New report hopes to persuade politicians and CEOs of dire economic risks of climate change

According to a highly anticipated new report, the economic risks from unabated climate change far outweigh the costs of mitigation. The bipartisan report, Risky Business, could be an eye opener for CEO’s of businesses across the country, and certainly CEO’s on Wall St. Former Treasury Secretary and Goldman Sachs CEO Hank Paulson, who co-chairs the project with former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer … [Read more...]

9 Companies That Will Likely Benefit From New Carbon Rules Proposed By EPA

9 Companies That Will Likely Benefit From New Carbon Rules Proposed By EPA (via Clean Technica)Originally published on Roen Financial Report.By Harris Roen A seismic shift in the power generation landscape is starting to sink in. It has been two weeks since the EPA announced its new proposed carbon rules, one of the flagship efforts of the Obama…  … [Read more...]

China and other developing countries led renewables growth in 2013

Developing Nations Led Renewables Growth in 2013 (via Renewable Energy News | Alphatech5)By RenewEconomy, Sophie Vorrath A new report has credited the renewable energy policy mechanisms of developing nations as the main drivers of recent growth in renewables, which last year accounted for more than 56 percent of net added global power capacity…  … [Read more...]

Corporates offer innovative platforms for cleantech startups

Corporate Open Innovation Platforms That Can Be Helpful For Cleantech Startups, Universities & Research Labs (via Clean Technica)By Denis Kuznetsov Open innovation has been a hot topic in the business world since its introduction by Professor H. Chesbrough in 2003. Having initially evolved in technology and consumer goods corporations (like IBM and P&G), the open innovation…  … [Read more...]

Cleantech and Venture Capital week in review

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Sunrun Inc., provider of rooftop systems, has raised $150 million in new equity funding. A “leading public institutional investor” led the round by contributing $100 million, with the remainder coming from new and existing investors. The company previously had raised over $150 million in VC funding from Accel Partners, Sequoia Capital, Madrone Capital Partners and Foundation Capital. The company … [Read more...]

U.S. Climate Assessment Report Warns of Energy Challenges – All of which We’re Ready to Meet

U.S. Climate Assessment Report Warns of Energy Challenges – All of which We’re Ready to Meet (via http://cleantechies.com)There’s been plenty of attention paid to the recent release of the Third National Climate Assessment report – and appropriately so. The lead paragraph of New York Times reporter Justin Gillis’ story put it rather bluntly: “The effects… … [Read more...]

Cleantech and Venture Capital week in review

Flux, a provider of collaborative design software for the building construction industry, has raised $8 million in a Series A funding round. Venture capital firm DFJ led the round, and included investment from Google Ventures, Borealis Ventures, and Andreessen Horowitz. Flux plans to use the investment to continue developing and testing its collaborative-design software for the building … [Read more...]

Cleantech and Venture Capital week in review

Ambri, a maker of liquid-metal batteries for grid storage, has raised $35 million in Series C funding. KLP Enterprises, the family office of Karen Pritzker and Michael Vlock, and Swiss insurance agency Building Insurance Bern co-led the round, and were joined by return backers Khosla Ventures, Bill Gates and the venture capital arm of French energy company Total SA. … [Read more...]

Cleantech and Venture Capital week in review

Google (GOOG) and SunPower (SPWR) announced the creation of a $250 million fund for buying residential rooftop solar systems, aimed to “make it easier for thousands of households across the U.S. to go solar.” Google will invest $100 million, while SunPower will invest $150 million in the plan.“Essentially, this is how it works: Using the fund, we buy the solar panel systems,” Google said in a blog … [Read more...]

Venture Capital and Cleantech weekly update

 Sol Systems, a renewable energy finance firm and Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital (HASI), a renewable focused REIT, announced plans to jointly originate, structure, and fund up to $100 million of construction and term debt financing for developers and owners of distributed solar projects benefitting commercial, industrial, municipal and utility customers throughout the … [Read more...]