Rocky Hill, Conn., September 18, 2012 — Connecticut’s Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) is lending $1 million for “Campus Efficiency Now”, a new program aimed at advancing energy efficiency and promoting cleaner, cheaper and more reliable energy for Connecticut’s independent colleges.
The “Campus Efficiency Now” program will enable the participating colleges to move forward swiftly with energy saving measures with no upfront funding by the college. Thus, the schools will be able to take meaningful energy conservation action now in spite of challenging budgetary times.
CEFIA will loan up to $1 million to support the installation of energy efficiency upgrades. These funds will be repaid by participating Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC) member schools via savings generated by the projects under a 5-year energy savings agreement. The initial program partners see this as a chance to expand the proven Energy Services Performance Contract approach into this historically underserved market. The initiative will also demonstrate the value of Connecticut’s new finance approach to clean energy.
“We are excited about the “Campus Efficiency Now” pilot program opportunity. This effort, which represents CEFIA’s largest loan to date for energy efficiency, will allow CEFIA to demonstrate how financing efforts focused on encouraging deeper energy efficiency opportunities can provide immediate and long-term benefits to colleges and universities throughout the state” said CEFIA Chief Investment Officer, Bert Hunter. “It also presents a financing opportunity whereby the end users realize immediate savings. CEFIA ultimately will be able to support even more energy efficiency investment as these loan funds get repaid by the energy savings produced by the projects.”
“Campus Efficiency Now” is a pilot program developed by GreenerU, Inc. in partnership with CCIC and CEFIA. GreenerU Inc. has had prior successes with other New England schools, such as Babson College, Brown University and Clark University, in implementing innovative energy efficiency programs. In the pilot phase, five CCIC members (University of Hartford, Mitchell College, Connecticut College, University of Saint Joseph and the University of New Haven) are expected to participate with loan funding provided by CEFIA. Additional CCIC member participation as well as additional funding from private investment sources is expected based on positive results from the pilot program.
“We are pleased to join in partnership with CEFIA to find ways to enhance sustainability efforts on our campuses,” said Judith Greiman, president, CCIC. “Campus Efficiency Now is an exciting opportunity for our members and should serve as a national model for reducing energy consumption and cost on college campuses, which tend to have large energy-using footprints and older buildings and systems.”
Under the “Campus Efficiency Now” program, there are no upfront costs to the participating colleges, schools only pay for delivered energy savings, not for equipment or installation. A share of the college’s savings is dedicated to repay CEFIA’s loans. GreenerU is in charge of overseeing a rigorous three step process that begins with a preliminary feasibility assessment; data gathering, budgeting, and sustainability goal setting; and concludes with an operational project that will deliver energy savings and sustainability benefits to each participating campus over and beyond the 5-year “Campus Efficiency Now” contract term.
“GreenerU is pleased to be working with CEFIA and CCIC in launching this ground-breaking energy efficiency initiative for colleges and universities in Connecticut,” said Rob Pratt, Founder and CEO of GreenerU. “In view of the fact that energy efficiency is the most cost effective way for colleges to lower utility bills and reduce carbon emissions, it is critical that we utilize innovative approaches in financing to accelerate the implementation of energy saving measures.”
About the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority
CEFIA was established by Connecticut’s General Assembly on July 1, 2011 as a part of Public Act 11-80. This new quasi-public agency supersedes the former Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. CEFIA’s mission is to help ensure Connecticut’s energy security and community prosperity by realizing its environmental and economic opportunities through clean energy finance and investments. As the nation’s first full-scale clean energy finance authority, CEFIA will leverage public and private funds to drive investment and scale-up clean energy deployment in Connecticut. For more information about CEFIA, please visit www.ctcleanenergy.com.
About the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges
Founded in 1932, the Connecticut Conference of Colleges (CCIC) represents 16 accredited nonprofit independent colleges and universities in Connecticut including Albertus Magnus College, Connecticut College, Fairfield University, Goodwin College, Mitchell College, Quinnipiac University, Rensselaer at Hartford, Sacred Heart University, Saint Vincent’s College, Trinity College, University of Bridgeport, University of Hartford, University of Saint Joseph, University of New Haven, Wesleyan University and Yale University. As educators, employers and community partners, these institutions make a substantial impact on the State’s economy and social fabric. CCIC serves its member institutions through government relations, public policy development, research analysis, communications and coordinated member services. For more information please visit www.theccic.org.
GreenerU, Inc. partners with colleges in implementing energy efficiency, cogeneration and renewable energy projects while integrating sustainability, behavior change and student engagement initiatives. The company also develops energy and sustainability master plans, climate action plans, and energy efficiency financing solutions for large-scale implementation programs. Learn more at www.GreenerU.com.