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EZ OZ

Empowering clean energy entrepreneurs to benefit from Opportunity Zone Finance

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Our Services

EZOZ.org is a digital platform that enables entrepreneurs to seamlessly and quickly create fully compliant Qualified Opportunity Zone Funds (QOFs) for a project or corporate equity offering in any of the designated zones throughout the United States.

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Is Opportunity Zone finance right for my community, my business, my project or my investment?

Our not-for-profit mission is to support diverse entrepreneurs to drive innovation and build equity into the global clean economy. At the New Energy Nexus / California Clean Energy Fund (NEX/CalCEF), we see the Opportunity Zone finance mechanism as a “watershed” moment to permanently move clean energy assets and companies to the mainstream. 

EZOZ.org is our non-profit program to fulfill our mission into Opportunity Zones in the US. On behalf of the clean energy entrepreneur, EZOZ.org creates compliant Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund (QOF) structures, ensures compliance and maintains the QOF.  

This low-cost and time-saving digital window is like a mash up of LegalZoom, DocuSign and Intuit for clean energy equity (projects or corporates) in qualified Opportunity Zone areas. We are providing this service at a low-cost to promote clean energy entrepreneurship and transition to a 100% clean energy economy.

Community
Clean Energy Entrepreneur
Investor

Community & Society Benefits:

  • energy resiliency
  • lower cost electricity
  • health benefits from clean energy assets (air and water quality)
  • job training: potential for long-term upward mobility
  • improved low-carbon mobility access
  • increase in local economic activity (restaurants, bars, cafes, rentals, etc.)

Clean Energy Project Developer or CEO Benefits:

  • more financial value
    • allows for sharing higher project returns with investor
    • enables taking more risk on PPA counter-party, which expands the addressable market
  • enables more entrepreneur friendly terms on corporate equity

Investor Benefits:

  • improved financial returns:
    • 8 years deferment of the original capital gains
    • up to 15% reduction in basis
    • avoidance of capital gains on QOZF asset liquidation

Opportunity Zone Capital Formation 

Fundamentals of Clean Energy:
Investing In Opportunity Zones

Are Opportunity zones right for me?

By The Numbers

  • Deferral of gains recognized on the original sale of up to 8 years
  • Exclusion of up to 15% of the original gain
  • An exclusion of all of the gain recognized upon the disposition of the qualified investment
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Opportunity Zones
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meet the team

Our Experts

Jon Bonanno

CXO, California Clean Energy Fund & New Energy Nexus

Danny Kennedy

Managing Director, California Clean Energy Fund

Christina Borsum

CFO, California Clean Energy Fund

Craig Tighe

Partner, DLA Piper US LLP

Greg Rosen

Founder, High Noon Advisors

Graham Richard

Managing Partner, Graham Richard Associates LLC