Solar Power to Provide Savings to East Windsor Housing Authority

The Housing Authority will save more than $130,000 in avoided energy costs over 20 years

Photos provided by Laura Scyocurka

East Windsor, CT (Oct. 12, 2021) – The Connecticut Green Bank announces the installation of a 39.6 kW solar photovoltaic system at Park Hill, a housing complex owned by the East Windsor Housing Authority. The low income, elderly and non-elderly property is comprised of 84 garden style apartments, three laundry rooms, and large community hall/office building. The Housing Authority has agreed to a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) in which they buy the electricity generated by the system at a fixed reduced cost. The PPA will save the Housing Authority approximately $130,000 on their electricity costs over the agreement term.

“It was a pleasure to work with the Green Bank on our solar project. The staff was very professional and efficient with the entire process including the coordination with the installation of the panels by Green Earth Roofing Solutions, who I would also recommend. The cost savings on our electric bill will certainly be beneficial to the Housing Authority and the residents we serve,” Linda Collins, Executive Director of the East Windsor Housing Authority.

“A power purchase agreement (PPA) works well for properties like a housing authority that cannot monetize the investment tax credits offered by the federal government,” said Mackey Dykes, Vice President of Financing Programs at the Green Bank. “The PPA model allows the housing authority to harness all the energy and cost savings benefits of solar energy.”

Inclusive Prosperity Capital (IPC), a non-profit, partners with Green Bank to own and maintain the system. IPC offers the PPA to multifamily, non-profit, and municipal customers outside Connecticut.

Connecticut Green Bank Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

Successfully proving the impact of the Green Bank model for a decade, recent scope expansion led by Governor Lamont approved through bipartisan legislative action 

Gov. Lamont signs the bill for Public Act 21-115: An Act Concerning Climate Change Adaptation at Jacob’s Beach in Guilford.

Hartford, CT (July 7, 2021) – The Connecticut Green Bank is marking ten years of its model successfully enabling progress towards its goal of confronting climate change by mobilizing private investment into the state’s green economy. The Green Bank’s model demonstrates how the smart investment of public funds can mobilize more private investment in the state’s economy. Over the last decade, the Green Bank and its partners have deployed nearly $2.3 billion in capital for clean energy projects across the state. Projects recorded through FY 2020 show that for every $1 of public funds committed by the Green Bank that nearly an additional $8 in private investment occurred in the economy. As a result, Green Bank supported projects have created thousands of jobs in our communities, reduced the energy burden on thousands of families and businesses, avoided millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions, and facilitated rapid growth in the deployment of clean energy.

Established on July 1, 2011, by Governor Dannel Malloy and the General Assembly, the Connecticut Green Bank was the first of its kind in the United States. While the landscape of the green economy has changed significantly, Connecticut continues to serve as the model for other green banks, as well as proposals on the national level.

After the signing, Bryan Garcia, Gov. Lamont, and Green Bank Chair Lonnie Reed paused to recognize the moment.

“As we mark our 10th anniversary, we are motivated by the leadership and commitment from Governor Lamont and the continued support of the Legislature, demonstrated by the recent expansion of our mission,” said Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “This is an endorsement of the green bank model, which has successfully invested public resources to mobilize multiples of private capital investment into our green economy over the last decade. Since a similar need exists regarding private investment into modernizing Connecticut’s environmental infrastructure, we look forward to taking on this new role.”

Some recent Connecticut Green Bank program highlights include:

