About Us

Who We Are

The Texas PACE Authority was founded as a nonprofit organization in 2015 with the express goal of streamlining the implementation of PACE-funded clean energy projects in Texas using the “PACE in a Box” model. The statute authorizing PACE in Texas (SB 385) was passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013 and The Texas PACE Authority is now expanding to counties and municipalities across Texas.


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Charlene Heydinger, President

Charlene Heydinger also serves as the executive director of Keeping PACE in Texas, the trade association created in 2012 to promote Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing in Texas. Ms. Heydinger is a public affairs strategist.

Charlene worked on Capitol Hill for over nine years and then as vice president and Washington counsel for ABC, Inc. She also served as executive director of the Morton and Angela Topfer Family Foundation. Ms. Heydinger is a member of the Texas, Washington, DC, and Michigan Bar Associations.


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Jonathon Blackburn, Managing Director

Prior to moving to Austin, Jonathon lived in the UK and worked for a venture and commercialization firm developing technology startups. He co-founded a University of Cambridge spin-out that is building a mobile clean energy storage system.  Jonathon started his career as an engineer at the electric utility Southern Company in environmental and energy policy, before moving to its wholesale division developing some of Southern’s first utility-scale renewable energy power plants.

Jonathon holds graduate degrees from the University of Cambridge and Duke University. He also has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University.


herlinPeter Herlin, Manager, PACE Projects

Before joining the Texas PACE Authority, Peter worked for the City of Austin at Austin-Bergstom International Airport in Property Management and Business Development. He has also worked for the State of Texas Office of the Governor in the Economic Development and Tourism Department. As Community Liaison at the Neuropathy Alliance of Texas, he gained experience in fundraising and nonprofit development. Peter earned his Bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Illinois.



Deborah CampDeborah Camp, Creative Director

Deborah is the driving force behind the Texas PACE Authority brand.

Before joining the Texas PACE Authority, Deborah received her Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. She is currently in the process of obtaining her Master’s Degree in Communication Design from Texas State University in San Marcos.


Board Members

  • Steve Block, secretary
  • Michael Gromacki
  • John Hall
  • Charlene Heydinger, president
  • Penny Redington

Advisory Committee

  • Hon. Kip Averitt
  • Tony Bennett
  • Hon. Warren Chisum
  • Kathey Ferland
  • Debbie Kimberly
  • Luke Legate
  • Steve Minick
  • Terrie Salinas
  • Carlton Schwab

PACE in a Box

To expedite the establishment of local PACE programs in Texas and to facilitate a consistent, state-wide approach to PACE design and implementation, Keeping PACE in Texas, a nonprofit non-partisan association, organized a broad-based coalition of more than 130 stakeholders to develop a free toolkit for local governments to use in creating and implementing their PACE programs.

The toolkit, known as “PACE in a Box,” contains all of the design elements, documents, and implementation steps necessary for a local government to establish an effective PACE program quickly and economically. PACE in a Box is the first and only PACE program designed by market stakeholders. The open-market model creates a uniform, user-friendly, sustainable and scalable PACE program for Texas.

Find PACE in a Box at www.KeepingPACEinTexas.org

Texas PACE Authority’s Commitment
to being a Sustainable Business

The Texas PACE Authority is committed to leading Austin’s community as a sustainable green business. To find out more about AGBL and CityofAustin_AGBL_Logo_Gold_143C_RGB_how to join the program visit the website here:

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For more information about adopting a PACE program in your region, taking advantage of the program, or volunteering to educate municipalities and other stakeholders, visit the website: