Connecticut Green Bank

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Connecticut Green Bank

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Bryan Garcia

We appreciate your interest in Connecticut Green Bank's Green Liberty Bonds, which will support critical investment in clean energy and energy efficiency projects and infrastructure throughout the State.

In two years, the Green Bank has issued more than $80 million in verified climate bonds to support residential solar PV and energy efficiency in Connecticut. With issuances in 2020 and 2021 selling out and with priority given to retail investors, the Green Liberty Bonds are helping the Connecticut Green Bank energize the green economy and confront climate change to provide all of society a healthier and more prosperous future. We are proudly empowering more people to support our transition to a zero carbon economy – creating the sustainable future and modern infrastructure we want to see in our society.

Please sign up for notifications about future issuances. Together, we can achieve another order of magnitude of investment in Connecticut’s green economy and unite in support of our clean energy future!

Bryan Garcia, President and CEO

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July 7, 2021

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Connecticut Green Bank Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

Successfully proving the impact of the Green Bank model for a decade, recent scope expansion led by Governor Lamont approved through bipartisan legislative action

Hartford, CT (July 7, 2021) – The Connecticut Green Bank is marking ten years of its model successfully enabling progress towards its goal of confronting climate change by mobilizing private investment into the state’s green economy. The Green Bank’s model demonstrates how the smart investment of public funds can mobilize more private investment in the state’s economy. Over the last decade, the Green Bank and its partners have deployed nearly $2.3 billion in capital for clean energy projects across the state. Projects recorded through FY 2020 show that for every $1 of public funds committed by the Green Bank that nearly an additional $8 in private investment occurred in the economy. As a result, Green Bank supported projects have created thousands of jobs in our communities, reduced the energy burden on thousands of families and businesses, avoided millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions, and facilitated rapid growth in the deployment of clean energy.

Established on July 1, 2011, by Governor Dannel Malloy and the General Assembly, the Connecticut Green Bank was the first of its kind in the United States. While the landscape of the green economy has changed significantly, Connecticut continues to serve as the model for other green banks, as well as proposals on the national level.

“As we mark our 10th anniversary, we are motivated by the leadership and commitment from Governor Lamont and the continued support of the Legislature, demonstrated by the recent expansion of our mission,” said Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “This is an endorsement of the green bank model, which has successfully invested public resources to mobilize multiples of private capital investment into our green economy over the last decade. Since a similar need exists regarding private investment into modernizing Connecticut’s environmental infrastructure, we look forward to taking on this new role.”

Some recent Connecticut Green Bank program highlights include:

  • More support for commercial businesses and nonprofits. Connecticut’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program surpassed $217 million in clean energy investment. This supported more than 345 closed projects and will provide an estimated lifetime energy cost savings of over $300 million.
  • Growing the green bond market for retail investors. In 2019, the Green Bank issued its first rated debt issuance and the first ever solar asset-backed security (ABS) transaction by a green bank. This $38.6 million issuance received two honors at Environmental Finance’s 2020 Bond Awards (winner for Innovation – Green Bond Structure, and winner Asset-Backed or Asset-Based Bond). In 2020, the first issuance of $17 million in Green Liberty Bonds, lower-dollar denomination climate-certified bonds available for retail and institutional buyers, sold out in two days. This issuance earned The Bond Buyer’s Deal of the Year award in the Innovative Financing category. In 2021, a second issuance of $25 million in Bonds also sold out, drawing more than four times as much demand as could be fulfilled from retail investors in Connecticut and across the U.S., as well as institutional investors interested in sustainability investments.
  • **Reaching solar parity. **In 2012, the Green Bank launched the Residential Solar Investment Program (RSIP) to make rooftop solar installations more affordable by providing Connecticut homeowners with rebates and performance-based incentives (PBI) designed to lower initial out-of-pocket costs, and easy access to affordable capital to finance such installations. In 2015, an observed income disparity in solar adoption was addressed through the creation of special incentives and financing for low- and moderate-income households, which accelerated solar adoption in these communities. Today, Connecticut is known as a “solar with justice” state as solar adoption is at parity for low- and moderate-income (LMI) residents versus non-LMI households and beyond parity for communities of color (i.e., Black and Hispanic families). Overall, RSIP has helped more than 45,700 households to date add solar as the achievement of the statutory target of 350 MW is approached.
  • Helping homeowners reduce energy costs. Through the Smart-E loan and our partnership with local lenders including credit unions and community banks, more than 5,400 households have been able to make energy saving upgrades to their homes, a total investment of nearly $100 million.
  • New office. In late spring 2021, the Green Bank relocated its headquarters from Rocky Hill into the Atlantic Screw Works building in Hartford. Built in 1903, the site is now home to the CT Nonprofit Center as well as the Capewell Lofts Apartments. This new space allows the Green Bank to operate in a building that represents the values of its mission while providing an opportunity to work with the City of Hartford.
  • Enhanced mission. In June 2021, with bipartisan support, Governor Lamont’s House Bill 6441, was passed and will extend the green bank model beyond clean energy to include environmental infrastructure. This increased scope will encompass structures, facilities, systems, services, and improvement projects related to water, waste and recycling, climate adaptation and resiliency, agriculture, land conservation, parks and recreation, and environmental markets such as carbon offsets and ecosystem services. A statutory requirement, the Green Bank will be developing a Comprehensive Plan over the next year to identify how its scope expansion can be supported through the issuance of bonds and accessing federal resources for environmental infrastructure. Watch the signing of this bill during a July 6, 2021, event at Jacob’s Beach in Guilford. 

