FuelCell Energy to Acquire 14.9 Megawatt Bridgeport Fuel Cell Park from Dominion Energy

  • Increases the Company’s generation portfolio to 26.1 megawatts
  • Fuel cell park is one of the largest producers of renewable energy credits in CT            

DANBURY, CT (Nov. 05, 2018) —  FuelCell Energy, Inc., a global leader in delivering clean, innovative and affordable fuel cell solutions for the supply, recovery and storage of energy, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the existing 14.9 megawatt fuel cell park in Bridgeport, CT from Dominion Energy. FuelCell Energy developed, constructed and commissioned the Bridgeport fuel cell park in December of 2013. FuelCell Energy has operated and maintained the plant under a service agreement with Dominion Energy since it was commissioned.

FuelCell Energy intends to own and operate the plant as part of its generation portfolio. The transaction is expected to:

  • Add annual revenue in excess of $15 million per year;
  • Deliver EBITDA margins in excess of 50%, and
  • Be accretive to FuelCell Energy’s earnings per share.

Under the terms of the agreement, FuelCell Energy will acquire 100% of the equity interest in Dominion Bridgeport Fuel Cell, LLC, the owner of the 14.9 MW project asset, whose parent is currently Dominion Energy. This agreement is the result of a competitive bid process undertaken by Dominion Energy.

“The purchase of the Bridgeport fuel cell park project from Dominion Energy is strategically important for FuelCell Energy,” said Chip Bottone, President and Chief Executive Officer, FuelCell Energy, Inc. “We undertook the construction of this project in 2012 with the support of Dominion Energy, leading to substantial benefits for numerous stakeholders.”

Mr. Bottone continued, “Having been the operator of the Bridgeport fuel cell park for the past five years, we are uniquely positioned to acquire and benefit from this established project. This important acquisition will materially accelerate our strategy to retain generation assets and to benefit from their financial profile of consistent revenues, operating profits and cash generation. Lastly, I would like to acknowledge the continued support of the Connecticut Green Bank who supported us five years ago in the construction of this project, and is playing a key role in financing this acquisition.”

Total cash consideration to be paid is $36.6 million. FuelCell Energy expects to fund the acquisition with a combination of third party financing and $15 million of restricted cash on hand that is tied to the project and would be released at closing. Financing for this acquisition is expected to include a term lender and the Connecticut Green Bank, who also participated in the initial financing of the construction of the project. The closing of this transaction is expected to happen on or before December 31, 2018, subject to customary closing conditions and contingencies including closing third party financing.

“We were excited to play an integral part in this project since its inception, development, and commissioning, and are equally thrilled to have the opportunity to help FuelCell Energy purchase the project,” said Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank.  “This project is important to the Connecticut Green Bank as it uses a technology manufactured in our state which creates jobs, is located on a remediated brownfield in an industrial zone, is helping our largest city with economic development through private investment in green energy, and is reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.  The fuel cell park is one of the largest in the world bringing reliable and resilient power to our electric grid.”

This acquisition will bring Fuel Cell Energy’s generation portfolio to 26.1 MW, which coupled with 83 MW of new project awards and backlog, provides a line of sight to achieving the company’s long-term generation portfolio milestone of 60 MW.

 

Cautionary Language  

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, statements with respect to the Company’s anticipated financial results and statements regarding the Company’s plans and expectations regarding the continuing development, commercialization and financing of its fuel cell technology and business plans. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Factors that could cause such a difference include, without limitation, changes to projected deliveries and order flow, changes to production rate and product costs, general risks associated with product development, manufacturing, changes in the regulatory environment, customer strategies, unanticipated manufacturing issues that impact power plant performance, changes in critical accounting policies, potential volatility of energy prices, rapid technological change, competition, and the Company’s ability to achieve its sales plans and cost reduction targets, as well as other risks set forth in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statement to reflect any change in the Company’s expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

 

 

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CSCU partners with GE and Connecticut Green Bank to Unveil Solar Energy Systems at Manchester CC

(October 18, 2018)  Today, CSCU unveiled the first two of their new solar energy systems during a ribbon – cutting event at Manchester Community College attended by Governor Malloy, representatives from GE, CT Green Bank and CSCU President Mark Ojakian. The solar energy initiative was funded entirely with private capital and will cover 8.5% of all CSCU annual electricity usage with an estimated $15M in savings. For context, 1 year of electricity for all participating CSCU campuses is the equivalent of powering 1,202 homes for the same amount of time.

