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Cleantech IPO Window Opening? BrightSource, Enphase and Enerkem Ready Offerings

The Cleantech market has been littered with companies who have filed S-1s only to put any thoughts of testing the public markets on hold. But could the Cleantech IPO window finally be opening?As Katie Fehrenbacher at Earth2Tech posted last week, BrightSource, Enerkem and Enphase have priced shares with the intention of beginning trading in the near future (Enphase will likely begin this week). One is a fluk ...

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Cleantech PR: Virdia Launches to Bring a Horse to All Those Carts

It's not hard to get me excited about clean technology companies since I believe so strongly in their impact on the economy, the environment and the overall good of humankind. And at Schwartz MSL, we're fortunate to handle public relations for a number of true "platform" type of players that are not only selling products, but also providing the necessary "building blocks" to enable an en ...

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April Showers Bring Sweet Smelling Cleantech News: PR Winds Change Course

The largest news in April for clean energy could have been Solyndra’s debt woes, a PR debacle that could prevent its IPO, result in millions of dollars of squandered federal funding and provide a massive PR salvo for opponents of government investment in cleantech movement.Thankfully, concentrating photovoltaics manufacturer Amonix raised $129 million in private funding, the DOE distributed $106 milli ...

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Cleantech’s Hottest Start Ups: Forbes and SharesPost

One quick hit this Monday morning involving a Schwartz PR client and the cleantech start-up world. Forbes created a slide show featuring the 12 hottest cleantech start ups according to SharesPost.At SharesPost.com, you can find bulletin boards of private company shares, including offers to buy and sell in companies like Suniva, Bloom Energy, Amyris Biotechnologies, Altra Biofuels, Altarock Energy, eSolar, G ...

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Muddled Climate Policy the Backdrop for Retech, Renewable Energy World

It's been awhile since we posted on Renewablog and with good reason. After a very busy 2009 in which we saw the federal government's attitude toward renewables and cleantech change overnight, the blog team went on a short hiatus to focus on 2010 client planning.It also served as good time to reflect on what worked in 2009 from a green public relations, government relations and search-engine marketing perspe ...

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Cleantech & Green Industry Enters Event Run on PR High

The last few weeks may have been the best PR stretch of 2009 for solar, wind and other cleantech and green markets, especially from a finance standpoint.  It should provide a considerable uplift to spirits at AlwaysOn GoingGreen next week as the cleantech venture capital, private equity and investment banking community gathers to discuss industry issues in water, smart grid, energy management, solar, w ...

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Could Green Patent Record Drive Cleantech VC Funding; M&A? Fuel Cells Dominate Patent Growth

Very interesting post yesterday from VentureBeat about how Cleantech & Green patents have hit a record, driven in large part by an explosion in Fuel Cell patents. That said, every sector was up save for wind. Solar patents, biofuel patents, etc. all saw big increases over Q2 of 2008 when the financing environment was healthier.Schwartz represents a large patent and intellectual property firm, Finnegan, ...

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Cleantech IPO? M&A? The Third Exit for Cleantech & Green Start Ups

I need to preface this post with the fact that SharesPost is a Schwartz PR client, but what they're doing is very interesting and extremely applicable to the Cleantech industry and its investors. So while I am being and will always be transparent, I am not claiming to be free of bias.It has been well covered that VCs have poured billions into cleantech and green the last few years with markets like solar, w ...

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Cleantech Investing and VC Funding Increases; G8 Boost

A recent report from CleanTech Brief highlighted an increase in cleantech venture funding and investing to $1.2 billion. This was a quarter-over-quarter increase of 12 percent and illustrates that the green portion of the Stimulus package and other cleantech regulatory measures are helping to renew interest in cleantech start ups.Companies in batteries, biofuels, smart grid and others were the main benefici ...

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Cleantech Stimulus Package Dollars to Start Flowing in September

According to a post on VentureBeat this week, cleantech stimulus funds targeted at wind, solar, smart grid, biofuels, carbon management and other key categories, will starting trickling into company coffers come September. New Energy Finance Group predicts that while some cleantech funding will flow in 2009 resulting in a thawing of bank loans and cleantech venture capital, the bulk of the money will be inv ...

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Green Collar Jobs Double Up on Economy

A new study covered by Kate Galbraith at the NY Times says that Green Collar Jobs grew twice as quickly as jobs in the rest of the economy from 1998-2007. Given that this study doesn't cover the hyper investment in solar, wind, smart grid, green IT, biofuels, geothermal, batteries, green autos, etc. during 2008, and the hiring that resulted, my guess is that the next study will show even faster growth over ...

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Vinod Khosla: Cleantech Will Produce Ten Googles

Sarah Lacy has a great interview with Vinod Khosla on Yahoo! Tech|Ticker, talking about the incredible opportunity that the Cleantech Revolution is creating for companies and investors. Khosla basically says that the Cleantech movement will "produce ten Googles."How is that possible? Khosla says that Cleantech is not about solar, wind or biofuels, but about re-engineering the way society lives, fr ...

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