Clean Energy Financing Advisory Council - California


CSE formed the Clean Energy Financing Advisory Council (CEFAC) in 2016 as an impartial forum focused on stimulating California’s clean energy marketplace through greater awareness of project financing, education and innovation. It was a consortium of nonprofit organizations, government agencies and public programs with CSE serving as the council’s facilitator.

The council hosted bimonthly forums across California featuring guest speakers who examined specific financing topics to convey clean energy news and energy financing market trends. The aim was for attendees to learn about clean energy financing, network and create new opportunities to increase the volume of energy efficiency upgrades in California.


CEFAC Impacts

685+ participants

With more than 545 webinar attendees and some 140 statewide businesses and decision-maker participants.

Online financing tool

Helped establish a unique decision-making tool for homeowners and business to find lending solutions for energy efficiency projects called Go Green Financing.

83% highly satisfied participants

Post-event surveys reported participants’ overall experience was either very good or excellent.

Program at a Glance

Program Goals

Stimulating a clean energy marketplace through facilitating project financing

CSE's Role

Led council and facilitated meetings and webinars


Buildings & Efficiency
Renewable Energy

Key Partners

Energy Upgrade California, Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability, San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization, emPower Central Coast and San Francisco Department of the Environment

State Policies Supported

California Public Utilities Commission’s energy efficiency financing pilot programs

Impact Statement

Organized five events in 2016 with some 140 participants and 545 online attendees with 83% rating their experience as good or excellent