By Kansas City Business Journal

Brightergy LLC is fueling an expansion into Boston with a $2.5 million boost from investors, the company announced Wednesday.

The Lenexa-based solar energy company said it would announce additional Northeast regional offices soon. The Boston office will start with 10 employees, but the company plans to hire 15 more, Brightergy CEO Adam Blake said in an email. Brightergyâ¿¿s local office has 30 employees.

⿿Our base of operations remains here ⿿ it is our home,⿝ Susan Brown, business development vice president, said in an email. ⿿We will continue to do all the back-office operations from here like marketing, design, engineering, accounting, IT and other support functions locally for all our offices. We, of course, will be able to expand hiring here in KC for those areas and also for sales, as we will continue to focus on installations in Missouri.⿝

Brightergy operated as the The Energy Savings Store before Atlas Properties of Forth Worth, Texas, bought it in the fall of 2010.

Trinity Private Equity Group, which has a Southlake, Texas, headquarters, is investing $2.5 million in Brightergy⿿s parent company. Brightergy said the investment will help it capture more commercial customers. Trinity also is partnering with Brightergy to establish a ⿿commercial project finance fund⿝ to target $40 million in commercial solar projects, focusing on 200-kilowatt to 1-megawatt systems.

⿿We see a strong demand in the market to provide financing for smaller commercial solar projects because most financiers focus on larger multi-megawatt projects,⿝ Blake said in a written statement.

Brightergy specializes in offering customers ⿿innovative financing⿝ to help finance their solar panel purchases, along with assistance in applying for federal and state grants.

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