East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is now Ava Community Energy (Ava). New name, new look. Same clean energy, low rates, and local programs.

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Administration, Operations, Finance, and Human Resources

Group of employees who work at Ava Community Energy

Niels Zellers

Director, Clean Energy Structured Finance

Niels leads Ava’s structured finance activities. Niels has over 15 years of experience evaluating, negotiating, structuring, and closing on investment and financing opportunities. Most recently, Niels served as CEO for Bright Community Capital, where he oversaw capital formation, corporate finance, and investments in distributed generation renewable energy projects, particularly those in underserved communities. Prior to Bright Community Capital, Niels held investment and finance roles with investment groups such as CEI Capital Management and Fidelity Investments. Niels holds an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Stephan M. Ross School of Business, an MS in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & Environment, and a BA in Mathematical Computer Science from Lewis & Clark College.

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