictured, from left to right, are: Larry McHugh, President, Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce; Mackey Dykes, Vice President of Commercial and Industrial Programs, Connecticut Green Bank; Robert Schmitt, Associate Manager, Marketing, Connecticut Green Bank; and Jeff Pugliese, Vice President, Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce.

“This initiative is meant to help connect local business owners to financing that will help them afford recommended energy and renewable upgrades to their buildings” said Jeff Pugliese, Vice President of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce. “The idea is to help our members cut down on energy usage so that they can reinvest the savings back into the business.”

The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic business organization with over 2,125 members that employ over 50,000 people in and around its service area. The chamber represents businesses from all industry sectors and of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies, to micro businesses.

The team will reach out to the business community in a variety of strategic ways, and will highlight local businesses who have saved through the program.

“We are excited to be working directly with the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce to promote C-PACE,” said Mackey Dykes, Vice President of Commercial and Industrial Programs, Connecticut Green Bank. “C-PACE is a proven tool for businesses to modernize their buildings, save energy, and increase their bottom line – but it is also a powerful economic development tool. The Middlesex Chamber is a valuable partner, and we look forward to working with them to build an even more resilient business community with C-PACE.”

The initiative will target all eligible local businesses including manufacturers, offices, retail establishments, business in mixed use spaces, and non-profits.

To learn more about the collaboration, please visit middlesexchamber.com or cpace.com.  

 

 About Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce

 The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic business organization with over 2,125 members that employ over 50,000 people in and around its service area. The chamber represents businesses from all industry sectors and of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies, to micro businesses. It has 12 county based divisions, and over 30 industry based committees and councils that focus on issues of importance to the business community. The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce has been honored with the Governor’s Laurel Award for Responsible Social Involvement, The President’s White House Citation for Private Sector Initiatives, the U.S. Department of Labor’s LIFT America Award, Connecticut Small Business Advocate Award, Vision 2000 Excellence Award, and the NAACP Business Award.

 Please visit www.middlesexchamber.com for more information.

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Connecticut Green Bank Closes 200th C-PACE Project

Rocky Hill, CT (Jan. 30, 2018) – The Connecticut Green Bank announces that the state’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program has surpassed 200 closed projects totaling more than $114 million in clean energy investment in businesses. C-PACE is an innovative program that is helping commercial, industrial and multi-family property owners access affordable, long-term financing to save money and make smart energy upgrades to their buildings.

According to PACENation, an industry group promoting Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, Connecticut is second only to California in total dollars financed through C-PACE.

“Again, Connecticut leads the C-PACE market it helped pioneer, topping 200 projects”, said David Gabrielson, PACENation’s Executive Director. “The Green Bank team has built a very effective program centered on high standards, great marketing, and an open market approach that encourages private sector engagement and investment in improving buildings throughout the state.”

The Connecticut Green Bank, the nation’s first full-scale green bank, leverages limited public dollars to attract private investments that scale-up renewable energy deployment and energy efficiency projects across the state. Of the capital deployed through the Green Bank’s C-PACE program 70 percent comes from private investors, including from a $100 million facility established with a private sector investor, and C-PACE projects originated and financed through other capital providers. The Green Bank has also securitized and sold C-PACE transactions in the past. The Green Bank’s administration of the program ensures that investors are confident using their capital to finance C-PACE projects.

In 2017, 50 projects closed on financing through the Green Bank’s C-PACE program – these projects will provide an estimated cost savings of $8.6 million, create 119 job years and will result in 6,653 kW of installed solar PV capacity. Cumulative program total for installed capacity is now nearly 25,000 kW and total job years now exceeds 1,300. In total, Connecticut’s C-PACE projects will produce an estimated $204.5 million in energy cost savings reducing the burden of energy costs on businesses and non-profit organizations across the state.

“While the majority of C-PACE projects are in industrial, retail or office buildings, we are seeing building owners and tenants in other sectors, such as houses of worship, non-profits, and educational facilities, taking advantage of C-PACE financing,” said Mackey Dykes, Vice President of Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Programs at the Green Bank. “C-PACE can help modernize and improve the efficiency of almost any type of commercial building, while lowering energy costs and increasing the value of the property, making it easy to understand why C-PACE has been so successful. Connecticut’s C-PACE program has a strong growth trajectory thanks to an engaged community of contractors, municipal officials, capital providers, building owners and other stakeholders that support C-PACE.”

