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In Venture Capital, Sustainability Is the New Buzzword

Investors who have shied away from cleantech companies for the past two years haven’t lost interest, they’re broadening their scope into more areas of sustainability, according to a report by Cleantech IQ. “The definition of ‘cleantech’ has expanded greatly. There is still some perception that when you talk about cleantech, you’re talking about a technology […]

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Crowdfunding Site Provides Capital for High-Impact Solar Energy Projects

Lack of access to financing can keep many otherwise worthy solar energy projects from being built in poor and underserved areas, but a solar crowdfunding site is helping to connect individual investors with solar energy businesses and working to bring affordable solar energy to communities around the world. — Full Story at Ecopreneurist —

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Buy Green. Sell Stranded.

One of the hard truths about climate change solutions—whether they’re solar panels, protective sea walls, or carbon-sucking golf balls—is that somebody has to pay for them. This week the United Nations’ climate chief, Christiana Figueres, told Climate Desk that global investment in clean-energy technologies needs to reach $1 trillion per year by 2030 (a little […]

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Arab countries call to create small loan facilities to generate jobs for youngsters

The Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND) called on Arab countries to set up more micro-financing institutions to help unemployed youth and poor people make a sustainable living. Nasser Al-Qahtani, AGFUND executive director, said microfinance banks would create income and jobs for the vast majority of Arab communities. He was speaking at a meeting of […]

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Integrys Energy Services Partners with Clean Power Finance for Solar Investments

Leading energy supply and services company uses the CPF market to further invest in distributed solar. Clean Power Finance (CPF) and Integrys Energy Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), a leading Midwestern utility holding company, today announced the creation of a residential solar finance fund through the CPF Market®, an […]

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5 Cleantech Firms That Could Go Public in 2014

An IPO or acquisition is the promised land for VC-funded startups — but those have been rare cleantech events over the last few years. The fact is that most cleantech companies require a longer time frame, a bigger budget, and a different set of investor skills than do IT software startups. Will we see any […]

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Impact Investing: It’s Time

Imagine a future with an abundance of quality jobs, affordable homes in environmentally sustainable and thriving neighborhoods and continuous innovation in the delivery of basic services that saves taxpayers billions of dollars, all supporting Benjamin Franklin’s maxim that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is the country that people envision […]

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Shortcomings tarnish social responsibility index

THE average investor readily acknowledges that compliance with environmental law is a requirement for listing on the JSE’s socially responsible investment (SRI) index. Yet, despite pressure from the Centre for Environmental Rights and other leading environmental organisations, compliance with environmental law is still not mandatory. It is therefore not surprising that a number of companies […]

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Green Tech Investments Down, With Big Deals Going To Car-Sharing Apps, Clean Power, Energy Efficient Gear

Venture capital investments in cleantech startups worldwide ended 2013 with 1,007 deals totaling $6.8 billion, a decline from the 1,037 deals amassing $7.9 billion the year before, according to market research firm the Cleantech Group on Wednesday. Investors placed heavy bets on transportation, and that led to the whopping $258 million raised by Uber in […]

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From ethics to sustainability: shifting the investment debate for 2014

With 2014 just underway, Alex Blackburne editor or Blue & Green Tomorrow speaks to three leading sustainable investment fund houses to gather their reflections on the last 12 months. Ethical investment was thrust into the mainstream in 2013 – much to the Church of England’s embarrassment – when it was revealed in July that the […]

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Ironridge Global Launches Green Initiative to Finance Sustainable Businesses

With its eyes firmly set on the green market as a lucrative investment opportunity, Ironridge Global Partners, LLC has launched a green initiative to fund sustainable public companies. The institutional investor views the micro-cap sector, the focus of its green investments, as highly promising. The new investment initiative will fund sustainable companies, including emerging growth […]

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Economic growth will be a thing of the past unless we take the green route

Sometimes it takes only a few minutes to change the way we think about things. A month ago, Larry Summers spent about ten minutes at an IMF research seminar questioning why US economic growth was stagnant. He said that since the end of the financial crisis there has been no evidence of growth that would […]

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Six African Countries Win $330 Million to Bolster Private Investment in Climate Action

Projects designed to bolster private investment in effective climate solutions in six African countries have received $330 million in funding from the African Development Bank Group, the bank announced late last month. Projects in Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Mali and Mozambique were the winners of a global competition run by Climate […]

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Off-the-Grid Investing: Perspectives and Voices of a Transforming Financial System

When you are looking for the new or emergent, you usually have to look off-the-grid. In many ways as RSF Social Finance has grown, we too have had to go off-the-grid to develop our unique approach to finance. — Full story at GreenMoney –

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