SOURCE: Energy Impact Partners; Enchanted Rock

Energy Impact Partners; Enchanted Rock

Energy Impact Partners; Enchanted Rock

February 27, 2017 09:00 ET

Energy Impact Partners Invests in Enchanted Rock

Investment by Utility Partner Coalition in Leading Provider of Commercial and Industrial Microgrids and Backup Power Systems Will Drive Product Rollout and Geographic Expansion

NEW YORK, NY and HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - Feb 27, 2017) -   Energy Impact Partners (EIP) today announced that it has closed a $10 million investment in Enchanted Rock (ERock), a leading provider of microgrid and energy reliability solutions for commercial and industrial customers.

The investment is the first institutional round of financing raised by ERock. It will be used to drive geographic expansion and accelerate deployments of the company's On Demand Electric Reliability(SM) product.

ERock installs, owns and operates natural gas gensets in microgrids at commercial and industrial sites, providing customers with highly reliable, ultra-clean, ultra-quiet backup power. The company then aggregates them into virtual power plants that deliver ancillary services to the grid, generating revenue to offset microgrid costs. The result is that ERock can supply power reliability at a small fraction of the price of installing a standard backup system.

"This transaction is another example of our investment model at work: backing companies with proven solutions and business models at the inflection point of their growth where our network can make a difference," commented Hans Kobler, CEO and Managing Partner at EIP. "We are very pleased to partner with this innovative company."

"The ERock team has come up with a creative solution to solving customer reliability concerns while generating revenues from power markets to keep costs low," said Sameer Reddy, the Vice President at EIP who led the deal. "We have considerable confidence in this team's ability to maintain its leadership in adapting to new technologies to meet the evolving needs of grid operators and commercial and industrial customers."

"We are very excited to have EIP as a partner to help accelerate our reliability microgrid business, both in Texas and beyond," added Thomas McAndrew, CEO of ERock. "We believe EIP's significant expertise in our space is as important as the investment capital, and look forward to building relationships with EIP's network of utility partners during this exciting, rapid growth phase."

EIP previously announced investments in AutoGrid, Opus One, Sense Technologies and SparkFund, and soon expects to announce the addition of other global utilities to its coalition.

About Energy Impact Partners
Energy Impact Partners is a collaborative strategic investment firm that invests in companies optimizing energy consumption and improving sustainable energy generation. Through close collaboration with its strategic investor base, EIP seeks to bring the best companies, buying power and vision in the industry to bear on the emerging energy landscape. EIP's partners include Southern Company, National Grid, Xcel Energy, Ameren, Great Plains Energy, Fortis Inc., AGL, Avista and MGE Energy. For more information, visit www.energyimpactpartners.com.

About Enchanted Rock
Founded in 2006, Enchanted Rock, Ltd. builds and operates cost-effective microgrids that help companies manage physical and financial risk associated with electricity. The company is responsible for the design, project management, installation, and commissioning of over 67 MW of customer microgrids in the Greater Houston Area, and 160 MW of grid reliability distributed generation systems across Texas. Enchanted Rock is the only company with a demonstrated track record in all areas of microgrids and distributed power, including electrical interconnection, energy market integration, control technologies, construction, and asset operations and maintenance. For more information, visit www.erockhold.com.

Contact Information

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    Eugene Hunt
    Trevi Communications for Energy Impact Partners
    Email Contact
    (978) 750-0333

    Energy Impact Partners, LLC
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    (212) 899-9700

    Enchanted Rock, Ltd.
    Rob Cauthen
    COO
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    (832) 439-5870