Clean Energy Project Financing: Where the rubber meets the road.
Clean Energy Project Financing: Where the rubber meets the road.
Thu, January 18, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
WeWork Wonder Bread Factory
641 S Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
Leaders in Energy is pleased to announce its 4th annual Green Financing event. Our partner is Potential Energy DC, an energy incubator.
Energy and sustainability solutions are often sold through complex financing arrangements such as power purchase agreements (PPAs), sale-leaseback, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), and other mechanisms. So, what does that mean to those of us trying to launch products into the market, build startups, and change the world? We need to get a project financing MBA yesterday!
Join us on January 18, for the Leaders in Energy and Potential Energy DC co-sponsored social-panel event at the WeWork Wonder Bread Factory. We will be bringing together the dream team of energy project financing. Come listen to and meet experts from across the region to help get your products and solutions into the market by understanding the levers of project finance.
Tom Deyo is the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Montgomery County Green Bank (MCGB). He brings his finance, operations, and mission-strong background to accelerate MGCB’s goal of bringing greater access to clean energy and energy efficiency financing for households, businesses, and institutions in Montgomery County, MD.
Deyo has over 30 years of experience in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors in financing and investment, technical assistance, knowledge building, and grant making in housing and community development and green programs. Deyo has established numerous initiatives and programs in green outcomes, community investment, and real estate development and management. Deyo has worked at the national level with financial services institutions and nonprofit intermediaries. His work has delivered products and services to local civic and nonprofit organizations, with a focus on their low- and moderate-income constituents.
Deyo joins MCGB from NeighborWorks America where he led its division focused on real estate development and management and green strategies for nine years. Prior to NeighborWorks, Deyo was at Fannie Mae for fourteen years where he worked extensively with the company’s field operations and partners. He worked throughout the company to advance tailored single-family and multifamily mortgage and investment products that responded to local market needs. Deyo has been a resident of Montgomery County for nearly 30 years. Tom is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and University of Virginia.
Jon Powers is the Co-Founder and President of CleanCapital. His responsibilities include leading corporate strategy and development, investor relations, and marketing. His passion for clean energy derives from his time served with the US Army in Iraq and the realization that a clean energy economy is vital to protect America’s national security interests.
After helping revolutionize the US Army’s energy program, Powers was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer. While in this role, Powers recognized the need to address the inefficiencies in clean energy finance. Powers was named to Washington Life’s Top 25 Tech Leader for DC, 2016.
Powers has a Masters degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Global Security Studies – Energy Security.
Cullen Kasunic, Distributed Generation/Cleantech Project Financing Expert, is a Principal with Kasunic Consulting. He is an expert in building and evaluating first-of-their-kind solar, wind, biofuel, and energy efficiency project finance structures. Kasunic is the co-founder of a leading distributed wind developer United Wind, which has raised over $250M in project capital to date.
Kasunic is currently underwriting large commercial solar transactions at Public Service Enterprise Group (PSE&G), consulting to early-stage energy companies on how to enhance their business through project finance, and providing expert advice to project investors. His clients have included leaders in the space such as Sealed Inc., Generate Capital, and Optimus Technologies.
Kasunic holds an MBA focused on technology innovation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Bachelors in Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis from the State University of NY at Albany.
Abby Johnson is President of Abacus Property Solutions (“Abacus”) a real estate advisory firm specialized in developing and financing energy solutions for commercial building owners. Abacus serves as the owner’s independent advocate in identifying, vetting and arranging financing for projects that maximize building performance and ROI as well as minimize out of pocket costs.
Johnson, a LEED AP has specialized in bringing PACE to markets across the country for the past 4 1/2 years. In Virginia, she was a key player in fixing Virginia’s flawed PACE legislation in 2015, and is currently developing the state program guidelines. Abby’s new organization, Atlantic PACE assists East Coast owners, local governments, and commercial contractors in integrating PACE into their markets for both existing buildings and new construction projects. Prior to forming Abacus, Abby worked for over 15 years in commercial real estate finance both as an underwriter and originator of commercial transactions. Her real estate background is complemented by her experience in the building sciences, providing architectural/engineering assessments of commercial properties and working as an architect in large-scale urban redevelopment projects in Rome, Italy.
Johnson has authored numerous articles on energy efficiency, PACE, smart metering and green building, and is a LEED AP O+M. She has a Bachelor of Architectural History from the University of Virginia and a Master in International Economics and Management from L’Universita’ SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy. She is based in Williamsburg, Virginia with an office in Washington D.C.
Rich Dooley is currently the Community Energy Coordinator on the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) team in Arlington County’s Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management. Rich was instrumental in developing the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program in Arlington County for commercial properties. He also serves on the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s Green Business Committee.
Dooley holds two Masters Degrees in Public Affairs (MPA) and Environmental Science (MSES) from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He previously worked at the NAHB Research Center as a Green Building and Land Use Specialist and at SAIC as an Environmental Management Systems Specialist. Dooley lives in Arlington with his wife and two daughters. He appreciates the opportunity to have a job that allows him to bike to the office and work on projects that impact the community in which he lives.