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2011: Where the Money Went via @reworld

2011: Where the Money Went via @reworld

The year finished strong with $511 million in VC investments in the fouth quarter spread out over 29 deals. For the year, there were 111 VC deals, the highest number ever for the solar industry. The $1.9 billion investment surpassed both 2010 ($1.7 billion) and 2009 ($1.4 billion), though it fell far short of 2008 figures ($3.9 billion). Thin-film attracted the most VC funding in 2011, with $596 million raised in 17 deals. Crystalline silicon raised $338 million in 20 deals. Downstream companies raised $339 million in 26 deals. The year’s top 5 VC deals all came in the U.S., led by solar thermal company BrightSource Energy with $201 million. CIGS-based thin-film manufacturers Stion ($130 million) and MiaSolé ($106 million) were followed by crystalline silicon maker Suniva ($94 million) and CIGS manufacturer HelioVolt ($85 million). Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers made eig...

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