“By attracting private investment into Connecticut to finance the deployment of clean energy in our communities, together we are reducing the burden of energy costs on our businesses and non-profit organizations,” stated Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank.  “We are enabling businesses to be more competitive and helping our non-profit organizations better serve their missions by reducing energy costs.”

The Green Bank also reports that Q3 and Q4 of calendar year 2017 were the best back-to-back quarters in number of closed projects (36) since the C-PACE program’s inception in 2013.

Click here to read more about the 200th project.

For more information on C-PACE, please visit http://www.cpace.com.

 

 

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Greenworks Lending, the Connecticut Green Bank, State and Local Legislators Discuss Growth of Clean Energy & Energy Efficiency Investment Industry in Connecticut

State’s C-PACE program helps commercial property owners improve cash flows, reduce energy costs and enhance building stock

Pictured are: (front row, L-R) Carlo Leone, CT State Senator; Pamela Sparkman, Board of Selectmen, Darien; Bob Duff, CT State Senate Majority Leader; Alexandra Cooley, CFO & Co-founder Greenworks Lending; Jessica Bailey CEO & Co-founder, Greenworks Lending; Jayme Stevenson, First Selectman, Darien; Mackey Dykes, Vice President Commercial and Industrial Programs, Connecticut Green Bank. Second Row (L-R) Matt Macunas, Senior Marketing Manager, Connecticut Green Bank; and Bryan Garcia, President and CEO, Connecticut Green Bank.

Darien, CT (December 6, 2017) – Greenworks Lending, a Darien-based specialty finance firm that deploys private capital in support of energy efficient and renewable energy investments made by commercial properties, brought local and state legislators together with Connecticut Green Bank leaders to discuss the firm’s growth and economic development in the clean energy investment industry via an effective public-private partnership and public policy.

Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, Senator Carlo Leone, Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson and Selectman Pamela Sparkman were in attendance.

Using the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program, Greenworks financed projects to date will reduce carbon dioxide output equivalent to transforming all of Darien north of I-95 (roughly 16 square miles) into a forest for 20 years.

“We are thankful for the Connecticut Green Bank bringing our work to the attention of legislators as an example of what can originate from effective public-private partnerships,” stated Jessica Bailey, CEO and co-founder of Greenworks Lending. “It was inspiring to discuss the role of private capital in economic development and to see the interest of legislators in both the environmental and commercial real estate development aspects of the C-PACE program.”

“Greenworks is showing how to mobilize private investment to meet state policy goals,” said Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “This is driving economic growth and job creation in our communities, all while lowering the energy burden on businesses by creating clean energy property improvements.”

Greenworks Lending is a woman-owned enterprise founded by two former directors from the state’s Connecticut Green Bank. This clean energy and energy efficiency finance company is the fastest-growing firm in Connecticut by percentage growth, and recently closed an industry-first $75 million AA-rated securitization transaction. They are helping to scale the market for private investment in energy-saving commercial property improvements with the state’s C-PACE program. This helps commercial property owners and tenants save money and improve cash flow, while supporting jobs in the growing clean energy and energy efficiency industries.

For more information on Greenworks, please visit https://www.greenworkslending.com/. For more on C-PACE, please visit www.cpace.com.

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SunShot Prize Competition Ends with Connecticut Team as One of Final Two

Impressive results earned team an award of distinction, highlight path to continued success

 

Rocky Hill, CT (Nov. 2, 2017) – The U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar, a national competition intended to reduce the time it takes to “go solar” across the country, has ended, and the Connecticut Permit to Plug-in Challenge team was among the two final participants. While neither team was eligible for the grand prize, both teams made impressive progress and were given an award of distinction for their efforts.

The SunShot competition began in September 2015 with five competing teams across the country and concluded in March 2017. During the competition, three teams — Northern and Central California SunShot Alliance, Sunrun, and the Connecticut Permit to Plug-in Challenge — reached a major milestone in the competition and were each awarded $100,000 in seed prizes and received the title “SunShot Prize Change Champion.”

