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BlackRock investment will fuel CleanCapital’s growth

Today we announced that BlackRock’s Renewable Power Group took a stake in CleanCapital. Their investment fuels the continued growth of our company and provides capital to accelerate our clean energy acquisitions.

Read the press release.

For CleanCapital, this marks a kind of end to the beginning of our company story. Marc Garrett, Jon Powers, and I launched CleanCapital with a clear vision: to attract institutional capital to clean energy investment. Not only have we achieved that founding goal, we’ve done it by earning the trust of the world’s largest asset manager.

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Expanding our partnership

We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with the team at BlackRock. Led by David Giordano globally and Martin Torres here in the Americas, the partnership gives institutional investors—who are showing increasing interest in real assets—access to the growing renewables market. Their investment empowers us to grow our solar portfolio and also pursue opportunities in new geographies and new clean energy asset classes, like energy storage.

Last year, we partnered with BlackRock on our largest acquisition to date. It was no small feat; the 47 megawatt portfolio, comprised of 60 solar projects in three states, was one of the largest independent C&I solar portfolios in the U.S. A complicated deal like that turned out to be the perfect opportunity to show the team at BlackRock the value of the CleanCapital platform. Using our technology to perform detailed underwriting, our seasoned investment team provided BlackRock with a clear understanding of the opportunity at hand. And we closed the deal with speed and certainty.

Driven by a common mission

BlackRock Chairman & CEO Larry Fink has been outspoken in his belief that the best returns come when you invest with purpose. We believe that by providing access to the growing opportunities in renewable energy we can deliver value to investors and do good for the planet. Through this partnership, we will acquire more high-quality solar and storage projects to build superior portfolios for our investors.

I look forward to sharing more milestones with you as we put this capital to work.

CleanCapital is actively seeking to acquire solar and storage projects. Interested in selling your project? We should talk.

The evolving art of the clean energy deal

When I joined CleanCapital as the Head of Origination, I was excited about the company’s approach to leveraging technology and data to streamline the clean energy finance process. I have spent most of my career navigating the cumbersome transaction process of structuring and cobbling together financing sources across a variety of renewable energy asset classes including wind, solar, biomass and fuel cells. The opportunity to adapt FinTech tools and skills to the renewable energy market is an obvious and natural progression for the industry. CleanCapital demonstrated that they are ahead of the pack and I am pleased to be part of it.

I joined the CleanCapital team to head up their effort with the identification of solar power acquisitions and help expand market opportunities in projects that are under development as well as additional renewable energy and clean infrastructure asset classes.

Solar Portfolio 3.1

New assets in MA.

Leveraging technology and data to identify assets

Last week we announced the acquisition of our second solar portfolio in just 30 days. The portfolio of two operating solar projects, acquired from G&S Solar, are located in Massachusetts and leverage the $250 million equity partnership with CarVal Investors. Earlier in May, we announced the acquisition of  a 14.23MW portfolio of solar assets from X-Elio. In addition to working with terrific developer partners, these purchases are significant. They demonstrate our team’s ability to leverage our proprietary technology to implement an efficient diligence process to underwrite complex opportunities and turn them into investment ready assets.

Two examples of where CleanCapital leveraged FinTech tools in these transactions include, the use of our proprietary platform that BOTH facilitated data transfer and diligence from the sellers, as we well as comprehensive and ease of underwriting by our investor partners. This efficient use of technology is helping us to close transactions quickly and thereby drive down the cost of capital.

This competitive advantage will continue to work for us. We look forward to talking with you about how we can work together and apply that to more opportunities.

The next phase of clean energy origination

This is a marked departure from the status quo when it comes to origination.  This latest announcement brings CleanCapital’s total to nearly $150m of acquired operating solar assets. It’s an exciting year for our team as we continue to change the paradigm for clean energy finance. Despite the historic growth across the industry, the flow of capital within the space remains largely stagnant. In the last 30 days I’ve been able to witness just how significantly technology solutions can address these challenges.

Growing our partnership with Carval Investors

The acquisition of this portfolio continues to leverage our new partnership with CarVal Investors. Leveraging our proprietary platform and capital partnerships, the CleanCapital team continues to bring liquidity to a historically capital inefficient clean energy marketplace.

