White House Honors Boston Community Capital and CEFIA as Champions of Change

White House Honors Boston Community Capital and CEFIA as Champions of Change

Proving yet again that New England boasts a nation-leading clean energy sector, a pair of NECEC members were recognized at the White House today, for their work to drive policy changes that expand energy choices for Americans, while growing jobs and bringing new clean energy deployment in their state.

Elyse Cherry, the CEO of NECEC Member Boston Community Capital, and NECEC Board Member Jessica Bailey, Director of Commercial and Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) at Connecticut's Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) were recognized today as Solar Champions of Change. They joined eight other national leaders recognized at a solar summit at the White House.

Boston Community Capital was honored for its innovative work to help affordable housing developments, nonprofits, and other institutions serving low-income communities gain access to solar power, while CEFIA was recognized for its innovative programs that have spurred solar development in Connecticut.

"All communities - regardless of income level - should have access to cheap, abundant solar energy," Cherry said in a news release announcing the awards. "We are working to make that a reality so that everyone can benefit from solar power's cost savings and price stability and take part in efforts to address climate change. The people living and working in low-income communities want to be part our renewable energy economy, and they deserve a chance to participate. We are grateful that the White House is shining a light on this important issue, and are deeply honored that they have recognized our work."

In addition to honoring these clean energy leaders, the White House announced a number of new programs to expand solar in America's homes, businesses and schools, including $15 million in funding for the Regional Solar Market Pathways program, which targets broad regulator and policy market barriers with a focus on stakeholder partnership and commercial-scale solar, and the development of a new Guide to Federal Financing for Clean Energy, which highlights financing programs in various federal agencies that can be used to pay for clean energy.

Read more about these new programs and join us in congratulating NECEC's members who are Solar Champions of Change!

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