Yale School of the Environment

Financing and Deploying Clean Energy


Financing and Deploying Clean Energy (FDCE) is a 10-month admissions-based online certificate program at Yale that trains and connects rising leaders to catalyze an equitable transition to a clean economy. FDCE participants join a growing network of clean energy experts at the forefront of our energy transition and build key abilities in the areas of policy, finance and clean technology. 

The global economy is transforming rapidly. The world needs leaders in all sectors who can connect the massive economic opportunity of clean energy to the moral imperatives of addressing climate change and protecting all communities and ecosystems. The International Energy Agency estimates an annual investment of $4 trillion per year in clean energy is needed to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and give the world a chance of limiting the global temperature rise.  

Globally, leading countries and companies demonstrate how quickly this economic transformation can occur. In the USA, the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act represents an unprecedented $370+ billion in climate and clean energy investments. Renewable capacity additions will grow faster than ever in the next five years. Yet we are still not on track to meet our global goals. The history of clean energy shows that talented professionals, like you, have always beaten expectations. In this program, you’ll join a group of people who support each other to set the bar even higher. 

To tackle challenges, all must come together to design solutions that distribute costs and benefits equitably and build the clean energy future at a faster rate than thought possible. It requires accelerating and developing innovative approaches to how we finance, produce, distribute, and consume energy. It requires understanding powerful policy levers, optimizing financial and energy models, finding better applications of technology and leaning on a network of talented peers for insight and advice. It requires an informed workforce and powerful knowledge networks.  

That is why the Yale Center for Business and the Environment has drawn on its vast network of professionals and on the expertise of Yale faculty to offer a unique program marrying academic rigor with practical tools to maximize your impact. 

Program Takeaways

  • Understand how policy supports or hinders the scaling up of clean energy
  • A network of talented peers to provide insight and advice
  • Understand how current energy models work and examine the technological and economic challenges to the clean energy transition
  • Understand the development process, investment requirements, and economic risks and returns associated with clean energy, and practice skills in financial modeling
  • Examine what innovative business models, policy, and technological solutions can be used to overcome these obstacles
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Both self-paced online asynchronous and synchronous

42 weeks (10 Months)
Tuition: $10,500
Non-Credit Certificate