Industries: Cleantech

Cleantech Funds Shift Focus

Cleantech Funds Shift Focus

Fundraising for cleantech vehicles has been falling in recent years, according to Preqin. Funds including a preference for cleantech and focused on North America have fallen from accounting for 42% of capital raised in 2013 to just 18% in 2014. The US has lost ground to China in this segment. The majority of capital in this sector was redirected to [...]

EU Teaming Up with a Private Equity Firm to Invest in Sub-Saharan Africa

EU Teaming Up with a Private Equity Firm to Invest ...

According to recent reports, the European Union is about to get more involved with private equity investing. The organisation is teaming up with a private equity firm Aster Capital Partners, with the aim of investing around $60 million in energy companies across sub-Saharan Africa. The AFK Insider reported on the news on Sunday, stating the EU-backed Electricity Fund will be under [...]

Clean Energy Investment Up 16% in 2014

Clean Energy Investment Up 16% in 2014

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, global investment in clean energy was up 16% in 2014, USD 310 billion, almost as high as the all-time record of USD 317.5bn reached in 2011. The growth exceeded analysts’ expectations.   VC investment was up slightly on the back of several large expansion capital deals in the US, Canada, New Zealand and German. [...]

Is There a Role for Family Offices in Cleantech Success Stories?

Is There a Role for Family Offices in Cleantech ...

As cleantech comes back into favor, it is expected that family offices and high net worth investors will once again return to the sector but their role will likely remain as a later stage passive investor, following trusted VCs, speculates Rob Day, a Partner with Black Coral Capital, in an article in Greentech Media. Cleantech sector investing is indeed coming [...]

PE Firm Offers Discount on Renewables Fund to Drive Investment

PE Firm Offers Discount on Renewables Fund to Drive ...

One of the most notable trends across private equity (PE) in recent years has been the lack of interest shown in cleantech and renewable energy sources. In fact, many investors and PE funds have been seeking the quickest ways to exit any investments they were holding.   However, a number of PE houses are still putting funds towards this sector, [...]

Are PE Firms Deserting Cleantech?

Are PE Firms Deserting Cleantech?

As the global population becomes more aware of the environment and climate change, many of us are adapting how we live to be more responsible. This has proven true in terms of business as well as individually. While businesses have generally adapted their working practices to become greener, in terms of the finance industry we have seen private equity (PE) [...]

Cleantech Investment Declines Again in 2013

Cleantech Investment Declines Again in 2013

It looks like clean energy investment hit a peak in 2011 as investment totals declined in 2012 and 2013, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Last year, global investment in clean energy was USD254bn, down from USD 286.2bn in 2012 and USD 317.9bn in 2011. Decreases are due to the lower cost related to deploying large photovoltaic plants (which is [...]

Cleantech Investment No Longer Just For VCs

Cleantech Investment No Longer Just For VCs

Time was when the only way to access clean energy investment was to become a venture capitalist or an LP in a VC fund. But that has changed dramatically in the past few years. “Today, there are ‘clean’ investment opportunities available across all asset classes: fixed income, public equities and alternatives.” It is this change that spurred Capital Dynamics to [...]

Investment in Clean Energy Trends

Investment in Clean Energy Trends

Investment worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 was down 22% on a year earlier, due to a downturn in large wind and solar project financings, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The figure is still a stunning USD 40.6 billion.   Last year’s total investment was also down from a peak in 2011. Investment dropped by 11% to [...]

Cleantech Predictions 2013 BNEF’s Views

Cleantech Predictions 2013 BNEF’s Views

Clean energy investment fell 11% in 2012, to USD 268.7 billion, the biggest year-on-year setback since Bloomberg New Energy Finance has been tracking the figures (starting in 2004) but it predicts that the main influences that caused that reverse will unwind during 2013, leading to improved investment figures for 2013. BNEF 2013 Predictions of Changes Impacting Clean Energy 1. Recovery [...]

Why Clean Energy Investment by PE is Declining

Why Clean Energy Investment by PE is Declining

Despite ongoing innovation, such as Alstom’s recently marketed ECO 100 wind turbine that can power 2000 homes shown here, the appeal of clean energy investments has declined in the past two years. The PE and VC contribution to overall investment is currently running at USD 5.8 billion for solar, biofuel, wind and smart-grid startups worldwide last year, according to data [...]

Cleantech Predictions for 2013: Kachan Consulting Looks Ahead

Cleantech Predictions for 2013: Kachan Consulting ...

December is always the month when consultants, bloggers, and magazine editors publish their predictions for the upcoming New Year. This week cleantech consulting firm Kachan & Co. offered its predictions about cleantech venture investment. It says to expect investment to decline even further than it did. This year’s estimated 680 billion is down by more than 25% from 2010 and [...]

BNEF Says Clean Energy Investment Declined in Q3

BNEF Says Clean Energy Investment Declined in Q3

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) published its figures for the third quarter and global investment in clean energy is down 5% since the previous quarter and 20% lower than last year. The total is still a significant USD 56.6bn, which is equivalent to the total yearly amount invested in 2004. The declines are attributed to weaker figures from the US [...]

Experienced Cleantech Investor Shifts to Growth Companies

Experienced Cleantech Investor Shifts to Growth ...

The cleantech sector fundraising may have slowed but a range of investors are still putting money into the sector as the graphic above shows.  An article in Fin Alternatives describes the current strategy for cleantech investor SAM (Sustainable Asset Management) in Switzerland, one of the older players in the field.   The opportunity lies in growth ventures, “profitable, fast-growing and [...]

Blackstone Invest $2 billion in Home Security and Solar Company

Blackstone Invest $2 billion in Home Security and ...

This week's deal of the week once again features one of the largest PE companies in the world as the main investor. It was announced that Blackstone will acquire for about USD 2 billion Vivint, which started out as a home-security and management business in 1999 but last year expanded into one of the fastest growing areas in the photovoltaic [...]