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Ian Bowles      

Environmentalist & Energy Expert; Co-Founder of WindSail Capital Group

Ian Bowles is co-founder and Managing Director of WindSail Capital Group. He brings over 30 years of experience in the energy and environmental sectors. Prior to WindSail, he served as Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, where he oversaw a landmark restructuring of utility and environmental regulation which included making MA a top ranked state in energy efficiency, renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions reductions. He was also chairman of the MA Water Resources Authority and the founding chairman of the MA Clean Energy Center. Earlier in his career, he served on the National Security Council staff of President Bill Clinton and was a Vice President at Conservation International where he played a key role in creation of the four million acre Central Suriname Nature Reserve.

Ian is a board member at the New England Clean Energy Council, Longroad Energy and the Museum of Science. He is an advisor to several other leading clean energy companies. Ian received his A.B. from Harvard College and a Masters degree from Oxford University. A native of Woods Hole, MA, he currently lives in Dover with his wife and two children.

Speech Topics

No California Dreaming: Why the East Coast Is the Future of Clean Energy

Why Wilderness Matters: An International Perspective

The Clean Energy Revolution: US, China & Opportunities Ahead

Global Natural Resources: Supply, Demand & Innovation


Meet The Cambridge House That Wants To Save The Planet
Ian Bowles, managing director of Windsail Capital Group and former Massachusetts secretary of energy and environmental affairs, said when it comes to new construction, the zero-energy home is where the state should be heading, but it’s a matter of getting the market to catch up.
Go Electric secures $4 million investment
Ian Bowles, WindSail Capital Group Managing Director, said the company decided to invest in Go Electric because it sees a bright future for microgrid solutions across both military and commercial applications as sites rely more on renewable energy.
WindSail Capital raises $20M for 1st clean energy fund
Boston-based WindSail Capital Group, which lends to clean energy-related businesses in need of growth financing, has raised $20.4 million for its first dedicated fund.
Bowles' new firm WindSail Capital plans series of cleantech investments
WindSail Capital Group, a Boston firm co-managed by former state energy and environmental secretary Ian Bowles, expects to fund a dozen cleantech services companies in the next two years, Bowles said in an interview.
WindSail Capital wants to fill clean energy funding gap, providing loans to growing companies
Michael Rand and Ian Bowles are talking more openly this spring about a new financing firm they formed last year — perhaps because they're out shaking the money tree: WindSail Capital Group.

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