04 May '11, 3pm

U.S. VC investment in clean tech rose 54% to $1.14 billion in Q1 2011.

U.S. venture capital investment in clean tech firms rose 54 percent to $1.14 billion in the first quarter of 2011, compared to $743.3 million in Q1 2010, according to an Ernst & Young analysis. The analysis, based on data from Dow Jones VentureSource, found that there were 79 deals last year, down from 69 deals in Q1 2010. The top ten deals in Q1 2011 totaled $683.1 million, 60 percent of the total raised for the quarter. A $106 million later-stage round of financing for Californian thin-film photovoltaic manufacturer MiaSole was the largest deal of the past quarter, making up 24 percent of the quarter’s total dollars. The solar sub-segment accounted for 32 percent of the total dollars raised for the quarter with $362.7 million, a 162 percent gain from Q1 2010, and the energy and electricity segment overall raised $450.3 million through 16 deals. The energy storage segment...

Full article: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/05/04/q1-vc-for-c...

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