Construction began last fall shortly after CSCU announced the public-private partnership. The solar energy systems at Manchester CC will provide 45% of the college’s total electricity use saving an estimated $220,000 per year. Manchester CC is the first and largest solar energy site in the CSCU system, others include Asnuntuck CC, Central CT State University, Housatonic CC, Middlesex CC, Quinebaug Valley CC, Southern CT State University, Tunxis CC, Western CT State University.

 “This is a great example of a successful public-private partnership that is not only cost effective but makes the CSCU system more sustainable for the future,” said CSCU President Mark Ojakian. The more we can collaborate towards a common goal the more we can focus on our core mission which is to educate Connecticut students.” 

“It was an honor to partner with CSCU and Manchester Community College to make this project a success,” said Erik Schiemann, CEO, GE Solar. “It’s a great example for how solar can provide savings for the State while supporting sustainability goals and helping stabilize the campus’ power supply. We are excited about the opportunity GE Solar has to help institutions like CSCU transition to locally sourced clean energy.”

“The Connecticut Green Bank is excited to join Manchester Community College, Connecticut State College and Universities, and our private capital partners to unveil this green energy system,” states Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank.  “This installation will reduce the burden of energy costs on our colleges and universities to ensure that our state’s limited resources are being put to better use educating the future leaders of Connecticut.”

Manchester Community College Student and Student Advisory Committee member, Mehwish Afridi added: “As a full-time student approaching my final semester, knowing that people are hard at work on innovative ways to contain the costs of higher education is important. Projects like this that help the campus reduce its operating budget help students like me to keep our eyes on our educational goals without as much worry about finances.”

 

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Jobs & Solar Savings Coming to Greater Hartford as Solar Company Opens Second Office

City and State Officials and local nonprofits welcomed PosiGen and the nationally-recognized Solar for All initiative to the Capitol Region

Cutting the ribbon are Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and PosiGen CEO Tom Neyhart. Also pictured, from left to right, are Matt Macunas of the Connecticut Green Bank, DEEP Commissioner and Green Bank Board Member Rob Klee, Kerry O’Neill of Inclusive Prosperity Capital, Karraine Moody of Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity, and Susan Young of PosiGen.

Hartford, CT  –  On Friday, October 5, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee welcomed PosiGen to Hartford at a ribbon cutting for their new office. In addition to new, well-paying jobs for the Capitol Region, PosiGen brings the Solar for All initiative, a nationally recognized program, financed through a public-private partnership between PosiGen and the Connecticut Green Bank, to area homeowners. The program offers a no money down, no credit requirement solar lease with energy efficiency upgrades to lower the energy burden on participating households.

“We are excited about the partnership between the City of Hartford, the Green Bank, and PosiGen,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “We’ve made sustainability and climate stewardship a priority and this Solar for All initiative allows our community to do the right thing for our environment, while also doing the right thing for family finances.”

With 1,700 residential solar and energy efficiency projects installed in three short years, PosiGen’s mission-oriented operation has an opportunity to grow through a second Connecticut office. The program’s success combines an affordable solar program, energy efficiency services, and a community partnership program to better reach those who need it most; 60% of customers are low and moderate-income homeowners, proving solar is not just for the rich.

“PosiGen’s success is a testament that it is possible to do it all: deploy clean energy options that help reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, package that with energy efficiency services that improve our housing stock, and ensure these resources are accessible to all Connecticut residents, while creating jobs and shrinking the energy-affordability gap,” said Commissioner Klee.

