April 10, 2011

A Bright Future

Miguel Salís ’85 is the founder of Eolia Renovables, a major player in Europe’s renewable energy market.

“There’s nothing comparable to thinking about creating something and then making it a reality,” says Miguel Salís ’85, who founded Eolia Renovables — a major player in Europe’s renewable energy market — in 2004. (“Renovable” means “renewable” in Spanish and “Eolia” is derived from Eolus, the Greek god of wind.)

After a career in investment banking and executive positions at two technology start-ups founded by his longtime friend Martin Varsavsky ’85, Salís decided to play a trump card he’d held quietly for two decades: the degree in energy engineering he'd earned before coming to Columbia Business School. As a venture capital project, Eolia represents a fusion of Salís’s experience in finance, energy, and corporate management. The company aggregates dozens of small wind- and solar-power providers across Europe and in Mexico into a collective structure to minimize financial vulnerability. “Combining finance with capital-intensive sectors such as technology or energy is what I really know how to do,” Salís says.

With wind power estimated to grow at about 20 to 30 percent annually and solar power projected to grow even faster, the future looks bright for the company, which is already valued at more than one billion euros. “We have the luxury of being an important player in a high-growth sector,” Salís says.

Make a Gift

Bring your generosity full circle with a gift to Columbia Business School.


Post a Class Note

Looking for an easy way to keep in touch with your network? You're a click away.

Post a Note

Save the Date for Reunion 2015!

April 17–19, 2015: Reconnect with classmates from around the world during a weekend of faculty-led industry panels, class dinners, and networking events.

Visit Website >


jQuery(document).ready(function() { if(GetParameterValues('item') && GetParameterValues('item') !='') { var show1 = GetParameterValues('item'); jQuery('#fullProfile li').hide(); jQuery('#fullProfile li#' + show1).show(); } function GetParameterValues(param) { var url = window.location.href.slice(window.location.href.indexOf('?') + 1).split('&'); for (var i = 0; i < url.length; i++) { var urlparam = url[i].split('='); if (urlparam[0] == param) { return urlparam[1]; } } } });