RatedPower raises $6M in series A funding to become the SaaS suite of renewables
Seaya Ventures leads the round of $6 M with participation of US investors. The funding will be used to drive international growth and expansion in key solar markets, expedite product development, and deliver a seamless customer experience.
13 Oct, 21
We are delighted to share with you our latest news: RatedPower has raised $6 M in Series A funding. The round was led by Seaya Ventures—the European venture capital fund behind unicorns Glovo, Wallbox and Cabify—with additional participation of US-based investors.
What will we be using this investment for?
This investment means that we can keep growing and moves us closer to our goals of digitalizing the solar industry and becoming the SaaS suite of renewables. We plan on us it in on:
- Driving international growth and expansion in key solar markets—especially in the US.
- Expediting Product and feature development.
- Delivering a seamless customer experience - to keep offering you the best features and service.
- Attracting and retaining talent, in our journey to grow a competitive team.
Our ultimate motto is to increase the competitiveness of solar energy to make it the main energy source.
Potential of solar
Global cumulative solar PV capacity has continuously grown since 2015, being the fastest-growing source of energy over the past decade. By 2024, cumulative solar PV capacity is expected to reach over 1.4 terawatts, and 40% of it will come from utility-scale power plants. Seeking systemic efficiency is the only effective way to fight climate change, and to deliver on the Paris Agreement.
But optimizing, designing and engineering solar plants is still a complex and overwhelming process. After Miguel Ángel, Juan and I had been experiencing these inefficiencies for years, we realized the huge improvement potential by using digital technologies to make solar energy implementation cheaper and more efficient. We got down to work and founded RatedPower in 2017.
We are delighted to invest in RatedPower, whose unique products are expediting the shift to make solar power the world’s most relevant and competitive energy source
“We are delighted to invest in RatedPower, whose unique products are expediting the shift to make solar power the world’s most relevant and competitive energy source,” said Carlos Fisch, Principal at Seaya. “This investment reinforces our commitment to sustainable tech companies with founders that share our values, looking both for prosperity and purpose, while providing a clear and measurable positive impact” added Beatriz González, founder and managing partner of Seaya.
According to IRENA, costs of electricity from new solar PV farms have fallen 82% since 2010, mainly due to the increasing efficiency of PV panels. Solar design software, such as RatedPower’s, is next in line to continue cutting down the price of solar energy.
“Over the past four years, we’ve built a unique SaaS platform that has smoothed out the process of building solar plants in almost every country on the planet,” said Andrea Barber, co-founder and CEO of RatedPower. “This is an important milestone in our journey – both for RatedPower as a company and for our clients – that will enable us to expand our solution, impact new markets, and help us bring closer our vision of making solar the main energy source, accelerating the energy transition.”
Founders Andrea Barber, Juan Romero and Miguel Ángel Torrero.
RatedPower by the numbers
Since 2017, pvDesign has experienced solid growth and has proven to increase energy production by more than 5% compared to the standard parameters used in the sector; to reduce the number of hours engineering teams spend by 85% and to boost asset profitability by 20%.
In the last 12 months RatedPower has:
- +1,300 users in pvDesign
- +150% platform usage, reaching +2,000GW simulated in over +150 countries worldwide.
- RatedPower clients have been able to build an extra +150 projects that they wouldn’t have been able to do without pvDesign, amounting to +8GW installed/year. It’s the equivalent to the electricity consumption of 4.5 million households worldwide. This leads to an annual reduction of 6 million tons of CO2 emissions and an annual decrease of 9 million oil barrels.
- Has grown the team by +40%.
- Presence has been made 5x stronger in key countries such as the United States.
- Achieved a record of new clients including names like Iberdrola, Engie, BayWa, AES, Clenera, Sungrow, Burns & McDonnell, Celsia, Shell, Samsung or National Grid Renewables.
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