“Once one of our homeowners signed up and curiosity spread throughout the neighborhood, everyone wanted to know how the program could help lower their utility bills,” explained Karraine Moody, Executive Director for Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity and community partner of the program. Solar for All relies on a community outreach model to reach underserved communities. PosiGen has developed a Community Partnership program to reward non-profits for spreading the word about solar. With 19 Habitat homeowners going solar so far, the partnership has been one of the most successful.       

Appropriately housed in the Hartford American Jobs Center, the location of PosiGen’s second office is an indicator of what this company will bring to the region. Since opening their first Connecticut office in Bridgeport in 2015, they have hired over 50 employees with an additional 50 staff employed through PosiGen’s subcontractors.

“PosiGen has long hired within the communities we serve. We’re excited to make Hartford our second home, creating jobs and helping homeowners cut their energy costs,” said Tom Neyhart, President of PosiGen.

PosiGen and their energy efficiency partner, CMC Energy Services, are both hiring. Information can be found at: www.posigen.com/careers.html and www.cmcenergy.com/careers  

 

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Coalition Announces New Funding Source for Electric Vehicle Charging From Carbon Credit Markets

New Methodology Will Increase Infrastructure Revenues and Encourage Further Investment to Address a Key Barrier to EV Adoption — Lack of Charging Stations

Portland, OR (Sept. 18, 2018) — A coalition of electric vehicle (EV) stakeholders has developed an innovative pathway to use the carbon credit markets to improve EV charging infrastructure revenues and thus help support continued EV sales growth.

The new method, pioneered by the Electric Vehicle Charging Carbon Coalition (EVCCC), provides a blueprint to certify the reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that result when EVs are powered by electric vehicle charging stations compared with conventional vehicles and fossil fuels. These reductions translate into carbon credits that can be sold to help improve current EV infrastructure revenues and make future investments more attractive.

The EVCCC founding members include the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA), Connecticut Green Bank, Electrify America, EVgo, Exelon, and Siemens. Leading the project is the Climate Neutral Business Network (CNBN) which developed the methodology with the EVCCC and the voluntary carbon market’s leading third-party certifier, the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) program, managed by Verra.

EV charging stations represent the “fueling stations of the 21st century” as EVs grow in popularity and more EV models with longer ranges are introduced in the coming years. Not only is more widely available infrastructure needed to power these EVs outside of the home – where the majority of charging is typically done overnight — but faster charging technology reduces the time drivers wait for their vehicles to charge.

The EVCCC was formed to open up access to the carbon credit markets for EV charging systems – specifically to strengthen the business case fundamentals and thus accelerate deployment potential. In the early stages of market development for any new infrastructure investment, securing new sources of capital helps accelerate critical mass and scale. New sources of capital are vital contributors to the success of U.S. clean tech innovation, but as experts at MIT have pointed out, compared to IT software and medical sectors, “clean tech clearly does not fit the risk, return or time profiles of traditional venture capital investors… As a result, the sector requires a more diverse set of actors and innovation models…or, in other words, more ‘patient capital’.”  EV charging systems’ access to carbon credit markets represents an innovative, new source of such “patient capital.”

Sue Hall, founder and CEO of CNBN, explains “one of the original motivations for this project was to compensate for the higher costs of deploying and operating EV charging infrastructure. The new carbon credit revenues — which are expected to yield an estimated 5 percent to 10 percent return on capital — make these deployments more financially sustainable.”

Here’s how it will work: 1) EV charging systems will charge electric cars, reducing CO2; 2) the eligible EV charging operator receives certified carbon credits based on this action; 3) those credits can then be sold to a voluntary credit purchaser such as a company, government, or other entity that is looking to go carbon neutral (e.g., cities, university campuses, utilities, and individuals), which in turn creates new capital to help companies fund more EV infrastructure. 

The carbon credits available through this new voluntary capital market can only be issued once independently certified by Verra’s VCS Program, including assessments by its qualified third-party validation and verification body.  This provides the credible assurance needed for buyers to have credit purchase confidence.

“Verra’s approval of this VCS carbon offset methodology provides another arrow in the quiver to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and confront climate change,” states Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “By valuing emission reductions we can increase private investment in EV infrastructure, which in turn will help increase consumer demand for EVs. By seeing more EV infrastructure, consumers will understand that EVs come with easy access to cheaper and cleaner fuel.”  

