Renewable energy private equity firms are focused on renewable energy projects globally-solar, wind, biomass, and more. This way renewable energy is getting the attention it deserves and investors are seeing a return on their money.
Renewable energy funds focus on renewable energy projects globally-solar, wind, biomass, and more. The renewable sector has been growing rapidly in recent years as governments have started to take note of its potential for mitigating climate change risks.
Renewables now account for around 18% of global electricity generation capacity with China leading the way accounting for over one-quarter of this capacity.
As well as being an important contributor to climate change mitigation efforts, renewables also offer significant economic benefits: low-cost power supply; reduced dependence on imported fuel; and more secure energy supply.
The Trend of Private Investments in Renewables
Private equity financing has had a huge impact on the energy industry. Public capital investments that concentrate solely on renewable energy were around $56 billion. In recent years, funds raised are approaching 25 times more than fossil-fuel asset fundraising.
In other words, the move toward investing in order to promote economic and social development is already delaying the demand for conventional energy in that respect. From 2016 until 2022, the solar and renewable energy fund increased by $201 billion – a figure not seen since 2009.
This consistent and growing interest from clean energy private equity funds has resulted in an increase in capital available for renewable energy infrastructure globally.
How are clean energy private equity firms making a difference?
The UK Climate Change Act, the EU Renewables Directive, and US state renewable portfolio standards have all contributed to the renewables boom.
Renewable energy private equity funds are playing a critical role in financing infrastructure assets and helping to drive the industry forward.
List of the Top Renewable Energy Private Equity Firms
The following is a list of some of the most notable clean energy funds:
|Private Equity Firm||Description|
|Acasta Capital||Acasta Capital is a boutique merchant bank and advisory firm formed to bring together individuals with unique experiences and track records to create greater value for clients and partners based on inventive and do-able ideas. Being free of the conflicts and limitations too common in the advisory.|
|Agem Capital||The Agem Capital Group is a London-based international advisory boutique specializing in global capital market strategies catering to the sell-side as well as the buy-side. We work with investment firms, fund management companies, as well as business corporations providing value creating investor.|
|Angeleno Group||Angeleno Group is a California-based private equity firm focused on high growth investments in the energy sector. AG makes investments broadly across the energy industry to support innovative, well-managed, rapidly growing companies.|
|ArcLight Capital||ArcLight Capital is a private equity firm that focused on investing in the energy industry. ArcLight Capital is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Daniel R. Revers is the Managing Partner of ArcLight Capital. ArcLight Capital has raised a total of $5.6B in funding. ArcLight Capital has 5 companies in its portfolio, including Lone Wolf.|
|Arctic Capital||Arctic Capital is an acquisition holding company based in Minnesota and organized to acquire middle market businesses principally headquartered in the Midwest. We're seeking majority control investment positions in sale or recapitalization with exceptional management teams.|
|Argonaut Private Equity||Founded in 2002, Argonaut Private Equity is a Tulsa, Oklahoma based private equity firm with over $1.5 billion of capital deployed by the firm's principals. The firm is currently investing out of Argonaut Private Equity Fund IV.|
|Azalea Capital||Azalea Capital partners with entrepreneurs, management teams, and family-owned companies with revenues of at least $10 million. We provide growth capital, operating expertise, and industry experience to significantly enhance the long-term value of our investments.|
|Base||Base is seeking to acquire, invest in and grow companies with $700K-$5M in EBITDA. Base utilizes professional and technical competencies to help companies realize their strategic mission. We are dynamic, responsive and fund quickly.|
|Bertram Capital||BERTRAM CAPITAL is a private equity firm that partners with management teams to fuel the expansion of lower middle market companies. In addition to supplying flexible investment capital, we are committed to providing meaningful operational and strategic resources to facilitate rapid growth.|
|Capital Dynamics||Capital Dynamics focuses on investing in private equity and clean energy infrastructure. Capital Dynamics is headquartered in New York, New York. Martin Hahn is the President & CEO of Capital Dynamics. Capital Dynamics's latest funding round was a Investment Fund for $786M on Mar 2021. Capital Dynamics has acquired 3 companies, with the most recent being Advanced Capital SGR SpA for an undisclosed amount on Jul 2018.|
|Century Park Capital Partners||CENTURY PARK CAPITAL PARTNERS is a middle market private equity investment group with capabilities to provide equity capital for growth, shareholder liquidiity or both. We typically invest $10 million to $40 million in profitable, growing middle-market companies.|
