Stunning Cleantech 2012

On October 16, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

It’s been a busy, ummm interesting year.  We’ve tracked profits to founders and investors of $14 Billion in major global IPOs on US  exchanges and $9 Billion in major global M&A exits from venture backed cleantech companies in the last 7-10 years.  Money is being made.  A lot of money.  But wow, not where you’d […]

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Danger: Silly Season Ahead

On May 21, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Here’s a musical experiment for you:  play a song such as “Penny Lane” from The Beatles (or, if you prefer classic rock, “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin will do nicely) on your sound system…but with the balance set all the way to one side or the other.  There will be enough recognizable content for you to still recognize the song, but […]

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2011 In The Rear-View Mirror: Objects May Be Closer Than They Appear

On January 2, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

It’s that time again:  sifting through the detritus of a calendar year to sum up what’s happened over the past 12 months.  Everybody’s doing it — for news, sports, movies, books, notable deaths…and now even for cleantech:  here’s the scoop from MIT’s Technology Review, and here’s a post on GigaOM. So, my turn [drum roll, please], here’s […]

Solar Eclipse

On September 6, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

The sections of the blogosphere concerned with energy topics were abuzz last week with the news that Solyndra had filed for bankruptcy.   Until recently one of the poster children for cleantech, Solyndra’s apparent demise was all the more notable due to its blue chip investor roster and its prominent selection by the Department of Energy […]

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OMG Solyndra’s Dead! How Much is This Going to Cost Whom?

On September 2, 2011, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Yup.  Solyndra’s going BK.  Taking with it US government loans to the tune of $10 for every taxpaying household in the country and $500K or so for every job it created for one year. But seriously, raise your hand if you DIDN’T see this coming.  Like, OK, those with their hand’s raised, you are no […]

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IPOs and Bankruptcies and Cleantech “Hot or Not”

On September 1, 2011, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Last night while watching Office reruns, I realized I’d been remiss, and a lot’s had been happening in the public equities end of the cleantech sector.  Not to mention yesterday’s billion dollar BK broiler announcement by the one-time Next Greatest Thing, Solyndra. So, with my usual aplomb, I thought I’d simply peanut gallery what’s “Hot or […]

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Brightsource, Fisker and Solyndra – Soul Crushingly Bad Numbers Make up 17% of Near Record 1Q11 Venture Investment

On April 5, 2011, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

GreentechMedia and Cleantech Group this quarter reported near record levels of cleantech venture capital investment. Nearly $2.6 Billion in deals.  No, quantitative easing hasn’t made the dollar slide that much yet, the numbers are real – mainly as the solar and transport  deals vintage 2004-07 are getting deep into their capital intensive cycles.  But a […]

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My First View of Solyndra Up Close

On October 22, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

 Solyndra CIGS Panels on South Houston High I had a chance to see my first Solyndra solar panels in action today. Three organizations run by friends of mine, HARC, Ignite Solar, and American Electric Technologies, are partnered up to install a 145 kW uber photovoltaic test bed on two schools (Sam Rayburn and South […]

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