  • More support for commercial businesses and nonprofits. Connecticut’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program surpassed $217 million in clean energy investment. This supported more than 345 closed projects and will provide an estimated lifetime energy cost savings of over $300 million.
  • Growing the green bond market for retail investors. In 2019, the Green Bank issued its first rated debt issuance and the first ever solar asset-backed security (ABS) transaction by a green bank. This $38.6 million issuance received two honors at Environmental Finance’s 2020 Bond Awards (winner for Innovation – Green Bond Structure, and winner Asset-Backed or Asset-Based Bond). In 2020, the first issuance of $17 million in Green Liberty Bonds, lower-dollar denomination climate-certified bonds available for retail and institutional buyers, sold out in two days. This issuance earned The Bond Buyer’s Deal of the Year award in the Innovative Financing category. In 2021, a second issuance of $25 million in Bonds also sold out, drawing more than four times as much demand as could be fulfilled from retail investors in Connecticut and across the U.S., as well as institutional investors interested in sustainability investments.
  • Reaching solar parity. In 2012, the Green Bank launched the Residential Solar Investment Program (RSIP) to make rooftop solar installations more affordable by providing Connecticut homeowners with rebates and performance-based incentives (PBI) designed to lower initial out-of-pocket costs, and easy access to affordable capital to finance such installations. In 2015, an observed income disparity in solar adoption was addressed through the creation of special incentives and financing for low- and moderate-income households, which accelerated solar adoption in these communities. Today, Connecticut is known as a “solar with justice” state as solar adoption is at parity for low- and moderate-income (LMI) residents versus non-LMI households and beyond parity for communities of color (i.e., Black and Hispanic families). Overall, RSIP has helped more than 45,700 households to date add solar as the achievement of the statutory target of 350 MW is approached.
  • Helping homeowners reduce energy costs. Through the Smart-E loan and our partnership with local lenders including credit unions and community banks, more than 5,400 households have been able to make energy saving upgrades to their homes, a total investment of nearly $100 million.
  • New office. In late spring 2021, the Green Bank relocated its headquarters from Rocky Hill into the Atlantic Screw Works building in Hartford. Built in 1903, the site is now home to the CT Nonprofit Center as well as the Capewell Lofts Apartments. This new space allows the Green Bank to operate in a building that represents the values of its mission while providing an opportunity to work with the City of Hartford.
  • Enhanced mission. In June 2021, with bipartisan support, Governor Lamont’s House Bill 6441, was passed and will extend the green bank model beyond clean energy to include environmental infrastructure. This increased scope will encompass structures, facilities, systems, services, and improvement projects related to water, waste and recycling, climate adaptation and resiliency, agriculture, land conservation, parks and recreation, and environmental markets such as carbon offsets and ecosystem services. A statutory requirement, the Green Bank will be developing a Comprehensive Plan over the next year to identify how its scope expansion can be supported through the issuance of bonds and accessing federal resources for environmental infrastructure. Watch the signing of this bill during a July 6, 2021, event at Jacob’s Beach in Guilford. 

For more information on Connecticut Green Bank’s programs visit website at www.ctgreenbank.com.

Statement on the Passage of House Bill 6441

As we approach our 10th anniversary on July 1, 2021, the Connecticut Green Bank is incredibly excited that Governor Lamont’s House Bill 6441, with bipartisan support, will advance the green bank model that we have pioneered to extend beyond clean energy to now include environmental infrastructure. This increased scope will encompass structures, facilities, systems, services, and improvement projects related to water, waste and recycling, climate adaptation and resiliency, agriculture, land conservation, parks and recreation, and environmental markets such as carbon offsets and ecosystem services.

We extend our gratitude to state policymakers for expanding the Green Bank’s mission to confront climate change beyond the clean energy sector. We want to thank many key parties for their leadership and support of this scope expansion:

  • The Governor’s Office and the Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3), for their extensive work and community building on this important topic.
  • The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, especially Commissioner Katie Dykes and Dr. Rebecca French, Director, Office of Climate Planning, who have been leading a stakeholder and public engagement process to support Connecticut’s efforts to confront climate change.
  • The Office of Policy and Management (OPM), specifically Secretary Melissa McCaw and Claire Coleman, Undersecretary for Legal Affairs, who brought the GC3 proposal into a Governor’s bill on climate change.
  • Senator Christine Cohen and Representative Joseph Gresko for their leadership on the Environment Committee.
  • Leaders of the Banking Committee, who championed a similar proposal in 2019, and the Energy and Technology Committee, who have been steadfast partners in their support for the Green Bank’s mission over the last decade.
  • Many mission-aligned groups in Connecticut, including the Audubon Connecticut, The Nature Conservancy, CT Land Conservation Council, Save the Sound, CT Forest and Park Association, CT Conservation Districts, CT Conference of Municipalities, and the CT Council of Small Towns, who were partners in advocating passage of this legislation.

