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Solar Power International & Energy Storage International

Flexibility and Applications of PACE Finance

Tuesday, September 25
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: 206AB

Join the experts for an in-depth market update of the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) finance market and learn how developers and other stakeholders can incorporate these innovations into their solar product portfolios. This session will investigate both residential and commercial PACE, discuss crowdsourced knowledge gaps, and delve into the new markets opened through PACE.

Elyssa Rothe

Director, Policy and Market Development
PACENation

Elyssa leads legislation and market development initiatives at PACENation, the national, nonprofit advocacy organization for PACE Financing. She has spent her career working in the clean energy sector, primarily as a Director at Energize NY, NY State's PACE program, and under multiple contracts for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Elyssa graduated from New York University with a bachelor's degree in social entrepreneurship, and received a Professional Certificate in Fundraising from NYU in 2014. In her spare time, Elyssa volunteers as a consultant to several organizations dedicated to scaling urban agriculture in NYC.

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Jessica Bailey

Co-founder/Chief Executive Officer
Greenworks Lending

Jessica led the design and management of the C-PACE program at the CT Green Bank. In its first two years, the program financed $75 million in clean energy projects and executed the first securitization of commercial efficiency assets – more than doubling the volume of PACE transactions between 2013 and 2014. Bailey worked from 2004-2012 at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), an $800 million foundation based in New York. As the Fund’s program officer for sustainable development, she co-managed a $7 million portfolio of grants focused on combating climate change and promoting clean energy.
In 2014, Jessica was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House for solar deployment. The Hartford Business Journal dubbed her a “Green Warrior” for her work designing the successful Connecticut C-PACE program. After co-founding Greenworks Lending and scaling C-PACE nationally, Jessica was named to Connecticut Magazine’s 2018 list of “40 under 40.” She received her graduate degree from Yale University and undergraduate from the University of Notre Dame.

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Brandon Deno

Vice President, Solar Business Development
CleanFund

Brandon has been active in the solar PV industry for more than 10 years, with deep experience ranging from site design and rooftop installation to channel development and distribution to overseas panel manufacturing. Brandon came to CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital after five years at AU Optronics Corp. (AUO/BenQ Solar), Taiwan’s largest PV module manufacturer, where he was responsible for leading the US sales and service team from zero to over $40M in annual sales. In his time in the solar industry, Brandon has personally originated more than 100 MW of module and system sales. Prior to joining the solar industry, he spent nine years developing various vertical markets for an energy efficient pre-engineered building system. Brandon holds a B.S. in Management with a Minor in Marketing from Purdue University.

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Cisco DeVries

Chief Innovation Officer/Founder
Renew Financial

Renewable Funding is a finance company specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for residential and commercial properties. The firm is providing over $500 million in capital through the CaliforniaFIRST Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program and the WHEEL unsecured energy loan program. It also is fund and program manager for the State of Hawaii’s Green Infrastructure Authority.

Previously, as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Berkeley, he envisioned and led the initial development of the first PACE program, which allows property owners to pay for solar installations and energy efficiency projects as a line item on their property tax bill. DeVries also served as an appointee in the administration of President Bill Clinton, serving as an aide to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and the U.S. Secretary of Energy.

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Nir Maimon

Chief Executive Officer/President
Sol Reliable & Treeium Energy

NIR MAIMON
CEO and Founder
"Always do more than is required of you." – General George S. Patton

After completing my service in the Israeli Navy as a Commanding Officer, I graduated Tel Aviv University with a Business Degree, and pursued my career in construction and remodeling in 2002. In 2006, I co-founded SolReliable and Treeium energy to help homeowners and business owners achieve energy efficiency through a new and exciting approach that comprehensively matches superior solar panels with the most cutting-edge energy solutions. I live the products we promote—I have remodeled my own home with Tier-1 Solar panels, heat-resistant COOL Roof, and stunning artificial grass. Environmental conservation is a personal passion; as a certified GUE technical guide diver, I volunteer to help detangle animals caught in nets. It is my belief that climate change and energy efficiency is one of the timeliest topics of the 21st Century—by moving the industry forward through customer care, technological innovation, and hard work, we can all build a better future for our children and the planet.

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