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What drives your interest in working on solar energy issues?

Renewable energy is the silver bullet to combating climate change. Solar is the most economic and accessible way to participate in our energy future.


What impact do you feel the SolSmart program will have on the communities with which you will work?

Many efforts are underway throughout the country and our state to bring the cost and accessibility of solar energy to residents. The SolSmart program is an opportunity to spread awareness about current programs and offerings that make it easier to go solar. The Connecticut Green Bank and other partners in the state have been thoughtful about crafting resources for our residents.


What aspects of your work plan are you most excited about? 

I’m excited to strengthen The Green Bank’s relationship with our SolSmart communities and learn how they are integrating solar options on the ground. Towns across the state are working hard to provide the essential services we rely on in the face of budget cuts and looking to solar and energy efficiency as part of the solution to cut costs for residents. Our SolSmart towns are truly leading the way and it’s important to learn from the challenges they are overcoming.


What do you hope to gain from this experience?

I am looking forward to bettering my understanding of the opportunities and obstacles of streamlining municipal services and improving the processing of solar projects. Every community is different and brings insight to deploying solar.

About Emily

Emily Basham is a SolSmart Advisor at the Connecticut Green Bank, serving Hartford, Fairfield, Coventry, Hamden, Middletown, and Stratford, Connecticut.