Renewable Energy Project Finance Solutions

NextPower Capital is a San Francisco Bay Area based clean energy infrastructure investment bank focused on Capital Raises, M&A, and Advisory Services across North America. Leveraging our extensive network of capital providers, we specialize in structuring tax-equity and debt transactions across residential, commercial, and utility-scale projects that employ renewable energy and storage technologies. In addition, we conduct M&A sell-side and buy-side advisory services for both renewable energy projects and companies raising early to mid-stage capital.  Our principals have extensive experience developing projects and raising capital for many of the leading U.S. solar investors and developers, allowing us to play a more "in-house" role than traditionally done by financial advisory firms. With a proven track-record of creating innovative financing structures, the NextPower Capital team also assists companies participating in leading-edge markets, including PACE, community solar, community-choice aggregation, corporate energy procurement, vehicle electrification, blockchain, and energy storage.

Capital Raise

Tax Equity Specialists

Development Capital
Sponsor & Tax Equity
Project Debt
Mezzanine Capital


Connecting Buyers and Sellers

Sell-Side Process
Buy-Side Process
5MW+ Projects
Expansive Acquirer Network


Project Finance & Strategy

Outsourced Project Finance
Financial Analysis & Modeling
Corporate Energy Procurement
Strategic Consulting

Benjamin Cook<br>Managing Partner

Benjamin Cook
Managing Partner

Mr. Cook recently formed NextPower Capital to provide financing for distributed energy projects.  Prior to NextPower Capital, Mr. Cook was a Vice President in the Structured Finance & Global Markets groups at SolarCity.  He was instrumental in building the project and structured financing capabilities for the company, which has raised capital to support over $9 billion of solar projects. Mr. Cook has more than twenty years of experience in energy project financing and development for both solar and traditional energy projects. Prior to SolarCity, Mr. Cook led the finance group at Recurrent Energy, a distributed utility-scale solar project developer, and with SunPower, where he was director of structured finance and business development. Read more

David S. Goldman, CFA<br>Managing Partner

David Goldman, CFA
Managing Partner

Mr. Goldman has worked in the solar finance industry since 2004 and has led and closed hundreds of solar transactions totaling over $2B and has successfully launched several entrepreneurial ventures. He is currently a Managing Partner at NextPower Capital LLC and its affiliates, where he manages an online brokerage for commercial solar projects. Prior to his current position, Mr. Goldman was a Managing Director of Financial Products in SunEdison’s Small Commercial business, a position he accepted following a successful acquisition by SunEdison of InSource Energy, a commercial financing platform he co-founded as CEO. Prior to co-founding InSource Energy, Mr. Goldman served as the Sr. Vice President of Financial Products at Mosaic where he led commercial origination and underwriting and co-developed Mosaic’s dominant residential loan product. Read more

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Connie Chern, CPA
Sr. Director & Partner

Ms. Chern has worked with tax-advantaged investments since 2004 and structured financing for solar and other renewable energy assets valued over $2.5B. She recently joined NextPower Capital to provide structuring and execution expertise for distributed energy projects. Prior to joining NextPower Capital, Ms. Chern was a Director in SolarCity's Financial Products group, where she was responsible for developing Solar Bonds, residential Solar Loans, and other products while managing the operations of a web-based platform to efficiently transact the sale, issuance, and origination of debt. In this position, Ms. Chern played a key role in raising over $750M of corporate and project-specific debt for distributed solar and battery storage installations. Read more

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Brendan Hirschmann
Investment Banking Associate

Mr. Hirschmann joined NextPower Capital in June 2018 as an Investment Banking Associate to provide financial modeling and analytical support. Prior to his current position, Mr. Hirschmann was a Senior Financial Analyst at Sempra Renewables where he led the financial analysis of a 200 MW solar project acquisition and provided financial modeling for one of the largest single tax equity transactions for a portfolio of utility-scale solar projects. Prior to Sempra, Mr. Hirschmann was an analyst in the Power & Project Finance group at CIT Bank (fka OneWest Bank) where he analyzed, structured and underwrote debt financing transactions for power generation assets. Mr. Hirschmann holds a B.A. in Economics and Chinese Language Citation from Harvard University.



  • Our team has over 30 years of experience financing solar projects
  • We have worked at firms that have been leaders in the solar industry
  • Solar remains the dominant growing renewable technology


  • Low cost and efficient storage will accelerate the adoption of solar projects 
  • We have unique experience financing solar with storage on residential and commercial
  • Leverage our experience to capitalize on opportunities from this emerging technology

Solar energy project finance expertise. Network of developer and financial partners. Easy to work with and completely service focused. Modeling and structuring expertise. Maximize and harvest project value.