Welcome to The Clean Energy Finance Center
Creating and applying innovation in the clean energy finance market.
Driving economic development and job creation through more robust clean energy finance markets.
Fostering stakeholder collaboration and public-private integration of clean energy capital.
Research & Analysis
Providing objective research and analysis on clean energy finance strategies, markets, and programs.
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…