Obama Honors Norwalker for Promoting Solar Power

President Obama named Jessica Bailey of Norwalk a "Champion of Change."

Jessica Bailey, who promotes solar power at CEFIA, the state's "Green Bank" authority, was honored by President Barack Obama Thursday when he named her a "Champion of Change".
Jessica Bailey, who promotes solar power at CEFIA, the state's "Green Bank" authority, was honored by President Barack Obama Thursday when he named her a "Champion of Change".
Jessica Bailey of Norwalk has been named one of 10 "Champions for Change" by President Obama for her work to promote solar energy as director of Connecticut's "Green Bank."

Bailey is director of the Commercial and Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) at the state's Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), the state's "Green Bank."

Bailey joined C-PACE in August 2012. Before that she worked with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. She grew up in Chicago and now lives in Connecticut with her husband Brian and their two children, Luke and Eliza.

“Congratulations to Jessica Bailey on being named a Champion for Change for her dedication to expanding the use of solar energy in Connecticut,” said U.S. Rep. Jim Himes in a news release.

According to Himes' news release: "The statewide program Bailey designed as director of C-PACE allows building owners to access financing to perform clean energy improvements on their properties. In the first year, this program brought $20 million in financing to clean energy projects in Connecticut, resulting in the deployment of over 3 megawatts of solar energy and millions of dollars of energy efficiency savings across 2 million square feet of buildings."

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal also congratulated Bailey in a news release: "I applaud Jessica and the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority for this important recognition today — fitting praise for the program's success in attracting significant sources of new financing to critical alternative energy projects."

In her past job as program officer for sustainable development at the New York City-based Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Bailey "co-managed a $7 million portfolio of grants focused on combating climate change and promoting clean energy," according to the CEFIA website.

Bailey has a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a graduate degree from Yale. She sits on the board of directors for the New England Clean Energy Council.

CEFIA was founded in 2011 to combine public and private funds to promote  clean energy in Connecticut. The first state “Green Bank” in the nation, CEFIA has served as a model for other states, according to Himes.

David Parsons April 22, 2014 at 05:10 PM
Connecticut tax revenue is doing just fine. Zero net loss due to business leaving or any other imaginary reason....... 2011 - $13.7 Billion...... 2012 - $15.7 Billion...... 2013 - $16.5 Billion..... See page 10......... http://www.ct.gov/drs/lib/drs/research/annualreport/drs_fy13_annual_report.pdf
Kevin April 22, 2014 at 05:39 PM
Of course its doing fine,Plato. Your hero,Malloy just increased taxes.Thats all you guys do. Got a deficit?Raise taxes. Cut wastefull spending? Nah,we don't do that. We are liberals.Thats how we roll.
David Parsons April 22, 2014 at 05:43 PM
Nice try. Taxes were raised in 2011. No tax increase in the last year from 2012 to 2013 yet tax revenue still went up.
Kevin April 22, 2014 at 05:47 PM
Name me one program you spendthrift lefties have eliminated?It never even occurs to you people.Its just not in your genes. You just don't mind wasting money.It doesn't bother you. Maybe you don't work,or pay any taxes,is that it?
Jon Gibson April 22, 2014 at 05:59 PM


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