New Energy Equity, President & CEO Matt Hankey Named 2021 Winners in BIG Awards for Business

Annapolis, MD—December 7, 2021— New Energy Equity (“New Energy”), a national developer and financier of community and commercial solar projects, announced today that the organization and its co-founder, President and CEO Matt Hankey were each awarded the Business Intelligence Group’s BIG Awards for Business and named 2021 Small Business of the Year and Small Business Executive of the Year. Launched in 2012, the BIG Awards for Business award program recognizes and rewards companies, products, and people throughout the world that are leading their respective industries. With this award, New Energy Equity and Matt Hankey stand alongside other leading companies such as past winners, AT&T, ADP, and UnitedHealthcare. 

“We are so proud to reward both New Energy Equity and its President and CEO Matt Hankey for their outstanding 2021 leadership and achievements,” said Maria Jimenez, chief nomination officer of the Business Intelligence Group. “This year’s group of winners are clearly leading by example in the global business community.” 

Having co-founded New Energy in 2013, at the age of 28, Hankey has led the company to complete over 275MW of solar installations nationwide and close more than $550M in clean energy investments. New Energy was established with the purpose of driving the evolution of clean energy through every project it touches, leaving behind a better world. This mission is reflected in the company’s charitable giving arm, the Lift As We Climb Foundation, which supports organizations dedicated to improving their local communities. 

Asked about the awards, Hankey said, New Energy has always been dedicated to making solar power and financing more accessible to all people throughout the country, while creating a positive impact in the communities we serveBeing recognized as Small Business of the Year and Small Business Executive of the Year by the Business Intelligence Group’s BIG Awards is a true honorThese accolades are a testament of the hard work and dedication of every New Energy employee, who are committed to our mission and live our company values every day.”  

About New Energy Equity 

Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, New Energy Equity develops and finances solar power generation assets, providing clean electricity to commercial, industrial, municipal, and utility customers under long-term contracts. New Energy Equity has successfully developed over 275MW of solar projects and closed more than $550M in clean energy investments. The company was ranked as the 7th Top Solar Developer and the 8th Top Solar Contractor on Solar Power World’s “2021 Top Solar Contractors” list and was voted as one of the fastest-growing energy companies in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia by Inc. Magazine in 2020. To learn more, visit 

About Business Intelligence Group 

The Business Intelligence Group was founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world. Unlike other industry award programs, business executives – those with experience and knowledge-judge the programs. The organization’s proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and then rewards those companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers.