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November 25, 2014

CT wins two national green awards

HBJ File Photo Businesses can receive low-interest funding for solar arrays as part of the C-PACE program organized by CEFIA.

The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection and the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority each received national recognition from the Clean Energy States Alliance for their programming to proliferate cleaner energy throughout the Nutmeg state.

DEEP won for its microgrid program, where it has provided $23.1 million in funding for 11 projects to develop localized power systems that can remain functioning during a power outage. The projects are in Hartford, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Milford, Groton, Middletown, Storrs, Windham, and Woodbridge.

CEFIA won for its Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program. The agency, also known as the Connecticut Green Bank, provides financing for commercial property owners to make efficient and renewable upgrades to their facilities at no upfront costs with the monthly energy savings exceeding the monthly finance payments. CEFIA leverages public funding to get private capital for the projects and has awarded $50 million to 60 projects.

Connecticut was the only state to win two of the CESA awards. The others were in Massachusetts, New York, California, New Mexico, Oregon, and Alaska.

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