Thought leadership and opinions

Congress must act to help solar thrive

A final 2019 acquisition solidifies CleanCapital’s position as a C&I solar market leader and showcases the advantages we reap from purpose-built technology.

2019 Impact Report

Drawing the line from clean energy investment to climate impact.

How technology helps us advance the ball

A final 2019 acquisition solidifies CleanCapital’s position as a C&I solar market leader and showcases the advantages we reap from purpose-built technology.

Tell Congress to extend the ITC

The Solar Investment Tax Credit is due to expire in a few weeks unless Congress intervenes.

Let’s use PG&E to leapfrog the clean energy transition forward

PG&E’s recent California blackout may speed the transition to distributed generation including solar plus storage.

2019 CleanCapital SPI Report

Our first annual CleanCapital Changemakers report showcases our growth and capacity for new acquisitions in advance of SPI 2019.

CleanCapital Featured on Bloomberg TV’s Commodities Edge

In this week’s “Commodity-In-Chief” on “Bloomberg Commodities Edge”, Alix Steel talks with Thomas Byrne, co-founder and CEO of CleanCapital. The New York-based company owns and operates 180 megawatts of renewables and manages $465 million worth in assets. It aims to buy as much as $1 billion of additional assets by the end of next year, said Byrne.

Innovating to meet investor needs

A seminal financing advances CleanCapital’s long-term goal of securitizing distributed renewable energy portfolios to attract institutional investors.

Building momentum for clean energy investment

A 75 megawatt acquisition along with a landmark financing solidify CleanCapital’s position as one of the leading owner-operators of C&I solar in the U.S. and a pioneer in clean energy finance.

This Earth Day, it’s time to do battle for the planet

Aerial image of the sky reflected in a South Dakota Prairie Pot-Hole.

Since the first Earth Day nearly 50 years ago, this day has served as a celebration of the environment and a reminder of our shared responsibility to protect it. Working in sustainability and clean energy for the past decade, I’ve seen how awareness of our collective environmental impact has dramatically grown. Action, however, has been slower to come. Today, we are already witnessing the impacts of climate change and live under the increasingly ominous cloud of predictions coming from scientists like those at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who warn of disaster as early as 2040 if our inaction continues.

Shifting attitudes

Whether it’s because people are growing frustrated with the baffling lack of action on the federal level, or because more of us are seeing the impacts of climate change firsthand, Americans are signaling that they’re ready to do battle to protect the planet. A recent study by the Yale Climate Communications program found that the proportion of Americans who are alarmed by global warming and would place it among the country’s highest priorities has increased dramatically in the last five years.

Listen to our podcast with Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

Progressive policies

On the positive side, consequential initiatives are underway at the state and local level to curb emissions and encourage clean energy innovation. Eleven states, plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, have introduced or enacted 100% renewable energy targets; more than 100 U.S. cities, including Chicago, are also answering the call. And just last week, CleanCapital’s home base of New York City passed a Green New Deal package that “aims to enact the largest carbon reduction measures of any city globally”.

Taking the initiative

Progress is happening, but we must truly step up and scale solutions to set a path towards a sustainable future. On this Earth Day, please consider what actions you can take on a personal, professional, and political level to combat climate change. To help support policy initiatives that will speed our national transition to clean energy, consider a donation to our friends at Vote Solar, a non-profit that defends and expands solar progress for families, businesses, & communities across the country.