Overcoming Hurdles to Clean Energy Commercialization

November 18, 2011

In the absence of a global framework for regulating emissions, the future of the planet largely rests on choices by private firms and investors regarding which technologies to pursue and commercialize.
by David L. Levy
Despite the mounting evidence of severe climate change, there is a funding crisis for potential solutions. The Department of Energy [...]

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Growing Clean Energy through Business Model Innovation

June 28, 2011

Boston-based Zipcar raised $174 million from its Initial Public Offering in April 2011. It already has operates in 14 big cities and 230 college campuses around the United States, Canada and the UK, and is planning to use the new capital for market expansion. Zipcar is not a high tech business, and its success is [...]

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Cleantech’s Unsung Heroes

January 24, 2010

Some clean techsectors are overhyped, while others have unrecognized potential
by David L. Levy
When most people think about clean energy, solar and wind are the first things that spring to mind. Markets for these renewable energy sources have exhibited rapid growth of about 25-30% annually, and these sectors have attracted the lion’s share of venture capital [...]

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Urgent Need for Clean Tech Project Finance – FT

August 22, 2009

by David L. Levy
The urgency of Daniel Goldman’s proposal to create a The Clean Energy Accelerator Corp. (see previous post) is reinforced by an article in the Financial Times today,  Cash Crunch Could Stain Clean Technology. Richard Waters writes that:
The lack of capital, however, is preventing many companies in the alternative energy world from reaching [...]

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The Clean Energy Accelerator Corp.

August 22, 2009

How to finance large scale low-carbon investment
This guest contribution is by Daniel Goldman, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of GreatPoint Energy and co-founder of the early stage investment group, Clean Energy Venture Group. He has managed and invested over $4bn in energy technologies and projects and is a vocal advocate of financial solutions [...]

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