The Connecticut Permit to Plug-in Challenge team was comprised of the Connecticut Green Bank, and the state’s investor-owned utilities, Eversource Energy and the United Illuminating Company, as well as solar installers representing nearly 60% of the state’s solar market, and many municipalities. Working together, they created a multi-pronged strategic approach to reducing solar installation times, and relied on detailed project tracking and evaluation, which enabled them to inform and replicate strategies that positively impacted project completion times.

According to the challenge’s criteria, to win the competition’s $3 million grand prize, teams needed to get a minimum of 2,250 points and complete 85% of its total installed capacity in 56 days or less. The Connecticut Permit to Plug-in Challenge team reported the installation of 1,501 systems in 49 participating municipalities covering 141 different zip codes. The systems that were installed averaged 8.74 kW, resulting in 13.03 MW of total installed solar capacity. The median total time, from permit to plug-in was 89 days and 78.6% of its total installed capacity was completed in 56 days or less.

To attain this success, the team worked closely to identify and implement process improvements for solar installations across the value chain. The competition enabled the team to create resources that walk residents through the permit to plug-in process, standardize aspects of municipal solar permitting processes, and implement improvements to the utility interconnection process for solar PV.

“While there was no winning team, it’s clear that the residents of Connecticut are the winners here,” said Connecticut Green Bank President and CEO Bryan Garcia. “Residents will continue to benefit from the lessons learned from the interaction between the utilities, solar contractors, municipalities and the Green Bank. We are proud to have been one of the final two teams striving towards such an important goal for the adoption of residential solar PV.”

The other final team was the Northern and Central California SunShot Alliance, who completed 80% of their total installed capacity in 56 days or less.  While California was not able to meet the minimum point threshold for a grand prize, they completed the competition with 1,780 points – only 10 points more than Connecticut.

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CURE Innovation Commons to save energy costs through C-PACE program

Groton, CT (August 14, 2017) –  Using the Connecticut Green Bank’s innovative Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program, CURE Innovation Commons (“The Commons”) has financed energy improvements that will save the laboratory incubator more than $1.7 million in energy costs over the 17-year life of the loan term.

The project at The Commons is a perfect example of how support from Connecticut Green Bank can advance green energy goals and expand our economy by investing in the jobs and technologies of the future.

“This green energy project is very important to us from a bottom line perspective, because of the long-term cost savings, but it is also vital in terms of our role in the community,” said Susan Froshauer PhD, President and CEO of CURE. “We are in the business of science and research, and we strive to lead by example when it comes to using the latest technology to improve the quality of life for those who work at our facilities and our neighbors in Groton.”

The Commons is one of Connecticut’s newest science and technology incubators for entrepreneurs, professionals, scientists, start-ups and growing companies to develop ideas and build businesses in a collaborative community setting. In addition to funds provided for renovations by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), The Commons used C-PACE to fund energy efficiency upgrades including the installation of new HVAC equipment and a high efficiency generator.

“We are committed to making green energy accessible to businesses throughout the state,” said Mackey Dykes, vice president of commercial, industrial and institutional programs at Connecticut Green Bank. “C-PACE allows nonprofit, commercial and industrial property owners to access financing for green energy projects and to pay off projects through a property assessment. Financial innovations like these make projects possible at properties like The Commons, where new ideas and innovations in science and technology are being incubated – creating an opportunity for new jobs and economic growth in the community.”

Since its creation in 2011, the Connecticut Green Bank has deployed more than $1 billion in capital to fund green energy projects in Connecticut. This investment helps Connecticut create jobs, meet carbon reduction goals and improve the state’s energy security.

 

 

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Ferazzoli Imports of New England (Galleria Stone) Adds Solar through C-PACE

Galleria Stone will reduce operating expenses and increase efficiency

 

Middletown, CT (August 1, 2017) – Ferazzoli Imports of New England, Inc., which conducts business as Galleria Stone, an importer, distributor and fabricator of tile and natural stone, is the most recent business to reduce their energy burden by installing a renewable energy source on their building through Connecticut Green Bank’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE), an innovative program that helps property owners access affordable, long-term financing for smart energy upgrades to their buildings.

