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Investment Manager

Octopus Energy Generation, part of the Octopus Energy Group, is a specialist clean energy investment manager with a mission to accelerate the transition to a future powered by renewable energy

Key Statistics

Octopus Energy Generation is one of the largest commercial solar investors in Europe and a leading UK investor in onshore wind. The Firm is committed to best-in-class responsible investment activity, offering solutions to like-minded investors to invest their capital sustainably​​
Assets under Management
(As of 30/06/2023)
*Assets under Management represents the Gross Asset Value plus capital committed to existing investments. Excludes capital committed but yet to be deployed.


Countries Invested
since 2010


Capacity since 2010


Solar & Wind


Renewable Energy

Octopus Energy Generation, ORIT’s Investment Manager

Whilst ORIT benefits from the breadth of the Investment Manager’s whole team of over 110 professionals and a range of external professional advisors, within the Investment Manager, Chris Gaydon and David Bird are the named Fund Managers for ORIT

David Bird

Investment Director,
Fund Manager ORIT
David is an investment director who joined the Octopus Energy Generation team in 2014 and works full-time on fund management for ORIT.

As well as working in the transaction team leading acquisitions and project finance debt raising in the UK, France and Ireland, David has previously led the team responsible for the management of Octopus Energy Generation’s bioenergy investments and has represented Octopus Energy Generation on a number of industry panels convened by Ofgem, the GB energy regulator.

Prior to joining the Octopus Group, David was a director at Walbrook Capital, a boutique investment manager with a particular focus on renewables. He is a chartered accountant having qualified at EY, and holds a Masters in Mathematics from Oxford University
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Chris Gaydon

Investment Director,
Fund Manager ORIT
Chris joined Octopus Energy Generation as an investment director in 2015, is a long-standing member of the Octopus Energy Generation's Investment Committee and a director of several of Octopus Energy Generation's wind and solar special purpose vehicles.

Chris originated and led one of the largest wind farm portfolio acquisitions in the UK valued at c.£320 million and led the transaction team that delivered over £1 billion of debt and equity transactions. Chris now focuses on the origination of acquisition opportunities and fundraising, as well as strategic investments in related sectors.

Prior to joining the Octopus Group, Chris was a business development director at Falck Renewables where he had a range of roles, including in M&A and leading greenfield development in France and Poland. Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree and a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) degree from the University of Sydney
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ORIT Core Team

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As ORIT's Investment Manager, Octopus Energy Generation handles the day-to-day operations of the Trust, including screening, closing, and managing investment opportunities while mitigating risk. The Firm's robust investment and due diligence process ensures compliance with ORIT's Investment Policy and Impact metrics. Octopus Energy Generation also considers wider stakeholder impacts and risks through its ESG Policy when making investment decisions
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A Specialist Team
Octopus Energy Generation boasts one of the largest renewables investment teams in Europe, comprising over 110 professionals.

The team consists of dedicated specialists across various technologies, including experts in the construction of large-scale renewable energy assets worldwide.

Octopus Energy Generation has been managing the construction of large-scale Renewable Energy Assets in the UK, Europe and Australia for over 12 years.

Octopus Energy Generation works with investors to make their money matter, as part of their mission to rapidly accelerate the transition to a future powered by green energy

Wind Asset Management Team

Responsible for the optimisation and management of onshore and offshore wind assets post acquisition

Solar Asset Management Team

Responsible for the optimisation and management of the solar assets post acquisition

Investment Team

Responsible for all new transactions from initial acquisitions, to financing and project sales. Adding value through effective screening, deal structuring and project de-risking

Flexibility Asset Management Team

Responsible for overall performance of the flexible assets (i.e. batteries)

Development Team

Responsible for screening opportunities to provide funding to Developers of Renewable Energy Assets and support them through the different stages until ready-to-build

ESG Team

Responsible for a complete ESG integration within our business

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