The Renewable Energy Industry is Growing In Connecticut

Connecticut is a leader in innovation with 38 colleges and universities focused on R&D and workforce development. This combination has placed the state at the forefront of renewable energy technologies and implementation. 

Fuel cells from Connecticut-powered technologies have been present on NASA’s Apollo and space shuttle missions since the 1960s. Today, the state is home to one of the largest fuel cell power projects in North America, as well as one of the global centers for green energy innovation — named a “Top 3 State” for fuel cell development by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Key Facts

  • The first “Green Bank” in the United States was founded in CT.
  • Business Facilities Magazine ranks Connecticut 5th in the United States for Offshore Wind Power. (2020)
  • Connecticut ranked #6 on the U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index
  • Connecticut is home to the nation’s second largest installed fuel cell capacity. (U.S. Department of Energy,  2017)
  • Connecticut was ranked the #7 Greenest State in the U.S. (WalletHub, 2018)
  • Connecticut is #4 in the U.S. for private R&D investment per capita, almost twice the national average. (EMSI 2019)
  • #7 state for employed science, engineering, and health doctorate holders as a percentage of the workforce (National Science Foundation, 2019)
  • Connecticut ranks #2 in the U.S. for patent activity. (Bloomberg Innovation Index, 2020)
  • Connecticut has the #1 lowest impact on climate change in the U.S. out of all 50 states. (WalletHub, 2021)

Industry Ecosystem

CT Hydrogen-Fuel Cell Coalition promotes development, manufacturing and deployment of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, serving as a voice for the industry. Likewise, Energize Connecticut provides information on the consumer side, for both homeowners and businesses. Both are part of the strong industry ecosystem supporting renewable energy in the state. Connecticut Power & Energy Society is Connecticut's Connecticut’s leading association of energy professionals, is dedicated to generating information, sharing ideas and educating Connecticut about energy.

Support for Connecticut’s Renewable Energy Industry

The State of Connecticut offers extensive support for renewable energy manufacturers.