Northeast Smart Energy LLC of Hartford will install a 125 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system to the roof of the Galleria Design Center, located at 234 Middle Street in Middletown. The estimated annual energy cost savings exceeds $37,000.

“The C-PACE financing program is the smartest long-term solution for achieving our clean energy demands,” said Jerry Martorelli, owner of Galleria Design Center. “With C-PACE, we are able to reduce operation expenses and increase efficiency, all while making a measurable impact on the environment and surrounding community.”

Through C-PACE, a building owner can pay for green energy improvements over terms up to 25 years through a voluntary benefit assessment on their property tax bill. Building owners can secure long-term, low-interest capital to fund these energy improvements, with no up-front costs required. The program is structured so that the energy savings offset the benefit assessment – meaning positive cash flow for the business – and includes a technical review process that leaves building owners feeling confident in the predicted energy savings of their project.

This project is part of Connecticut Green Bank’s Energy on the Line program, funded through the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Manufacturing Innovation Fund. Energy on the Line provides supplemental funds to eligible manufacturers who complete a qualifying green energy project using the C-PACE program.

“Manufacturers, who feel the burden of energy costs more than anyone, can realize substantial benefits from green energy projects,” said Mackey Dykes, vice president of commercial, industrial and institutional programs at Connecticut Green Bank. “C-PACE is a perfect fit for manufacturers, allowing them to take control of their energy costs and realize predictable positive cashflow. The solar project at Ferazzoli Imports is an excellent example of how green energy and C-PACE can improve a manufacture’s bottom line.”

For more information on Galleria Stone, please visit www.galleriastone.com, and for more information the Connecticut Green Bank, please visit www.ctgreenbank.com.

 

About Ferazzoli Imports

Ferazzoli Imports of New England Inc., now doing business as Galleria Stone, was incorporated in 1988 as an importer, distributor and fabricator of tile and natural stone. Originally located in North Haven, Connecticut, Galleria Stone relocated its corporate headquarters in June 2002 to the 100,000 square foot Galleria Design Center in Middletown, CT. The Galleria Design Center includes an expansive 30,000 square foot showroom, indoor natural stone gallery and a state-of-the-art fabrication plant that helps Galleria Stone continue the tradition of elegance, craftsmanship and efficiency for which it is best known.

 

About Northeast Smart Energy

Northeast Smart Energy was established in May of 2007 by its founders whose vision is rooted in their love for our planet. Northeast Smart Energy’s primary focus is to provide people with renewable and cost effective energy solutions that reduce our dependence on polluting sources of energy. Northeast Smart Energy is ready to help you do your part by reducing your environmental impact and leaving our planet in a condition of which our children would be proud.

 

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Connecticut Green Bank’s C-PACE Program Reaches $100 Million Milestone

State’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program continues to be an economic development tool for Connecticut businesses

 

Rocky Hill, CT (July 24, 2017) – The Connecticut Green Bank announced its C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) program has reached the milestone of $100 million in total closed project financing. The solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy efficiency projects, which vary in size and scope, are saving more than $9.29 million annually in energy costs for nearly 170 building owners across multiple sectors.

The Green Bank, which administers the C-PACE program, seeks to make green energy more accessible and affordable to commercial and industrial property owners by providing no money down long-term financing for meaningful energy upgrades to their buildings. C-PACE enables building owners to finance qualifying energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements through a voluntary assessment on their property tax bill. As the program grows, more Connecticut businesses can achieve lower energy costs. 

Reaching $100 million in closed project financing positions Connecticut’s program as a national leader. According to market data from PACENation, an industry group promoting Property Assessed Clean Energy, California is the only state to have closed a larger total sum of project financing for commercial PACE projects.

“Connecticut’s Green Bank has really been the national leader for C-PACE,” said David Gabrielson, the Executive Director of PACENation, the national non-profit that supports development of PACE programs nationwide. “The way they administer their program has really served as a great example for other program administrators throughout the U.S., and we congratulate the entire Green Bank team on this impressive milestone.”

The project that propelled the Green Bank over this milestone will be installed at Farmington Sports Arena (FSA). FSA is a 130,000-square foot modern indoor sports facility that is home to four indoor and three outdoor artificial turf fields as well as four natural grass outdoor fields. The project, which will be installed by 64 Solar, consists of two solar PV systems (170 kW total).