In Connecticut, the Green Bank is evaluating a plan to create a revenue stream for owners of EV infrastructure; owners should register their equipment now. 

The newly developed Methodology for Electric Vehicle Charging Systems represents the culmination of nearly two years of collaboration that began with a carbon business case and concept paper.  In a detailed report, the methodology provides the instructions and formulas for EV infrastructure operators and investors to develop precise project design descriptions. Projects whose descriptions are in accordance with VCS methodology requirements can become eligible to generate carbon credits after they are validated and verified. 

Specifically, the methodology details how measurement of electricity (in kilowatt hours) dispensed at EV chargers corresponds to a net reduction of carbon emissions compared to equivalent fossil fueled vehicles in the light, medium and heavy-duty sectors, while it also adjusts for the carbon content of localized electricity as well as project emissions consumed by the EV charging equipment to provide charging services.

The resulting carbon credits create a new choice for a growing market of buyers seeking to offset their GHG emissions via transportation-focused investments and complements existing carbon offset sources like sustainable forestry management or methane gas reduction from landfills.

“Cities everywhere desperately need more EV fast charging. There’s not enough to make a road-trip across this country or any country easy. This investment grows the options for everyday EV drivers, making electric charging simple and more efficient for everyone. Any business needing a new carbon offset should jump on board. This will be a game-changer for carbon markets, and a crowd-pleaser for EV drivers everywhere” said Jessie Denver, Energy Program Manager with the City and County of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment, a member of CNCA.

Wayne Killen, Director for Charging Infrastructure Planning and Business Development at Electrify America, agrees: “There is an acute lack of charging infrastructure, especially more costly DC fast charging, in convenient public locations.  More comprehensive and faster EV charging infrastructure have both been identified as key reasons drivers avoid EVs, according to several surveys, including Strategic Vision’s New Vehicle Experience Survey. “

“EVgo has already built out the nation’s largest public fast charging network in the U.S., with more than 1,000 DC fast chargers across the country,” said Jonathan Levy, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at EVgo.  “We recognize the need to expand and accelerate the growth of public charging infrastructure to enable the deployment of electric vehicles, which is why EVgo supports innovative approaches like this that reduce the costs of building more DC fast charging infrastructure.” 

Suzanna Mora, Director of Utility Initiatives at Exelon, adds “as the nation’s largest utility company, we know that our customers want clean energy and new tools to help them reduce their carbon emissions.  This new initiative will support our efforts to invest in EV charging infrastructure and make it easier and faster for our customers to adopt cleaner transportation options.”

Carbon credits from this new source will be available for sale in 2019 when the first inventories from Exelon, Electrify America and EVgo are offered.  More importantly, this new investment alternative should help accelerate the adoption of private, shared, ride hail and fleet owned EVs, because their corresponding GHG reductions from higher sales volumes can be supported by more robust and financially viable charging infrastructure.

For further information or media inquiries, please contact: Sue Hall, President CNBN. Fact sheet available at http://climateneutral.com/index.php/evccc/

 

 

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Granite Property Holdings Goes Solar with C-PACE

The 26.5-kW system will save tenant businesses more than $230,000

 

Rocky Hill, CT (July 11, 2018) – The Connecticut Green Bank is pleased to announce that Granite Property Holdings, LLC, has installed a 26.5-kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system on their roof at 55 Middletown Ave., North Haven, using Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing. The system will help lower the energy burden on the tenant businesses, with projected energy savings over the life of the system expected to surpass $230,000.

The primary tenant is Granite Communications, a communications firm founded in 1996 to implement business and VoIP telephone systems, hosted or cloud based voice platforms and call management solutions, to improve customer service, enhance productivity and lower costs.

The 81 panels were installed by Harvest Power Solar, headquartered in Bay Shore, NY, and the property owners worked with Lori Scala, a solar consultant, to qualify and select the contractor.

