Gardner Capital, a private equity firm specializing in multi-family housing and solar energy development and investment, announced its new senior residence in Sugar Land, Gala at Four Corners, 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 multi-family 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 multi-family housing generally remains low. With its Alternative Investments Fund, Gardner Capital aims to change that with 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 this sizable funding commitment to install solar at Gala at Four Corners. The project will greatly boost the availability and benefits of solar energy for senior residents in Sugar Land and make a positive impact in their lives,” said Mike Koehler, Vice President of Solar Business Development at Gardner Capital.
Applicants can apply for funding from the 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 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 15010 Old Richmond Rd. in Sugar Land, Gala at Four Corners is a senior community, which will offer 90 units. In addition to the solar energy system, other property amenities include a fitness center, media center and a resort-style pool.
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
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
Chief of Staff, Gardner Capital Corporate, Mike Koehler