For more information on Connecticut Green Bank’s programs visit website at www.ctgreenbank.com.

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June 17, 2021

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Connecticut Green Bank’s July Webinars Focus on Energy Affordability & Environmental Justice

The Connecticut Green Bank proudly announces the July webinars in their 2021 “Promoting the Renewable Energy of Community” webinar series.

On Thursday, July 8, at 12 pm, the session will be “Energy Affordability: Obstacles & Solutions.” Energy affordability is a pressing issue, consistently affecting household budgets in Connecticut and the region. Join experts in breaking down programs and resources addressing high residential energy costs, obstacles that customers face in accessing solutions, and efforts to improve outcomes in Connecticut, including through empowerment initiatives in disadvantaged communities. 

On Thursday, July 22, at 12 pm, join the Green Bank and special guests for a webinar titled “History of Environmental Justice in America and the Frontlines of Climate Justice Today in Connecticut.” Keynote remarks will be presented by Deeohn Ferris, President of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, on the history of Executive Order 12898 “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations” signed by President Clinton on February 11, 1994. 

To register for these sessions or access recordings of previous sessions visit  https://www.ctgreenbank.com/2021webinarseries/.

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April 23, 2021

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Green Liberty Bonds $25 Million Second Issuance Sells Out

Connecticut Green Bank’s lower-dollar denomination bond received strong support from individual buyers in Connecticut and across the country as well as from institutional buyers

Hartford, CT (April 23, 2021) – In celebration of the 51st Earth Day, the Connecticut Green Bank issued its second Green Liberty Bonds to retail and institutional investors, and sold out of nearly $25 million in bonds over two days. This builds upon a successful, award-winning 2020 issuance which sold nearly $17 million of bonds last July. With nearly $100 million in orders, demand this year was again greater than the supply of bonds could satisfy, showing the high-level of interest in supporting investment to confront climate change in Connecticut.

Retail investors were given priority during a one-day retail order period on Wednesday, April 21. Total retail orders received during this order period surpassed $20 million. With first priority given to Connecticut citizen investors, their orders for nearly $12 million of bonds were filled before approximately $9 million from national orders.  Institutional orders topped $77 million.

“The demand for the Earth Day 2021 issuance of the Green Liberty Bonds was so strong, that we had nearly four times as much demand as we had available. We saw incredible demand from retail investors in Connecticut and across the country, and enthusiastic institutional investors seeking to invest in confronting climate change in Connecticut,” said Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Green Bank.

Individuals accounted for 57% of the retail orders with the balance from professionally managed retail accounts such as private wealth managers and bank trusts.

Institutional investors were able to place orders on April 22, and there was strong interest from a variety of traditional municipal investors and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investors attracted by the issuance’s strong climate bonds certification standards. The overall interest cost dropped to 2.42% from the 2.61% achieved for the inaugural bonds issued last July, notwithstanding a significant rise in longer term interest rates.

“In two years, the Green Bank has issued more than $80 million in verified climate bonds to support residential solar PV and energy efficiency in Connecticut. The overwhelming response by investors to our latest bond offering as well as the pricing achieved signifies broad acceptance of the Connecticut Green Bank as an issuer,” noted Bert Hunter, the Green Bank’s Chief Investment Officer.

The use of proceeds from this issuance supports incentives for nearly 7,000 households and 60 megawatts of residential solar photovoltaic systems, totaling nearly $220 million of investment in projects in 165 cities and towns across the state, which created over 2,100 jobs.

The Green Liberty Bonds were created in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – a type of green bond whose proceeds are used to invest in projects that confront climate change in Connecticut. Modelled after the Series-E War Bonds of the 1940s, the bonds must be able to be purchased by everyday citizens through lower-dollar denominations (no more than $1,000), enabling them to invest in green projects in their community and to save for the planet.

To offer the Green Liberty Bonds, the Green Bank worked with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc. as lead underwriter, Ramirez & Co., Inc. as co-underwriter, Shipman & Goodwin LLP as bond counsel, Lamont Financial Services Corporation as financial advisor, and Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. as trustee. The Green Liberty Bonds, state supported using a special capital reserve fund, received an A rating from Standard and Poor’s. They were labeled as “Certified Climate Bonds” by the Climate Bonds Initiative, and compliance of the bond’s issuance with the Climate Bonds Standards was verified by Kestrel Verifiers. Support from the staffs of the Office of the State Treasurer and of the Office of Policy and Management was also instrumental.

“The Green Liberty Bonds were a huge success with the investor community. Investors liked the credit and were also attracted by the opportunity to invest in Certified Climate Bonds,” said Eric McKean, Managing Director of Stifel.

Encouraged by these first two issuances, the Green Bank anticipates offering Green Liberty Bonds annually around Earth Day. To stay informed about future issuances, please sign up for notifications at www.greenlibertybonds.com.

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. The Green Bank’s 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

Disclaimer

This press release does not constitute a recommendation or an offer or solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security or other financial instrument, including Green Liberty Bonds, or to adopt any investment strategy. Any offer or solicitation with respect to Green Liberty Bonds will be made solely by means of the Preliminary Official Statement and Official Statement, which will describe the actual terms and conditions of the Green Liberty Bonds. The information provided is subject in all respects to the information presented in the complete Preliminary Official Statement prepared in connection with Green Liberty Bonds. Any investment decisions regarding any of the Green Liberty Bonds should only be made after a careful review of the complete Preliminary Official Statement.

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