FREDERICK, MD – September 10, 2015 – Empower Energies, Inc. (“Empower” or the “Company”), a leading clean energy project solutions company, announced it has retained Marathon Capital as its financial advisor to raise cash equity financing consisting of limited partnership interests for the Company’s Distributed Generation (DG) Fund. The DG Fund is being formed to acquire and aggregate commercial and industrial (C&I) photovoltaic (PV) solar and combined heat and power (CHP) projects originated and developed by Empower and its co-development partners over the next 24 months.
The Company has secured term sheets for tax equity and debt financing, and is now launching a process to secure equity financing for the DG Fund from cash equity investors. Tenor Capital, the principal investor in Empower Energies through the private investment funds it manages, will be the general partner and investment advisor for the DG Fund. Marathon Capital will be seeking additional cash equity from qualified institutional investors to invest alongside Tenor Capital’s investors.
The DG Fund is expected to comprise up to 80 MWs of completed projects. Empower’s pipeline currently consists of over 150 MWs of solar and CHP projects at various stages of development, with a number of projects targeted for start-of-construction in Q4 2015.
“We see very strong demand in the market among investors for high quality portfolios of operating renewable assets through sale processes we are currently running,” said Ted Brandt, co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Marathon Capital. “Empower’s experienced management team and multi-technology business strategy ensures that investors will see a continued supply of high quality assets in the future.”
Empower Energies is a distributed generation project developer focused on delivering a multi-technology mix of customer solutions, including PV Solar and CHP, to meet the profitability, resiliency, and sustainability objectives of the rapidly expanding C&I market, as well as for hospitals, universities, municipalities and schools.
“Tenor has been an active investor in both private and public renewables companies since 2009,” said David Kay, Principal at Tenor Capital Management. “We see real opportunities in the distributed generation market and, along with our investment partners, launched Empower Energies in 2013 to capitalize on the growth of renewables in the C&I market space. The creation of the DG Fund provides Tenor and other investors a mechanism to directly invest in the distributed generation assets that are in high demand.”
“Marathon Capital has already been instrumental in sourcing tax equity and debt financing for the DG Fund,” said John Clapp, CFO at Empower Energies. “We are now collaborating with Marathon and Tenor to secure cash equity financing to accelerate the Fund. Our relationship with the DG Fund and its investors will further enhance Empower’s ability to efficiently source high quality projects for the Fund’s investment committee. This relationship benefits both Empower’s origination and development efforts with our expanding network of C&I customers, and provides investors with a tailored and repeatable asset investment platform."
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About Empower Energies
Empower Energies, Inc., headquartered in Frederick, Maryland, is a clean energy project solutions provider focused on applying a multi-technology mix of PV solar, combined heat and power (CHP), and energy optimization solutions – with financing – to meet the profitability, resiliency and sustainability objectives of hospitals, universities, municipalities, and schools, as well as multi-facility commercial and industrial organizations. More information about Empower Energies can be found at www.empowerenergies.com.
About Tenor Capital
Tenor Capital Management Company, L.P. is a registered investment manager. It manages a variety of private investment funds which invest in securities of both public and private companies on behalf of institutional investors including pension funds, foundations, and family offices. Tenor Capital Management Company, L.P. was founded in July 2004 and is based in New York City.
About Marathon Capital
Marathon Capital, LLC, is a leading financial advisory and investment banking firm focused on providing financial advice in the areas of M&A, capital raising of debt and equity, project finance, tax equity, financial restructuring, recapitalization, bankruptcy and workout situations in the global energy and infrastructure markets. Marathon Capital is a two-time recipient of the "Best Renewable Asset M&A Advisor" award in Power Finance & Risk's Annual Power Finance Deals and Firms Awards (2013 & 2014). For more information, visit www.marathon-cap.com.
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