The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) announced the winners of its 2016 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards on June 15. This year the organization of public agencies awarded projects in six states: California, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon and Rhode Island, for innovative solar and clean energy programs.
Of the six awards, four of them were for solar programs. The California Energy Commission’s New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) has installed nearly 21,000 PV systems and paid $19.5 million to support 6.4 megawatts of solar on affordable housing projects. Connecticut Green Bank’s CT Solar Lease Commercial Program Solar Lease 2 has allowed 15 nonprofit projects to commercial property assessed clean energy (C-PACE) financing to fund projects with no money down, lowering end users’ utility payments. New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA's) NY-Sun has helped solar installations in New York jump by 62 percent in 2015 over 2014. The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources for the System Reliability Procurement Solar Distributed Energy Pilot Project is showing how distributed solar can provide value to the state’s electric grid it will provide 362 kilowatts of projected peak load reduction.
An independent panel of chose the winners. The awards were focussed on ideas that are helping to drive the adoption of clean energy. “They involve combining commercial property assessed clean energy (C-PACE) with power purchase agreements; combining water conservation with clean energy generation; implementing comprehensive programs to advance the solar industry in the East and the West; and tapping into the power of distributed generation and geo-targeting to ease grid constraints,” CESA said.
“These award winners illustrate the tremendous creativity and commitment being shown by state agencies across the country in implementing clean energy,” said CESA Executive Director Warren Leon. “These six programs are not only substantially increasing clean energy deployment and reducing carbon-based emissions, they are also creating jobs and benefiting the local economy. Moreover, they are doing so in smart, efficient, and effective ways. These innovative programs are providing models for the next generation of state clean energy initiatives in the United States.”
CESA published a report about the rewards: New Solutions for Market Transformation.Tweet