DALLAS, TX – Gardner Capital, a private equity firm specializing in multifamily housing and solar energy development and investment, announced its new Multifamily Development in Plano, Gala at Premier, has received a funding commitment from the GCRE Impact Fund to install an on-site solar energy system, as part of its Sustainable Energy Commitment. The GCRE Impact Fund is part of Gardner Capital’s Alternative Investments Platform, which provides funding for projects promoting clean energy for multifamily housing or upward social mobility.
Solar energy is the fastest-growing energy source in the United States, according to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. However, its use in multifamily housing generally remains low. With its Alternative Investments Fund, Gardner Capital aims to change that. Gardner Capital through the GCRE Impact Fund plans to deploy up to $500,000 annually to expand access to clean energy with grants and soft loans to both individuals and businesses submitting innovative proposals.
“We are thrilled to announce GCRE Impact Fund’s funding commitment to install solar at Gala at Premier. The project will greatly boost the availability and benefits of solar energy for families living in affordable housing in Plano and make a positive impact in their lives,” said Mike Koehler, VP, Solar Business Development at Gardner Capital.
Applicants can apply for funding from GCRE Impact Fund through the Alternative Investments Fund on Gardner Capital’s website; funding is capped at $25,000 for any one specific proposal (subject to waiver for special considerations). All proposals that focus on increasing access to, or adoption of, renewable energy (or renewable energy related projects) will be considered with a preference for proposals that are also focused on serving low to moderate-income families or other underserved populations and communities
Located at 2425 Premier Drive in Collin County, Gala at Premier is a multifamily community, which will offer 97 one and two-bedroom units for residents who are age 55 or older. The solar addition, funded by the GCRE Impact Fund, will be yet another amenity offered at the property, which will also offer a resort-style pool, furnished fitness center, business center, clubhouse, gazebo and pergola with barbeques, putting green, bocce ball court, an arts and crafts room, as well as on-site social activity coordination provided by Portfolio Resident Services. Construction is expected to be complete in fall of 2022.
About Gardner Capital
Gardner Capital is a private equity firm and alternative investment platform with multiple operating businesses focused on affordable housing and renewable energy development, tax credit syndication, as well as real estate-related investments, joint ventures and capital partner relationships. The firm has offices in St. Louis, Dallas, Houston and Orlando. Since 1992, Gardner Capital has placed more than $3 billion of equity in affordable housing and related investments. In recent years, Gardner Capital added a rapidly growing national platform for solar development and investments, expanding its commitment to renewable energy and sustainability across its investment platform. Additionally, the firm launched multiple alternative investment funds focused on renewable energy and EV adoption, upward mobility and investments in underserved markets. We are committed to investing in communities, supporting upward mobility, and improving the wellbeing of families by developing, investing and increasing access to capital for affordable housing, clean energy and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.gardnercapital.com
About GCRE Impact Fund
Launched in 2020, the GCRE Impact Fund provides low interest soft loans, grants and other equity – investing in neighborhoods, people and businesses with innovative small business concepts or investments with notable local and neighborhood impact. The Fund is expected to commit more than $500,000 annually for programs that align with the Fund’s investment goals and guidelines. The Fund is one of multiple socially focused Funds managed within the Alternative Investments Platform of Gardner Capital – focusing on upward mobility, renewable energy, EV adoption, or initiatives focused on investment in otherwise underserved markets. For more information or to inquire about funding opportunities, please visit GCRE Impact – Funding Page
For additional information, please contact:
Chief of Staff, Gardner Capital Corporate, Mike Koehler