Jessica Bailey of Norwalk has been named one of the 10 “Champions for Change” selected by President Barack Obama for her efforts to expand solar energy usage in Connecticut. On Thursday Congressman Jim Himes congratulated Bailey, the director of (C-PACE) Commercial and Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy at the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), Connecticut’s “green bank.”
“Congratulations to Jessica Bailey on being named a Champion for Change for her dedication to expanding the use of solar energy in Connecticut,” Himes said. “The success of Connecticut’s Green Bank in making our state more carbon neutral is a testament to the positive impact public-private partnerships can have, and I am pleased that Bailey’s work at CEFIA is gaining national recognition.”
Bailey has worked in the sustainable energy field for years. Before she joined (C-PACE) in 2012, she served as the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s program officer for sustainable development, co-managing a $7 million portfolio of grants focused on combating climate change and promoting clean energy.
CEFIA was established in 2011 by joining public and private funds to drive investment and scale-up clean energy deployment in Connecticut. As the first state “Green Bank” in the nation, CEFIA has served as a model for other states’ Green Banks.