Breakout year shows CleanCapital’s model is working

CleanCapital Solar Investment 3-2

Earlier this week, we announced our first acquisition of 2019: two solar projects in Indiana and Ohio totalling 13.2MW. This closing comes as I celebrate one year as CleanCapital’s Head of Acquisitions and General Counsel, which has me reflecting on the company’s growth and many successes over the past 12 months. It’s been a breakout year, made possible in large part by the technology platform that enables our investments and operations.

Accelerating the pace of acquisitions.

Our acquisitions last year totaled 71MW, or $130M, more than tripling the capacity of the assets that CleanCapital owns and operates. Among our 2018 closings was the acquisition of our largest portfolio to date, comprised of 60 individual projects in three states. And we announced partnerships with CarVal Investors and BlackRock, enabling us to swiftly connect institutional capital to attractive opportunities. Our team hit its stride and continues to prove its ability to close deals in record time.

Using technology to build efficiency.

Perhaps even more significant than our public achievements were the many behind-the-scenes wins that made them possible. One of the most exciting things about the past year was the full-scale launch of CleanCapital’s technology platform. That technology has become an integral part of the transaction process, not just for our team but for our partners as well, including the sellers and investors we work with and our myriad advisors on these transactions. The platform organizes information, communication, and process flow to dramatically increase the speed and efficiency with which we are able to close deals.

Growing our assets.

We kicked off 2019 with the acquisition of a portfolio that includes our largest single asset to date: a 12.6MW solar array at the Indianapolis International Airport. We took that deal from initial evaluation to closing in seven weeks (less, if you consider the impact of the winter holidays). Our technology has grown and adapted to serve our needs along with those of our partners — CarVal Investors, BlackRock, KPMG, Ernst & Young, CIT, Santander, DuFour Conapinski, and Akin Gump, to name a few — as we underwrite, diligence, and manage our portfolio. We now rely on it to manage the operations of 108 solar projects in 11 states.

Proving out the model.

CleanCapital is still a young company, but as I look at our recent record I believe we’re achieving what we set out to do: accelerate the flow of capital into clean energy. The pace of recent acquisitions and speed with which we closed them shows that we’ve got the tools, relationships, and expertise to respond to investor demand for these assets, and we are ready to launch into new areas of renewable energy in the coming year. Our technology is conquering the complexities that used to make renewable energy investment so challenging, and the industry is taking notice.

CleanCapital Accelerates Solar Acquisitions, Announcing 13MW Deal in Indiana and Ohio

NEW YORK, New York – January 29, 2019 – CleanCapital announced today the acquisition of a 13.2MW solar portfolio from General Energy Solutions USA, Inc. The portfolio is comprised of sites in Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio. CleanCapital’s growth has accelerated in the past 12 months, having invested more than $300 million to acquire more than 100MW of distributed operating solar assets throughout the United States. This investment is the latest in a series of acquisitions through CleanCapital’s $250 million investment vehicle with CarVal Investors. Included in this acquisition is a portion of the IND Solar Farm at the Indianapolis International Airport, which was, when completed in 2013, the largest solar farm on airport real estate in the world.

CleanCapital now owns and operates 108 solar sites in 11 states ranging in size from 25KW to 12,600KW. The company’s partnerships with CarVal Investors, BlackRock, and other institutional investors are driving institutional investment into the rapidly growing distributed clean energy sector. Chris Hopgood of Ignite Renewable Capital, LLC consulted on this transaction.

“Our mission at CleanCapital is to accelerate the flow of capital to renewable energy projects in response to the urgent threat of climate change,” said Thomas Byrne, CEO of CleanCapital. “This most recent acquisition again affirms the robust investor appetite for these assets; CleanCapital remains committed to growing institutional investment in all sectors of the clean energy market via our cutting-edge platform.”

 “The CleanCapital team had the expertise and capital resources to move our portfolio from initial evaluation to closing in less than 60 days,” said Jack Chen, Managing Director of General Energy Solutions USA. “We are proud to work with an organization that so clearly demonstrates the capacity to invest in and effectively manage clean energy assets.”

About CleanCapital
CleanCapital is an industry-leading clean energy investment platform. Founded in 2015, CleanCapital owns and manages nearly $300M of distributed operating solar assets. CleanCapital leverages its leading edge technology platform to evaluate renewable energy investments with speed and certainty. Its mission is to accelerate investment in all sectors of the clean energy industry to address the urgent threat of climate change. Learn more at

About General Energy Solutions USA, Inc.
General Energy Solutions USA is the global solar system development vehicle of United Renewable Energy Co., Ltd ( headquartered in Taiwan. GES leverages URE’s position as a leader in solar cell technology in order to expand its global solar systems businesses. GES strives to lead the way as a provider of sustainable and affordable photovoltaic energy systems on a global scale.

About CarVal Investors
CarVal Investors is a leading global alternative investment fund manager focused on distressed and credit-intensive assets and market inefficiencies. Since 1987, CarVal has invested $113 billion in 5,320 transactions across 79 countries. CarVal has a history of successful energy and power investments and is innovative in structuring partnerships in the renewables industry. For more information, visit

About Ignite Renewable Capital, LLC
Ignite Renewable Capital is focused on renewable energy financing, development and consulting to leading developers and financiers in North and South America. Since its inception, Ignite has demonstrated the ability to successfully market renewable projects and operating assets to various investors and maximize returns to its clients.

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