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Archive for March, 2012

30 March 2012

Stock round-up: Recent cleantech IPOs not living up to expectationsp

This week two cleantech companies have announced plans to file initial public offerings.

30 March 2012

Deal round-up: Partial closes hint to investor opportunitiesp

Partial closings by US cleantech companies means there are still opportunities for investors to get involved in businesses that are proving popular with other financiers.

30 March 2012

European solar should fight against tough conditions, says expertp

Germany-based Solarlite told NewNet that the photovoltaic industry needs to compete against the tough market conditions which are causing a number of manufacturers to go bust and others to suffer badly.

30 March 2012

Electrawinds secures €37m for first Irish project

Belgian wind energy company Electrawinds has secured finance worth €37m from Rabobank, for its first project to be based in Ireland.

30 March 2012

Ming Yang Wind sees 58% profit fall in 2011

The China Ming Yang Wind Power Group saw a 58.8 per cent decrease in profit for 2011 to RMB993m ($157.8m)

30 March 2012

Sustainability now vital in the construction industry, says expertp

Sustainability is now becoming is now embedded in the construction and management of buildings, according to one expert in the industry.

30 March 2012

Suzlon’s CFO Robin Banerjee leaves

Suzlon CFO Robin Banerjee has left the company with finances to be overseen by Kirti Vagadia going forward.

30 March 2012

Niche markets – Not always the start-ups’ silk routep

path_170_170 Start-ups and niche markets are usually a happy marriage, and have formed the basis of success for many cleantech companies. However, capital scarcity and the nature of some cleantech businesses might be incompatible with this arrangement.

30 March 2012

Fortum sells 22MW of hydro for €45m

Finnish energy company Fortum has sold 14 small hydropower plants, with a combined capacity of 22MW, to Koskienergia for around €45m.

30 March 2012

Spain’s Avindia Capital targets €4m for inaugural energy fundp

Venture investor Avindia Capital told NewNet it was targeting a €4m for its first fund, which will invest in the European renewable energy sector.

30 March 2012

French solar business on brink of insolvencyp

A French solar company stands on the edge of insolvency as the sector's woes continue to sweep through Europe.

30 March 2012

Coca-Cola implements energy saving strategy in Japan

The Japanese arm of drinks giant Coca-Cola has implemented new energy saving measures that will reduce the potential for electricity power distribution by mid-2012.

30 March 2012

UK renewable production increases 2.7% in 2011

Renewables accounted for 9.5 per cent of the UK’s electricity production in 2011, up from 6.8 per cent in 2010.

30 March 2012

US invests $5m to lower advanced fuel cell costs

The US Department of Energy has invested more than $5m in two projects in Minnesota and Michigan with hopes to lower the cost of advanced fuel cell systems.

30 March 2012

European environmental investor reveals deal-sourcing activityp

The investment manager of a Europe-focused fund is actively deal-sourcing as it looks to commit to about three companies operating in the environmental space.

30 March 2012

Solar company Etrion increases loss in 2011

Swiss solar project developer Etrion recorded a net loss of $26.3m in 2011, up from $18.1m in 2010.

30 March 2012

Walmart family provide $27.5m to create sustainability school

US philanthropic organisation the Walton Family Foundation, funded by the founders of Walmart, is providing $27.5m to Arizona State University’s Global institute of Sustainability.

30 March 2012

Australia’s Dyesol raises A$5m through share placement

sunbeam_300312_170 Australia-based cleantech company Dyesol has successfully raised A$5m ($5.2m) through a share purchase plan and a private placement.

30 March 2012

US cleantech monitoring company looks to secure $2m in debt financingp

A US cleantech innovator that has developed a monitoring technology to used in the food service sector has secured $400,000 in debt financing but is looking to hit a $2m target.

30 March 2012

JinkoSolar establishes Singapore base

Chinese photovoltaic company JinkoSolar has opened an office in Singapore to take advantage of the country’s growing solar market.

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