Innovative Finance Program Design for Clean Energy

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The Environment Finance Center assists communities and organizations in developing clean energy programs through research and evaluation of program options, business planning, project kick-off, and project assessment.


Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

In coordination with the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA), the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) and Clean Energy Solutions, Inc. (CESI) worked together to help define SEEA’s overall role in the energy efficiency financing space and recommend how best to leverage the approximately $700,000 remaining in the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program (BBNP).  Several alternatives were evaluated to find the best fit with SEEA’s overall mission and program goals and identify the most appropriate financing mechanisms for SEEA that will expand the use of financing for energy efficiency retrofits in the southeast market. To learn more, read The Opportunity for Energy Financing Programs in the Southeast White Paper.

The EFC at UNC partnered with SEEA to launch the Southeast Energy Efficiency Finance Network to deliver education, best practices, and support for energy efficiency financing in the Southeast. The purpose of this new network is to engage a multitude of energy efficiency participants in the Southeast, offering them robust educational opportunities, case studies, best practices, and the support needed to build a profitable region-wide base of energy efficiency financing programs. To learn more, read the press release announcing the creation of the Network.


NC GreenPower

Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, NC GreenPower is a nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of the environment in North Carolina through a statewide program that connects consumers with green energy and carbon offset providers. NC GreenPower is a well-recognized green power provider throughout the state of North Carolina.  With 48 utility partnerships that enable individuals to easily make contributions to green power and carbon offsets directly through their utility bill, the organization gives customers an easy way to make an environmental investment. The EFC at UNC worked with NC Greenpower to evaluate their business model and potential alternatives for new business lines, and offered recommendations to NC GreenPower to ensure long-term financial sustainability.