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2010 Was Year of Venture Capital for Solar, Wind, Energy Efficiency

According to a recently published report by Peachtree Capital Advisors, a New York-based investment bank, investors loved renewable energy in2010. The report notes that the wind industry closed the year at $4.8 billion in transaction value while solar finished at $.3.2 billion. Not to be forgotten, smart grid and LED lighting companies closed at $2.5 billion.

As far as 2010 investments in cleantech companies went in 2010, energy-efficiency start-ups closed the most deals with venture capitalists (VCs). But it was actually solar energy start-ups that saw the most VC money. As for wind? It's a more mature market with a greater number of companies already well-positioned, meaning there was less room for start-ups to move in to the sector.

So what does all this fancy finance talk mean for the future of clean energy? It means that investors -- most of which spend their time dissecting scores of markets in order to find wise investment -- see a great upside in renewable energy. And as long they keep investing, the industry will keep moving forward.

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Solar, Clean Tech Investment Still Strong

Findings from Cleantech Group LLC and Deloitte put 2009 venture capital investment in the clean tech industry at $5.6 billion. Spread across more than 550 deals throughout North America, Europe, China and India, this preliminary total is "expected to increase by 5-10% once investors fully announce their activity (as in previous years), which would make 2009 a record year for number of cleantech VC deals, and approximately equal with 2007 for total amount invested." Considering the bleak financial outlook of the past year overall, and the lack of binding resolutions at the Copenhagen climate talks, this represents a coup for clean tech. This is still a third less than 2008's record-breaking investment levels of nearly $8.5 billion, so there are no street parties being planned to celebrate the news (not that we know of, anyhow).

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