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Graham Smith

CEO and Founder

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Graham has over 15 years of experience in renewable energy finance and building capital markets brokerage platforms. He founded Open Energy in 2013 to use financial technology innovation to unlock capital and drive debt financing in commercial solar. Prior to Open Energy, he founded two brokerage firms – Axiom Global in 2004 and Phoenix Partners Group in 2006, co-running the latter for seven years. Under Graham’s leadership at Phoenix, the company generated $15 million in revenue within the first two years. Graham also started and managed Phoenix Greenworks Capital, a renewable energy advisory business, and secured $75 million of construction finance for 15 megawatts (MW) of some of the U.K.’s first utility-scale solar projects.  Under Graham’s leadership, Open Energy has developed an innovative online platform that has reduced total transaction costs for commercial solar loans by up to 70 percent. Through its unique marketplace lending model, Open Energy offers investment opportunities for non-recourse secured project debt with long-term, non-market correlated and strong risk-adjusted returns. Graham studied at both the University of Cambridge and University College in London. He also represented Great Britain in rowing at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.  

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