|Conduit Capital Ltd.||Conduit Capital is an alternative impact investment manager focused on strategies that deliver a market rate return while supporting positive social and environmental change.|
|CPS Capital||Founded by a pair of entrepreneurs whose passion is to invest in and work with high-quality small and medium sized businesses. We are a committed-capital fund built to target companies with annual revenues from $5-$40 million and annual cash flows from $2-$8 million.|
|Dekos Capital||Dekos Capital Management LLC is a privately held Texas-based investment firm. The firm's founders have significant experience as private equity, investment banking and operating executives and are partnered with institutional investors to invest in strategically viable middle-market businesses.|
|Demeter Partners||Demeter Partners is a Paris-based multi-national renewable energy investment firm with offices in southern France and Madrid, Spain. With investments ranging from $1 million to $30 million, Demeter is a significant player in the field of supporting sustainable businesses.|
|Druid Capital Partners||Druid Capital is a boutique investment manager focused on investing in private companies in the Southeast. Our target sectors are specialty manufacturing, distribution, and industrial services. We invest growth equity via majority acquisitions and recapitalizations in established companies.|
|Emuseni Global||We develop partnerships across geographies, markets, individuals, companies, developed and underdeveloped countries. We promote partnerships through geographic involvement to make partnerships succeed.|
|Energy Capital Partners||ECP is a private equity firm focused on investing in North America's energy infrastructure. Energy Capital Partners' headquarters is in Short Hills, New Jersey. Energy Capital Partners has a revenue of $15.7M, and 60 employees. Energy Capital Partners has raised a total of $15.7B in funding. Energy Capital Partners's main competitors are ArcLight Capital, Denham Capital and Quantum Energy Partners.|
|Envest Capital Partners||Envest Capital Partners is an investment company holding long-term private equity positions in established basic businesses. We invest in a relatively broad range of basic industries, with a focus on manufacturing, industrial & consumer services, and franchising.|
|Euclid Capital LLC||Euclid Capital is a private investment firm focused on acquiring small to medium sized businesses. We plan to work closely with the companies to drive measurable value for all stakeholders.|
|Gen Cap America||Founded in 1985, Gen Cap America (GCA) is a private investment firm headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. GCA specializes in acquisitions and recapitalizations of middle-market businesses.|
|Graylight Partners||Graylight Partners, LLC provides capital and support to emerging middle-market companies for the purpose of creating long-term value. They are approachable and collaborative investment partners with different perspectives.|
|Greencoat Capital||Greencoat Capital is the largest sector-focused renewable energy investor in the UK, with assets totaling around $6.5 billion. The solar industry, for example, has a value of $1.6 billion and 720MW of generation capacity, making it one of the most important sectors in the country. Greencoat is the UK's largest renewable energy investor, with around 12GW of solar capacity installed overall.|
|Guideboat Capital Partners||We are a Dallas based private equity firm focused on investments in lower middle-market companies. We strive to be long term partners to great founders and management teams seeking out the next level of growth or a capital event.|
|Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners||We acquire companies that have a dominant position in their niche sub-sectors of B2B services, distribution, highly engineered manufacturing, and industrial/operational technology. We focus on companies or corporate carve-outs based in the US or Canada.|
|Harren Equity Partners||Harren Equity Partners is a Charlottesville, Virginia and Fort Lauderdale, Florida based private investment firmand leading provider of equity for middle market acquisitions, recapitalizations and growth capital financings.|
|Hidden Harbor Capital Partners||Hidden Harbor Capital Partners is a private equity firm with an operations soul and an intense passion for building great companies. Hidden Harbor brings large-scale, private equity experience and resources to the lower middle market with a focus on value-oriented, operationally intense situations.|
|Hilco Global||Hilco Global is an independent financial services company and the world's preeminent authority on helping businesses maximize the value of their assets.|
|Hillstar Capital||Hillstar Capital is focused on partnering with business owners and management teams to build durable business value over time. We also provide capital to companies with owners who desire liquidity or asset diversification, including full ownership transition.|
|Hudson Sustainable Group||Hudson Sustainable Group is a Miami, Florida-based asset management firm focused on sustainable investing. Hudson's investment approach is directed towards sustainability and resource efficiency, resulting in bespoke investment products for investors that want different things from their investments in terms of yield, growth, duration, and exposure to various geographies and technologies. Hudson is looking to leverage the team's considerable knowledge, experience, and network to identify investments that offer good risk-adjusted returns.|