In addition to the scope expansion, this passage creates an Environmental Infrastructure Fund within the Green Bank; increases bonding terms for clean energy and environmental infrastructure projects; and increases, from 80% to 100%, the amount of financing Green Bank and other non-equity financing sources can provide to projects.

Upon Governor Lamont’s final approval of this legislation, we look forward to building upon our last 10 years of success by implementing this policy and by meeting its promise in helping Connecticut mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Green Liberty Bonds $25 Million Second Issuance Sells Out

Connecticut Green Bank’s lower-dollar denomination bond received strong support from individual buyers in Connecticut and across the country as well as from institutional buyers

 

Hartford, CT (April 23, 2021) – In celebration of the 51st Earth Day, the Connecticut Green Bank issued its second Green Liberty Bonds to retail and institutional investors, and sold out of nearly $25 million in bonds over two days. This builds upon a successful, award-winning 2020 issuance which sold nearly $17 million of bonds last July. With nearly $100 million in orders, demand this year was again greater than the supply of bonds could satisfy, showing the high-level of interest in supporting investment to confront climate change in Connecticut.

Retail investors were given priority during a one-day retail order period on Wednesday, April 21. Total retail orders received during this order period surpassed $20 million. With first priority given to Connecticut citizen investors, their orders for nearly $12 million of bonds were filled before approximately $9 million from national orders.  Institutional orders topped $77 million.

“The demand for the Earth Day 2021 issuance of the Green Liberty Bonds was so strong, that we had nearly four times as much demand as we had available. We saw incredible demand from retail investors in Connecticut and across the country, and enthusiastic institutional investors seeking to invest in confronting climate change in Connecticut,” said Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Green Bank.

Individuals accounted for 57% of the retail orders with the balance from professionally managed retail accounts such as private wealth managers and bank trusts.

Institutional investors were able to place orders on April 22, and there was strong interest from a variety of traditional municipal investors and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investors attracted by the issuance’s strong climate bonds certification standards. The overall interest cost dropped to 2.42% from the 2.61% achieved for the inaugural bonds issued last July, notwithstanding a significant rise in longer term interest rates.

“In two years, the Green Bank has issued more than $80 million in verified climate bonds to support residential solar PV and energy efficiency in Connecticut. The overwhelming response by investors to our latest bond offering as well as the pricing achieved signifies broad acceptance of the Connecticut Green Bank as an issuer,” noted Bert Hunter, the Green Bank’s Chief Investment Officer.

The use of proceeds from this issuance supports incentives for nearly 7,000 households and 60 megawatts of residential solar photovoltaic systems, totaling nearly $220 million of investment in projects in 165 cities and towns across the state, which created over 2,100 jobs.

The Green Liberty Bonds were created in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – a type of green bond whose proceeds are used to invest in projects that confront climate change in Connecticut. Modelled after the Series-E War Bonds of the 1940s, the bonds must be able to be purchased by everyday citizens through lower-dollar denominations (no more than $1,000), enabling them to invest in green projects in their community and to save for the planet.

To offer the Green Liberty Bonds, the Green Bank worked with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc. as lead underwriter, Ramirez & Co., Inc. as co-underwriter, Shipman & Goodwin LLP as bond counsel, Lamont Financial Services Corporation as financial advisor, and Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. as trustee. The Green Liberty Bonds, state supported using a special capital reserve fund, received an A rating from Standard and Poor’s. They were labeled as “Certified Climate Bonds” by the Climate Bonds Initiative, and compliance of the bond’s issuance with the Climate Bonds Standards was verified by Kestrel Verifiers. Support from the staffs of the Office of the State Treasurer and of the Office of Policy and Management was also instrumental.

“The Green Liberty Bonds were a huge success with the investor community. Investors liked the credit and were also attracted by the opportunity to invest in Certified Climate Bonds,” said Eric McKean, Managing Director of Stifel.

