Obama Honors Norwalk Woman As Champion For Change For Solar Energy Work

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Norwalk's Jessica Bailey was recently named one of 10 "Champions for Change" by President Barack Obama.
Norwalk's Jessica Bailey was recently named one of 10 "Champions for Change" by President Barack Obama. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk's Jessica Bailey was recently named one of 10 "Champions for Change" by President Barack Obama for her work to promote solar energy. 

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes congratulated Bailey for her work. The “Champions for Change” were recognized for their efforts to "promote and expand the deployment of solar energy in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors," according to a press release.

Bailey is the director of Commercial and Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) 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,” said Himes. “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.”

CEFIA was established in 2011 to leverage public and private funds to drive investment and scale-up clean energy deployment in Connecticut.

The first state “Green Bank” in the nation, CEFIA has served as a model for other states’ Green Banks. The statewide program Bailey designed as director of C-PACE allows building owners to access financing to perform clean energy improvements on their properties, according to the release. 

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