|IMB Partners||IMB Partners (IMB) is a private investment firm focused on delivering top-quartile market returns to investors and creating positive social impact. IMB buys, builds, capitalizes and partners with management teams to grow value-added B2B companies in the small-to-midsize business market.|
|JMH Capital Partners||JMH CAPITAL PARTNERS (JMH) is an operationally-oriented private equity firm based in Boston, focused on successful businesses with $5 million to $150 million of revenue. We seek to invest in exceptional companies that have the potential, but are lacking the resources or experience necessary.|
|Kainos Capital||Kainos Capital, a middle market private equity firm focused on the food and consumer sector, was recently formed by Andrew Rosen, Robert Sperry and Sarah Ashmore Bradley. The Kainos Partners have invested and collaborated together in the food and consumer space over the past 20 years.|
|Kuzari Group LLC||Kuzari Group is a private investment firm managing a portfolio of equity and debt investments on behalf of its partners and investors. Please contact us if you represent a potential investment opportunity or would like to discuss becoming a capital, strategic or operating partner.|
|Lincoln Road Global Management||Lincoln Road Global Management, LLC is a private equity firm focused on investing in market-leading businesses. Our goal with every investment is to work in close collaboration with management, stakeholders, and operating partners.|
|Lometa Capital Partners||Lometa Capital Partners is a private equity firm providing buyout and expansion capital to lower middle market companies. We provide patient, long-term capital to stable, growing companies. Our investor base of family offices enables us to concentrate on long-term value creation.|
|New Energy Capital||New Energy Capital is a private equity firm that invests in clean energy and infrastructure assets. NEC's headquarters is in Hanover, New Hampshire. NEC has a revenue of $11.8M, and 10 employees. NEC has raised a total of $794.5M in funding. NEC's main competitors are Energy Capital Partners, ArcLight Capital and Tata Consulting Engineers Limited.|
|New Markets Support Company||The Good Jobs Fund is a $20M impact debt fund, sponsored by Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. We offer debt financing with flexible terms to small and medium-sized businesses.|
|NewWorld Capital Group, LLC||NewWorld Capital Group is a private equity firm investing in the Environmental Opportunities sector primarily in the United States and Canada by providing growth capital and business assistance to rapidly growing mid-sized and smaller companies in Environmental Business markets.|
|Ninth Street Capital Partners||Ninth Street Capital Partners is a private investment partnership that specializes in acquiring, developing and managing established businesses. With a focus on executing deals with the highest degree of integrity, we make long-term controlling investments in growth-oriented, privately held businesses.|
|Oroco Capital||Oroco Capital is a private equity investment firm. Our strategy is to buy great businesses in our target industries and build value through both internal growth and acquisitions, resulting in excellent returns for our investors. The team at Oroco has completed over 50 deals totaling over $5.0B.|
|Public Pension Capital||Public Pension Capital is a middle-market private equity fund that invests in Industrial Services, Business & Financial Services and Healthcare Services. We are focused on businesses in North American with approximately $5M-$30M EBITDA.|
|Quantum Energy Partners||Quantum Energy Partners is a private equity firm that provides capital to the global energy industry. Quantum Energy Partners's headquarters is located in Houston, Texas. Quantum Energy Partners generates $1.6M in revenue per employee Quantum Energy Partners has raised a total of $12.3B in funding. Quantum Energy Partners's most recent acquisition was Premium Oilfield Technologies for an undisclosed amount on Jan 2018.|
|Recharge Venture Group||Recharge Venture Group is a private investment firm focused on small to medium sized acquisitions. We are a team of seasoned investors who like to work closely with our portfolio companies to drive measurable value for all stakeholders.|
|Red Arts Capital||Red Arts Capital is an operationally-driven private equity firm that is focused on bringing liquidity, relationships, and strategic growth expertise. Our primary objective is to create mutually beneficial relationships with prospective sellers, their employees and customers.|
|Renova Capital||Renova is a Denver-based private equity firm with an established track record of investing in, developing and operating sustainable infrastructure. Since inception in 2007, we have successfully secured, capitalized and developed over $1 billion of clean infrastructure. Renova's success is centered on its unique combination of boots-on-the-ground development experience, operational capability and extensive capital formation success.|
|Rockline Equity||We founded Rockline Equity specifically to build and invest in profitable companies. Our team has completed more than a dozen transactions throughout the Southwest. We pride ourselves in the quality of our joint-venture partnerships with management teams and owners to deliver results for partners.|
