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Wonder what the Clean Energy Program is all about and how you can get involved? Find the answers below and learn more about how smart energy choices can pay off for you, your community and all of us in Connecticut.

What is the Clean Energy Communities program?

The Clean Energy Communities program helps Connecticut municipalities increase support for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Through the program your community works to achieve clean energy goals to qualify for renewable energy systems and ”Bright Idea Grants” for energy-saving projects. To learn more about the program, please visit the Clean Energy Communities page.

What is the Lead by Example program?

State and local governments operate many different facilities, and the energy costs of running these buildings can be significant. The Lead by Example program works with state and local government to support energy-saving improvements to free up funds for important public services. Through the program, municipalities and agencies can take advantage of technical and financial resources and track energy performance to target and address inefficiencies. 

What kind of educational opportunities does Energize Connecticut offer?

Energize Connecticut offers a number of educational opportunities. Around the state we support several interactive museum exhibits that you can learn about on the Museum Partnerships page. We encourage you to visit the Energize CT Center, a part science museum, part hands-on activity center that is great for both children and adults. You can also learn about our eesmarts program, which works with K-12 students to teach the importance of energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy. Finally, please be sure to visit our community events calendar regularly to see if there is a workshop, seminar, or community event that interests you.

How do I know if my community is a Clean Energy Community?

You can check on your community’s progress toward becoming a Clean Energy Community by visiting the Clean Energy Community online dashboard and clicking on the map or dropdown menu to find your city or town. If your town or city has not yet taken steps toward becoming a Clean Energy Community, you can contact your mayor, first selectman, town manager, or local clean energy task force to let them know about the Clean Energy Communities program. If your town or city is already participating, you can get in touch with your listed clean energy contact to find out how you can get involved.

How do I find out if a particular community is a Clean Energy Community?

You can find a community’s progress toward becoming a Clean Energy Community by visiting the Clean Energy Community online dashboard and clicking on the map or dropdown menu to find the city or town in question.

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