Webinars will focus on battery storage for homeowners, policy and partnership between administrators, and technical assistance for affordable multifamily properties
Hartford, CT (March 8, 2022) – Clean Energy Group (CEG) and the Connecticut Green Bank are hosting a webinar series in March on Connecticut’s new Energy Storage Solutions Program, launched by Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) in January. The program is a nation-leading, nine-year effort to develop 580 MW of new distributed energy storage behind residential and commercial customer meters in Eversource and United Illuminating (UI) territories. Energy Storage Solutions combines equipment rebates with performance payments to support and encourage new behind-the-meter battery storage installations, with additional incentives for participants from historically underserved communities.
The first webinar in the series, titled “Connecticut’s New Energy Storage Solutions Program: How it Provides Benefits to Ratepayers, Participants and the Grid,” was held on March 1. The recording of that session can be found at https://www.cleanegroup.org/webinar/connecticuts-new-energy-storage-solutions-program/.
“Attendance at the first webinar was excellent, showing how much interest and excitement PURA’s new initiative has generated in Connecticut,” said Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank, and co-moderator of the webinar series. “We want to encourage everyone to learn about battery storage technology and the incentives available. This program can improve your family’s resilience during power outages and help your community become more secure in the face of climate change.”
“The Energy Storage Solutions program is designed to capture the benefits of battery storage for electric customers, lowering energy supply costs for all and providing direct benefits to participating customers,” said Josh Ryor, Director of Utility Programs and Initiatives at the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. “The webinars announced today will support customer adoption and help other states replicate Connecticut’s innovative program design. We look forward to working with the Green Bank and the electric utilities to deliver on the promise of this program in the years to come.”
Energy Storage Solutions for Homeowners, Tuesday, March 15 from 11 am – 12 pm ET
This session is for residential customers interested in learning more about Energy Storage Solutions. Whether you have an existing solar system, are thinking of adding one, or want to have standalone batteries, this session will provide information on the process.
Putting the Policy into Practice: How the Green Bank, Eversource and Avangrid will Partner on Connecticut’s Energy Storage Solutions Program, Tuesday, March 15, from 3 – 4 pm ET
Energy Storage Solutions features a Justice40 goal (40 percent of the new energy storage installations should be in low-income or underserved communities). This webinar will explain how the program incentives work, who can participate, and where to get information and assistance.
How CEG and CT Green Bank are Helping Connecticut Affordable Housing Facilities Install Resilient Solar+Storage, Tuesday, March 29, from 3 – 4 pm ET
In order to support resilient solar+storage installations in multifamily affordable housing facilities – among the most challenging sectors for clean energy development – the Green Bank has partnered with CEG to offer project-specific technical assistance grants for pre-development feasibility studies. This webinar will show examples of the kind of technical assistance developers and facility managers can qualify for, and explain the process to apply. This webinar will also include participation from an affordable housing developer, who will speak to their experience navigating the resilient power process.
More information about the incentive program can be found at www.energystoragect.com.
About Clean Energy Group
Clean Energy Group (CEG) is a leading national nonprofit advocacy organization focused on accelerating an equitable and inclusive transition to a resilient, sustainable, clean energy future. CEG works at the forefront of energy innovation to address the urgency of the climate crisis while strengthening historically marginalized communities through enabling greater access to and ownership of clean energy technologies. Founded in 1998, CEG has been a thought leader on effective climate and clean energy strategies for more than two decades, filling a critical resource gap by advancing disruptive energy initiatives and serving as a trusted source of technical expertise and independent analysis in support of communities, nonprofit advocates, and government leaders working on the frontlines of climate change. www.cleanegroup.org
About the Connecticut Green Bank
The Connecticut Green Bank was established by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2011 as the nation’s first green bank and has since supported the creation of more than 23,000 green energy jobs in the state, while reducing the energy cost burden on over 55,000 families, businesses, and nonprofits. The Green Bank’s vision is a planet protected by the love of humanity and its mission is to confront climate change and provide all of society a healthier, more prosperous future by increasing and accelerating the flow of private capital into markets that energize the green economy. This is accomplished by leveraging limited public resources to scale-up and mobilize private capital investment into Connecticut. In 2017, the Connecticut Green Bank received the Innovations in American Government Award from the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and innovation for their “Sparking the Green Bank Movement” entry. For more information about the Connecticut Green Bank, please visit www.ctgreenbank.com.
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