Renewable Energy Investing

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Green Energy CrowdFunding Equity Investment | Energy Shares

With Energy Shares, invest directly
and help accelerate adoption of renewable energy

It's simple math. Developers need more funding than available capital.

Top reasons to invest

  • Direct access to renewable energy ownership
  • Acceleration of renewable energy deployment
  • Active project management by experienced partner
  • Diversification to your portfolio
  • No fee investing

Invest direct and help accelerate adoption of renewable energy

It's simple math. Developers need more funding than available capital.
More funding = more projects developed = faster time to market =
more renewable energy in production.

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Funded by people
like you!
More funding = more renewable
energy in production.
  • Direct access to renewable energy ownership

    Energy Shares provides investors direct access to invest in renewable energy projects in the U.S., an asset class traditionally reserved for institutional, accredited investors and private equity funds.

  • Acceleration of renewable energy deployment

    The speed of renewable energy deployment is critical in effectively combating global climate change. By providing access to a wider pool of development capital, Energy Shares empowers developers to pursue an increased number of renewable energy projects.

  • Active project management by experienced partner

    We don’t just stop at capital raises. Once a renewable energy project is funded, Solariant Capital, Energy Shares’ parent company, with over 10 years of renewable energy development experience, continues to work with the issuers and developers. Solariant helps to manage the project development and the project company on behalf of the investors.

  • Diversification to your portfolio

    This type of alternative investment is less correlated to debt and equity markets, thereby providing potential diversification benefits to your portfolio.

  • No fee investing

    When you invest, the issuer bears the transaction costs, so there are no upfront fees or commissions charged directly to you.

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Types of investors

  • Non-accredited investor

    May be more restricted in their investment opportunities.

    Less than $200,000 individual income or less than $300,000 total income with spouse or partner couple.

    Net worth less than $1 million.

  • Accredited investor

    Permitted to purchase securities that may not be registered with regulatory authorities.

    Income over $200,000 individually or over $300,000 with spouse or partner in each of the prior two years, and reasonably expects the same for the current year.

    Net worth over $1 million, excluding primary residence. (individually or with spouse or partner)

    Investment professionals that hold in good standing either the FINRA Series 7, Series 65, or Series 82 license.

    Note: as an accredited investor, the individual must meet EITHER income OR net worth requirements. For more information, visit the SEC's site

Investing in utility-scale renewable energy projects

Utility-scale projects on the Energy Shares platform are typically pre-construction. The renewable energy project development is a well-defined process and has been around for several decades. Therefore, an experienced developer understands the process and is able to effectively help mitigate development risks. Project development risks are detailed in our knowledge base page.

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Investment cycle
  • 1. Investment commitment

    Investors make equity investments in a Project company through Energy Shares, a FINRA registered broker-dealer.

  • 2. Funding

    Funds are custodied and disbursed by a third-party trustee.

  • 3. Capital deployment

    Development expenses invoiced by third-party service providers (engineering, consulting, permitting, etc.) are reviewed by Project Manager and paid by the trustee according to the agreed upon initial budget.

  • 4. Project exit (sale proceeds)*

    Once the development is completed (fully permitted to break ground), the Project or the Project Company is typically sold to an institutional buyer or a utility company for a development fee. The project buyer will proceed with construction and operation.

  • 5. Distribution (sale proceeds)*

    Proceeds from the sale* of the project are distributed to the owners of the Project Holdco – first with a return of capital to the investors and then a distribution of potential profits based on ownership percentages.

  • 6. Distribution return of capital + settlement

    Investors' Energy Shares accounts will reflect the possible profits and capital distribution that are held at the trustee. The funds are available for withdrawal anytime from the trustee.

* The sale or exit of the project can not be guaranteed and if the is a sale or exit, a price can not be guaranteed as several factors such as but not limited to market, economic conditions, and availability of buyers may affect the ability to exit the project.

Cash flow and project valuation

Returns to the investors are calculated based on the following formula:

Investment + ( ( Exit proceeds - Development cost ) x Investor’s equity ) = Investor returns
Investment +
(Exit Proceeds - Development Cost)
x
Investor’s Equity
= Investor Returns
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Exit* valuation of a project depends on a number of factors but is primarily driven by the market rate of returns for the buyers of these assets. Once the estimated exit value is determined, potential profits or gains can be calculated by subtracting the estimated cost of project development.

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