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About us

Alta Capital was formed to take the extensive global experience of its founding team, in the areas of development, investment, construction and operation of Utility scale clean energy assets and focus their proven ability on accelerating the European clean energy transition.

We specialise in undertaking transformational scale developments and are focussed on producing sustainable investor returns from the decarbonisation and innovation of the electricity markets.

Our focus for 2020 is on the development of our 2-Gigawatt pipeline of renewable electricity assets in Italy, through a combination of utility scale solar photovoltaic plants and battery storage facilities.

Senior Executive Team

80 years of experience in renewables, 6 Gigawatts developed, £4bn turnover as principle.

Lawrence Buckley

Founder & Director

Founder and CEO of a pioneering European renewable energy business.

Exit to FTSE listed fund.

CEO of JV with UK infrastructure Asset Manager, Amber Infrastructure.

Various solar portfolios under direct ownership and management.

Developed and financed biomass and commercial energy efficiency as principal.

Solar development experience in UK, US, and Spain.

Lee Cottingham

Founder & Director

Over 20 years’ experience as both CEO and Chairman of International businesses with over 3,500 direct staff and 10,000 self-employed partners.

Experienced in business start-ups and high growth transformations in the clean energy sectors.

Transformed a €4m per annum UK EPC into a global multidiscipline clean energy expert with annual revenues of over €400m per annum in Europe and a further $120 per annum in Australasia and North America.

Multiple awards for both investor return profit track and recognised as both the UK Times International Business of the Year and HSBC International business of the year.

Exits to a Nasdaq listed Corporation and Private Equity.

Don Leiper

Chief Operating Officer

Over 25 years’ in the energy sector, focussed on clean energy and business transformations.

Served as an executive director of E.ON for 14 years, where board responsibilities covered a wide range of activities, including both start-ups and shake-up of mature businesses: Assets and asset programmes of £1.5bn.

Biomass and CHP plants, district heating schemes, streetlighting PFIs, residential solar, boilers, smart metering.

Services responsibilities of c£0.5bn per annum: Energy efficiency, energy consulting, metering, new connections, UK IT and transformation, operational excellence and customer journeys Director.

Post E.ON, developed a portfolio of >300MW of battery storage in 12 months and currently a non-executive director of award-winning challenger energy supplier.

Carl Goulton

Chief Financial Officer

CFO in one of Europe’s largest renewable energy producers.

European energy sector experience spanning over 20 years.

Board member of one of the largest B2B Renewable Energy Retailers in the UK (~£2.5bn t.o).

UK Managing Director and Finance and Commercial Director for major European DAX listed utility.

Over 15 years experience as CFO across multiple entities and sectors.

Track record of driving rapid profitable growth and transformation.

Qualified Accountant in 1995

Purpose and vision

Alta Capital was formed to drive the energy transition through the creation of renewable projects able to produce long-term value in competitive markets.

Bringing over 80 years of global experience and 6 GW of successful projects, the Alta Capital founders invest in sustainable and bankable solar and storage projects in markets where they can deliver a clear strategic advantage.


We have committed to invest 5% of Alta’s profits to the creation of additional forestry capable of storing carbon and preserving biodiversity.

Alta Capital has created a Tree Trust to reforest land, creating a growing carbon sink that also promotes biodiversity. The Paris Agreement envisions that 25% of countries’ carbon mitigation efforts up to 2030 will come from land use, of which forestry is, of course, a vital component.

Alta Capital will use its profits to invest, via the Tree Trust, in these ‘negative emissions’ furthering its mission to create a sustainable future for our families and communities.

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Alta Capital
30 Orange Street
London WC2H 7HF
United Kingdom

T: +44 (0) 20 3773 0550

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