By now, most of us know the story of how Silicon Valley’s love affair with “cleantech” didn’t turn out so well. As of the end of 2014, most VCs no longer do energy tech investing (beyond software-based deals), and only a small handful of groups are trying to tackle energy investing and entrepreneurship in new ways (like M37 or Hawaii’s Energy Excelerator).
But I’ve just learned about one of the more interesting new energy investing projects out there, from entrepreneurial investors Scott Jacobs, co-founder of EFW Partners and McKinsey’s cleantech practice, and Jigar Shah, the former founding CEO of SunEdison. Called Generate Capital, the team is providing capital for energy, water and food infrastructure assets using the solar-as-a-service model of financing that Shah pioneered at SunEdison.
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