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Solar industry heating up, again: VCJ

Investor interest in solar startups is swelling, again, thanks to an uptick in installations nationwide, a lowering of prices and such exits as SolarCity’s $158 million acquisition last fall of solar-module mounting startup Zep Solar, writes Mary Ann Azevedo, contributor to Reuters Venture Capital Journal.

SolarCity Shares Shine in Debut

Shares of SolarCity Corp jumped more than 50 percent during their market debut on Thursday, approaching the valuation the solar power company had sought before it was forced to slash its IPO price.

Early Signs Of A Rebound In Cleantech Deals May Be Visible

Cleantech venture fundings have been slow as of late. In the second quarter, dollars invested in the emerging industry fell 23% to $942 million according to the MoneyTree Report put out by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters, publisher of peHUB. For all of 2010, money placed with alternative energy, smart grid […]

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Slideshow: The Cleantech Companies Best Positioned to Go Public

Cleantech IPOs may be gaining momentum.

Solar plant developer BrightSource Energy filed what is certain to be an explosive initial public offering last week. A couple months earlier biochemical maker Gevo launched its IPO to what proved to be a warm reception. Experimental algae-to-fuel company Solazyme is waiting in the wings.

Which company will be next? In November, Venture Capital Journal published a list of the most likely and lucrative cleantech IPOs of 2011. At the top of our list was BrightSource, so we are off to a good start.

Watch our slideshow to see the other six cleantech companies VCJ believes have a very good shot of going public this year. Our investment data comes from Thomson Reuters, publisher of this blog.

Solar Installers Are Hot Ticket, Raising Nearly $100M in Past 7 Months

Venture capitalists aren’t anxious to back solar panel makers, but it’s a whole different story if you’re in the installation business. Since last June, VCs have invested about $99 million in at least five solar panel installation companies. RockPort Capital Partners is the latest to jump into the sector, leading a $7 million Series B […]

SolarCity Raises $21.5 Million

SolarCity Corp., a Foster City, Calif.-based provider of solar energy system installation and design, has raised $21.5 million in new VC funding. Mayfield Fund led the round, and was joined by return backers Draper Fisher Jurvetson, DBL Investors and Generation Capital. The company previously raised around $134 million.

SolarCity Adds On

SolarCity Corp., a Foster City, Calif.-based provider of solar energy system installation and design, has acquired the assets of Building Solutions, a provider of energy efficiency services and technology. No financial terms were disclosed. SolarCity has raised around $134 million from firms that include PG&E, First Solar Inc. and Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

SolarCity Raises $60 Million from PG&E

SolarCity Corp., a Foster City, Calif.-based provider of solar energy system installation and design, has secured $60 million from PG&E Corp. The deal is described as “tax equity financing” for solar installations for U.S. homes and businesses. SolarCity previously raised around $74 million from firms like First Solar Inc. and Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

SolarCity Buying

SolarCity Corp., a Foster City, Calif.-based provider of solar energy system installation and design, has raised $30 million in new VC funding. First Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) led the round with a $25 million investment, as part of a larger strategic arrangement. Return backers include Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

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