Energ’Ethic Podcast – 54 – The Climatize Effect: Driving Collective Financial Power for Environmental Action, with Will Wiseman

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In this episode, I’m joined by Will Wiseman (https://www.linkedin.com/in/will-wiseman/), the CEO and co-founder of Climatize (https://www.climatize.earth). Will is a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree for social impact and a recognized Young Global Changer. He...

In this episode, I’m joined by Will Wiseman, the CEO and co-founder of Climatize. Will is a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree for social impact and a recognized Young Global Changer. He’s leading a groundbreaking movement that allows anyone to invest in renewable energy projects with as little as $10. Climatize has already amassed over 850 investors, collectively pouring $3.75 million into 11 community solar projects across seven states in the U.S., many of which support underrepresented communities.

Highlights from the Episode:

  1. Will’s Journey to Climate Action:

    • Will shares his unique path from studying finance and engineering to becoming a pivotal figure in renewable energy. Inspired by his father, a marine biologist, he witnessed the fragility of our ecosystems from a young age, which spurred his commitment to climate action.

    • Starting in project management and construction, Will gained hands-on experience in the renewable sector, eventually leading him to establish Climatize, a platform aimed at democratizing investment in clean energy.

  2. The Climatize Model:

    • Discover how Climatize breaks down the financial barriers to investing in renewable energy. Will explains their innovative approach to fractionalized loans, allowing everyday people to contribute to significant solar projects.

    • The platform targets a crucial funding gap in the $250,000 to $5 million range for small to medium-scale projects, which traditional banking institutions often overlook.

  3. Navigating Regulatory Challenges:

    • Will recounts the strategic pivot from Europe to the U.S. due to the complex regulatory landscape across the European Union’s 27 member states. He details how Climatize overcame these hurdles to establish a scalable operation in the U.S.

    • The discussion also touches on the transformative impact of the Inflation Reduction Act in the U.S., which has significantly boosted the renewable sector by extending tax credits and making them transferable.

  4. The Impact of Climate Finance:

    • Learn how Climatize is enabling investments in solar energy and empowering communities. Projects funded through the platform contribute to clean energy production while providing economic benefits to local communities.

    • Will discusses the diverse profiles of their investors and how the platform cultivates trust and engagement among individuals eager to make a tangible impact on the climate crisis.

  5. Future Goals and Global Ambitions:

    • With an ambitious goal to fund $1 billion in renewable energy projects annually within the next five years, Will outlines the steps Climatize is taking to scale its impact.

    • The conversation also explores the potential for replicating Climatize’s model in developing countries, emphasizing the importance of accessible and decentralized financing for global electrification.

Key Takeaways:

  • Accessible Investment: Climatize enables individuals to invest small amounts in large-scale renewable projects, democratizing climate finance.

  • Community Impact: Beyond financial returns, Climatize projects deliver social and environmental benefits to underrepresented communities.

  • Scalable Solutions: Will highlights the importance of overcoming regulatory barriers and leveraging policy changes to scale renewable energy investments.

Tune in to hear Will’s inspiring story and learn how Climatize is turning climate finance into a tool for empowerment and action. Whether you’re a seasoned investor or new to the world of renewable energy, this episode provides valuable insights into how we can all contribute to the energy transition.

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Music: I Need You Here – Kamarius
Edition: Podcast Media Factory 

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