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PosiGen Congratulates its Partner, Connecticut Green Bank, Winner of Harvard’s 2017 Innovations in American Government Award
Connecticut Green Bank Highlights Successful Partnership with PosiGen During Awards Ceremonies
August 1, 2017 – PosiGen, one of the nation’s leading residential solar, energy efficiency and energy education providers for low-to-moderate income families, is proud to congratulate our partner, Connecticut Green Bank, for winning Harvard’s 2017 Innovations in American Government Award. For the past two years, PosiGen has partnered with Connecticut Green Bank to provide solar and energy efficiency savings to low-to-moderate homeowners.
In winning this prestigious award, Green Bank highlighted a single mother from Bridgeport. Like many others, Susan Young faced an electric bill of $250 per month. After becoming a PosiGen customer and receiving solar panels and energy efficiency upgrades to her home, her bill dropped to below $100 per month. Susan was so inspired by the experience that she now works for PosiGen, and is helping homeowners like herself take back control of their energy finances, and not just survive, but thrive.
“We cannot think of a more deserving recipient of the Harvard 2017 Innovations in American Government Award,” said Tom Neyhart, PosiGen CEO. “The Connecticut Green Bank truly has sparked a green bank movement, and we look forward to continuing to expand our partnership, with the ultimate goal of giving every Connecticut homeowner, regardless of income, the benefits of solar and energy efficiency.”
Bryan Garcia, President and CEO, Connecticut Green Bank with Susan Young, PosiGen customer and employee
Susan Young, PosiGen customer and employee with Kerry O’Neil, Vice President of Residential Programs, Connecticut Green Bank
See below to learn more about Connecticut Green Bank’s award.
About PosiGen: Headquartered in Jefferson, LA, PosiGen is one of the nation’s leading residential solar, energy efficiency and energy education providers for low-to-moderate income families. PosiGen has more than 10,000 residential customers, over 150 direct employees and supports more than 120 employees through its contractors in Louisiana, Connecticut, New York and Florida. PosiGen's unique services and products make solar energy affordable to homeowners of all income levels, and offer individuals, families and businesses the opportunity to achieve greater fiscal autonomy and energy independence by lowering their utility bills. To learn everything about PosiGen, please visit www.posigen.com.
Connecticut Green Bank Wins Harvard’s 2017 Innovations in American Government Award
Cambridge, MA (July 19, 2017) – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, today named the Connecticut Green Bank the winner of the 2017 Innovations in American Government Award. The award, including a $100,000 grand prize to support the replication and dissemination of the initiative, will be presented at a ceremony in Hartford, Conn., later this summer.
“It is an honor for the Connecticut Green Bank to be named the Ash Center’s Innovations in American Government Award recipient for 2017,” says Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “As cities and states across this country confront climate change, green banks can help mobilize more private investment and accelerate the growth of their local green energy economies.”
Recognized by Harvard for its “Sparking the Green Bank Movement” nomination, the Green Bank is the first of its kind in the United States and continues to be a thought-leader in green financing innovation. Established by Governor Malloy through bipartisan support from the Connecticut General Assembly in July of 2011, the green bank model demonstrates how public resources can be better invested in ways that mobilize private investment in local green economies. From greater deployment of green energy by local contractors, to lowering consumers’ energy burden, the Green Bank is committed to realizing a vision of inclusive prosperity through its charge to protect the environment.
“The Connecticut Green Bank is an exemplar of how states can meet their climate change reduction targets by working to leverage private-sector dollars to help finance green energy infrastructure,” said Stephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. “The success of Connecticut’s Green Bank is spurring the adoption of similar efforts by states and cities across the country, and illustrates how Hartford’s innovative approach to green energy financing can create jobs, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and lower energy bills.”
Connecticut has been at the forefront of state-level efforts to combat the threat of global climate change. The state’s 2005 Climate Change Action Plan outlined a multitude of specific steps the state could take to help lower greenhouse gas emissions. The state built upon this ambitious plan with the passage of the landmark Connecticut Global Warming Solutions Act, establishing mandatory greenhouse gas reductions targets. The aggressive goals included a 10-percent reduction below 1990 levels by 2020 and an 80-percent reduction below 2001 levels by 2050.
