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.


Cleantech Venture Investing Rebounds

Cleantech venture investing rebounded in the second quarter with $1.76 billion of capital deployed across the globe, according to the Cleantech Group. That’s up 56% from the depressed levels of the first quarter and up 9% from the second quarter of 2012.

Cleantech Investing Posts A Weak 4Q, But Resilient VCs Push 2011 Ahead Of 2010

Global cleantech venture investing fell during the fourth quarter, but ended the year 13% higher than 2010. The final three months of the year saw $2.06 billion go into 150 deals, down 6.2% in dollars from the third quarter and 27% in transactions, according to the Cleantech Group. Mergers and acquisition activity was weak, with […]

Global Cleantech Investing Falls In 2Q As Investors Favor Smaller Deals

Global cleantech investing fell in the second quarter as cautious investors favored later rounds and chose smaller energy efficiency deals over big-ticket solar. Venture investors put $1.83 billion into 161 transactions during the three months, down 10% in dollars from last year and 33% from the first quarter of the year, according to data released […]

Slideshow: U.S. Leads World in Cleantech Investing

Cleantech pundits like to point out that the rest of the world is cleaning America’s clock in green technology.

But this isn’t entirely true if you look at venture investing. Especially if you look at the recently completed first quarter, when U.S. venture capitalists accounted for 79% of the global capital dispersed to cleantech startups.

It was the highest percentage since 2002, according to the Cleantech Group.

In our previous cleantech slideshows, we’ve covered the quarter’s solid rebound. First-quarter cleantech investment dollars were up 13% from a year ago and 52% from the fourth quarter to $2.57 billion, according to the Cleantech Group.

While deal volume lagged, it was still up 18% from a year ago. The quarter’s 159 deals proved to be the lowest total since mid-2009 and fell 19% from the fourth quarter’s 189.

Cleantech Investing Follows The Economy Lower

The edgy economy is spilling over into cleantech venture investing. That seems to be the conclusion to draw from today’s preliminary cleantech investing numbers from the Cleantech Group. The research firm found that $1.53 billion went into 152 deals worldwide during the third quarter, down 11% in dollars from the same period a year ago […]

Cleantech Venture Investments Hit $2.02 Billion

Clean technology venture investments in North America, Europe and China hit $2.02 billion in second quarter, up 43% for the same time period in 2009, according to the Cleantech Group and Deloitte. Solar was the lead sector for investments with $811 million spread across 26 deals.

Cleantech Investments Bounced Back in Q1

The Cleantech Group this morning announced first quarter VC investments stats, and the buzzword was “bounce back.”

As in: “Following the decline in cleantech investments from 2008 to 2009, the industry has bounced back in the first quarter of 2010,” said Sheeraz Haji, president of Cleantech Group.

Get key talking points from the press conference after the jump…

Energy Efficiency Prediction For 2010 Already Coming True

Not all the news this week has to do with that tablet thingy, the iPad. It just seems that way, as your Twitter stream is no doubt full of jokes, pics and even a bona fide CEO poem about Apple’s latest “must-have” device. However, my attention this week has zeroed in on cleantech, including this […]

Cleantech Picks Up in Q3, Thanks to Uncle Sam

Similar to yesterday’s report from Greentech Media, the Cleantech Group today issued a third quarter analysis of VC funding nationwide in cleantech. And the results of both were pretty much the same: cleantech investments picked up in the last three months following some dismal activity earlier in the year.

The Cleantech Group went so far as to point out that the cleantech category for the first time has overcome biotech and software as the top U.S. venture capital area of investment.

Here are links to Cleantech Group’s Q3 report and its previous Q2 analysis.

Before you get all giddy with cleantech euphoria, keep in mind that it’s been a tough year for all VC investments, and you should never get too carried away

Still Looking for Cleantech Exits

In sunny Palm Springs, Calif., where the temperature was expected to reach a high of 78 degrees today, the Clean-Tech Investor Summit is holding its 5th annual conference. The two-day summit, co-produced by International Business Forum and Clean Edge, is chaired by Technology Partners’ Ira Ehrenpreis. The conference kicked off last night, which of course was […]

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