Learn more about the new partnership to acquire up to $1 billion in clean energy assets

 

CleanCapital Announces Second Acquisition in One Month, Adding 10.2 MW of Operating Solar

 The portfolio of two operating solar projects in Massachusetts leverages the $250 million equity partnership with CarVal Investors

New York, NY [May 31, 2018] CleanCapital announced a second solar acquisition from G&S Solar, a New York-based developer that builds, develops and operates solar systems in multiple states in the Northeast. The 10.2 MW portfolio comes less than a month after the acquisition of a 14.3 MW portfolio from X-Elio. This new portfolio is comprised of two solar projects located in Massachusetts and consists of high-quality customers including a corporate entity and municipality as the offtakers. CleanCapital’s proprietary platform enabled their ability to execute on these two complex transactions in a short timeframe. The technology, coupled with access to dedicated capital, streamlines and expedites due diligence and analysis, allowing complex deals like these to close efficiently.

Today’s announcement brings CleanCapital’s total to nearly $150m of acquired operating solar assets. It’s an exciting year for the team as they change the paradigm for clean energy finance. Despite the historic growth across the industry, the flow of capital within the space remains largely stagnant. Leveraging their proprietary platform and capital partnerships, CleanCapital is bringing liquidity to a historically capital inefficient clean energy marketplace.

“This is only the beginning. Closing two complex deals on such a short timeline is an exciting next step for us and the clean energy marketplace. We were founded on the principle that we can streamline the complexities of clean energy transactions by leveraging technology, allowing for more capital to enter the sector and accelerating clean energy deployment,” said Marc Garrett, CTO, CleanCapital.

“G&S Solar was pleased to sell a portion of its solar assets in Massachusetts to CleanCapital,” said John Faltings, President of G&S Solar. “Transactions such as this can get bogged down by the complex diligence process but the CleanCapital team was efficient and very professional at managing the acquisition of these operating solar assets. We look forward to working closely with them in the near future.” This deal was brokered on behalf of G&S Solar by Chris Hopgood of Ignite Renewable Capital, LLC.

CleanCapital is a financial technology company that makes it easy to invest in clean energy. They deliver technology solutions to all aspects of the transaction process—from lending to capital raising, origination to diligence. The proprietary technology platform identifies, screens, and manages clean energy projects enabling project owners an opportunity to exit their portfolios while providing accredited investors, including institutional investors, family offices, and investment funds, unique access to the clean energy investment market.

About CleanCapital:

Founded in 2015, CleanCapital is a financial technology company that makes it easy to invest in clean energy. CleanCapital has built a proprietary technology platform that identifies, screens, and manages clean energy projects enabling project owners an opportunity to exit their portfolios while providing accredited investors, including institutional investors, family offices, and investment funds, unique access to the clean energy investment market. Stay up to date on the evolving market of clean energy finance by following the company on Twitter or Facebook or connecting via LinkedIn. Learn more at http://www.cleancapital.com.

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Leveraging Technology to Finance Clean Energy

In February, I joined CleanCapital as the Head of Acquisition because I was excited about the company’s approach to utilizing technology to transform the way clean energy projects are financed. On April 30th, CleanCapital acquired a 14.23MW portfolio of solar assets from X-Elio. The purchase was significant for us in many ways. It was our largest acquisition to date, our first acquisition with our new partner, CarVal Investors, the first to utilize our proprietary technology platform, and on a personal level, it was the first deal to close since I joined the team.

The Ability to Close Complex Deals

This portfolio is a perfect case study of the complex market of small scale solar assets. The portfolio is comprised of 8 projects in two states (California and Vermont), and includes ground-mount, rooftop and carport facilities; and municipal, corporate and utility offtakers. We’re able to navigate these complexities with ease. Through our underwriting process, we drill down to the fundamental features of the assets we’re seeking to acquire, increasing efficiency in the sale process.

Streamlining Diligence by Leveraging Technology

Not only are we able to underwrite even the most complex portfolios of assets, we have developed a proprietary technology platform to streamline review by interested investors. We launched the platform for both seller and investor with the acquisition of this portfolio. The platform gives us the tools to package the diligence of a complex portfolio into an easily digestible format.

Smooth Closing Process

As with many of the assets we screen, this portfolio had existing financing in place that was repaid concurrently with our acquisition. Our team has deep industry experience, enabling us to facilitate a smooth closing process on deals of all shapes and sizes, and this was no exception. By coordinating expertly with the various stakeholders and through the regulatory regimes of two states, all parties enjoyed a smooth closing process.

Growing Our Partnership with Carval Investors

The acquisition of this portfolio marks the beginning of our new partnership with CarVal Investors. We look forward to continuing to build our portfolio with CarVal as we find new ways to leverage the $250 million partnership.

Learn more about the new partnership to acquire up to $1 billion in clean energy assets>