In one of the renewable energy sector’s largest IPO’s ever, China’s Longyuan Power Group Corp, Asia’s largest wind power generator is raising money in a share offering this month that is expected to raise $2.2 billion, with trading scheduled to begin on Dec. 10.
Who’s buying? Billionaire Wilbur L. Ross for one; is getting $100 million in shares for W.L. Ross & Co. This $2.2 billion Chinese wind power IPO may be the beginning of regular investment activity in renewable energy, regardless of climate considerations.
So far only the world’s green billionaires, like the folks at Google (Don’t Be Evil), Richard Branson of Virgin Airways, George Soros, and (to some extent) Warren Buffet let their hopes for a better world be what guides their investments in order to turn the economy towards green energy for altruistic reasons.
But Wilbur Ross is just your garden variety billionaire. Renewable energy is now big business. Not in Silicon Valley, but in China.
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Susan Kraemer writes at CleanTechnica, CSP-Today, PV-Insider , SmartGridUpdate and GreenProphet and has been published at Ecoseed, NRDC OnEarth, MatterNetwork, Celsius, EnergyNow and Scientific American. As a former serial entrepreneur in product design she brings an innovator's perspective on inventing a carbon-constrained civilization: If necessity is the mother of invention: solving climate change is the mother of all necessities! As a lover of history and sci fi, she enjoys chronicling the strange future we are creating in these interesting times. Follow Susan @dotcommodity on twitter.