Since its inception in 2011, 166 C-PACE projects have been closed in 69 of the 128 municipalities that have opted-into the program. C-PACE funds have been used in manufacturing facilities, non-profits, houses of worship, retail establishments, office buildings, and other business entities.  The projects consist of solar installations, new boilers, energy efficiency lighting measures, HVAC systems, and other energy improvements that help building owners to take control of their energy costs. Connecticut’s C-PACE program maintains an open market approach, allowing private capital providers to finance projects for building owners, and, in 2015, the Green Bank reached an agreement that provided it access to up to $100 million in private funding for C-PACE projects. Today, nearly 70% of the funding in the program consists of private capital.

“The Connecticut Green Bank’s C-PACE program reaching the $100 million in closed project financing milestone is significant,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “This achievement shows our state’s continued leadership in combating climate change while simultaneously supporting the business and non-profit sectors.”

This milestone was achieved through the efforts of many key stakeholders.

“The Connecticut Green Bank is a leader in the green energy movement, but the rapid growth of C-PACE wouldn’t be possible without the support of our contractors, capital providers, municipal officials, and other stakeholders who have contributed to the C-PACE movement,” said Mackey Dykes, Vice President of Commercial, Industrial and Institutional programs at the Connecticut Green Bank. “There is still significant potential for energy improvements for Connecticut businesses and non-profits, and we look forward to bringing cleaner and cheaper energy to more building owners across the state.”

The Connecticut Green Bank’s success, and that of the C-PACE program, has led to the Green Bank being used as a model for other states.

 

 

 

 

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Connecticut Green Bank Wins Harvard’s 2017 Innovations in American Government Award

Cambridge, MA (July 19, 2017) – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, today named the Connecticut Green Bank the winner of the 2017 Innovations in American Government Award. The award, including a $100,000 grand prize to support the replication and dissemination of the initiative, will be presented at a ceremony in Hartford, Conn., later this summer. 

“It is an honor for the Connecticut Green Bank to be named the Ash Center’s Innovations in American Government Award recipient for 2017,” says Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy.  “As cities and states across this country confront climate change, green banks can help mobilize more private investment and accelerate the growth of their local green energy economies.”

Recognized by Harvard for its “Sparking the Green Bank Movement” nomination, the Green Bank is the first of its kind in the United States and continues to be a thought-leader in green financing innovation.  Established by Governor Malloy through bipartisan support from the Connecticut General Assembly in July of 2011, the green bank model demonstrates how public resources can be better invested in ways that mobilize private investment in local green economies. From greater deployment of green energy by local contractors, to lowering consumers’ energy burden, the Green Bank is committed to realizing a vision of inclusive prosperity through its charge to protect the environment.

“The Connecticut Green Bank is an exemplar of how states can meet their climate change reduction targets by working to leverage private-sector dollars to help finance green energy infrastructure,” said Stephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. “The success of Connecticut’s Green Bank is spurring the adoption of similar efforts by states and cities across the country, and illustrates how Hartford’s innovative approach to green energy financing can create jobs, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and lower energy bills.”

Connecticut has been at the forefront of state-level efforts to combat the threat of global climate change. The state’s 2005 Climate Change Action Plan outlined a multitude of specific steps the state could take to help lower greenhouse gas emissions. The state built upon this ambitious plan with the passage of the landmark Connecticut Global Warming Solutions Act, establishing mandatory greenhouse gas reductions targets. The aggressive goals included a 10-percent reduction below 1990 levels by 2020 and an 80-percent reduction below 2001 levels by 2050. 

In creating a thriving clean energy market, the Green Bank is advancing a larger mission that not only makes green energy more accessible and affordable for Connecticut families and businesses, but also creates jobs and spurs local economic development. Since 2011, for every public dollar invested, the bank has attracted six dollars of private investment. An estimated 13,000 jobs have been created through the Green Bank, which has also driven a total of $1 billion of clean energy investment across the state. This translates to more than 215 megawatts of clean power, over 20,000 projects, and a reduction of CO2 emissions by 2.6 million tons. As for cost, clean energy prices have decreased by an estimated 20–30 percent. 