In creating a thriving clean energy market, the Green Bank is advancing a larger mission that not only makes green energy more accessible and affordable for Connecticut families and businesses, but also creates jobs and spurs local economic development. Since 2011, for every public dollar invested, the bank has attracted six dollars of private investment. An estimated 13,000 jobs have been created through the Green Bank, which has also driven a total of $1 billion of clean energy investment across the state. This translates to more than 215 megawatts of clean power, over 20,000 projects, and a reduction of CO2 emissions by 2.6 million tons. As for cost, clean energy prices have decreased by an estimated 20–30 percent.
“The Connecticut Green Bank has sparked a green bank movement. Our simple promise of increasing affordability and accessibility to green energy has evolved into a greater commitment to our stakeholders,” states Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “We believe that everything we do, we do to help families thrive and businesses grow. We do it in the interest of achieving inclusive prosperity not only within Connecticut and across the country, but around the world.”
The Innovations in American Government Award is the nation’s preeminent recognition for excellence and creativity in the public sector. The award program receives thousands of applications which are evaluated on criteria to assess their novelty, effectiveness, significance, and transferability. The Ford Foundation created the Innovations in American Government Awards in 1985 in response to widespread pessimism and distrust in government’s effectiveness.
Since its inception, over 500 government innovations across all jurisdiction levels have been recognized and have collectively received more than $22 million in grants to support dissemination efforts.
· Watch the Connecticut Greek Bank present at the 2017 Innovations in American Government Award Finalists event.
· Visit the Ash Center website for more information about the Innovations in American Government Awards, to explore previous winners, and to sign up for their newsletter for upcoming information about the next award cycle.
About the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation advances excellence in governance and strengthens democratic institutions worldwide. Through its research, education, international programs, and government innovations awards, the Center fosters creative and effective government problem solving and serves as a catalyst for addressing many of the most pressing needs of the world’s citizens. For more information, visit www.ash.harvard.edu.
About the Connecticut Green Bank
The Connecticut Green Bank (formerly the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority) was established by the Connecticut General Assembly on July 1, 2011 as a part of Public Act 11-80. As the nation’s first full-scale green bank, it is leading the clean energy finance movement by leveraging public and private funds to scale-up renewable energy deployment and energy efficiency projects across Connecticut. The Green Bank’s success in accelerating private investment in clean energy is helping Connecticut create jobs, increase economic prosperity, promote energy security and address climate change.
PosiGen stands with City of New Orleans as First Climate Action Strategy is Released
Friday, July 7, 2017 - NEW ORLEANS – Today, PosiGen Solar and Energy Efficiency leaders joined New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, City and State officials and community stakeholders to unveil New Orleans’ climate action strategy, Climate Action for a Resilient New Orleans, a strategic roadmap for the City of New Orleans to combat climate change. Climate Action for a Resilient New Orleans proposes 11 strategies and 25 actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent by 2030. At the event, Mayor Landrieu signed an Executive Order to adopt Climate Action for a Resilient New Orleans as guiding policy. The strategy will help New Orleans become a more equitable, adaptable and prosperous place for all of its residents as the city approaches its tricentennial in 2018.
One of the actionable steps laid out by the plan is to modernize the City’s energy use. To that end, the Mayor’s office invited PosiGen Field Operations Supervisor, Mike King, to speak about PosiGen’s mission to make solar and energy efficiency solutions available to all homeowners, regardless of income or credit score. “We are excited about the City’s goal for 255 megawatts of solar by 2030,” King said. “PosiGen customers already make up more than half of the 7,000 New Orleans homes with solar panels on their rooftops, and we will continue to do our part by providing solar and energy efficiency savings to low-to-moderate income households who suffer the most from the city’s extremely high energy burden.”
By Lindsay Mack
St. Charles Avenue Magazine
By Rob Krieger
March 22, 2017
POSIGEN JOINS TORNADO RESPONSE EFFORTS, PROVIDING VOLUNTEERS AND SOLAR POWER CHARGING STATIONS
Friday, Feb 10, 2017, New Orleans – As Louisiana’s largest provider of solar and energy efficiency, serving more than 1300 homeowners in New Orleans East, PosiGen is reaching out to its customers and the community as a whole, to provide assistance to those affected by Tuesday’s tornadoes. Our team will be participating in a volunteer cleanup day on Saturday, February 11th, organized by ENONAC, (East New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission), a non-profit representing all of the neighborhoods in New Orleans East.