|Rockwood Equity Partners||Rockwood Equity Partners is a 20+ year-old private equity firm serving businesses in regulated industries (healthcare, aerospace & defense), as well as specialized industrial/industrial tech and B2B companies with a focus on privately-owned businesses looking for their first institutional capital investment.|
|Sciens Water Opportunities Management, LLC||Sciens Capital is a private equity firm with a focus on real assets investing. To date, it has raised over ~$2.9bn in commitments across multiple sector-specific funds targeting water, transportation, and natural resources.|
|Sole Source Capital||Founded in 2016 by David Fredston and an experienced group of private equity professionals, Sole Source Capital LLC is an operationally-focused lower-middle market investment firm that targets investments in diversified industrial companies.|
|Strength Capital Partners||Strength Capital Partners is a Birmingham, Michigan-based private equity firm that specializes in acquiring traditional businesses, primarily throughout the greater Midwest and Central United States. We seek to invest in businesses with $4 million to $20 million in EBITDA.|
|TJM Capital Partners||TJM Capital Partners is a boutique, operationally-focused private equity firm based in Chicago. The firm was founded in 2008 and is led by Tom McDonough (Founder and Managing Partner), Scott Witt (Partner), Bill Van Sant (Operating Partner) and Dan Cleary (Operating Partner).|
|Validor Capital||Validor Capital is a private investment firm that provides liquidity to family and founder owned industrial, manufacturing, and service businesses in the lower middle market. We seek situations where we can partner with management teams to leverage our combined expertise and deep industry knowledge.|
|Vineyard Infrastructure||Vineyard Infrastructure is a private investment firm focused on infrastructure and infrastructure-like investments in standalone projects and small to medium sized businesses with the goal of building platforms through growth capital and acquisitions.|
|Warren Equity Partners||Warren Equity Partners is a private equity firm that invests in small and middle market operating companies primarily in North America. WEP invests in established companies where additional capital and operating resources can accelerate growth.|
What is renewable energy private equity?
Renewable energy private equity (REPE) is a subset of the private equity industry that focuses on renewable energy projects.
The goal of these funds is to invest in renewable energy projects globally or locally in order to help drive growth in the renewable energy sector.
What are some of the benefits of investing in renewable energy projects through a private equity firm?
There are a number of benefits that come with investing in clean energy projects through a private equity fund. Perhaps most importantly, institutional investors can see a return on their money by participating in renewable energy assets.
Additionally, these firms often have experience in the renewables space and can provide valuable insights to project developers.
Finally, by helping to finance renewables, these funds can play a role in increasing the amount of renewable energy being generated globally.
What types of projects do renewable energy private equity firms invest in?
Private funds invest in a variety of projects, including solar projects, wind projects, biofuels, and biomass. By investing in a range of different renewable energy projects, these firms can help to drive growth in the renewables sector as a whole and continue the energy transition away from fossil fuels.
Some funds are solely focused on solar, renewable natural gas, wind assets, etc. So, if you are a business in the renewables space seeking investment, make sure you target the right source of capital to fund your infrastructure projects.
What is the goal of clean energy private equity?
The goal of this sector of private equity is to find attractive renewable energy investments that provide investors favorable risk-adjusted returns while also growing the baseload energy of wind and solar, biofuels, biomass, circular economy, and other real assets in sustainability.
They do so with deal origination by interacting with infrastructure projects and energy companies around the world.
By doing so, these funds can provide valuable financing to sustainable infrastructure and help increase the amount of renewable energy being generated worldwide.
Are there any risks associated with renewable energy private equity?
There are always risks associated with any type of investment, and clean energy private equity is no different. However, by working with experienced firms and diversifying their investments, investors can help mitigate some of the risks involved.
As the renewable energy industry continues to grow, so too will the need for funding for this asset class. These investments are playing an important role in expanding the generation base of solar power assets and other renewables forward.
If you are a renewable energy private equity firm and would like your firm to be added to the list, please reach out to us and we would be happy to include you.
What are some of the leading renewable energy private equity firms?
There are a number of leading renewable energy private equity firms, including Capital Dynamics, ArcLight Capital Partners, and Generate Capital. These firms have a wide range of experience in the renewable energy space and are well-positioned to help drive growth in the sector.