By encouraging private-sector investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency, strategies to finance clean energy are playing an important role in transforming clean energy markets in the United States and other countries. Institutions that run state clean energy financing programs can provide underwriting support, facilitate conversations with key stakeholders, and educate the public and lenders on technological options. Based on the experiences of existing clean energy financing initiatives, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has analyzed the potential impact of expanded clean energy financing capacity in Vermont. According to this analysis, the state could leverage an initial capitalization of $7 million into a $148 million investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects over the next 15 years.

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