The Fifth Fuel Fund

United States of America

Last updated 13 May 2020, by Impactyield.

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The Fifth Fuel Fund ("FFF") provides 100% financing to support energy performance projects and programs in select non-residential markets. FFF focuses on real estate sub-sectors such as affordable housing, health care, education and single-tenant industrial where cap rate trends and existing leverage facilitate property owner interest in energy performance projects. FFF's objective is to spur growth in the energy efficiency industry through open origination and strong monitoring and verification of energy savings.

FFF is managed by Abundant Power Solutions ("APS") which has an extensive background in fund management, energy efficiency, loan underwriting and asset management. APS is a subsidiary of Abundant Power Group which was formed in 2009 to address the needs of the renewable energy industry, including the fifth fuel - energy efficiency.

Financial description

The Fifth Fuel Fund will raise approximately $150 million in equity to be leveraged by approximately $350 million of debt capital from participating major lenders for a total fund size of $500 million.

12 years

of track record


the year funded

150,000,000 USD


Asset manager

Abundant Power Capital


Headquarters location:

Other funds managed by this asset manager: Cleansource Growth Equity I, LP

SDG goals

SDG targets

Double the improvement in energy efficiency

Expand and upgrade energy services for developing countries

Full employment and decent work with equal pay

Key performance indicators

Fund overview

Asset manager: Abundant Power Capital

Product track record: Fund has 12 years of track record

Target IRR: 20%

Committed Capital: 0 USD (US Dollar)

Target return category: Risk-adjusted market-rate of return

Fund domicile:

Product status:


Inception year: 2011

Vintage year: 2011

Target region: , , ,

Target close date: 01/06/2011

Product term: 10 year term

Assets under management: 150,000,000 USD (US Dollar)

Investment size: Min: 1,000,000; Max: 40,000,000; Avg: 7,500,000

Co-investment policy:

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Fund investments to date: 0

Fund investments to date exited or repaid: 0

Management fee: 1.25%

Carried interest: 20%

Hurdle rate: 8%%

GIIN Investors' Council Investment: No

Limited Partners / Investors: n.a.

Limited Partner / Investor Type: Endowments/Foundations, Family Office, Pension Funds, Other Institutional Investors




Phone number: 704-271-9884

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Lori Collins

Managing Director

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Impact thesis

The Fifth Fuel Fund ("FFF") promotes energy efficiency and energy conservation by providing 100% financing for energy performance improvements on non-residential properties. FFF acts as a bridge and aggregation vehicle between nonresidential property owners with "cash flow positive" energy efficiency projects and liquid secondary markets demanding scale and standardization. Large scale energy efficiency retrofit activity creates sustainable jobs, protects natural resources, and promotes homeland energy security. Approximately 70% of U.S. energy usage is from buildings. If building energy usage is reduced 20%, it would save the country in excess of $300 billion per year.

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