cleantech

Hunting Green Unicorns and Other Ways to Make Capital Deliver Super Returns

Hunting Green Unicorns and Other Ways to Make ...

A new breed of investor is pursuing a "triple bottom line" strategy, including in their due diligence an analysis of the social, environmental and governance  risks and impacts of investments. As result, there are new opportunities for investing in transportation networks, alternative energy infrastructure, textiles and even farmlands. The motivation is to make money on the deals but also to [...]

US-Chinese Cleantech Fund Does Billion Dollar Dutch Deal

US-Chinese Cleantech Fund Does Billion Dollar Dutch ...

News this week that Go Scale Capital, a cleantech fund backed by China’s GSR Ventures and US-based Oak Investment Partners, acquired Philips Lighting (LED components and automotive lighting) for USD 3.3 bn signals a significant new growth investor in the private equity industry, based on the size of the transaction, and it is more evidence of the globalization of the [...]

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. [...]

Quote of the Week: Clean Energy Leapfrogging

Quote of the Week: Clean Energy Leapfrogging

Clean energy is the low-cost option in a lot of these [emerging market] countries. The technologies are cost-competitive right now. Not in the future, but right now.”   Who said it: Ethan Zindler, Analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance   In Context: Emerging markets are installing renewable energy projects at almost twice the rate of more developed nations, according to [...]

KKR Grows Renewable Energy Portfolio

KKR Grows Renewable Energy Portfolio

New York City headquartered private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) are known throughout the industry as one of the firms highly committed to renewable energy investments. It is no surprise that KKR have made yet further steps into this industry, acquiring a third of the renewable energy arm of Spanish conglomerate Acciona.   According to a report [...]

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 [...]

China Focuses on Cleantech to Save Environment

China Focuses on Cleantech to Save Environment

China’s big cities are notorious for their high levels of air pollution and smog, while the United Kingdom capital London hit the headlines last week for a similar reason. China now appears to be of the opinion that cleantech could be the answer to the problem, which is likely to generate a huge opportunity for private equity (PE) and venture [...]

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 [...]