Meet the team
Solarize Connecticut was made possible by a strategic partnership between the Connecticut Green Bank, the John Merck Fund, Putnam Foundation, and SmartPower. These three powerhouse organizations share a common goal of spreading the adoption of clean energy across the nation. With a combination of finance, policy and marketing expertise, this trio has both the capacity and drive to make solar simple, affordable and fun for Connecticut residents.
About the The Connecticut Green Bank
The Connecticut Green Bank (formerly the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority is the nation’s first full-scale Green Bank. The Connecticut Green Bank leverages public and private funds to drive investment and scale up clean energy deployment across the state. We offer incentives and innovative low-cost financing to encourage homeowners, companies, municipalities, and other institutions to support renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The Connecticut Green Bank has met its residential solar deployment goal of 30 MW eight years early and under budget. Governor Malloy has announced a new policy that will expand the Residential Solar Investment Program target to no less than 300 MW by 2022.
About The John Merck Fund
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, The John Merck Fund was established in 1970 by the late Serena Merck and is now in its third generation of family leadership. Starting in 2012, The John Merck Fund will spend all of its assets over the next ten years to spur progress in clean energy, environmental health, development of a New England regional food system, and treatment of developmental disabilities. For more information, please visit www.jmfund.org.
SmartPower is the nation’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to promoting clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency. SmartPower’s award-winning, research-based campaigns have engaged people across the country, building the clean energy marketplace and helping Americans become smarter about their energy use. SmartPower is leading the New England Solar Challenge effort which is intended to accelerate the adoption of Solar PV throughout the region. For more information, please visit www.smartpower.org.
Then and Now
Ten years ago, CEFIA and The John Merck Fund invested in SmartPower to create the award-winning Clean Energy Communities Campaign. The partners are coming together again to launch Solarize Connecticut — a program which they are hopeful will achieve success in driving down the cost of residential solar.