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Cleantech Venture Investment Dips; But Financing Remains Strong

US venture capital (VC) investment in cleantech companies dropped 44% to $1.1 billion in Q2 2011 compared to Q2 2010, while deals fell 12% to 68, according to an Ernst & Young analysis. The year-over-year decline sounds worse than the reality of the situation, because Q2 2010 was a record-setting quarter with $1.9 billion in investment - $978 million of which was wrapped up in only five deals. On a consecutive quarter basis, things look much better, as the dollars invested in Q2 2011 were 8% higher than in Q1. "Cleantech financing levels remain strong in the context of investment levels over the past several quarters. We're seeing continued commitments to solar, electric vehicles and energy efficiency technologies from the venture community, as well large corporate and private investors," says Jay Spencer, Ernst & Young's Americas Cleantech Director. Solar Still Leads in E...

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