Alex Gibbs is an Associate at Renewable Power Capital Ltd with responsibility for assisting in the origination, acquisition and asset management of renewable power projects across Europe. Prior to joining RPC, Alex spent 2 years at Cantor Fitzgerald, a leading mid-market financial advisory firm, in the Power, Energy and Infrastructure team. While at Cantor, Alex covered a broad range of technologies from solar power in Europe and the Middle East to natural gas distribution in Spain, advising on transactions with a total value of around €3bn. Alex also spent 4 years as a financial analyst at Setien, a boutique commodities house in New York focusing on the acquisition of storage and logistics infrastructure for grains and fuels.
Alex holds a Master of Finance degree from MIT Sloan (class of 2014) and a BSC (Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Warwick, where he represented the rugby and ski teams and co-founded a society to promote the recording and performance of live music.
I am an Associate on the Investment team at RPC, meaning I am responsible for originating, analysing and executing renewable asset transactions with input from the other teams in the company.
I spend most of my time performing analysis of some sort on the transactions I work on – it might be valuing an asset or portfolio in a competitive M&A process, or devising transaction structures to satisfy both our and our potential partners’ needs in a co-development deal. This is usually accompanied by due diligence work, reviewing inputs and information with the technical departments at RPC to make sure we can stand behind our assumptions. Within these broad tasks there is a huge amount of variety as the technology, geography and counterparties change a huge amount from deal to deal.
I have also spent a lot of time developing strategic initiatives for RPC to enter new markets and technologies to grow its presence further.
The thing that has stood out to me most at RPC is the quality of the team, which has expanded to over 50 people in less than 3 years but has already developed a strong culture of knowledge and approachability that means no problem feels unsolvable.
I have been helping to develop RPC’s entry strategy into a new country over the last few months, spending extensive time researching and developing hypotheses that mean we can become immediately competitive and successful there. We already have multiple commercial discussions ongoing as a result of that work which feels very rewarding.
I am a keen traveller and have visited Camp 2 on Mount Everest as well as travelling extensively throughout the US and Europe. When I’m at home I enjoy live music and good food.
It’s a boring answer but London! We may not have the best weather, but we are truly spoiled in terms of the diversity of things to do, cultures to experience and people to meet and I love to play tour guide to my friends from other countries when they come to visit.
Solar power, to me, represents a microcosm of all the progress humanity has made in the last few decades towards producing cleaner electricity. From its start as a novelty built in sunny California in the 1980s, we can now produce cheap solar power even in the rainy UK! It is versatile enough to be installed everywhere from massive plants powering thousands of homes down to the rooftops of individual buildings and will continue to play a key part in the energy transition for the foreseeable future.