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State Clean Energy Funds

A Driving Force in Renewables Deployment for Over a Decade

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Solarize Mass program encourages small-scale solar energy through a group-purchasing system. Photo courtesy of Dana Drugmand.

By Dana Drugmand

Long before the current emphasis on sub-national leadership in advancing clean energy, some states had created funds dedicated to supporting […]

New Hampshire Small Business Energy Audit Fund Grants

By Green Energy Times Staff

The New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) has announced creation of the Small Business Energy Audit Fund. Most agricultural producers and small businesses in New Hampshire will be eligible for a 75% reduction in the cost of energy audits.

A participant will get a comprehensive energy […]

Utility Programs Can Help Low-Income Customers

Utility programs can help low-income customers keep the lights on, but some do better than others

By Ariel Drehobl

The following is an excerpt from an ACEEE blog post, which can be found at http://bit.ly/utilities-helping:

As households ramp up air conditioners to stay cool this summer, many will find themselves with higher energy bills. […]

Tell National Grid: No Rate Hikes for Dirty Energy Investments in NY

People and Planet over Profits – Public Hearings Start this Week

National Grid wants to raise electricity and gas rates in upstate New York, starting next year. If the request is granted, the average residential customer’s bill would go up by $17.63. (Customers who receive electricity service only from National Grid would see […]

Vermont Leads Nation in Solar Jobs Per Capita, Again

A new report by The Solar Foundation cites Vermont as a national leader in the solar industry, ranking third for the number of solar jobs per capita. Between 2015 to 2016, solar jobs in Vermont grew by 29 percent, with an additional 400 solar jobs created in the state last year.

“Each solar job means […]

Our Prosperity Depends on Protecting the Planet

Interview with Geoffrey Heal Union of Concerned Scientists (USC) www.ucsusa.org.

Geofrey Heal. Photo: © European Union

Geoffrey Heal is a UCS board member, a professor at Columbia business school, and a leading expert on economics in the environment. He chaired a national Academy of Sciences committee on ecosystem services and is a coordinating […]

Total Corporate Funding in Solar Sector Rises to $3.2 Billion in Q1 2017, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Debt and VC funding up, Increased M&A activity

AUSTIN, Texas – April 10, 2017 – Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in the first quarter of 2017.

Solar Corporate Funding Q1 2016 – […]

Funding Available for Biomass Feasibility Studies! Deadline 3/29

Is your town, school, or business considering this type of switch? Now is the perfect time to audit your facility to see what type of biomass system can work and at what cost. This is a valuable service made possible through a US Forest Service grant at little to no-cost to your organization or […]

Going Solar – Do Your Due Diligence

Part Two of Three – Net Metering Value

A graph of predicted value using different assumptions of solar panel degradation (either none or 0.7% per year) and electric rate inflation (either 3.5% or 2.5% per year). Each case starts with production of 6,000 kWh in year 1 at a value of 15 cents/kWh. Over […]

USDA Rural Development Grant Applications: Applications Due Soon

Apply for Rural Energy for America Funding by Mar. 31 Businesses interested in increasing their bottom line through investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements can apply to USDA Rural Development for grant or guaranteed loan funding through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) this spring. The REAP provides grants to businesses that […]