“When Scott Ward and I bought the building in 2011, we felt that the flat roof and lack of any nearby trees made going solar a natural fit. However, we soon learned that the process and procedure was daunting with specific requirements from the town building department, the utility and various state departments,” said Gregg Haughton, partner in Granite Property Holdings and CEO of Granite Communications. “Lori Scala and Harvest Power helped us navigate the process to get C-PACE financing from Connecticut Green Bank, and qualify the Zero Emissions Energy Credits that make the project viable. They also satisfied the town building department’s requirements as well as worked with the utility to make sure the system meets electrical codes.”

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

 

 

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C-PACE New Construction Pilot Program Launched

New program makes long-term and affordable financing available for higher performance new and redeveloped buildings

 

Rocky Hill, CT (June 15, 2018) – The Connecticut Green Bank is proud to announce a pilot program that will make Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing available for new construction in Connecticut. The C-PACE New Construction Pilot will provide property developers and owners with long-term, affordable and non-recourse financing to help them design and construct buildings that achieve a higher level of energy performance and reduced operating costs.

C-PACE New Construction can fill gaps in the capital stack needed for a new construction project, lower the overall cost of financing, or both. New commercial and industrial buildings designed and built to exceed what is required by Connecticut building and energy codes will be eligible to receive C-PACE financing for a portion of their overall eligible construction cost. C-PACE New Construction can be applied for a wide range of property types, including major redevelopment of existing and historic sites.

“Connecticut’s C-PACE program has already been very successful, providing more than 200 projects with $114 million in financing,” said David Gabrielson, Executive Director of PACENation, an industry group promoting Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, “This New Construction Pilot expands C-PACE into an untapped market in the state by offering innovative financing to developers who can more affordably build to higher energy standards.”

When applying for C-PACE financing in the C-PACE New Construction Pilot, applicants will use whole building energy modeling to demonstrate that their project’s energy performance will exceed a code-compliant baseline. An eligible finance amount will be determined based on the performance beyond the baseline up to a maximum 20 percent of the total eligible construction cost.

“C-PACE for new construction opens many new opportunities in Connecticut,” said Mackey Dykes, Vice President of Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional Programs at the Green Bank. “By expanding the reach of C-PACE beyond building retrofits, C-PACE New Construction provides another financing option for developers. Other lenders view C-PACE more like equity than debt, which can help developers with overall project financing.  New buildings in Connecticut will serve our residents for 50 years or more, and we want to help get them right from the start.”

Financing through the C-PACE New Construction Pilot will be able to include costs directly related to the building’s design and construction, for example:

  • Engineering and design expenses;
  • Energy modeling expenses;
  • Building core and shell;
  • Energy consuming equipment and energy saving measures (HVAC, lighting, elevators, controls, windows, green or cool roofs, meters, etc.); and
  • Clean energy generation.

Applicants seeking funding through the C-PACE New Construction Pilot should discuss and review their projects with the Green Bank before submitting a financing application. This engagement ahead of application submission will help ensure that projects meet the requirements of the C-PACE New Construction Pilot.

Connecticut Green Bank will be hosting a launch event for the C-PACE New Construction Pilot on Wednesday, June 20 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM at the Energize CT Center, 122 Universal Drive N, North Haven, CT. For more information and to register to attend the event, please visit ctgreenbank.com/event/c-pace-new-construction-launch-event/

Learn more about the Pilot at http://www.cpace.com/newconstruction.

 

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Malibu Fitness Installs Solar System with C-PACE Financing

Farmington fitness center anticipates energy savings of over $800,000

Rocky Hill, CT (June 7, 2018) – The Connecticut Green Bank announces that Powerhouse Partners, LLC, has closed on Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing for the installation of a 131 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system at their business, Malibu Fitness, located at 15 Executive Drive in Farmington. The system will help lower the energy burden on the business, with projected energy savings over the life of the system expected to surpass $800,000.

Malibu Fitness was built in 2006 as a California style fitness center in a 27,000 square foot facility. Owners Paul Carson and Jack Banks have also been the owners of the hugely popular Powerhouse Gym of Berlin, CT, which began in 1981. Both Jack and Paul have designed Malibu Fitness with an open, airy space, superior air-flow, and individual group training rooms for yoga, spinning and Pilates as well as one on one boxing training. They pride themselves on their overall strict standards of cleanliness and attention to air filtration maintenance. Member satisfaction is personally attended to by a dedicated staff.

