Welcome to The Clean Energy Finance Center

  • Financial Innovation

    Creating and applying innovation in the clean energy finance market.

    Financial Innovation
  • Economic Development

    Driving economic development and job creation through more robust clean energy finance markets.

    Economic Development
  • Public-Private Partnerships

    Fostering stakeholder collaboration and public-private integration of clean energy capital.

    Public-Private Partnerships
  • Research & Analysis

    Providing objective research and analysis on clean energy finance strategies, markets, and programs.

    Research & Analysis


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Energy Efficiency Financing

Several states have developed innovative financing programs for residential energy efficiency retrofits. These states include Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, Michigan, California, Oregon and others. Most of these states are actively seeking ways to access new private sector investment. One potential financing tool is on-bill repayment (OBR). OBR holds the potential for generating high loan volumes and driving down…
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Green Banks

A highly promising idea in clean energy finance is the concept of a “green bank” or “clean energy finance authority” that leverages limited public sector funds with private sector capital and provides a one-stop shop for clean energy financing. The CEFC played a key role in helping to create and build Connecticut’s green bank (Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority,…
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Loan Performance Data

The market for energy efficiency financing from private capital is still in its infancy. This slow progress is partly due to a shortage of data about 1) the actual performance of energy retrofits (vs. estimated energy savings) and 2) the performance of energy efficiency loans (in particular, default rates). The CEFC, in partnership with other organizations, is currently spearheading a…
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News and Information

An important component of the CEFC’s mission is to help stakeholders stay informed of developments in energy efficiency finance and solar finance.  There are few information sources that focus on financing of energy efficiency and small-scale solar energy.  To fill this information need in the marketplace, the CEFC publishes a free, biweekly electronic newsletter which focuses exclusively on energy efficiency…
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Solar Financing

The cost of solar installations has dropped dramatically over the last several years, making solar a much more attractive option for residential and commercial customers than it was before. However, in most of the United States, solar power is still significantly more expensive than fossil fuel-based electricity (considering the cost of each over a 15- to 20-year time frame). Solar…
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Welcome to The Clean Energy Finance Center

The Clean Energy Finance Center works with stakeholders to develop policies and programs that drive investment in energy efficiency and small-scale renewable energy.  We seek to transform markets by helping states and communities develop effective, sustainable financing approaches across all building sectors.

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Energy Efficiency Financing and Clean Water Funding Synergize

A precedent set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened up opportunities for states throughout the nation…
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Solar Panels Seen as Boost to Homes’ Resale Value

In California, at least, home buyers are willing to pay a premium for solar. A new study from Lawrence Berkeley…
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New York State Earns a ‘Deal of the Year’ Award for First-In-the-Nation Residential Energy-Efficiency Financing Approach

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. announced that the…
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