Awards & Recognition
World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2022
Fast Company named Hannon Armstrong to its prestigious list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2022, earning the number four spot in the finance category. Hannon Armstrong was awarded for its pioneering investment thesis and steadfast commitment to decarbonization as “one of the largest and most established climate investors.” The judges/editors also noted that “long before climate tech came into vogue, the firm has been backing projects in solar, wind, and other elements of green infrastructure that will reduce carbon emissions and increase resilience to climate change.”
Top 200 Impact Companies
Real Leaders recognized Hannon Armstrong as one of the Top 200 Impact Companies in 2022 for its deep commitment to climate solutions and climate-positive investing. The annual Real Leaders Impact Awards honors the leading purpose-driven businesses from around the world that inspire success.
2021 Environment+Energy Leader 100 List
Environment+Energy honored Chief Client Officer Susan Nickey in its 2021 Environment+Energy Leader 100 list. The annual E+E Leader 100 list recognizes the top 100 environment and energy “doers” who are making a difference by creating new solutions, programs, platforms and products to achieve greater success in commercial and industrial environment and energy management.
Best ESG Reporting (small to mid-cap)
Hannon Armstrong was awarded Best ESG Reporting (small to mid-cap) by Corporate Secretary during its 14th annual Corporate Governance Awards for its integrated ESG strategy and robust reporting efforts. Corporate Secretary’s award for ESG reporting recognizes “the quality and robustness of ESG-related reporting, including exposure to environmental risk factors such as global warming, employee health and safety, foreign corrupt practices, consumer safety, social responsibility, and corporate sustainability.” In determining the winner, the judges also factored in Hannon Armstrong’s understanding of the role the company plays in both the local and global community.
Corporate Philanthropist of the Year
The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC) honored Hannon Armstrong as its 2021 Corporate Philanthropist of the Year for its work supporting the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s mission to Save the Bay as well as for its assistance with the YWCA of Anne Arundel County. CFAAC’s annual award recognizes individuals, businesses, and foundations who demonstrate exceptional generosity, outstanding civic and philanthropic responsibility, exemplary leadership in advancing philanthropy, and encouragement of others to become philanthropic leaders in Anne Arundel County.
IJGlobal ESG Awards 2021 – Environmental Winner
Hannon Armstrong won the IJGlobal ESG Award 2021 – Environmental category by UK-based IJGlobal for the role it plays in driving improved transparency across the market, setting a high bar on its delivery on climate solutions, and its commitment to reporting. The IJGlobal ESG Awards recognizes achievements on deals that contribute to the advancement of environmental, social, and governance issues across the infrastructure and energy sectors in all regions around the world.
North American Power List 2021
Chief Client Officer Susan Nickey was named #55 on the Top 100 North American Power List 2021 by A Word About Wind. The North American Power List represents the top 100 leaders and dealmakers who shape the financial side of the wind industry globally and are based in North America.
Women’s Power List 2021
Chief Client Officer Susan Nickey was named #14 on Global Top 100 Women in Wind Power List by A Word About Wind. The Women’s Power List spotlights the top female business leaders that exert the most influence on the wind industry through their deals, innovations, and strategic thinking.
Greater Baltimore’s Fastest-Growing Public Companies
Hannon Armstrong was listed among the fastest-growing public companies in Greater Baltimore by the Baltimore Business Journal, as ranked by revenue increase from 2019 to 2020.
CCBJ Business Achievement Award
Climate Change Business Journal (CCBJ) honored Hannon Armstrong and ENGIE for outstanding business performance in the climate change industry in its 11th annual CCBJ Business Achievement Awards. CCBJ assesses markets and business opportunities across the emerging climate change industry and acknowledged both companies with the Financial Partnerships award for our joint-investment in a 2.3 GW renewables portfolio of 13 U.S. projects (nine onshore wind and four solar) announced in July 2020. The partnership combines Hannon Armstrong’s extensive experience in providing long-term investment for climate solutions with the best-in-class development and operations experience of ENGIE, a global energy and services leader dedicated to accelerating the deployment of clean, affordable, innovative and resilient energy solutions. From October to December 2020, CCBJ solicited the environmental industry and climate change industry via email, social media, its website, industry events, and word-of-mouth for nominations for the CCBJ Business Achievement Awards. Nominations were accepted in 200-word essays in either specific or unspecified categories. Final awards were determined by a committee of CCBJ staff and CCBJ editorial advisory board members.
Real Leaders Top 150 Impact Companies
Hannon Armstrong ranked #21 on the Real Leaders®️ Top 150 Impact Companies List for 2021 in recognition of its pioneering approach and commitment to climate-positive investing. Real Leaders, the world’s first sustainable business and leadership magazine, honors the top companies from around the world that exemplify a new vision of capitalism — one that recognizes that doing good and adhering to sustainable business practices is also good for profits and growth.
All-America Executive Team 2021
Hannon Armstrong was named to Institutional Investor’s All-America Executive Team 2021 “Most Honored” Small-Cap companies list for corporate leadership and investor relations expertise. The “Most Honored” small-cap recognition was driven by several #1 rankings across the Small-Cap Financial Institution categories, including Best Investor Relations, Best CEO – Jeff Eckel; Best CFO – Jeff Lipson; Best IR Professionals – Chad Reed; Best IR Team; Best Investor Day; and Best Financially Material ESG Disclosure.
Woman of the Year
Managing Director Susan Nickey was honored as the Woman of the Year for 2020 at The Cleanie Awards, the only comprehensive awards program focused exclusively on the clean energy industry. The Woman of the Year award recognizes female leaders who go above and beyond, showing exceptional and influential leadership, innovation, and mentorship in the cleantech industry.