Encouraged by these first two issuances, the Green Bank anticipates offering Green Liberty Bonds annually around Earth Day. To stay informed about future issuances, please sign up for notifications at www.greenlibertybonds.com.

 

 

Disclaimer

This press release does not constitute a recommendation or an offer or solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security or other financial instrument, including Green Liberty Bonds, or to adopt any investment strategy. Any offer or solicitation with respect to Green Liberty Bonds will be made solely by means of the Preliminary Official Statement and Official Statement, which will describe the actual terms and conditions of the Green Liberty Bonds. The information provided is subject in all respects to the information presented in the complete Preliminary Official Statement prepared in connection with Green Liberty Bonds. Any investment decisions regarding any of the Green Liberty Bonds should only be made after a careful review of the complete Preliminary Official Statement.

 

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Connecticut Green Bank Announces 2021 Green Liberty Bond Issuance to Support State’s Green Energy Economy

Building upon the success of the 2020 issuance, the Connecticut Green Bank’s lower-dollar denomination bond is designed to encourage individuals to invest to confront climate change; Webinar April 15

 

Hartford, CT (April 10, 2021) – The Connecticut Green Bank is proud to announce its 2021 Green Liberty Bond issuance, which is anticipated to be available to retail and institutional investors on or about April 21, 2021. Green Liberty Bonds are lower-dollar denomination bonds (offered in $1,000 increments), making it easier for individual investors to consider an investment. The bond proceeds will be independently certified as financing infrastructure projects with climate and environmental benefits that will help strengthen our state’s green energy economy and create much needed jobs.

This is the Green Bank’s second Green Liberty Bond release, and builds upon the success of the July 2020 issuance, which raised $16,795,000 from retail and institutional investors in Connecticut and across the country. Retail demand was so strong that the supply of bonds could not meet the interest of those seeking to invest.

“We were very pleased by the response to our 2020 issuance of Green Liberty Bonds. In the midst of a global pandemic with so much uncertainty, the support of this new sub-category of green bonds that helps confront climate change was overwhelming,” said Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “We hope even more retail investors in Connecticut and nationwide are able to invest in green infrastructure with us this year.”

Retail investors’ orders will be given first priority. Investors must have an account with one of the brokerage firms participating in the bond sale, or with another firm that can place an order through a brokerage firm participating in the bond sale. Interested retail investors who do not have a brokerage account should contact lead bond underwriter Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc. or co-underwriter Ramirez & Co., Inc. to begin the process of opening a new account. Visit https://www.ctgreenbank.com/how-to-buy-green-liberty-bonds for their contact information.

To help inform residents about the Green Bank’s mission and programs, including the 2021 Green Liberty Bond, the Green Bank will host a webinar on Thursday, April 15 from 7 – 8 pm. (register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5920454914183848720). The Preliminary Official Statement, notifications and bond information can be found at www.greenlibertybonds.com.

Modeled after the World War II Series-E bonds, which were purchased by more than 80 million Americans, Green Liberty Bonds are an opportunity for investors to take on the shared challenge of climate change and green infrastructure investment through the purchase of bonds. In November 2020, the Green Liberty Bond was honored by The Bond Buyer as the winner of Deal of the Year in the Innovative Financing category.

Like the previous issuance, these Green Liberty Bonds are expected to be labeled “Certified Climate Bonds” by the Climate Bonds Initiative, and compliance of the bond’s issuance with the Climate Bonds Standards will be verified by Kestrel Verifiers.

 

New Interactive Mapping Tool Shows Impact of Investment in Green Energy Economy Across Connecticut

Connecticut Green Bank’s MAYA tool provides municipal and regional details about the impact of Green Bank supported clean energy projects

Rocky Hill, CT (March 24, 2021) – The Connecticut Green Bank proudly announces the release of a new interactive digital tool that provides access to their database of green energy projects along with the impacts these investments are having across Connecticut. The Mapping Analysis of Your Area (MAYA) tool offers accessible impact data in categories that include: investment deployed; jobs created; tax revenue generated; public health benefits; energy outcomes; avoided emissions; greenhouse gas avoidance equivalencies.

