PE-backed Greenleaf Power acquires Plainfield Renewable Energy

Greenleaf Power, a portfolio company of Denham Capital, has completed its acquisition of Plainfield Renewable Energy Plant. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Plainfield, Connecticut, Plainfield Renewable Energy is a facility that uses clean biomass as its fuel.


Sacramento, Calif. – July 27, 2015 – Greenleaf Power, an owner and operator of green energy power plants and a portfolio company of leading energy and resources-focused global private equity firm Denham Capital, announced today that it has finalized the purchase of the Plainfield Renewable Energy Plant located in Plainfield, Conn.

“The acquisition of Plainfield Renewable Energy will mark Greenleaf Power’s sixth acquisition in North America. The Plainfield facility will increase Greenleaf’s scale and materially improve both the contracted revenues and the average PPA life of its portfolio,” said Hugh Smith, President and CEO of Greenleaf Power. “Plainfield solidifies Greenleaf Power’s presence throughout North America as the leading growth-oriented owner and operator of biomass facilities.”

Plainfield Renewable Energy has a net electricity generation capacity of approximately 37.5 megawatts. It is capable of providing baseload renewable energy for as many as 280,000 homes. The facility, which first became operational in December 2013, uses clean biomass as its fuel and sells its electrical output to Connecticut Light and Power under a long-term offtake agreement.

Greenleaf Power’s existing facilities are located in California and Quebec, Canada. The company’s experienced team of clean energy professionals has proven its capability to optimize the profitability, efficiency and output of its plants by undertaking operational improvements, fuel procurement initiatives, and revenue enhancements.

“Plainfield Renewable Energy adds to our portfolio of biomass plants and increases our total renewable energy capacity to more than 180 megawatts,” added Smith. “This facility holds tremendous promise and we look forward to working closely with the Plainfield community to be good neighbors and partners.”

Greenleaf Power is focused on investing in and developing projects that gather biomass that would otherwise be openly burned or landfilled and converting it to renewable energy. The experienced management team consists of clean energy professionals focused on optimizing biomass plant performance.

“Biomass energy is one of the few renewable technologies that provides baseload renewable energy,” noted Smith. “While most other renewable sources are intermittent, biomass provides reliable, predictable power under all conditions throughout the year.”

Greenleaf Power purchased the Plainfield facility from Leidos, Inc. which has owned and operated the plant since it became operational in late 2013. Greenleaf’s financial advisor is EA Markets.

About Greenleaf Power
Greenleaf Power acquires, develops, owns and operates power projects that utilize residual biomass as fuel. Greenleaf Power currently owns and operates approximately 145 megawatts of biomass generating assets in the U.S. and Canada. With its corporate headquarters located in Sacramento, Calif. Greenleaf Power directly employs over 140 employees and supports approximately 450 full-time additional staff dedicated to supplying the facilities’ fuel requirements. Greenleaf Power is backed by Denham Capital, a leading global energy-focused private equity firm. For more information about Greenleaf Power, visit

About Denham Capital
Denham Capital is a leading energy and resources-focused global private equity firm with more than $7.9 billion of invested and committed capital across seven fund vehicles and offices in London, Boston, Houston, São Paulo and Perth. The firm makes direct investments in the energy and resources sectors, including businesses involving power generation, oil and gas, and mining, across the globe and all stages of the corporate lifecycle. Denham’s investment professionals apply deep operational and industry experience and work in partnership with management teams to achieve long-term investment objectives. For more information about Denham Capital, visit