List of the 100 largest renewable energy investors in the United States and Canada
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Get access to our list of the most important North American renewable energy investors (like Greenbacker Capital, NextEra Energy, etc.) as an excel file for 100€ per year. Investors are owners of renewable assets like solar parks and wind farms and are potentially interested in acquiring new assets. The list includes all North American investors from our map and further information (like executives’ names, contact details, etc.). The yearly subscription includes updates and additional entries, sent out several times per year via email. The subscription can be canceled at any time here – no questions asked.
Last update: 14th of July, 2021
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Research for our directory of American and Canadian renewable energy investors
The list of North American renewable energy investors underlies an ongoing research process: our team screens transactions, analyzes new projects, and cooperates with various investors and project developers in the renewables industry. Through our state-of-the-art crawler technology, the list is updated and extended multiple times per year. All entries that are included in the list can also be retrieved through our online database. In case we missed an important investor, please submit it here.
Finding the right investors for solar and wind parks in the United States and Canada
A popular use case of our list is the identification of relevant investors for solar / PV and wind parks in North America. The handy list – delivered as an excel file – can be filtered according to your criteria. For instance, with just a few clicks you can identify all PV park investors that are active in North America. Or: all offshore wind park investors that have their headquarters in California. We screen every news report regarding transactions of renewable assets. Hence, our excel list gives a unique overview of renewable investors.
Different types of green energy investors covered
Our list mainly includes three different types of renewable energy investors: asset- and investment-managers, utilities, and family offices. Asset managers are investing in the name of institutional investors and managing a renewables portfolio for their funds. That includes operating the portfolio, selling the energy through PPAs and on the free market, and acquiring new assets. Utilities are acquiring – and in some cases building on their own – renewable assets to ensure CO2-neutral and cheap energy supply for their customers. Family offices – the investment firms of high net worth families – recently started to invest in renewables and also to acquire wind and solar parks.
Included columns in our renewable investor database
Our list includes all renewable energy investors from our database, all information that is available on specific investor pages, and even more data points (like executives). The list includes all publicly available information or data points shared by the investors themselves. For instance, specific information like installed capacity and assets under management are only included when stated on the website.
- Company Name
- Legal form
- Stock listed?
- Ticker symbol
- Onshore Wind?
- Offshore Wind?
- Hydrogen projects?
- Energy storage?
- Type of Investor (Asset-/Investmentmanager, Family Office, Utility)
- Regional Focus
- Assets under management (in €BN)
- Installed capacity (2019) in MW
List of 10 renewable energy investors in the United States and Canada
1) NextEra Energy (Juno Beach, Florida, United States)
With $20 billion in investments in renewable energy in 2019, NextEra Energy is one of the largest utility investors in the United States and headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida. As a publicly-traded company (NYSE: NEE) it invests in offshore wind, solar, and energy storage projects across North America. Since its founding in 1984, NextEra Energy’s investment portfolio has reached a total capacity of over 21 GW with 150 wind and solar energy centers in various states throughout the United States and Canada.
2) Greenbacker Capital (New York City, New York, United States)
The New York-based investment manager Greenbacker Capital was founded in 2011 and, since then, has carried out investments summing up to $1.460 billion. The company’s investment portfolio comprises onshore wind, solar, and storage projects across North America. Greenbacker Capital’s investments have generated an installed capacity of 250 MW of renewable energy. Recently, the company acquired a wind farm in California that will provide 57.5 MW of clean energy to households.
3) ECP Management (Summit, New Jersey, United States)
ECP Management is considered a leading investment management firm in the North American renewable energy sector. In the last ten years, the investment company has carried out 60 transactions in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. With a portfolio including onshore wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, and waste-to-energy projects, the firm owns and operates more than 16 GW of renewable energy. Since its founding in 2005, ECP Management has made investments of $3 billion.
4) MidAmerican Energy (Des Moines, Iowa, United States)
MidAmerican Energy is an utility investor based in Des Moines, Iowa. In the last twenty-five years the company has carried out investments of $1300 million. These investments are in wind and solar energy and are mostly in Iowa, but also in Illinois, South Dakota, and Nebraska. In 2020, 83.6% of the company’s Iowa customers used energy created through renewable energy sources.
5) Alliant Energy (Madison, Wisconsin, United States)
The Midwest energy provider is a publicly-traded (NASDAQ: LNT) utility investor and based in Madison, Wisconsin. With 4,000 employees, the company serves more than 950,000 households. Since its establishment in 1917, Alliant Energy has invested in onshore wind, solar energy, and storage projects summing up to a portfolio with an installed capacity of 1800 MW of renewable energy. Moreover, Alliant Energy has $17 billion in assets under management.
6) Enbridge (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
As one of Canada’s biggest natural gas distribution providers, Enbridge serves 3.5 million customers in North America. The company is publicly listed (TSE: ENB) and has its headquarter in Calgary, Alberta. Since 2002, Enbridge’s invests in renewable energy and has spent C$ 7 billion so far. The company’s renewable and alternative generating capacity is spread across North America and Europe, adding up to 5 GW and includes different approaches: on-and offshore wind energy, solar, hydro, waste heat, geothermal, and hydroelectricity.
7) Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners (Houston, Texas, United States)
Since 2015, Quinbrook invests in low carbon and renewable energy. The Texas-based investment manager’s portfolio includes wind power, solar PV, and battery storage projects in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. To date, Quinbrook has invested $8 billion and managed to reach an installed capacity of 19 GW of renewable energy. In 2020, the firm was named IJ Global’s North American Investor of the Year.
8) CarVal Investors (Minneapolis, Montana, United STates)
CarVal Investors is a known investment manager in the area of alternative investments. Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Montana, the company has made investments amounting to $126 billion. As a globally operating investment company, CarVal Investors currently has $10 billion in assets under management. In 2020, the firm has introduced a clean energy fund that is focused on solar and energy storage projects in North America with $490 million of capital commitments.
9) NorthRenew Energy (Becket, Massachusets, United States)
With its regional focus on the North American renewable energy industry, NorthRenew Energy is a developer and early-stage investment management firm. Based in Becket, Massachusetts, NorthRenew Energy is specialised in onshore wind energy, solar power, and energy storage projects. Since its founding in 2016, the company has invested $100 billion in renewable energy. Apart from traditional projects, NorthRenew Energy also explores innovative approaches such as microgrids, demand response, and brownfield activities.
10) Exelon (Chicago, Illinois, United States)
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Exelon is a publicly traded (NASDAQ: EXC) energy provider and utility investor, delivering energy to roughly 20 million homes and companies throughout North America with clean energy. With 20 years of experience in the energy sector, the company currently holds an installed capacity of 12 GW of renewable energy through wind, solar, and hydroelectric power plants.