“The Connecticut Green Bank has sparked a green bank movement.  Our simple promise of increasing affordability and accessibility to green energy has evolved into a greater commitment to our stakeholders,” states Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank.  “We believe that everything we do, we do to help families thrive and businesses grow.  We do it in the interest of achieving inclusive prosperity not only within Connecticut and across the country, but around the world.”

The Innovations in American Government Award is the nation’s preeminent recognition for excellence and creativity in the public sector. The award program receives thousands of applications which are evaluated on criteria to assess their novelty, effectiveness, significance, and transferability. The Ford Foundation created the Innovations in American Government Awards in 1985 in response to widespread pessimism and distrust in government’s effectiveness. 

Since its inception, over 500 government innovations across all jurisdiction levels have been recognized and have collectively received more than $22 million in grants to support dissemination efforts. 

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About the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation advances excellence in governance and strengthens democratic institutions worldwide. Through its research, education, international programs, and government innovations awards, the Center fosters creative and effective government problem solving and serves as a catalyst for addressing many of the most pressing needs of the world’s citizens. For more information, visit www.ash.harvard.edu.

About the Connecticut Green Bank

The Connecticut Green Bank (formerly the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority) was established by the Connecticut General Assembly on July 1, 2011 as a part of Public Act 11-80. As the nation’s first full-scale green bank, it is leading the clean energy finance movement by leveraging public and private funds to scale-up renewable energy deployment and energy efficiency projects across Connecticut. The Green Bank’s success in accelerating private investment in clean energy is helping Connecticut create jobs, increase economic prosperity, promote energy security and address climate change. 

 

 

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Connecticut Green Bank Among Seven Finalists for Prestigious National Award

Chosen from more than 500 Nominations for the Ash Center’s Innovations in American Government Award

 

Rocky Hill, CT (May 16, 2017) – The Connecticut Green Bank was recently named as one of seven finalists in this year’s Innovations in American Government Awards competition. The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, made the announcement and will host the competition for the $100,000 grand prize in Cambridge.

Recognized for its “Sparking the Green Bank Movement” nomination, the Green Bank was the first of its kind in the United States and has been a thought-leader in green financing innovation since being established in July of 2011. The Green Bank Movement demonstrates how public resources can be better invested in ways that attract more private investment in our communities, lead to deployment of more green energy by local contractors, and most importantly providing positive value to consumers.

 “We created the Connecticut Green Bank in 2011 to accelerate the deployment of clean energy in our state in order to promote energy security and economic growth, create new jobs in the clean energy sector, and address climate change,” Governor Malloy said. “Making clean energy more affordable and accessible to consumers by leveraging limited public funds to attract private capital investment is a way that we can make our own positive impact in the global climate change efforts.”

This is only the third time a Connecticut initiative has been honored since the inception of the American Government Awards in 1985. In that time, more than 27,000 nominations have been submitted, with nearly 500 initiatives recognized including from Connecticut the Hartford Action Plan on Infant Health (1986 Finalist) and Supportive Housing Pilot (2006 Winner).

“The Connecticut Green Bank has sparked a green bank movement that is leading to local, state, and national government consideration of public-private partnerships to scale-up clean energy deployment that wisely and strategically uses public resources,” stated Reed Hundt, Founder and CEO of the Coalition for Green Capital, the non-profit organization that nominated the Green Bank.

 Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in Government program at the Ash Center, called the recognized programs “the vanguard of creative, solution-oriented governing, demonstrating that the drive to make government work better and do more comes from all levels and jurisdictions of every size. These programs are focused on an impressive range of areas and some of the country’s most pressing social concerns, including the opioid epidemic, government efficiency and efficacy, environmental conservation, homelessness, and the school and workforce readiness of our citizens.”

 “The Connecticut Green Bank is helping consumers and small businesses lower their energy cost burden by providing them with access to capital to finance clean energy improvements on their property,” stated Catherine Smith, Chair of the Connecticut Green Bank and Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development.  “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we want to recognize all of the finalists in this Ash Center competition, including our Connecticut team.  It is terrific to see these government-based innovations now being recognized by this esteemed panel of judges.”

