Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is a national nonprofit that accelerates effective and equitable adoption of clean transportation and distributed energy through program design and administration.

Deep Expertise

For more than 25 years, CSE has designed and administered multimillion and even billion-dollar programs in clean transportation, renewable energy and the built environment. We run programs for state and local governments and utilities that incentivize adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and EV charging, energy storage, energy efficiency, distributed solar and more.

CSE-run programs include:

  • The largest, longest-running EV incentive program in the U.S.
  • The largest statewide EV charging infrastructure program in the U.S.
  • The largest program for solar on multifamily affordable housing in the U.S.
  • Part of the longest-running energy storage incentive program in the U.S.


As a neutral, third-party nonprofit administrator, CSE is trusted for its data-driven and software-enabled approach, deep domain expertise and customer-focused team.

CSE works in over a dozen states that are home to a third of all Americans.

Learn more about our programs and our clients.

Turnkey, Scalable Program Administration

Our program management and data-handling information technologies provide a fully scalable platform that securely and rapidly processes rebate applications and provides public-facing program statistics and funding dashboards for stakeholder reporting and transparency.

Our Caret® proprietary program design and management software suite uses real-world data and experience to accelerate EV adoption and optimize EV charger deployment based on decision-makers’ unique priorities.

CSE converts data to knowledge to continuously improve program design and administration to get more impact from every dollar.

Focused on Equity and Inclusion

CSE engages people in hard-to-reach, disadvantaged, low-income and other vulnerable communities to seek solutions that improve public health and address transportation and energy equity. Our outreach specialists focus on forming deep relationships with community-based organizations to inform program design, administration and assessment. Our policy team works to provide community-identified recommendations to expand adoption of clean technologies to low- and moderate-income individuals and communities.

If you want to launch or optimize a program that encourages consumers or businesses to purchase EVs, deploy EV charging, or install energy storage, energy efficiency measures or distributed solar, contact us. We can help you do it effectively, efficiently and equitably.