State Assistance Programs
There are three major programs offered by the State of Connecticut to assist in cutting your energy costs.
- Energize CT
Helps identify clean energy strategies that make sense for your business and connects you to programs, tax credits, incentives and funding resources. Energize CT also strives to make the cost savings from these energy efficient practices visible through thorough analysis and accurate estimation.
- Connecticut Green Bank
Offers a variety of programs and funding opportunities to business owners and institutions interested in benefiting from clean energy sources, entrepreneurs working to develop and commercialize new clean energy technologies, and real estate developers who want to offer clean energy sources.
- Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE)
Helps commercial, industrial and multi-family property owners access affordable, long-term financing for smart energy building upgrades. Allows building owners to finance qualifying improvements through an assessment of their property tax bill. Property owners pay for the improvements over time through an additional charge on their property taxes. Keep in mind that the repayment obligation will transfer automatically to the next owner if the property is sold.
SBA Assistance Programs
The federal government offers a variety of incentives for small businesses to operate efficiently and restrict their environmental impact.
- Green Certification and Ecolabeling
Differentiates your product or service as environmentally friendly and allows you to include their logo or "ecolabel" on your product's label and other marketing materials. The link above shows many of the federal and third party certifications that can be obtained.
- Environmental Grants and Loans
Helps find financial assistance to cover costs relating to energy efficiency upgrading, to finance innovative environmental products and technologies and to support an overall environmentally friendly business. You can also categorically search grants.gov to find grant applications specific to energy, environmental topics, natural resources, transportation, science and technology, agriculture and disaster prevention and relief.
- Green Marketing
There is a growing concern among today’s consumers about environmental sustainability. A business that can be competitive in not only price and quality, but can also show evidence that they are an environmentally conscientious enterprise, stands a much better chance at succeeding in the future business world. The link above can provide you with resources to show this change in attitude amongst consumers and can help you identify credible ways to let your customers know that your products are environmentally safe.
- Green Business Practices
Provides you with access to resources like the Small Business Guide to Energy Efficiency, which includes tips, advice, grant/loan information and other resources to help you save on energy costs. The link also has helpful tips on adopting environmentally sound business practices, improving your waste management systems, and properly investing in renewable energy.
View the following resources for further information on environmental programs.