 The Green Bank will compete before a National Selection Committee for the distinction of being the Innovations Award winner.

To learn more about the top programs in this year’s Innovations in American Government Awards competition, please visit https://ash.harvard.edu/news/ash-center-announces-finalists-and-top-25-programs-innovations-american-government-award. The presentations by the finalists will be livestreamed on Wednesday, May 17 on the Ash Center website at http://ash.harvard.edu.

 Supportive Quotes from Connecticut’s General Assembly

  • “The Connecticut Green Bank is a national model for green financing innovation,” said Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk). “This is further recognition that the Connecticut Green Bank has the set standard for attracting private investment in green, sustainable projects.”

  • “In this time of highly competitive public dollars, the Green Bank has been a great partner in utilizing public-private partnerships to increase energy efficiency programs throughout our state. I applaud the Green Bank for its leadership and ingenuity in moving our state to a more energy efficient future,” said Senator Paul Formica (R-East Lyme), Co-Chair of the Energy and Technology Committee.

  • “This nomination is a testament to the effective and innovative work they have been able to accomplish since their creation in 2011,” said Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/Southington). “In six short years the Connecticut Green Bank has put Connecticut on the map as a leader in the clean energy finance movement. They are an invaluable asset to our state, and it is great to see their hard work recognized at the national level.”

  • “It is no surprise to me that the Green Bank is among the few finalists being considered for the Innovations in American Government Awards,” said Representative Laura Hoydick (R-Stratford), Ranking Member of the Legislature’s Energy and Technology Committee. “The Connecticut Green Bank has been a leader in making businesses, cities, towns and homes more energy efficient, leading to lower overall energy costs for all.  They have a proactive model that promotes innovation, and other states would do well to look at their successes and emulate their work.”

  • “The Green Bank combines innovative thinking with prompt action to solve problems and produce real world results,” said State Representative Lonnie Reed (D-Branford), House Chair of the Energy and Technology Committee. “It demonstrates daily how government can and must play a vital role if we are to truly confront challenges and get things done. I feel incredibly proud that our first in the nation Green Bank continues to earn such national recognition and acclaim.”

 

About the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

The Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation fosters excellence in government around the world in order to generate and strengthen democracy.  Through its awards program, its research, publications, and curriculum support, and its global network, the Ash Center champions critical milestones in creative and effective governance and democratic practice.  By highlighting exemplary government programs, by generating and supporting research and curriculum materials, and by engaging a broad, global community in which knowledge is shared, the Center serves as a catalyst for successfully addressing many of the world’s most pressing concerns and, in turn, improving the lives of its citizens.

The Ash Center is housed at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

 

About the Innovations Program

The Innovations in American Government Program identifies and promotes creative problem solving in the public sector through a national awards program that confers broad public recognition and monetary grants on innovative government programs.  Since its inception in 1985, the Program has recognized over 500 innovative programs (from more than 27,000 nominations), which have received over $22 million in grants.  The Ford Foundation is the founding donor of the Innovations in America Government Program.

 

About the Connecticut Green Bank

The Connecticut Green Bank was established through bipartisan support of the Connecticut General Assembly on July 1, 2011 as a part of Public Act 11-80. As the nation’s first full-scale green bank, it is leading the clean energy finance movement by leveraging public and private funds to scale-up renewable energy deployment and energy efficiency projects across Connecticut. The Green Bank’s success in accelerating private investment in clean energy is helping Connecticut create jobs, increase economic prosperity, promote energy security and address climate change. For more information about the Connecticut Green Bank, please visit www.ctgreenbank.com.

 

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Connecticut Green Bank Strengthens Commitment to Low-Income Residents

A recent blog by experts at the Center for Market Innovation (Managing Director Yerina Mugica and Welch Environmental Innovation Fellow Sarah Dougherty), posted by the the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), featured the appointment of Betsy Crum to the Connecticut Green Bank Board of Directors and highlighted the importance the Green Bank places on maintaining and creating relationships in the affordable housing sector. At the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development, Ms. Crum, who is their Executive Director, focuses on developing housing for individuals coming out of homelessness and those earning up to 50 percent of area median income. 

To read the article and learn more about current Green Bank’s initiative for low-income residents, please click here.

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