“With nearly a decade of collected data available, the Green Bank wants to offer access to Connecticut residents, community groups, municipal leaders, legislators, and other stakeholders who can productively utilize this information. The MAYA tool allows everyone to see the measurable results of green energy investment in their communities and offers invaluable options to compare and contrast as they select policies and set goals,” said Green Bank Board of Directors Chairwoman Lonnie Reed.

The data presented in MAYA can be sorted across municipalities, counties, State Senate and State House Districts, U.S. Congressional Districts, and census tracts, including by area median income.

“It took some exploration to create an interface for the public, and we are pleased to introduce MAYA, a name we selected as an homage to Maya Angelou, famous American author, poet, and civil rights activist by whom our vision statement was inspired,” said Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Green Bank. “With so much data at our fingertips, it was important for us to share what has been accomplished through our network of partners, from lenders and contractors to the utilities, and the individual residents making green energy a part of their daily lives.”

Originated in 2011 as the nation’s first green bank, the Connecticut Green Bank has since supported the creation of more than 23,000 green energy jobs in the state, while reducing the energy cost burden on over 55,000 families, businesses, and nonprofits. This has been achieved by leveraging a public-private financing model that uses limited public dollars to attract multiples of private capital investments, mobilizing nearly $2 billion in total investment.

To access the MAYA tool, please visit www.ctgreenbank.com/maya

Solar MAP Guides Municipalities Through Solar Procurement Process for Public Buildings

Manchester, Mansfield, Portland, and Woodbridge are first to use Connecticut Green Bank Solar Marketplace Assistance Program

 

Rocky Hill, CT (March 9, 2021) – The Connecticut Green Bank is pleased to announce that Manchester, Mansfield, Portland, and Woodbridge are the first municipalities to take advantage of its Solar Marketplace Assistance Program, or Solar MAP. Solar MAP helps towns and cities navigate the process of going solar, more easily accessing renewable energy and achieving energy savings in their buildings. The process is allowing these towns to realize all the cost-saving benefits of going solar while receiving support in every step of the process, from identifying viable sites to soliciting installation services and arranging financing. In total, 14 solar system installations will be completed in these municipalities, accounting for 3.2 megawatts of energy generation, with $3.6 million in estimated total savings.

“We understand that the process of going solar can be challenging for municipal leaders and volunteers, so we designed Solar MAP to reduce obstacles for motivated towns and cities,” said Mackey Dykes, Vice President of Financing Programs. “We are excited to move forward with these municipalities, delivering cost savings when they need them most while also reducing their impact on the environment. We are eager to support more communities and are actively seeking participants for our next round of Solar MAP.”

To complete the installation of these solar systems, the Green Bank selected Greenskies Clean Energy, a national solar developer with headquarters in North Haven, as the winner of a competitive bid process. By aggregating multiple solar PV systems across participating municipalities in its solicitation for solar developers, the Green Bank was able to achieve competitive pricing through economies of scale, realizing even greater savings for the municipalities.

“Thanks to Solar MAP, we had the opportunity to bid on projects that may have never been developed otherwise. We are delighted to partner with the Green Bank and proud to work with these municipal leaders across the state to add more solar to the grid,” commented Stanley Chin, Greenskies president and CEO.

To support Solar MAP, the Green Bank partnered with CSW Energy, who was chosen through a competitive process, to provide technical support to evaluate buildings, such as town halls, emergency services buildings, and schools, for their solar potential. The Green Bank then provides financing for the solar systems through a power purchase agreement (PPA). Since 2014, the Green Bank Solar PPA has facilitated the installation of solar on municipal buildings with no upfront installation costs, no new debt to incur, and no operations and maintenance costs. Through the PPA, the municipality purchases the electricity generated by the solar array, and locks in low electricity cost so the cash flow is positive in year one.

Municipal leaders interested in learning about Solar MAP and participation in the next round of the program are encouraged to contact the Green Bank. In addition to working with trustworthy partners, Solar MAP ensures competitive pricing and support throughout the process.

