Braemar Energy Ventures Leads Round
Next Step Living, New England’s leading provider of home energy solutions, has received $25 million in Series D funding, the company announced today. Led by new investor Braemar Energy Ventures, the funding also includes several leading earlier-stage investors. Among them are VantagePoint Capital Partners and Black Coral Capital.
The funding caps a record growth period for Next Step Living which since 2008 has helped more than 85,000 households become more energy-efficient and adopt renewable energy. Earlier this year, the company ranked first as the fastest-growing private company in Massachusetts and was named to the prestigious TiE50 “2014 Global Hot Technology Start-up Watch List.” Additionally, company founder and CEO Geoff Chapin this month was named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014TM in New England.
“Next Step Living is well-positioned as a leader in the clean-energy sector that is experiencing strong double-digit growth, notably in New England. We are particularly excited about the company’s ability to offer homeowners the most cost-effective, energy-saving investments, whether that is weatherization, window replacement, solar or even participating in community solar,” said Dennis Costello, managing partner, Braemar Energy Ventures. “We see Next Step Living as quickly rising to the next level as a dominant force in enabling green living and energy efficiency for homeowners well beyond New England.”
The funding will help Next Step Living continue its expansion into new markets. It operates today in Massachusetts and Connecticut with more than 800 employees.
“We appreciate the recognition and support from Braemar and the very meaningful, continued support from our early investors. This validates that our whole-home approach to helping homeowners save energy and reduce carbon emissions resonates with both homeowners and the investment community,” said Chapin. “We’ve always believed in our practivist model to marry our activist agenda for sustainability with a sustainable business model.”
Massachusetts Green Energy Fund, The Windquest Group and dozens of angel investors are among those that have helped fund Next Step Living.
About Next Step Living
One of the fastest-growing companies in the country, Next Step Living® is the leading provider of whole-home energy solutions in the Northeast. In 2014, Next Step Living continued its triple bottom line focus with an expansion into the commercial sector when it became the exclusive provider of EcoThermal Filter Systems, an innovative energy-saving product for commercial kitchens. Headquartered in Boston’s Innovation District, Next Step Living makes it easy and affordable for people to have a low environmental impact. A one-stop service provider of informed advice, funding guidance and expert work, Next Step Living partners with more than 400 municipalities, civic organizations, leading corporations and utility companies to deliver energy-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for better living. Next Step Living makes our world better. Please visit NextStepLiving.com for more information.
About Braemar Energy Ventures
Braemar Energy Ventures is a venture capital fund making early- to mid-stage investments in the energy technology sector. The firm's principals have invested in more than 60 companies in the sector and have more than 100 years of combined technical, operational and financial experience in energy and energy-related industries. Braemar partners with exceptional companies and management teams, in both alternative and traditional energy markets, that can contribute to a more profitable and efficient energy landscape through innovation and marketplace expertise. Additional information is available at BraemarEnergy.com or on Twitter at Twitter.com/BraemarEnergy or @BraemarEnergy.