Written by: Amy Sneed Barrios

Multimedia Solutions




Albany, NY (May 31, 2016) – A first of its kind partnership in Albany was announced today with the goal of helping first time homebuyers enjoy the benefits of clean energy. Arbor Hill Development Corporation announced the addition of a solar and energy efficiency component to its new home buyer assistance program. The HUD-certified home buyer education program now also provides access to affordable solar technology and energy efficiency consultants from PosiGen Solar, as well as credit counseling and repair from Clearpoint Credit Counseling Solutions.

The new sustainable home buyer education program has the full support of a long list of elected officials, including Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Albany Common Councilmembers Ron Bailey, Judd Krasher and Kelly Kimbrough. Support also comes from New York State Senator Neil Breslin, Assembly Member John McDonald and County Executive Dan McCoy and County Legislator Wanda Willingham. In addition, several potential Albany homeowners were excited to attend today’s announcement at the Arbor Hill/West Hill Library in Albany.  

Arlene Way, Executive Director of Arbor Hill Development Corporation, is excited to expand the offerings of the program. “We believe our collaboration with Clearpoint Credit Counseling Solutions and PosiGen Solar Solutions will have a game-changing influence on the development of sustainable home ownership in our communities,” Way said.

PosiGen’s mission is to make solar affordable to everyone. The company is working to close what many see as a clean energy affordability gap by making solar available to all homeowners regardless of income. Kimberly Bovia Brown, PosiGen Community Events Manager said, “We are excited about bringing affordable solar to all homeowners, and believe the addition of this solar component to this program will greatly benefit all Albany homeowners.”

Program participants receive credit counseling and repair, including debt management and consolidation, from Clearpoint Credit Counseling Solutions. Robert Smith, Financial Education Specialist, says the company is proud to partner with Arbor Hill and PosiGen to help people fulfill their dreams of home ownership through sustainable housing. Smith said, “We are delighted to provide services that will support the Albany community, continuing our fifty-year history of promoting consumer health through financial literacy.”

The next Arbor Hill Sustainable Home Buyer Assistance Program begins June 7th. Participants will receive:

  • HUD-Certified Home Buyer Education Program
  • Achievement plan development and personal coaching
  • HUD-Certified Home Buyer Education Program
  • Achievement plan development and personal coaching
  • Credit counseling and repair, including debt management and consolidation
  • Introductions to lenders and various mortgage products; attorneys; appraisers; realtors; building trade professionals etc.
  • Access to energy-efficiency consultants and affordable solar technology
  • Group tours of select properties
  • Application assistance for grants relating to down payment assistance and repair/rehab of property
  • On-going post-purchase support

Interested home buyers can learn more about the Arbor Hill Sustainable Home Buyer Assistance Program at their Open House and Registration: June 4th from 3p-6p at the Arbor Hill/West Hill Library.

About Arbor Hill

The Arbor Hill Development Corp (AHDC) is a not-for profit Neighborhood Preservation Company that is concerned with the revitalization of: Arbor Hill, North Albany, Sheridan Hollow, West Hill and West End neighborhoods. AHDC seeks to improve the quality of life through the creation of welcoming environments, thriving neighborhood economies, and access to world class education and careers. To learn more about the Arbor Hill Development Corporation, visit:www.facebook.com/arborhilldc or www.arborhilldc.org


About PosiGen

Headquartered in New Orleans, PosiGen Solar and Energy Efficiency is one of the nation’s leading residential solar, energy efficiency and energy education providers.  PosiGen has more than 7,500 residential customers, 195 direct employees and 150 contract employees in New York, Connecticut, Florida and Louisiana. PosiGen's unique services and products make solar energy affordable to homeowners of all income levels, and offer individuals, families and businesses the opportunity to achieve greater fiscal autonomy and energy independence by lowering their utility bills.  To learn about PosiGen, please visit www.posigen.com


About ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions

Founded in Atlanta in 1964, ClearPoint is a nonprofit organization that helps consumers build long-term economic security by providing a full range of solutions-focused financial education, counseling, coaching and advisory services for low- to moderate-income individuals and families. ClearPoint is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), a system-wide accredited business with the Council on Better Business Bureaus, and a Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-approved housing counseling agency. Free appointments for counseling may be scheduled by calling 800.750.2227 (se habla español). For more about ClearPoint, visit www.ClearPointCCS.org