Solar’s soft costs getting much needed attention

A new report from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) shows that the installed price of solar photovoltaic power systems across the United States fell substantially in 2011 and continued the decline through the first half of 2012. The report compiled its estimates from project-level data for more than 150,000 individual residential, commercial, and utility-scale … [Read more...]

Crowdfunding advocates believe rule-making still on track after shake-up at SEC

The leading crowdfunding organization had a swift positive reaction to recent changes at the head of the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC, along with Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), has the task of implementing rules to govern crowdfund investing under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act).  This past week, Mary Schapiro announced that she would … [Read more...]

Venture Capital and Cleantech weekly update

A new report from consulting firm Frost & Sullivan estimates that the global venture capital funding market for renewable energy will triple by 2020 due to positive regulatory policies, environmental support for lower carbon footprint, and innovation in RE technologies. The analysis finds that Europe and North America have been the hub of most deal activity, however investors are also looking … [Read more...]

A ‘War on Coal’ is being waged by the free market, not President Obama

Throughout the election campaign, you may have heard a lot about Obama’s ‘War on Coal’. Well it turns out that instead of complaining about burdensome regulations, the coal industry and its supporters should have been complaining about the competitive free markets. Costs have been rising for coal mining and transportation, while competitive natural gas has seen its prices plummet. In April 2012, … [Read more...]

Venture Capital and Cleantech weekly update

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers and National Venture Capital Association, venture capitalists’ cleantech deals were down 28 percent compared to the previous quarter, although the sector saw an 8 percent increase in total dollars invested. The MoneyTree Report stated that overall, the VC industry invested $7.0 billion in 898 deals in the second quarter of 2012, based on data provided by Thomson … [Read more...]

Clean Tech Nation – A guide towards a new, clean economy

Clean Tech Nation

Five years ago, authors Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder co-authored The Clean Tech Revolution, one of the first books to frame the cleantech business opportunity. In their latest book, Clean Tech Nation, the two use their various years of experience in the sector to give a clear understanding of not only the importance of this sector for the global economy, but also how the United States can lead the … [Read more...]

VERGE attendees learn more about the opportunities of the Cleanweb

‘Big Data’ is a hot trend in the technology world as collections of data sets are becoming so large and complex that it is difficult to process using current database management tools. The challenges of Big Data include capture, storage, search, sharing, analysis, and visualization. Large companies, utilities and governments with Big Data management issues are beginning to turn their attention to … [Read more...]

2012 Cleantech Open Global Forum

I was fortunate enough to attend last week’s Cleantech Open Global Forum and came away incredibly impressed with the amazing ideas and technologies coming from entrepreneurs throughout the country and other countries. There also was a sense of optimism from the many investors that attended the ‘Academy Awards’ of cleantech. Perhaps’ some of that optimism was due to the improved outlook for … [Read more...]

Venture Capital and Cleantech weekly update

AES Solar, a joint venture between AES Corp. and Riverstone Holdings, has completed three financings totaling $752 million. The company is an owner and operator of utility-scale, solar PV power plants. The deal includes a project financing of a 266 MW solar photovoltaic power plant in the United States, a project financing of a 22.4 MW portfolio of three solar PV power plants in France and a … [Read more...]

Local election results shows clean energy advocates still have work to do

As we discussed last month, local clean energy issues were at stake in Michigan, Arizona, and California. The results were mixed, as Michigan voters overwhelmingly opposed Proposition 3 which amends the state constitution that requires 25 percent of its energy to be generated from renewable sources like wind, solar, and biomass power by 2025. Had the amendment passed, Michigan would have been the … [Read more...]