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Cleantech Venture Activity Hanging Around in 3Q12

Hans Chen

We have just released the preliminary data on global venture activity within the cleantech space during 3Q 2012. Worldwide clean technology venture investment in the quarter totaled $1.56 billion. Measured by dollars invested, cleantech venture investment dropped only slightly compared to the previous quarter ($1.60 billion), but was off 30 percent from 3Q11 ($2.23 billion). The number of deals recorded in 3Q12 was 148, compared to 169 in 2Q12. You can find the full press release here. i3 subscribers can find the webinar slides and recording here.

The number may not look overly impressive, but taken into consideration that we are still under the influence of “headwinds” in cleantech (mentioned in the release last quarter) and approaching the epicenter of a presidential election, I believe that most of us would say these are solid numbers. Venture investors have proved skeptics wrong once again in 3Q 2012 that innovation in cleantech was (and probably never will be) not overlooked. Though there were “only” 148 venture deals in cleantech during the quarter, the total dollar amount roughly stayed put at $1.56 billion, with 91% of the deals having a disclosed dollar amount (compared to 75-80% average during the past few …

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Cleantech Investment Totals Strong in 2011

Hans Chen

The preliminary 4Q and FY 2011 results for clean technology venture investments around the globe suggested that the future is still bright for cleantech after a somewhat turbulent year. Total VC investments in cleantech totaled $8.99 billion for the entire year, a robust 13% increase from 2010. The 4Q total also finished strong at $2.06 billion, capping a second half shadowed by Solyndra et al’s downfall and economic uncertainties around the globe.

Solar, energy efficiency and transportation were the top three sectors invested. Solar topped in amount invested ($1.81 billion), followed by energy efficiency ($1.46 billion) and Transportation ($1.12 billion). Energy efficiency was the most popular sector measured by number of deals, with 150 funding rounds, ahead of solar (111 deals) and energy storage (61 deals). As for regional distribution, investments in North America grew to $6.81 billion (+31% from 2010) while Europe & Israel took a step back at $1.30 billion (-30% from 2010).

In the public markets, China remained strong for cleantech IPOs. 28 of the 51 IPOs in 2011 came out of China, led by several massive offerings by large renewable energy corporations. Cleantech mergers & acquisitions reached record highs in 2011 with 391 deals and a …

Weekly Investment Highlights (Dec 9, 2011)

Hans Chen

Each week our research team tracks cleantech transactions across the globe. This week we recorded 73 investments, 14 M&As, 336relationships and 45 other news items. Below are some of the highlights. The complete version of the weekly roundup can be found here.

New Investments

New Mergers & Acquisitions

New Relationships

  • ECOtality and Silver Spring Networkshave formed a Technology Partnership. ECOtality has agreed to integrate its Blink electric vehicle (EV) charging stations

Weekly Investment Highlights (Dec 2, 2011)

Hans Chen

Each week our research team tracks cleantech transactions across the globe. This week we recorded 201 investments, 8 M&As, 250 relationships and 39 other news items. Below are some of the highlights. The complete version of the weekly roundup can be found here.

New Investments

New Mergers & Acquisitions

Weekly Investment Highlights (Nov 25, 2011)

Hans Chen

Each week our research team tracks cleantech transactions across the globe. This week we recorded 56 investments, 16 M&As, 80 relationships and 11 other news items. Below are some of the highlights. The complete version of the weekly roundup can be found here.

New Investments

New Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Eurotec WTT was acquired by RWL Water Groupfor an Undisclosed Amount. RWL’s purchase is part of a growth strategy to expand waste-to-energy offerings & provide full-service solutions to middle market customers.
  • Solar Power Partners was acquired by NRG Energyfor an Undisclosed Amount. Solar Power Partners will become a part of NRG Solar and add

Weekly Investment Highlights (Nov 18, 2011)

Hans Chen

Each week our research team tracks cleantech transactions across the globe. This week we recorded 95 investments, 10 M&As, 141 relationships and nine other news items. Below are some of the highlights. The complete version of the weekly roundup can be found here.

New Investments

New Mergers & Acquisitions

Weekly Investment Highlights (Nov 11, 2011)

Hans Chen

Each week our research team tracks cleantech transactions across the globe. This week we recorded 83 investments, 19 M&As, 210 relationships and 15 other news items. Below are some of the highlights. The complete version of the weekly roundup can be found here.

New Investments

New Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Agilewaves was acquired by Serious Energy for an Undisclosed Amount. The deal will bring Serious a new level of granular building energy data from Agilewaves’ detailed building monitoring system.
  • Rochem merged with APTwater for an Undisclosed Amount. APT & Rochem’s merger will allow the companies to deliver reliable, clean water from some of the most challenging resources in the industry.

Weekly Investment Highlights (Nov 4, 2011)

Hans Chen

Each week our research team tracks cleantech transactions across the globe. This week we recorded 32investments, 14 M&As, 182 relationships and 14 other news items. Below are some of the highlights. The complete version of the weekly roundup can be found here.

New Investments

New Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Home Energy Experts was acquired by Shaka for an Undisclosed Amount. This transaction is part of a series of strategic acquisitions to create a profitable corporation servicing the renewable energy industry.
  • Managing Energy was acquired by Noesis Energy for an Undisclosed Amount. Managing Energy will operate as a subsidiary of Noesis Energy.
  • Classic Conservatories and Solar was acquired by Shaka for an Undisclosed Amount. This transaction is part of a series of strategic acquisitions to create

Weekly Investment Highlights (Oct 28, 2011)

Hans Chen

Each week our research team tracks cleantech transactions across the globe. This week we recorded 75 investments, nine M&As, 153relationships and 25other news items. Below are some of the highlights. The complete version of the weekly roundup can be found here.

New Investments

New Mergers & Acquisitions

  • OpenCEL was acquired by Trojan Technologiesfor an Undisclosed Amount. OpenCEL will operate as a division of US Peroxide, a Trojan Technologies business headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
  • Southtex Treaters was acquired by Kinder Morganfor $155,000,000. Kinder Morgan further grows its natural gas treating business with this acquisition.

New Relationships

Weekly Investment Highlights (Oct 21, 2011)

Hans Chen

Each week our research team tracks cleantech transactions across the globe. This week we recorded 37 investments, 18 M&As, 228 relationships and eight other news items. Below are some of the highlights. The complete version of the weekly roundup can be found here.

New Investments

  • Vivint Solar received $75,000,000 from US Bancorp. Vivint Solar will continue its push to provide affordable solar energy into consumer homes for between about $50 and $70 per month.
  • Waze received $30,000,000 from Horizon Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). The company plans to capitalize international opportunities, particularly in China.
  • Consert received $7,000,000 from an undisclosed investor. The target amount of this financing round is $8.75 million, according to a regulatory filing.

New Mergers & Acquisitions

New Relationships