March 8th, 2012 | by Andrew
Leading venture capital firms are pumping an additional $55 million to fund the Colorado-based thin-film CIGS solar PV manufacturer's expansion plans despite all the turmoil roiling the global solar energy market and industry
January 25th, 2012 | by Andrew
2011 was a "break-out" year for emerging thin-film CIGS solar photovoltaic (PV) technology and manufacturers. The next four years will see the CIGS market double in size, according to a new industry report from Lux Research, which evaluates and ranks competitors across parameters, including technical value and business execution.
January 10th, 2012 | by Stephen Lacey
As emerging clean technology companies reach stages of growth that require enormous amounts of deployment capital, investment figures for 2011 reflect that market dynamic.
Last year, global corporate and venture capital investments in cleantech grew 13% over 2010, reaching almost $9 billion, according to preliminary figures released from the Cleantech Group. Most of those investments are going to companies that have already picked up one or more rounds of funding, with 85% of dollars flowing into Series B rounds or later.
The most stunning increase in activity last year was in mergers and acquisitions, which grew by 154% in 2011. Because it’s often more attractive for cleantech companies to merge with a mature corporate parent rather than go public, the amount of exits in M&A have shot up dramatically.