Smart Energies



Our motto: Stay engaged with the times

Smart Energies has its origins in the SPTI Group that developed in the oil industry during the 20th century (import-export, refining, distribution). As a pioneer, the Group completely disengaged from fossil fuels in the 1980s to move to other sectors, in particular renewable energy and hydropower. When new renewable energy took off, the Group, with its accumulated experience in hydropower, strengthened its financial means, sold its interests outside renewable energy, changed its name to Smart Energies and reconstructed its management team with a clear objective: invest heavily in the energy transition.

Thus in the last four years, the Group has financed more than 80 renewable energy projects in Europe.

Our values

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Meaning: Our projects provide green energy production and fight against CO2 emissions and global warming. Due to their size, they are also well integrated within the areas where they are located, and well accepted at a local level. This is the entire point of distributed production. Our projects produce less expensive energy that allows our customers to make significant energy savings, particularly in countries where energy is expensive and the network is unreliable, such as in Africa.

Innovation: We invest in innovative technologies: for several years we have supported CETH2, a promising SME in the hydrogen sector that took off and became Areva H2Gen and which now has an order book at a record level of EUR 10 million at the end of May 2015 We also financed the first ORC from the young company Aqylon at the Veolia site. We continuously try to structure new investment schemes dedicated to the energy transition.

Sustainability: the price of renewable kWh is competitive when the investor can amortize the investment over a long enough period. This means thinking about power plants or projects in terms of 10 years, 20 years, 30 years, etc. We are extremely vigilant about the durability of equipment, the assessment of the input parameters and the day-to-day management of our plants.

Our commitments: financial sponsorship

Our commitment to the energy transition is also reflected in our generous funding of community solar projects. As such, we provide a financial contribution to Synergie Solaire, an endowment fund whose primary missions are to develop solar solutions (lighting kits, electrification of maternity wards) for economic, social or environmental humanitarian projects; to support the long-term operation of the solutions offered; and to bring together the skills of the French renewable energies sector for economic, social or environmental humanitarian projects.

In 2016, we will contribute to financing a project to install solar pumping for market gardening located in Senegal.

Synergie Solaire
Synergie Solaire Programme

As a stakeholder committed to the energy transition, Smart Energies develops, finances, builds, and operates renewable energy production sites in Europe and Africa using solar, hydraulic, and biogas resources in the regions.

Smart Energies, Smarter Future