Crossing the Cleantech Divide: Key TakeawaysJune 03, 2010 Posted by: Mary Dent
On April 8-9, 2010, Silicon Valley Bank brought together 104 experts from the entrepreneurial, venture capital, energy,academic and policy worlds to discuss critical issues affecting the long term growth of the energy generation, storage and efficiency markets. Read more about our key takeaways from this set of invigorating, closed door discussions.
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SVB perspective Energy Efficiency: Automation vs. Motivation
Posted by Dan BaldiCleantech and U.S. Economic Competitiveness
Posted by Matthew LecarFirst Commercial Finance
Posted by Matt MaloneyRegulatory Framework for Grid Storage
Posted by Matthew LecarIncentives for Distributed Renewables
Posted by Quentin Falconer
The Seed Stage Funding Gap
Posted by Rob Tompkins
Meaningful innovation is occurring, and those involved are optimistic about the role technology can play in transforming our energy sector.
Cleantech constituted a larger share of total venture investing in 2009 than in 2007Angel and seed investors are stepping up at the early stageCompanies are innovating in terms of both technologies and business models Domestic deployment is critical to promote continued technological innovation and leadershipCapital flows are recovering from the downturn, but still are not sufficient to fund transformative change.
Investors see a market opportunity, but are wary of technology, regulatory, execution and competitive risksInvestments increasingly are going into efficiency and storage, rather than generation Debt financing — particularly for large-scale first commercial projects — remains scarceLiquidity outcomes have not yet come to the sector, which affects the flow of capital While venture capital will play an important role in energy innovation, cleantech will not mirror other technology markets
Public policy plays a significantly greater role, adding uncertainty, complexity and non-market based dynamics Market characteristics — capital intensity, long product lives, small customer base, the reliability imperative, the requirement to deliver at scale, product...Read More