Clean Energy Management Platform Verse Secures $20.5 Million Series A Funding

Verse, a clean energy management platform, raised $20.5 million in a Series A funding round led by GV (Google Ventures) with participation from Coatue, CIV, and MCJ Collective.

According to Verse, the combination of escalating costs, increased demand, stringent regulations, and expensive procedures is creating a sense of urgency and introducing new challenges that existing solutions and corporate buyers of clean energy are struggling to address.

The company plans to tackle these issues with the AI-enabled software platform, Aria, which is stated to leverage generative AI to help companies define clean energy goals and plan, procure, and manage optimal portfolios of clean energy assets at the least cost.

With the latest round of funding, Verse is expected to scale commercial operations and develop new product capabilities to help organizations reduce emissions and lower electricity costs.

“Commercial and industrial electricity use is a significant contributor to global emissions. We need to make clean energy the most economical option for large electricity consumers, but existing solutions don’t scale,” said Seyed Madaeni, CEO of Verse. “Our latest fundraising round, backed by an impressive roster of investors, will fuel Verse’s growth and enhance our software product suite, enabling more businesses to reduce both the cost and emissions of their electricity.”

According to Mercom’s Q1 2024 Funding and M&A report for Storage & Smart Grid, Smart Grid VC funding increased 134% in Q1 2024, with $656 million raised in 12 deals compared to $280 million in 14 deals in Q1 2023. In a QoQ comparison, funding in Q1 2024 was 197% higher compared to Q4 2023, when $221 million was raised in 10 deals.

Last year, Amperon Holdings, a provider of energy analytics solutions, secured $20 Million in a Series B funding round led by Energize Capital. Other participants in this round include the D. E. Shaw group, Veriten, and existing investor HSBC Asset Management.