AMS taking ‘storage to new level’ with US$34m Series B investment

Energy Storage
By Andy Colthorpe
July 11, 2017

Busi­ness mod­els used by Advanced Micro­grid Solu­tions (AMS), includ­ing cre­at­ing “Hybrid Elec­tric Build­ings” with energy stor­age, take the indus­try to a “new level”, VC investor Nancy Pfund has said.

Investors includ­ing actor and activist Arnold Schwarzeneg­ger, major Aus­tralian util­ity AGL, GE Ven­tures and Mac­quarie Cap­i­tal par­tic­i­pated in the suc­cess­ful raise of more than US$34 mil­lion in a Series B fund­ing round, which AMS announced yesterday.

AMS said it will use the cash to scale up the deploy­ment of Armada, the company’s plat­form for inte­grat­ing dis­trib­uted energy resources (DERs) into build­ings and con­nect­ing them to the grid. The com­pany also said the funds will go towards expand­ing AMS’ pres­ence in new mar­kets. Energy-Storage.News emailed an AMS rep­re­sen­ta­tive for fur­ther details on which geo­gra­phies and mar­ket seg­ments this may con­sti­tute, but did not receive a reply by the time of writing.

As with a pre­vi­ous Series A, Nancy Pfund at social impact invest­ing firm DBL Part­ners led the round, along­side utility-​​funded invest­ment firm Energy Impact Part­ners (EIP) and a util­ity, South­ern Com­pany. A dis­trib­uted infra­struc­ture sub­sidiary of South­ern Com­pany recently formed a part­ner­ship with AMS for behind-​​the-​​meter project work.

Pfund told Energy-Storage.News that there were plenty of rea­sons why AMS had been a pop­u­lar call for investors. The com­pany is led by energy indus­try vet­eran Susan Kennedy, who had a three-​​year stint as a Cal­i­for­nia Pub­lic Util­i­ties Com­mis­sioner and also served as advi­sor to Schwarzeneg­ger when he was Gov­er­nor of California.

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