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Episode 7: Tom Kiernan

CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

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.

CleanCapital Solar Photo

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.

CleanCapital Announces New Investment from BlackRock’s Renewable Power Group

NEW YORK – April 2, 2019 – CleanCapital, an industry-leading clean energy investment platform, announced today a new investment in the firm from funds managed by BlackRock’s Renewable Power Group, which bolsters the ability of the two firms to invest together in clean energy projects.

The investment provides for the continued growth of CleanCapital as it expands into new markets and new renewable energy asset classes, with a specific focus on distributed solar and energy storage.

“The investment from BlackRock’s Renewable Power Group will accelerate CleanCapital’s investment in clean energy, allowing us to enter new asset classes, like energy storage, and expand into new markets. With this investment, we will continue to build out our portfolio and do what we do best: use our proprietary underwriting tools and software to quickly evaluate assets and efficiently close acquisitions,” said Thomas Byrne, CEO and co-founder of CleanCapital.

The latest transaction marks a deepening of the relationship between CleanCapital and BlackRock after the two firms closed on CleanCapital’s largest transaction to-date in November, the acquisition of a 46.9 megawatt portfolio of 60 operating solar energy projects.

“As the clean energy space evolves, the distributed generation sector is expanding and plays an increasingly important role in the U.S. energy transition,” said Martin Torres, Head of the Americas for the Renewable Power Group at BlackRock. “This partnership allows us to access CleanCapital’s platform capabilities as we seek to invest in the assets meeting the demand for clean energy while delivering value to our clients.”

Launched in 2015 by co-founders Thomas Byrne, Jon Powers, and Marc Garrett, CleanCapital today owns and manages $300 million of distributed operating solar energy assets in the United States, with a combined capacity of more than 100 MW. The firm owns and operates 108 solar energy systems in 11 states, ranging in size from 25 kW to 12.6 MW.

About CleanCapital

CleanCapital is an industry-leading clean energy investment platform. Its mission is to accelerate investment in renewable energy to address the urgent threat of climate change. CleanCapital’s leading edge technology platform facilitates the evaluation and acquisition of clean energy assets with speed and certainty. Since 2015, CleanCapital has leveraged investments from BlackRock, CarVal Investors, John Hancock, and other partners to acquire more than $300M of distributed operating solar assets. Learn more at cleancapital.com | Twitter: @cleancapital_ | LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/cleancapital/

The Cleanie Awards™ Selects CleanCapital For Startup of the Year

NEW YORK (Oct. 23, 2018) – CleanCapital has been chosen as The Cleanie AwardsTM recipient for Startup of the Year. The Cleanie Awards program is the first comprehensive awards program exclusive to the cleantech industry. The program, in its inaugural year in 2018, sets out to recognize innovation excellence, business leadership and superior outreach campaigns. Nominations were submitted from individuals and organizations of all sizes and across many facets of the industry.

For CleanCapital, this award signifies how influential this company has been within the cleantech field, specifically within innovative and competitive field of companies bringing new ideas to market.

“The Cleanie Awards set out to identify the unsung movers and shakers in the industry, from the top of the Fortune 100 list to hot startups, pioneering individuals and high impact advocates,” said Elyssa Rae, program director, The Cleanie Awards. “CleanCapital exemplifies the type of innovation and leadership that we are seeking in an award winner. Their accomplishments serve as an inspiration to the broader cleantech industry.”

“We are honored to be selected for a Cleanie Award as Startup of the Year. Finance has a critically important role to play in order to accelerate the deployment of clean energy at the speed and scale required to mitigate the most severe impacts of climate change,” said Marc Garrett, Chief Technology Officer of CleanCapital. “We are tackling these challenges every day at CleanCapital, as we leverage technology to increase the flow of capital throughout the clean energy market.”

CleanCapital is a financial technology company that makes it easy to invest in clean energy. Despite the historic growth in clean energy, the flow of capital within the distributed space remains limited. CleanCapital is solving this challenge using proprietary technology to identify, screen, finance and manage clean energy projects. This unique approach is giving owners and developers the capital they need to grow while also providing investors with unique access to the distributed clean energy investment market.

Founded in 2015, 2017 was a pivotal year for CleanCapital. The company established strategic capital partnerships to finance distributed generation assets. To date the team has acquired nearly $150M in operating solar projects. In 2017 alone, CleanCapital doubled its state footprint and increased its megawatt production by 150%, and with current acquisitions totaling over 100 MWs in 12 states. CleanCapital also successfully launched the Experts Only podcast with over 30 episodes and 30,000 downloads to date and closed $3.7M in Series A financing.

CleanCapital was selected by a cohort of judges and leaders representing a cross section of the cleantech and renewable energy sectors, including Allie Burns, Village Capital; Thiam Giam, Black & Veatch Management Consulting, LLC; Marissa Gillett, Energy Storage Association (ESA); Kristen Graf, WRISE; Gil Jenkins, ACORE; Shalini Ramanathan, RES; Chris Vlahoplus, Scott Madden; and Tom Weirich, Rubicon Infrastructure.

A full list of winners can be found thecleanieawards.com.

To learn more, visit cleancapital.com

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.

About The Cleanie Awards:
The Cleanie Awards is the first comprehensive awards program exclusive to the cleantech industry. It generates much needed visibility for innovators and disruptors in the industry who are creating life [and planet] changing solutions. The campaigns recognized by the award program aim to influence public opinion about technologies delivering on the promise of a clean energy future. For more information, visit our website at www.thecleanieawards.com. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook at @CleanieAwards and on LinkedIn.

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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>