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October 16, 2002

Massachusetts and Connecticut Provide $11 Million for Solar Power

The organizations that are promoting renewable energy in Connecticut and Massachusetts both announced new programs on October 10th, providing a total of $11 million to fund solar power advances in the two New England states.

The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC), which manages the state's $150-million Renewable Energy Trust, announced the launch of the trust's new $10-million Solar-to-Market Initiative. As a first step, the initiative is awarding $2.6 million in grants to six organizations that will install roughly 250 solar power systems on homes, businesses, farms, institutions, and local government buildings throughout the state. The new initiative also includes a $5.3 million loan fund to support solar photovoltaic (PV) businesses in the state. In addition, MTC intends to award $600,000 to support public education programs; training programs for solar installers, inspectors, and utility representatives; and metering and evaluation programs to document solar power system performance. See the MTC press release.

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) launched its Solar PV Program with $1 million in funds. The fund is seeking pre-applications for the program, which aims to install photovoltaic systems on commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings in the state. The pre-applications are due by December 13th. See the CCEF press release.

According to DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), 15 states have established such clean energy funds, which are expected to collect $3.8 billion between 1998 and 2012 for renewable energy investments. LBNL and the Clean Energy Group have prepared and compiled 21 case studies that examine these state-level clean energy funds. See the "Case Studies of State Support for Renewable Energy" on the LBNL Web site.