Renewables pro joins Macquarie

MacCap named Christopher Calavitta senior VP in its energy infrastructure team.

A longtime renewable power professional and one-time executive with Brookfield Asset Management (BAM) has signed on with Macquarie Group as a member of its energy infrastructure team.

Macquarie advisory and capital raising arm Macquarie Capital (MacCap) announced that Christopher Calavitta has been appointed senior vice president in its infrastructure, utilities and renewables group.

MacCap said Calavitta will report to Thomas Houle, managing director and head of energy infrastructure in Austin, Texas. Calavitta will be responsible for “originating, financing and advising clients on energy project development,” said Nick Butcher, head of infrastructure in North America for Macquarie, in a press statement.

Houle in 2006 founded Freemantle Energy, a renewable energy project developer that partnered with Macquarie. Macquarie absorbed Houle and the Freemantle team, in 2010.

From 2010 to April 2013, Calavitta was a vice president with Brookfield, helping to lead Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners (BREP), a publicly traded partnership. He has also worked for Renewable Energy Systems Americas (RES Americas) and Panda Energy International.

Calavitta will be based with the Macquarie energy infrastructure team in Austin.