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Warren Leon to oversee solar cost reduction efforts in 5 NE states

Professor's nonprofit receives $1.5 million award from Dept of Energy

Warren Leon

CESA Executive Director Warren Leon will oversee efforts to reduce solar costs in 5 NE states
November 6, 2013

As Executive Director of CESA, Adjunct Professor Warren Leon will oversee a $1.5 million project aimed at reducing solar costs in 5 New England states.

Adjunct Professor Warren Leon is Executive Director of Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a nonprofit that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States. This week CESA has been awarded a $1.5 million funding award under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II program. The award will be used to build a five-state partnership to reduce the costs of solar in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, and to create more streamlined, consistent solar application processes for the region’s 13 million residents.

The New England Solar Cost-Reduction Partnership, managed by CESA, will help build the regional solar market by targeting non-hardware “soft” costs for photovoltaic (PV) electricity systems and increasing coordination across Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The partnership will refine and deploy innovations developed in Connecticut and Massachusetts for DOE’s Rooftop Solar Challenge I, and more widely implement solar best practices from across the region.

“Information sharing among the states and better understanding of the needs of stakeholders will help us identify efficiencies, potential collaborative activities, and opportunities for reducing soft costs,” said Leon. “These states are all committed to the common goals of reducing the cost of solar electricity and building a strong regional market. We are excited to be partnering with them for this project.”

The lead state agencies for this project are Connecticut’s Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (MA DOER), the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning (NH OEP), the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (RI OER), and the Vermont Public Service Department (VT PSD).

To learn more about the New England Solar Cost-Reduction Partnership or CESA’s other projects to promote clean energy deployment, contact Nate Hausman at (802) 223-2554 or