If you want your town to participate in Solar MAP, ask your elected officials to contact the Green Bank. For more information, please visit https://www.ctgreenbank.com/solarmap-townsandcities/ or contact Emily Basham.

 Quotes from Participating Municipal Leaders

“Solar MAP was an easy and efficient way for the Town of Manchester to look at all of our sites and uncover energy savings. While we are very focused on our sustainability, it would have been much more difficult to identify and develop solar projects at nine town locations without the Solar MAP and our trusted partnership with Connecticut Green Bank,” said Manchester Mayor Jay Moran.

“Solar MAP simplified the process of going solar by connecting us with a trustworthy and knowledgeable partner in the Green Bank, who provided us the information we needed to confidently make decisions. The Green Bank identified solar opportunities at town sites, assisted us by connecting us with a qualified solar contractor and helped us access attractive financing,” said Portland First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield.

 

Connecticut Green Bank Announces 2021 Webinar Series

“Promoting the Renewable Energy of Community” webinar series will focus on clean energy policy, financial innovation, social justice and cleantech progress

CT Green Bank 2021 WEBINAR series

Rocky Hill, CT (Feb. 16, 2021) – The Connecticut Green Bank announces its 2021  “Promoting the Renewable Energy of Community” webinar series.  Over the next year, these webinars will feature Green Bank staff and special guests speaking on topics such as clean energy policy, financial innovation, social justice and cleantech advances. The webinar series involves Connecticut Innovations as a technology partner, and the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) as a regulatory partner exploring innovative regulatory structures to support the implementation of public policy.

The “Energy Trends and Transformations” webinar will start the series on Tuesday, March 2, from 12 to 1:30 pm. Katherine Hamilton, co-host of popular podcast The Energy Gang, will lead a conversation exploring the rapidly shifting U.S. policy and business landscape for clean energy, cleantech and climate. From the Biden Administration to Congress, attendees will learn what policy movements are underway, and what these changes mean for states and for clean energy project activity.

The first four webinars have been announced and registration is open now. Dates, times, and links are below, and more details about the currently scheduled and soon-to-be-announced webinars can be found at https://www.ctgreenbank.com/2021webinarseries/

Webinar Dates and Registration Links:

Energy Trends and Transformations, Tuesday, March 2, from 12 – 1:30 pm EST

Environmental Finance, Wednesday, March 10, 12 – 1 pm EST

Financial Innovation: Ways to Invest in the Green Economy, Wednesday, April 14, 12 – 1 pm EST

Earth Day Conversation, Thursday, April 22, 12 – 1 pm EST

 More webinars will be announced in the coming weeks.

Deadline Extended on Program Offering Free EV Charging Stations to Commercial Properties Using C-PACE Financing for Efficiency Projects

Charge Up CT Buildings campaign pairs growing EV demand with need for property efficiency

Rocky Hill, Conn. (December 16, 2020) – The Connecticut Green Bank announces a deadline extension on its Charge Up CT Buildings program, an initiative that offers free electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to commercial property owners who use Connecticut Green Bank C-PACE financing. The new deadline is April 30, 2021. Originally launched in January 2020, the initiative was put on hold in March due to COVID-19 restrictions and restarted in September.  With dozens of inquiries already submitted, the Green Bank anticipates many other property owners will express interest in the coming months.

C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) is an innovative financing tool that provides building owners with access to 100% financing for energy improvements, realize positive cash flow immediately, and create more comfortable, efficient buildings. C-PACE can also support building owners in reducing operating expenses and increasing cash flow, providing a vital lifeline to help businesses get through tough economic times. Plus, the Green Bank is currently offering flexible payment options for new borrowers that let them choose to defer or pay interest-only on initial payments, offering borrowers ways to improve their building and save energy while freeing up cash and receiving immediate financial relief.

