Please join us for our January webinar!
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) began with Residential PACE (R-PACE), and it continues to be an effective way for homeowners to finance projects that make their homes safer, healthier, and less expensive to operate. This webinar will focus on ways the R-PACE market has matured, met consumer needs, and addressed a range of challenges. Attention will be paid to the evolution of consumer protections and the current initiative by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to set ability to pay standards for R-PACE, which the PACE industry supports. Participants will learn about initiatives to expand the availability of R-PACE beyond California, Florida and Missouri, and how to engage with others to make R-PACE available in their communities.
Colin Bishopp is the Executive Director of PACENation, the national non profit organization that works to expand access to PACE. PACE is a voluntary financing option that allows property owners to make critical energy, water and resilience upgrades to their homes and businesses. Prior to joining PACENation, Colin served in senior leadership roles at Renew Financial and the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2016, Colin received a Fulbright to lead a seminar on clean energy finance at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. Colin earned his master’s degree at the University of Chicago and his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley.
Justin Strachan is Policy and Legislative Associate at Ygrene Energy Fund, where he works on national Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) policy and legislation and manages the development of new research on the public policy impacts of PACE. Prior to joining Ygrene, Justin was a New York State Solar Ombudsman at the City University of New York (CUNY), where he expanded and strengthened affordable financing options for solar and developed and managed local community solar programs. Justin has a bachelor’s degree in US History from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in US History, with a focus on climate change history, from CUNY Hunter College. Justin is committed to securing a lasting and strong clean energy economy.
Rachel Hobbs is the Director of Market Development for PACE Funding Group, LLC. A UK native, Rachel worked for the London Chamber of Commerce, and for a City in England before relocating to work for the Tax and Legal Services department of PwC in Moscow, Russia. Having settled in the US, she worked with energy utility companies and solar installers to implement the SunPower Rebate Assignment Program for Technology Credit Corporation. Rachel has been with PACE Funding Group for over four years focusing on Government Relations in California and Florida, and growing the territory of eligible municipalities to more than 550. She holds at II.I Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a Post Graduate Diploma from the University of Westminster.