“At Malibu Fitness, we care about our members’ physical and mental health. That means a clean, comfortable facility and high-quality fitness equipment as well as HVAC equipment, and that requires a lot of electricity,” said Jack Banks. “With solar panels, we can generate clean energy, which helps the environment. It’s another commitment to the health of our community, and it lowers our costs too.”

64 Solar of Scarsdale, NY, installed the system, which is expected to produce 157,432 kWh in its first year.

“Between lighting, equipment, and other electronic needs, fitness centers like Malibu Fitness can face a sizeable energy burden,” said Mackey Dykes, Vice President Commercial and Industrial Programs. “Finding a way to reduce these costs can unlock cash flows, and help them focus on their core business. With C-PACE financing, Malibu Fitness will realize immediate savings and make a positive impact on the environment.”

For more information on Malibu Fitness, please visit www.malibufitness.us. For more information on Connecticut Green Bank or C-PACE financing, please visit cpace.com.

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Cross Island Provisions Closes on C-PACE Financing for Solar PV

Savings from the solar system are projected to surpass $560,000 over 20 years

Rocky Hill, CT (May 22, 2018) – The Connecticut Green Bank announces that Cross Island Provisions Inc., located at 49 Plains Road in Essex, has closed on Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing for the installation of an 80.6 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system on their building. The system will help lower the energy burden on the business, with projected savings over the life of the system expected to surpass $560,000.

The 5,800-sq. ft. facility is used for commercial operations related to the distribution of Boar’s Head delicatessen meats, cheeses and condiments by a group of inter-related companies owned and operated by the Piagentini family.

“Our family business always strives to be the most environmentally friendly company in distribution. With the addition of solar panels to our warehouse we feel we are even closer to reaching this goal,” said Michael Piagentini, owner of Cross Island Provisions. “There are so many positives to this green project, both environmentally and financially. We are excited to share our solar success with other distributors in our industry.”

SolarUS, headquartered in Branford, installed the system, which is projected to reduce CO2e emissions by 61 tons and produce 91,130 kWh of electricity in year one. Commercial Solar Systems of Hamden is the contract holder.

“C-PACE financing is great for businesses like Cross Island Provisions,” said Mackey Dykes, Vice President of Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional Programs at the Green Bank. “This solar project will reduce their carbon footprint and their energy costs. We hope other distributors will follow their example.”

For more information on C-PACE, please visit cpace.com. For more information on Solar US, please visit solarusmfg.com.

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Connecticut Green Bank Receives 2018 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award for Connecticut “Solar for All” Program

Partnership with PosiGen increased solar penetration by 188% in low-income communities

Rocky Hill, CT (May 16, 2018) — The Connecticut Green Bank was honored as a recipient of a 2018 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award for its Connecticut “Solar for All” program, a partnership with PosiGen Solar and Energy Efficiency. This was one of only six programs nationwide to win a 2018 “SLICE” Award for its outstanding accomplishments. The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a nonprofit coalition of public agencies working together to advance clean energy, established these biennial awards to highlight model programs and projects that have accelerated the adoption of clean energy technologies and strengthened clean energy markets. The recipients of the awards were chosen by an independent panel of five distinguished judges, each with years of experience in clean energy.

The Connecticut “Solar for All” partnership is a ground-breaking public-private effort between the Green Bank and PosiGen. With Green Bank support, PosiGen offers a low-to-moderate income (LMI) targeted solar lease paired with energy efficiency measures for homeowners, regardless of income or traditional measures of creditworthiness. Since the partnership launched, solar penetration in Connecticut’s low-income communities has increased 188% and over 800 low-income verified households have signed up to go solar with PosiGen.