In addition to cleanup efforts, PosiGen is partnering with Solar Alternatives to provide mobile solar power stations, which will provide much needed electricity to charge cell phones, tools and other necessities in affected areas where power has yet to be restored. The solar power stations will change locations based on the needs of the community, but will start out on Saturday, February 11th, at the corner of Hammond Street and Bundy Road, beginning at 9am. All tornado victims and those involved in the response effort are encouraged to come by to “plug into PosiGen’s solar power.”
The homes of nineteen PosiGen customers were damaged during Tuesday’s storms. PosiGen will be repairing and/or replacing all damaged solar panels at no cost to our customers. It is our commitment to our customers to provide all monitoring, maintenance and repairs to any solar panels we install.
“We want our customers to know we are on their side,” said Tom Neyhart, PosiGen CEO. “The tornado victims have enough to worry about right now – what’s going to happen to their solar panels shouldn’t be another worry. We have already started the process of beginning the repairs. Any PosiGen customer whose home was damaged and hasn’t been contacted by our team, is asked to please call 888-939-442.”
About PosiGen Solar
Headquartered in Jefferson, LA, PosiGen is one of the nation’s leading residential solar, energy efficiency and energy education providers. PosiGen has more than 9,500 residential customers, over 150 direct employees and supports more than 120 employees through its contractors in Louisiana, Connecticut, New York and Florida. PosiGen's unique services and products make solar energy affordable to homeowners of all income levels, and offer individuals, families and businesses the opportunity to achieve greater fiscal autonomy and energy independence by lowering their utility bills. To learn everything about PosiGen, please visit www.posigen.com.
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Join PosiGen Solar Solutions, the Congregational Church of Naugatuck and Puppies Behind Bars as we honor Veterans
PosiGen Solar Solutions, Connecticut’s low-cost solar and energy efficiency provider, is proud to be joining together with the Congregational Church of Naugatuck to help our nation’s veterans. Join us on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11th for a fundraiser to benefit the Puppies Behind Bars: Dog Tags Division.
Dog Tags: Service Dogs for Those Who’ve Served Us was established by Puppies Behind Bars in 2006 to provide service dogs to combat veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan who have suffered a physical injury, traumatic brain injury or exhibit post-traumatic stress disorder. Money raised during Friday’s fundraiser will help cover the costs associated with training, raising, and matching a dog to a United States Veteran.
In addition to sponsoring this worthwhile event, PosiGen employees will be on site to educate homeowners about the cost savings benefits of going solar. PosiGen is on a mission to make solar and energy efficiency available to all Connecticut homeowners, regardless of income or credit score. Since 2015, PosiGen has launched “Solar For All” campaigns in four Connecticut cities – Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and New London - with more cities on the horizon. The “Solar For All” program has gained the public support of Connecticut community leaders as well as elected officials including the Governor, State Lawmakers and the Mayors of the above-mentioned cities.
“As the nation honors its veterans this month, we are happy to be partnering with the Congregational Church of Naugatuck and Puppies Behind Bars on this worthy cause,” Tom Neyhart, PosiGen CEO said. “Whether it be the aid of a service dog, or the cost savings of going solar, we are committed to helping and honoring our veterans. Many of our veterans are on fixed incomes and would greatly benefit from PosiGen’s solar savings and energy efficiency upgrades. Our partnership with the Congregational Church of Naugatuck and Puppies Behind Bars is just one way we are showing our respect and appreciation to the men and women who fight for our freedoms.”
