Energy storage software leader Stem acquires solar asset management giant AlsoEnergy

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AI-driven energy storage software pioneer Stem signed an agreement with Also Energy Holdings, Inc. to acquire AlsoEnergy, a leader in solar asset management software, in a stock and cash transaction. This merger will combine Stem’s storage optimization capabilities with AlsoEnergy’s solar asset performance monitoring and control software. The end result is a compelling one-stop-shop solution for renewable energy projects.

In addition, Stem will offer its smart energy storage solutions to AlsoEnergy’s existing front-of-meter and commercial & industrial customers, who generally have limited storage attachment to their solar assets today. AlsoEnergy will gain earlier visibility into solar plus storage projects through Stem’s extensive customer and partner network.

“As the battery storage and solar industries continue to experience tremendous global growth, developers, asset owners, and utilities will increasingly look to our combined software capabilities to provide a unified platform for energy intelligence that improves project performance,” stated John Carrington, CEO of Stem. “The combined company will deliver an AI-driven software offering that we expect will simplify our customers’ asset management, boost their project returns, and accelerate our own growth trajectory.

The companies see opportunities to cross-sell and leverage each platform’s extensive customer base. Currently, only 30% of AlsoEnergy’s customers are customers of Stem.

“Combining our business with Stem will unlock tremendous value for customers as they increasingly focus on integrating solar and energy storage assets to optimize financial performance,” stated Robert Schaefer, CEO of AlsoEnergy. “The software, access to data, and technical capabilities of our combined companies will bring the next level of control and optimization to AlsoEnergy’s leading monitoring offerings, enabling a single vendor for software services across the solar and storage landscape.”

Founded in 2007, AlsoEnergy is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado and is a global leader in performance, analytics, monitoring, and control solutions with 32.5 GW of solar assets under management across more than 50 countries. AlsoEnergy contracts with and serves multiple stakeholders in the solar ecosystem, including developers, asset owners, operations and maintenance (O&M) contractors, commercial customers, and utilities. In the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, AlsoEnergy generated approximately $49 million in revenue and 60% gross margin across its software, grid edge monitoring, controls, and services businesses. Of AlsoEnergy’s assets under management, on both a site and capacity basis, only a minimal amount currently has energy storage attached.

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