“Connecticut has the highest energy costs in the country, which places an undue energy burden on families, especially our most vulnerable citizens,” said Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “In 2014, the Green Bank recognized that low to moderate income households were being left behind and were not benefiting from the growing green energy economy. Our ‘Solar for All’ partnership with PosiGen was created to address this issue, and the results speak for themselves. We are proud to be honored by CESA and proud to bring our vision for inclusive prosperity to all Connecticut residents.”

“Our partnership with the Green Bank has enabled us to dramatically lower energy costs and deliver positive financial impact to lower income families in Connecticut,” said Thomas Neyhart, CEO of PosiGen. “Our unique pairing of solar with energy efficiency further improves the health, safety, and comfort of our families, as well as the durability and value of their homes. We are truly honored to work with such an exceptional team at the Green Bank and look forward to continued success in our campaign to deliver Solar for All.”

CESA member organizations from across the U.S. submitted nominations for the 2018 SLICE Awards. Entries were judged based on public benefits and results, cost effectiveness, leadership and innovation, and replicability.

The five judges who reviewed all the nominated programs were: Elizabeth Doris (National Renewable Energy Laboratory); Sara Fisher-Goad (former Executive Director of the Alaska Energy Authority); John Geesman (former Commissioner at the California Energy Commission); Rebecca O’Neil (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory); and Devrashree Saha (Council of State Governments).

According to the judges, “The public-private partnership structure has allowed the CT Green Bank to use limited public dollars to attract sevenfold private investment, maximizing the program’s impact.”

CESA is publishing a case study on the Solar For All program in June. It will be posted on CESA’s website.

Additionally, CESA will host an upcoming webinar presentation on Thursday, August 2 at 1 pm EDT with guest speakers Kerry O’Neill, Vice President of Residential Programs at the Green Bank, and Beth Galante, Vice President of Business Development & Government Relations at PosiGen. For more information on this free webinar and to register, click here.

For more information, please visit posigen.com.

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Connecticut Green Bank to Participate in Solar Energy Innovation Network Project

The Green Bank is partnering with the Clean Energy States Alliance on a multi-state initiative to identify locations for distributed energy resources that provide benefits to the grid.

 

Rocky Hill, Connecticut (May 1, 2018) – The Connecticut Green Bank is participating in a multistate initiative that was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to participate in a collaborative research effort to explore new ways solar energy can improve the affordability, reliability, and resiliency of the nation’s electric grid.

The multistate initiative is being led by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a national nonprofit coalition of public agencies and organizations working together to advance clean energy. The Green Bank will work with CESA and five other state partners to identify locations for distributed energy resources (DER) that provide benefits to the grid. The Green Bank’s work will focus on strategies for achieving customer adoption of DERs in high-value locations and measuring the impact these resources have on the electric distribution system.

The other agencies CESA is partnering with on this initiative are:

  • Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia
  • New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission – Sustainable Energy Division
  • Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
  • Washington Department of Commerce – State Energy Office
  • Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation

The multistate initiative is one of just nine teams selected to join the program, which is known as the Solar Energy Innovation Network.

“We selected teams that are experimenting with promising ideas to use solar power to improve the future of grid security and reliability in their communities,” said Kristen Ardani, who leads the Innovation Network at NREL.

The Green Bank will receive financial, analytical, and facilitation support as it works to anticipate and address new challenges and opportunities stemming from solar energy and other distributed energy technologies. The solutions developed and demonstrated by this multistate initiative will serve as a blueprint for other communities facing similar challenges and opportunities.

Distributed solar and other distributed energy resources are playing an increasingly important role in electricity systems across the United States. “When distributed energy is deployed optimally, it can offer benefits to the customer, to the grid, and to the other ratepayers,” says CESA Executive Director Warren Leon. “Well-sited DER can provide resiliency benefits, reduce grid congestion, and help defer or avoid distribution system upgrade costs.”

“Determining how we can extract the most value from distributed energy resources is critical to the sustained orderly development of the local clean energy industry,” says Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “This project will help Connecticut and our partners identify areas where DERs can play a role in grid modernization and develop deployment strategies with utilities to capture these additional benefits.”

NREL is operating the Solar Energy Innovation Network with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. NREL pursues fundamental research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to transform the way we use energy.

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