C-PACE in Western PA: Opportunities for County Adoption

A Free Webinar on Thursday, January 20th, 12-1:30

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About this Webinar:

Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) is a financing mechanism that unlocks funds for commercial property developers, boosting a project’s ‘capital stack’ and supporting green features in commercial buildings. Pennsylvania state law enables C-PACE programs, but taking full advantage still requires a resolution at the county level.

Join the Pennsylvania communities who have invested $68 million to date in CPACE projects. This webinar will especially focus on C-PACE opportunities for counties in Western Pennsylvania, and we’ll take a closer look at case studies of successful and local C-PACE projects. Make sure that your community’s redevelopment and new building projects include high-performance water- and energy-efficient features, as well as resilient clean energy technologies.

Who Should Attend:

  • County economic development teams: Hear what it takes to ramp up and run a C-PACE program.
  • County elected officials and staff: Learn about program rules, administration, and benefits.
  • Developers and architects: Understand how to harness additional project funding for efficient, green technologies and better buildings.
  • Anyone else interested in learning more about C-PACE in Western PA

Our Speakers:


Elaine Evosevic-Lozada, Manager, Special Projects & Finance,
Allegheny County Economic Development

Elaine Evosevic-Lozada is the Manager of Special Projects and Finance for Allegheny County Economic Development. Along with managing grant funded projects ranging from nonprofit expansion and small business development to large capital projects, she also leads the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) programs. After Governor Wolf signed enabling legislation allowing for C-PACE in the Commonwealth, Elaine led efforts to develop a C-PACE program for Allegheny County, researching various existing programs and assembling teams across County departments and external stakeholders. The program launched in December 2020. The first project closed in 2021 and two more are expected to close in first quarter 2022 with more in the pipeline.

Prior to joining Allegheny County Economic Development in 2016, Elaine worked in nonprofit program development, affordable housing within community development banking and has served on nonprofit boards and her municipality’s Economic Development Council. Ms. Evosevic-Lozada holds a Masters of Public Policy and Management from University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Doug Hoffman

Doug Hoffman, Chief Financial Officer, Keystone Development + Investment

Doug drives all finance and accounting for Keystone Development + Investment. Adept at solving complex, high-dollar problems with an analytical foresight that looks beyond the numbers to relationships and long-term impacts, Doug provides innovative solutions that streamline operations and catalyze the company’s growth. His 25+ years of finance and accounting experience comprises billions of dollars of transactions. Prior to joining Keystone, Doug held leadership roles at EveryDay Networks, J.G Wentworth., Wrenchead, Inc., and GE Capital Commercial Finance. He obtained his CPA while working at Arthur Andersen. A Penn State graduate, Doug also holds an MBA from Tulane University.


William J. Locher, Senior Vice President of Corporate Banking, Somerset Trust

Mr. Locher is Senior Vice President of Corporate Banking at Somerset Trust Company, a $1.8 billion community bank founded in 1889. He has forty-six years in banking with broad based commercial lending experience with specific expertise in commercial real estate, asset-based lending, project finance, acquisition financing, ESOP financing and energy sector loans in the coal, natural gas and hydro power industries. Mr. Locher also has deep experience working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U. S. Small Business Administration and their loan guarantee programs.

He is a 1990 graduate of Saint Francis University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and a 1991 graduate “With Distinction” from the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate Scholl of Banking at the University of Delaware. He is a life-long resident of Johnstown, PA.


Kelly Sanders, Director of Programs, Sustainable Energy Fund

Ms. Sanders is responsible for executing the Sustainable Energy Fund’s educational and financial programs. Initiatives such as commercial loans, C-PACE, and Energypath are designed to advance sustainable energy throughout the Commonwealth. Her responsibilities include cultivating relationships with energy service providers and engaging with property owners who are interested in learning more about sustainable energy. She also creates educational programs and represents SEF at various speaking engagements and events.

As a non-profit professional, Kelly brings fifteen years of experience creating and implementing programs and events. Before shifting her programmatic work to sustainable energy, Sanders spent ten years creating exhibitions and programs in public history and the museum field.


Shelah Wallace, Regional Director, PA/NJ/DE Markets, Nuveen Green Capital

Shelah has over fifteen years of experience in commercial real estate. Prior to joining Nuveen Green Capital, Shelah had various lending roles including Commercial Real Estate Lending Specialist for Capitol Bank, VP Commercial Real Estate Loan Officer for Bancorp Bank, and Senior Investment Analyst for PGIM Real Estate Finance.  Additionally, Shelah spent many years working as an advisor to commercial real estate developers, aiding in structuring their JV partnerships, and helping raise debt and equity. Shelah received a BS in Economics from the Wharton Undergraduate program at the University of Pennsylvania.


Jeaneen Zappa, Executive Director, EEA & KEEA

With more than 20 years of professional experience spanning the for-profit, public, and not-for-profit sectors, Jeaneen’s expertise ranges from strategic planning to partnership and client relationships to program development. Prior to joining the EEA in August of 2020, Jeaneen was executive director of Conservation Consultants Inc., now part of Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, which focuses on residential energy efficiency and healthy home performance. Her previous professional roles include serving as the first Sustainability Manager for Allegheny County, Deputy Director of the Green Building Alliance, Director of Strategic Marketing for Descartes Systems Group, and Marketing Manager for Vocollect voice recognition technology.

Her early career included work for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and for the Pittsburgh Press, once the major daily newspaper in Pittsburgh. Jeaneen holds a dual degree in Magazine Journalism and Marketing from Syracuse University and an MBA from University of Pittsburgh.