Veterans + BBQ = Dog Tags Veterans Day Fundraiser
Congregational Church of Naugatuck
1 Division Street, Naugatuck
Friday, November 11th
Pulled Pork Sandwiches & Pulled Pork Meals Served Noon – 7pm
Entertainment Until 9pm
Questions: Call Church Office at 203-729-3037
Proceeds benefit Puppies Behind Bars: http://www.puppiesbehindbars.com/home
On site PosiGen contact: John Louis, 203-615-1028
About PosiGen Solar Solutions: Headquartered in New Orleans, PosiGen Solar Solutions is one of the nation’s leading residential solar, energy efficiency and energy education providers. PosiGen has more than 7,500 residential customers, over 150 direct employees and supports more than 120 employees through its contractors in Louisiana, Connecticut and New York. PosiGen's unique services and products make solar energy affordable to homeowners of all income levels, and offer individuals, families and businesses the opportunity to achieve greater fiscal autonomy and energy independence by lowering their utility bills. To learn everything about PosiGen, please visit www.posigen.com.
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SOLAR FOR ALL LAUNCHES IN NEW LONDON, CT
Mayor, State Lawmakers Support Solar and Energy Efficiency Program Designed to Benefit Low-to-Moderate Homeowners
New London, CT (September 20, 2016) – New London Mayor Michael Passero welcomes an innovative new public-private partnership that makes clean energy more accessible and affordable to all New London homeowners. The Solar For All program offers the installation of solar power and energy efficiency measures provided by PosiGen Solar Solutions and financed through the Connecticut Green Bank to all residential home owners. Solar For All combines a solar lease with an energy savings agreement to lower the energy burden of participating households. Supporting Mayor Passero at Tuesday’s press conference announcing the new program was State Senator Paul Formica, in addition to Kerry O’Neill, Director of Residential Programs at the Connecticut Green Bank and Thomas Neyhart, CEO of PosiGen Solar Solutions.
“Posigen has done tremendous work in other communities and we are thrilled to welcome them to New London,” said Mayor Michael Passero. “The Solar For All program gives families in our city the chance to extend their household budget, to do the right thing for the environment, and establish New London as a clean energy leader.”
Nick Roman, a New London customer, said "I like technology and I like saving money, because when you live paycheck to paycheck the extra $30-$40 a month I save with PosiGen really helps. We've all heard it said solar is only for rich folks, but when I found out that I could go green for $0 down with no minimum credit score, and no convoluted power purchase agreement? The decision was a no-brainer. By the way, that money I save includes the lease fee and the mandatory utility customer fee.”
PosiGen, a New Orleans solar company with local headquarters in Connecticut, aims to close what many see as a clean energy affordability gap by making solar available to all homeowners regardless of income. “We’re changing the misconception that solar is for the rich,” states Beth Galante, Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations for PosiGen. “Low-to-moderate income families are most susceptible to rising energy costs, and this program puts those home owners in control of their energy costs.”
Solar For All is the only solar program with no minimum credit score or minimum income requirement. PosiGen’s lease program covers the full cost of installing, maintaining and insuring the solar system, and also provides energy efficiency upgrades.
The Connecticut Green Bank is happy to provide the financial support for the program. “The partnership we have with PosiGen gives limited income households the opportunity to lower their energy costs through financing,” states Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “Not only does Solar For All give more residents access to affordable clean energy, it is also helping to create healthier homes and communities across the state.”
Applications for the New London Solar For All program are being taken now, so homeowners are encouraged to contact PosiGen today at 203-416-6518 or 1-866-PosiGen to take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to become a solar home in New London.
About the Connecticut Green Bank
The Connecticut Green Bank (formerly the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority) was established by the Connecticut General Assembly on July 1, 2011 as a part of Public Act 11-80. As the nation’s first full-scale green bank, it is leading the clean energy finance movement by leveraging public and private funds to scale-up renewable energy deployment and energy efficiency projects across Connecticut. The Green Bank’s success in accelerating private investment in clean energy is helping Connecticut create jobs, increase economic prosperity, promote energy security and address climate change. For more information about the Connecticut Green Bank, please visit www.ctgreenbank.com.
About PosiGen Solar Solutions
Headquartered in New Orleans, PosiGen Solar Solutions is one of the nation’s leading residential solar, energy efficiency and energy education providers. PosiGen has more than 7,500 residential customers, 200 direct employees and 150 contract employees in Louisiana, Connecticut, New York and Florida. PosiGen's unique services and products make solar energy affordable to homeowners of all income levels, and offer individuals, families and businesses the opportunity to achieve greater fiscal autonomy and energy independence by lowering their utility bills. To learn everything about PosiGen, please visit www.posigen.com.
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