Best ESG Sustainable Investment Strategy – USA 2020
Hannon Armstrong was declared the winner of Best ESG Sustainable Investment Strategy – USA 2020 by the London-based Capital Finance International (CFI.co) Awards. The CFI Awards recognize organizations that contribute significantly to the convergence of economies & add value for all stakeholders. “The company believes that all investors should measure the efficiency with which capital deployed reduces climate change, which is why they developed and adhere to an impact-scoring system called CarbonCount® that measures the greenhouse gas emissions reduction per every $1,000 invested.”
Top Project of the Year Award
In partnership with Ameresco and the U.S. Marine Corps, Hannon Armstrong received the Top Project of the Year Award in the Environment + Energy Leader Awards program for its U.S Marine Corps. Recruit Depot (MRCD) comprehensive energy resilience project at Parris Island, South Carolina. Financed by a $91 million energy savings performance (ESPC) contract with Hannon Armstrong, Ameresco deployed combined heat and power (CHP) and solar photovoltaic generation, installed an advanced battery energy storage system and automated microgrid control system, and implemented energy conservation measures to optimize efficiency and reduce reliance on the main utility grid. The judges identified the MCRD Parris Island project as a leading example of the innovative work being done today in the fields of energy and environmental management. “The project successfully provided sustainability benefits & mission continuity at a critical training location. This is clearly the model that should be followed in the future.”
The Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies 2020
Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital was recognized in the inaugural list of The Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies 2020, by The Financial Times and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.
The FT list ranks entrants from across the Americas by compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in revenue between 2015 and 2018. The results were achieved by conducting months of research, public calls, intensive database research and directly contacting tens of thousands of companies. In the end, FT identified 500 outstanding companies among the millions of existing North and South American enterprises.
Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award
The U.S. Marine Corps’ Recruit Depot Parris Island Energy Resiliency project won the Government Energy Storage & Microgrids category of the Smart Energy Decisions 2020 Innovation Awards.
The partnership between Ameresco, U.S. Marine Corps and Hannon Armstrong on comprehensive energy resilience project at Parris Island, South Carolina, was financed by a $91 million energy savings performance (ESPC) contract. All work came at zero upfront cost to Parris Island and the anticipated $6.9 million in guaranteed utility cost savings annually will pay back Hannon Armstrong over a set 22-year contract term. “The comprehensive makeover of the site from efficiency and renewables investments, combined with the slanging microgrid sets the standard for government military facilities and indeed any large, complex campus type environment.”
North American Power List 2020
Managing Director Susan Nickey was recognized in the 2020 edition of the North American Power List. Co-produced by A Word About Wind and Tamarindo Group’s Insight division, the North American Power List is a rundown of the 100 most influential individuals from across the wind value chain in North America, as well as an analysis of the key industry trends that shaped the list.
The Heritage Stewardship Award
Hannon Armstrong received the Four Rivers Heritage Stewardship Award for its support of Annapolis Green’s “Tread Lightly: Climate Change and You” community lecture series.
Responsible Investment Award
“Hannon Armstrong are the American pioneers of climate-friendly investment. The first U.S.-public company to be solely dedicated to investing in carbon reduction and climate resilience, they are setting down a marker for others to follow – and achieving decent returns as they do so.”
Responsible CEO of the Year – ESG Leadership
Hannon Armstrong Chairman and CEO Jeff Eckel was named Responsible CEO of the Year – ESG Leadership. The CR Magazine Responsible CEO Awards are unique among business honors because it recognizes how individual CEOs take an active role in aligning their organization’s interests with their stakeholders to do well by doing good.
Investment Organization of the Year
Hannon Armstrong was named the platinum winner in the Investment Organization of the Year category of The Cleanie Awards, the only comprehensive awards program focused exclusively on the clean energy industry.
Greater Baltimore’s Fastest-Growing Public Companies
Hannon Armstrong was listed among the fastest-growing public companies in Greater Baltimore by the Baltimore Business Journal, as ranked by revenue increase from 2017 to 2018.
Financial Ally Goal Achiever
Hannon Armstrong achieved its initial Better Buildings financing goal of $650M in 2014 and its secondary financing goal of $1B, which we achieved in 2018. Through Better Buildings, DOE aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20% more energy efficient over the next decade. This means saving billions of dollars on energy bills, reducing emissions, and creating thousands of jobs.
Renewable Energy Leadership Award
Hannon Armstrong received the 2019 Renewable Energy Leadership Award from the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). “Hannon Armstrong sets the gold standard for clean energy finance, embracing an innovative, environmentally-conscientious approach to their investments.”
Clean Energy Champion of the Year
Hannon Armstrong Chairman and CEO Jeff Eckel was named 2018 Clean Energy Champion of the Year. Each year, the Maryland Clean Energy Center recognizes individuals who have done outstanding work to advance clean energy, energy efficiency and job creation in Maryland. These awards celebrate leadership, partnership, advocacy, investment, and overall championship of the sector.
Rising Star of Energy Efficiency Award
Hannon Armstrong Associate Guy Van Syckle received the Rising Star Award from the Alliance to Save Energy. “Not only has he shown exceptional leadership in the measurement, analysis, and reporting of the environmental impact of Hannon Armstrong’s portfolio of investments, he was also instrumental in the development of CarbonCount™, a quantitative carbon scoring system for green bonds. Guy is the kind of up-and-coming expert we will need to advance the energy efficiency sector to new heights.”
Architecture for Finance Award
CarbonCount® methodology developed by Hannon Armstrong in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy received the 2015 Architecture for Finance Award from Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF) Finance for Resilience (or ‘FiRe’) program. “CarbonCount® for Green Bonds provides a consistent, quantitative measure of avoided carbon emissions per dollar of investment.”