Architects of a Greener Economy
E2SG Partners, LP is a private equity partnership focused on disruptive business concepts and technologies that materially accelerate the greening of the economy while delivering exceptional economic returns.
Driven by sound, time-tested investment principles, E2SG seeks partnership opportunities specifically within the ESG space. This focus bolsters innovation in companies crucial to the successful, accountable growth of our global communities. Our intention is strengthening companies that responsibly contribute to the needs of society and deliver compelling returns over time.
By leveraging our combined experience in environmentally conscious and sustainable solutions, we’re able to assist leadership teams with challenges they may face during growth in green business sectors. Providing direction and resources to companies invested in ESG principles – and helping them scale effectively – is an absolute priority for E2SG in our commitment to both investor and company.
Fund I will be dedicated exclusively to our distributed Hybrid Renewables concept (HR). Hybrid Renewables are efficient, wind/solar hybrid systems for powering communities and municipalities. By combining wind and solar electrical generation into a single package, Hybrid Renewables creates a more reliable and consistent, community-based source of power, than either independent solar or wind systems.
Poised to materially disrupt the status quo in the energy industry, Hybrid Renewables are bringing cleaner, greener, and more reliable energy to the end user by utilizing a distributed model requiring no long-distance transmission vs. the current conventional concentrated renewable development model.
Our plan is to build 100 HR sites in Minnesota where we have a favorable regulatory environment for distributed generation systems under 5 MW. Importantly, these systems are proven, the economics are attractive, and our business model virtually eliminates economic risk.
E2SG is a team of experienced professionals, all with backgrounds in ESG-focused companies. The cumulative financial and industry-based knowledge of our team allows us to efficiently establish the most rewarding opportunities in green investments.
Doug Baker joined Ecolab in 1989 and rose through the ranks to become CEO in 2004 and chairman of the board in 2006. He retired as chief executive officer at the end of 2020. Under his leadership, Ecolab became the global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and delivered outstanding returns for shareholders.
Baker strongly believes that focusing simultaneously on social, economic and environmental performance is good for society and good for business. During his tenure as CEO, Ecolab gained a global reputation as an innovative leader in sustainability and corporate responsibility.
William McDonough, co-author of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, was first introduced to closed loop material cycles while growing up in Japan and Hong Kong. This experience had a tremendous influence on his life. McDonough’s interests and influence range widely, and he works at scales from global to molecular. He is recognized globally as a leader in sustainable development. His vision for a future of abundance for all is helping companies and communities think differently. Together they are changing the world.
McDonough's architecture practice, William McDonough + Partners, operates in Charlottesville, Virginia. McDonough moved his practice from New York City to Charlottesville in 1994 when he was appointed as the Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. He served as Dean until 1999.
Clay Miller has over 30 years of private equity investing and legal experience, investing in, managing, structuring and executing both public and private M&A and capital market transactions throughout the United States and internationally.
Actively involved in all aspects of capital raising and investment efforts – from fund raising, to the initiation and management of new investment opportunities, to the oversight of portfolio company development – Clay continues to be involved in sourcing new investment opportunities, structuring, and financing transactions.
Clay’s investment experience in a broad range of industries, including a significant track record in the energy services industry, brings valuable experience and knowledge to E2SG's green investment efforts.
Dan Juhl has been involved in the wind power industry for more than 30 years. With extensive experience in the design, manufacture, operation and maintenance of wind turbines, Dan has been integral to the development of about 1,500 megawatts of wind generation throughout his three-decade career in the field.
Dan has been the principal consultant for wind energy projects to Edison Capital, John Deere Capital, Vestas, EWT, Suzlon Turbine Manufacturing, and various public and private utilities throughout the United States and Canada. He has appeared before numerous state and federal governmental bodies advocating wind power and community-based energy development on behalf of landowners, farmers and ranchers.
Chief Financial Officer
Kevin has more than 35 years of experience leading a wide variety of financial and operational activities related to driving results for an organization. Having worked as an investment banker, a Chief Operating Officer and a Chief Financial Officer, Kevin’s specific expertise in finance and accounting, risk management and organizational controls, legal and compliance oversight, and capital deployment/strategic planning provide the foundation for effective stewardship of enterprise assets at E2SG.
Rhonda Cuchetto Meilahn
Rhonda possesses just over 30 years of management and administrative experience in the investment, financial, and industrial sectors. A variety of responsibilities – ranging from analysis, reporting, sales production, and budget optimization to employee relations and executive coordination – provides Rhonda with the knowledge and background to efficiently run all aspects of a successful organization.