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Green Public Affairs: $3.4 Billion in Stimulus Funds Coming to Smart Grid Tomorrow

News today, that the Department of Energy will dole out $3.4 billion in Smart Grid stimulus money tomorrow, in what was already shaping up to be a noisy public affairs and public relations week at Solar Power International. The first speculation that something was coming soon was posted by Matt Marshall of VentureBeat this morning.With much of the US utility market and solar industry gathered in Anaheim for ...

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Cleantech is the New Leader in VC Funding

In retrospect it seemed inevitable, but according to a new report by the Cleantech Group and Deloitte & Touche, cleantech has emerged as the number one sector in U.S. venture capital investment. This is a big deal...literally. The numbers are staggering--in Q3 2009 $1.59 billion was invested in 134 cleantech companies.The report indicates that over the next few quarters cleantech is expected to stay on ...

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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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Green Stimulus Funds Flow from Treasury Grants: Wind in the Sails of Cleantech

Important news yesterday that the Treasury Department has granted more than $500 million in grants to some major cleantech projects, most of them related to wind power. These grants are in cash versus the traditional 30 percent tax credit that companies had been receiving. Expect solar, wind and biofuels projects to receive additional funding in the coming months.With new cash flowing in from the government ...

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Cleantech & Green Venture Funding: Khosla Antis-Up $1.1 Billion

Major and somewhat astonishing financing news for cleantech companies today as Khosla Ventures has managed to raise the biggest venture capital fund since 2007 in what people have called an impossible fund-raising environment. Vinod Khosla obviously still sees tremendous opportunity for investing in early-stage cleantech companies with the hopes that one or more become one of the "ten Googles" he ...

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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 Public Affairs: Coalition for the Green Bank

Schwartz Communications is proud to announce that the firm is now a member of the Coalition for the Green Bank, an industry organization in support of the creation of a cleantech financing fund at the federal level. The Green Bank is a measure in the Waxman-Markey energy bill which is currently slotted behind healthcare insurance reform in Congress.The measure will be an important part of financing future c ...

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Cleantech Company Lifecycle: Why PR Firms and VCs are Jumping in Earlier

I wrote about a post by Martin LaMonica of CNET earlier this week in which he discusses why VCs should invest earlier in the life cycle of green and cleantech companies, rather than doing the heavy financial lifting of getting companies to commercialization. It makes a lot of sense given that most cleantech companies have some fairly large capex requirements or are more services driven and therefore don't o ...

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CNET: How to Finance a Greentech Revolution

There was an interesting piece from Martin LaMonica at CNET this morning focused on what it will take from an investment standpoint to drive the coming greentech or cleantech revolution. He talks about the different options (government, investment banks, VCs) and where each could fit in the puzzle.LaMonica  points out that several years ago, VCs were the source of investment for capital-heavy technolog ...

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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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Green Cars Get a Boost: Tesla, Ford and Nissan Get Government Loans

Word today that Tesla ($465 million), Ford ($440 million) and Nissan ($1.4 billion) are beneficiaries of government loans to turn out next-generation, fuel-efficient cars. The loans were awarded as part of the government's Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program.The next 12 months will be extremely interesting in terms of seeing how the Green auto supply chain shapes up with regards to batte ...

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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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