The 24th Annual SRI Conference will be looking at crowdfunding this year. Specifically clean tech investing with a panel by Dan Adler, of the Clean Energy Angel Fund and Dan Rosen, CEO of energy crowfunding site Solar Mosaic. The event will be held October 28-30 in Colorado Springs.
The discussion will explore the clean tech landscape and the newest products and strategies for sustainable and responsible investors. Titled “Investing in Clean Tech: Expanding Opportunities for ESG/SRI Investors,” will focus on recent developments in crowdsourcing, green bonds, clean energy victory bonds, PACE financing, MLPs, and REIT eligibility.
First Affirmative President Steve Schueth, producer of The SRI Conference, said: “These clean tech experts are on the cutting edge of investment and financing opportunities available to responsible investors and investment professionals. Dan Rosen from Solar Mosaic will discuss how they are utilizing crowdsourcing or “crowdfunding” in clean-tech deployment opportunities. Solar Mosaic has received a lot of attention recently for raising $6 million of venture capital, including a $2 million grant from the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, to build an online platform that supports funding of solar projects.”
Solar Mosaic CEO, Dan Rosen, said: “Crowdfunding allows early-stage companies, or projects to “crowd in” finance from a lot of small sources over the Internet (you could consider it democratizing finance, in a way). We have seen the power of crowdfunding in local community solar projects here at Mosaic. In one year, we received $350,000 to finance five solar power plants through our zero-interest investment model, and the power of the crowd to facilitate positive local change is increasingly visible. As individuals, we can finally see the impact of our contributions, and together we can help change the world.”
Dan Adler, managing director of CalCEF and president, CalCEF Ventures, will moderate the clean tech session at the SRI Conference. In addition, other leading experts on the clean tech panel will include: Matt Ferguson, principal, Reznick Group; Jeff Eckel, president and CEO, Hannon Armstrong; and Nancy Pfund, managing partner, DBL Investors, and board member ofPrimus Power, SolarCity, Solaria, Ecologic, PowerGenix, and BrightSource Energy. This session was organized by Doug Arent, Executive Director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a long-time member of the conference Agenda Committee.
Solar Mosaic has been a trailblazer in the solar energy crowdfunding space. Their mission is to open up clean energy investing and fundamentally change the way energy is financed. Mosaic projects are vetted and structured to minimize risk while maximizing benefits to investors and to the planet.