The addition of free EV charging equipment means property owners leveraging C-PACE won’t just be using the clean energy financing mechanism as a tool to improve their financial position in the near term, but also to modernize their buildings and position them more competitively in the future. Whether building tenants are commercial or residential, as the EV market continues to grow, properties with charging stations can lead the way.

To qualify for a free EV charging station, energy saving projects must utilize at least $150,000 in Green Bank C-PACE financing with at least 20% of the total project costs going toward non-renewable measures. Larger projects may be eligible to receive up to three electric vehicle charging stations. Connecticut Green Bank’s C-PACE team will work with building owners to determine if their project is eligible for the C-PACE program and Charge Up CT Buildings incentive. 

For more information about the initiative, please visit https://chargeupctbuildings.com/  or call 866-324-0099.

Communications Tower in Bolton First Known in U.S. to Use C-PACE Financing to Install Solar Array

Environmentally-conscious tower owner Marcus Communications will benefit from significant energy savings

Rocky Hill, CT (Dec. 14, 2020) – The Connecticut Green Bank is pleased to announce the closing of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing for the installation of a ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system at a 450-foot telecommunications tower owned by Marcus Communications LLC. Located in Bolton, the tower and support equipment provide communication services, including emergency services, to a wide array of customers and clients. This is the first time that C-PACE has been used to finance a project at a communications tower in the United States, according to PACENation, a national nonprofit association that advocates for PACE financing

“As the first use of PACE on a communications tower, this innovative project is a model for how PACE can be used to increase the sustainability of our critical infrastructure. We applaud the work of the Green Bank in completing this project and look forward to seeing more deals like this one,” said Colin Bishopp, Executive Director of PACENation.

The tower was originally constructed in 1995 and extended in 2005, going from a 300-ft to 450-ft, to become the tallest tower in Eastern Connecticut. In recent years, leaders at Marcus Communications have begun an initiative at their office to minimize the company’s impact on the environment through improvements such as installing energy efficient lighting, solar panels, heating and cooling systems, and by providing free electric vehicle charging to employees, vendors and customers.

“We continue to be proactive in our efforts to be environmentally responsible and actively pursue solutions and enhancements that support that vision,” said Bruce Marcus, CTO, Marcus Communications LLC. “This solar project is a great example. We are proud of the work we are doing to move the world towards renewable energy.”

The 76 kW-AC solar PV system will be installed by Marcus Communications with guidance from Harness the Sun LLC of Lebanon. The project is estimated to save the company more than $740,000, over the 25-year effective useful life of the panels. The total project cost is approximately $250,000.

“It’s exciting to see new types of properties taking advantage of C-PACE financing to improve their energy efficiency or add renewables,” said Mackey Dykes, Vice President of Financing Programs at the Connecticut Green Bank. “We hope that other communications companies follow the example that the team at Marcus has set.”

To see a video of the installation, please visit https://youtu.be/AXQT–XNxec

About the Connecticut Green Bank

The Connecticut Green Bank was established by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2011 as the nation’s first green bank. The Green Bank’s mission is to confront climate change and provide all of society a healthier, more prosperous future by increasing and accelerating the flow of private capital into markets that energize the green economy. This is accomplished by leveraging limited public resources to scale-up and mobilize private capital investment into Connecticut. In 2017, the Connecticut Green Bank received the Innovations in American Government Award from the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and innovation for their “Sparking the Green Bank Movement” entry. For more information about the Connecticut Green Bank, please visit www.ctgreenbank.com

About Marcus Communications

Marcus Communications was founded in 1969 in Connecticut by owner, CTO, and LMR industry innovator Bruce Marcus. While the technology from 1969 to today has changed completely, our core mission remains the same. We manage your communications with an innovative array of technical solutions. Over the years, we’ve helped thousands of customers achieve better safety and efficiency by supercharging their communications. When you choose Marcus, you’re not choosing just any communications company. Your choosing the premiere leader in communications. Your choosing a company that hires veterans and gives back to the community, supporting events like the Hartford Marathon or the Special Olympics. You’re choosing the leaders who work tirelessly to research and develop cutting-edge solutions for its customers. To learn more, please visit https://www.marcuscommunications.com/.