Investment Strategies

Private Equity – Energy Efficiency & Beyond

Growth Equity for the Energy Transition

SDCL Private Equity (“SDCL PE”) invests growth equity capital in “picks and shovels” companies building products and services for EDGE markets. We target rapidly growing technology, software, and services businesses that enable the deployment of cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable energy solutions, enhance efficiency, and enable decarbonization.

Our target companies have graduated from the early-stage venture capital market with proven business models that are ready to scale. Leveraging SDCL’s expertise as owner and operator of more than 50 energy real assets globally, SDCL PE has a differentiated ability to originate, diligence, commercialize, and realize investments in growing companies powering the energy transition.

Led by the former principals of Volery Capital, the team has deep experience in institutional private equity, financial services, entrepreneurship, and sustainability.  Combined with the broader SDCL team and the firm’s network of investors, corporate relationships, and strategic partners, SDCL PE has the ability to provide value-added support to its portfolio companies across areas including capital formation, access to potential customers, business development, and other strategic benefits.

For further information on SDCL PE, please contact Emanuel Citron, Michael Pertnoy, or Cort Ahl.

SDCL PE invests in companies building products and services proven to enhance energy efficiency and enable decarbonization in rapidly growing thematic areas, including:


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  • Sense Labs | Behind-the-Meter

    Sense Labs (“Sense”) is a home energy monitoring technology that provides granular, real-time device-level energy data to make homes smart and efficient. Sense’s software solution is integrated directly into the power meter, providing In-home data to help homeowners reduce energy consumption and save money while providing utilities with insights to make the grid cleaner and more reliable.

  • Iceotope | Data Centers

    Iceotope is an energy efficient data center precision cooling technology that offers significant reductions in resource consumption (energy, water, space), CO2 emissions, and noise pollution versus incumbent air-cooling technology.

  • Linear Labs | Industrial Decarbonization

    Linear Labs is a smart electric motor company that designs motors that deliver ultra-high efficiency, with patented breakthroughs leading to 2x improvements in torque, further range and significantly lower power consumption.

  • Rondo | Industrial Decarbonization

    Rondo has developed an innovative industrial heat solution that powers industrial processes with renewable electricity, delivering zero-carbon industrial heat to drive decarbonization of heavy industry.

  • The EV Network (“EVN”) | Electrification & Digitization

    EVN is a leading EV charging infrastructure developer, operator and investment company, delivering scalable, ultra-fast, economically viable charging solutions using the best-in-class technology.

  • On.Energy | Grid Modernization

    On.Energy is a fully-integrated energy storage developer, operator and technology company , using proprietary software to deliver end-to-end battery energy storage systems

  • Renewable Resources Group (“RRG”) | Resource Efficiency

    Renewable Resources Group (“RRG”) is one of the largest asset management firms focused on the sustainable agriculture and water sector. The firm develops, acquires, and manages agricultural land, water, and renewable energy assets with a focus on environmental stewardship.