Sustainable Innovation

Practice Areas

climate movement

Solutions to accelerate the flow of capital toward climate-resilient investments

We facilitate forward-looking, durable finance solutions for U.S.-based and international climate and environmental objectives through in-depth policy analysis, research, and consulting. Within our Sustainable Innovation practice is our Green Banks Initiative where we assist green banks to improve existing programs. We also design innovative strategies that green banks then deploy to market; increasing their impact while leveraging public funds and crowding in private capital.

What you get

Our services include

End to End custom research reports

Market intelligence reports

Energy finance policy review and analysis

Business Strategy and analysis

Competitor analysis and market entry analysis

Past Experience

Our Past Experience in Sustainable Innovation


Montgomery County Green Bank

For MCBG, SCA designed an innovative low-to-moderate income rooftop solar financing program, including securing an SREC broker partner and a PPA provider partner. For SCA’s second engagement, with MCGB, a pilot program was created to mitigate out-of-pocket costs that affordable multifamily property owners incur when installing EV charging infrastructure.

Sustainable Innovation

Electric Vehicles

Green Bank



Confluence Philanthropy

SCA developed a toolkit to support Confluence’s decarbonizing bank lending work. The toolkit provided Confluence member organizations with strategies to connect with their banks about reducing, or eliminating, fossil fuel lending. SCA developed a selection of engagement strategies so each organization could easily identify a strategy that suited their structure, and needs, when engaging with their bank. 

Sustainable Innovation



Maryland Clean Energy Center

In 2018, MCEC engaged SCA to develop a strategic plan for the Center to become financially self-sustaining over the next 5 years. The strategy report recommended actions for MCEC to develop a green financing platform consisting of various products including pre-development loans for low- income focused energy efficiency and solar projects, transportation electrification, and community resiliency projects.

Sustainable Innovation

Green Bank



Michigan Saves

SCA developed a strategy to reach more customers, in Michigan, with a specific focus on communities of color, low- and moderate-income communities, and disenfranchised communities. The submitted report assessed options for market expansion of existing products and strategies for developing new products and services. 

Sustainable Innovation

Green Bank



Vote Solar

SCA developed a framework for inclusive solar finance with the goal of identifying interventions that could expand access to solar products for all customers, particularly low-income and/or low-FICO customers. In addition to engaging stakeholders, SCA also conducted independent research, to identify barriers that contribute to limiting low income and/or low FICO customers’ access to solar products, potential interventions, and a discussion of market impacts. 

Sustainable Innovation



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