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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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Plenty of renewables interest but where’s the money?

There was standing room only as the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF) – London  - Europe’s largest and most established event for renewable energy finance and investment, which celebrated its 12th year anniversary. The highly successful 2-day conference united 400 investors and project developers from over 25 countries.Lord Browne opened the conference that facilitated thought-provoking ...

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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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Bloom Energy PR, Bright Source GR and a Good Week for Cleantech

There have been a few big announcements this week that have been good visibility for the Cleantech and Green industry from a public relations and government relations standpoint, including a long-time stealth player drawing back the covers and a major DOE loan guarantee for a big solar thermal player. The news comes as the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco and Renewable Energy World in Austin attempt to mono ...

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Cleantech Venture Capital, Financing and IPOs Heating Up

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas for a number of cleantech companies in solar and smart grid, as the project finance, venture capital and IPO markets continue their winter thaw. News of new deals has capped off what has been a pretty good PR month for the cleantech industry.Last week Silver Spring Networks announced a $100 million round of financing, which was a surprise if only because the compa ...

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Cash for Caulkers Takes Center Stage; Energy Efficiency’s PR Problem

President Obama "filled in the cracks" on the long-rumored Cash for Caulkers program yesterday as part of a new jobs plan. The latest details have consumers eligible for a $12,000 tax credit if they take steps to weatherize their homes. The goal would be to put contractors back to work and also stimulate the buying of home products aimed at energy efficiency, which would be good news for Home Depo ...

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Green Monday: Cop15, Green Patents, Solar Growth and Carbon as a Danger

We've had Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Could today be Green Monday? Based on the positive news we have seen today for the Cleantech industry, maybe it should be.While the world had its eyes firmly planted on Copenhagen and the United Nations Climate Change Conference, the US government said, "Bring your gaze back to this side of the Atlantic" with a couple of significant announcements.First, the ...

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Things to be Thankful for in Cleantech this Holiday Season

Here are a few things the green PR, public affairs and marketing world should be thankful for this holiday season:-A more generous net metering policy in Massachusetts-New proposed feed-in tariffs and an ease in wind permitting in the UK-More Department of Energy (DOE) grants in Smart Grid-DOE grants in wind and renewables-States that have already been aggressive in net metering, including Colorado, Delawar ...

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Good PR for Green Manufacturing: Studies Show Job Growth

Monday morning saw two pieces of good news for the Green Economy as it relates to job creation.A study published by three universities shows that President Obama's focus on Green Collar jobs will help create 1.9 million jobs and boost annual household income by $1000. If the $1000 figure focuses on an increase in gross household income, the study likely fails to measure the increase in discretionary househo ...

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Green Public Affairs: DOE Details $3.4 Billion in Smart Grid Grants

The DOE issued a release today about the $3.4 billion in grants issued as part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA, aka the Stimulus Package). The release is here and there are links for downloading details on who will receive the funds as well as a map of where the funds will be invested.It is a happy day for Smart Grid technology and service providers. ...

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