• Clean Energy Financing News Roundup – 7/11/2016

    New Program Provides Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing for Home Improvements in Kansas City Area “Renovate America, the leading provider of residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing in the U.S., and the Missouri Clean Energy District (MCED) today announced a recruitment effort to register local contractors to offer new kinds of financing for Missouri […]

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  • Clean Energy Financing News Roundup – 7/5/2016

    NY Green Bank Announces Closing of $25 Million Loan to Accelerate Investment Residential Solar Installations Across the State “NY Green Bank today announced the closing of a $25 million loan for Sunrun Inc., which will accelerate construction of more than 5,000 solar projects at homes across New York State. This loan complements a separate $25 […]

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  • CGC Hosts Green Bank Academy

    The Green Bank Academy was a two-day event designed to help state energy and finance officials from around the country to learn about and discuss the establishment and coordination of state Green Banks. Leaders from over a dozen states at various stages of Green Bank development attended the Green Bank Academy. Speakers at the Green […]

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  • Zero Capital Gains

    Zero capital gains and zero income tax should apply not only to small businesses, but also to all clean energy generation and energy efficiency investments. Like green banks, this policy could help drive much-needed capital to areas such as energy innovation, green infrastructure, and energy efficiency that will create jobs, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, and help […]

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  • In Response to Lomborg’s op-ed “The Poor Need Cheap Fossil Fuels”

      In Bjorn Lomborg’s recent New York Times op-ed, “The Poor Need Cheap Fossil Fuels,” the author asks readers to simply “face it,” and accept that the only way to bring electricity and its associated economic growth to the developing world is by burning carbon and pollutant-emitting fossil fuels. This view represents a stale and […]

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  • Green Banks Will Help Solar Prices Continue to Drop

    According to a new report published by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, installed prices of commercial and residential solar PV systems fell by about 6-14% between 2011 and 2012. The report shows that this drop in price stems from the reduced cost of PV modules. The remainder of the cost, therefore, is […]

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  • Why and How: Green Banks

    Why Should Green Banks Loan Money? The bottom line is that green banks offer capital below market cost. As the cost of renewable energy technologies continues to fall, soft costs associated with clean energy deployment (access to startup capital) continue to impede growth in this sector. Here are some specific reasons why green banks should loan money: 1. […]

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  • CGC CEO Writes Letter Regarding XXXskins Resolution

    CGC CEO, Reed Hundt, wrote a letter, May 10th, to the DC City Council regarding proposed XXXskins Resolution A group of former FCC officials and distinguished practitioners before the FCC sent a letter offering support and advice to the District of Columbia City Council regarding its proposed XXXskins resolution.  Building on a letter written by […]

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  • Limits to Innovation

    Here at CGC we are all about innovation and ingenuity. However, it’s important to step back and recognize what limits there are to ingenuity. As James Boyce of Resources for the Future says, “There aren’t many substitutes for the relatively untouched expanse of Alaska’s North Slope if what matters to you is its very wilderness.” In the […]

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  • Distributed Solar – Part III

    To follow up on the April 8 blog post about distributed solar, we thought it would only be fair to share both sides of the distributed solar roll-out plan. Below is a table comparing reasons for accelerating the distributed solar push and reasons for letting it grow more languidly.   Accelerated Distributed Solar Roll-Out Slow […]

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