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Clean Energy States Alliance

Clean Energy States Alliance: Scaling Up Solar for Under-Resourced Communities


About the Clean Energy States Alliance:

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is a leading bipartisan coalition of states working together to advance the rapid expansion of clean energy technologies and bring the benefits of clean energy to all. We work with our members to develop and implement effective clean energy policies and programs. Our Vision is to ensure that state-led efforts advance a just transition to 100% clean energy by 2050.

CESA’s members—primarily state energy agencies representing 18 states and the District of Columbia—include many of the nation’s most innovative, successful, and influential implementers of clean energy policies. Together, CESA and its members perform an essential role in moving the nation from fossil-fueled electricity generation to affordable clean energy.

The opportunity:

The Scaling Up Solar for Under-Resourced Communities Project supports states to accelerate the development of solar projects in three distinct subsets of the Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI) solar market: single-family homes, manufactured homes, and community institutions, including multifamily affordable housing. You can read more about each track here. This project is funded under a multi-year award from DOE.

In this project, CESA and its project team provide (a) technical assistance to states building new LMI solar programs such as Hawaii, Rhode Island, Virginia, or Colorado, (b) resource and knowledge sharing activities for pilot programs or projects in states such as Minnesota, and (c) tools or research to states and other market actors. In addition, as states start implementing the Inflation Reduction Act, including activities related to the $27B Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund by EPA and to new models stemming from the expanded Investment Tax Credit, CESA supports states in folding these funding opportunities into new state program designs.

The intern will support the project team’s activities across the three tracks and, depending on the candidate’s experience and interest, may be called upon to support any of the activities above.

The intern will report to the Project Director for Solar and Offshore Wind, Vero Bourg-Meyer. 


This can be either entirely remote, or hybrid with an opportunity to work out of CESA’s office in Montpelier, VT.

How to apply:

Please submit:

  • your resume
  • a cover letter (no more than 2 pages) to include:
    • your interest in this project
    • any relevant background/experience
    • why you believe this work is important
    • share any important identity or identities you hold. Note that this is completely optional. Examples of identities that may be important to you might include (but are not limited to): gender, race, ethnicity, political affiliation, generation, education level, cultural identity, occupation, sexuality, family structure, housing status, mental health (health status/ability), incarceration status, institution affiliation, primary language, religion, immigration status, medical history, first-generation, income/ socio-economic class, quality of education, occupation, and/or parent's education.

Please email the above directly to Vero Bourg-Meyer ( and Warren Leon ( with “CBEY Planetary Solutions Internship Program in Clean Energy/CESA” in the subject line. Please also copy Application deadline is 11:59 PM ET on March 27th.