14 Oct '11, 8pm

Financing for Solar & Wind Projects Hits All-Time High

Clean energy investments reached an all time high in the third quarter. Financing for wind and solar farms, and mergers and acquisitions surged, despite the unfolding European financial crisis and a slump in clean energy share prices on the world's stock markets. Led by utility-scale wind and solar projects, investors poured $45.5 billion into clean energy projects, 16% more than Q3 2010, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The total includes project financing, equity raises on public markets, venture capital and private equity fund investments. Project finance dominated Q3 - venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) was slow at $2.2 billion - down 27% from Q2, but 55% higher, however, than Q3 2010. The biggest VC/ PE deals were in the US - $175 million for biofuel company Sundrop Fuels and $150 million for fuel cell developer Bloom Energy. Utility-Scale Projects...

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