CleanTech Remains Hot In A Post-Solyndra World

Nat Goldhaber

December 12, 2011 source: originally published at

Pessimism about the clean tech space has been on the rise recently, thanks in part to a pair of high profile failures of government-backed companies. Congress and the media have pounced on the carrion like starving scavengers.

In the frenzy of sensationalism, it is hard for the public to derive a reasoned understanding of the facts and even more difficult to feel comfortable about the . . .
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Goldhaber claims there’s still plenty of investor enthusiasm for companies that are installing or financing solar projects

September 23, 2011 source: Forbes

What the Solyndra Bankruptcy Means for Cleantech Investors

by Jennifer Kho. Forbes Contributor

As executives of defunct solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra keep mum in Washington, Silicon Valley and Wall Street are discussing what the bankruptcy – and the federal investigation – could mean for investors.

“It has an impact; it’s such a big story,” says Sheeraz Haji, CEO of research firm Cleantech Group.

In what some are calling “the . . .
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BrightSource IPO Could Spark Clean-Tech ‘Gold Rush’

Nat Goldhaber, managing director of Claremont Creek Ventures in Oakland, said a monster showing by BrightSource could spark a “Google effect” that leaves investors as enthusiastic about pioneering energy firms as they have been about information technology.

May 3, 2011 source: New York Times

BrightSource Energy Inc.’s plan to go public this year could spur a wave of clean technology startups looking to follow suit if investors flock to the solar developer in large . . .
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Trends Bode Well For Clean Tech IPOs This Year

March 2011 source: Financial Executives International (download a pdf reprint of the article)

Over the years, venture capitalists have invested in clean technology and renewable energy with the expectation that returns will take a long time. The VCs were right.

Development of technologies such as solar cell manufacturing, utility-scale renewable energy projects and genetically engineered algae for bio-fuels do indeed have great promise. But they require great patience.

Yet, with the . . .
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Meeting with State Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research (PIER)

With California’s population of more than 37 million people and standing as one of the world’s largest economies, it’s no surprise that one of the key focuses of the state Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program is the beneficial use of electricity and its environmental impacts. PIER spends a lot of time and resources studying how new electricity applications and products can solve environmental problems stemming from electricity generation, transmission and use . . .
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VCs Applaud ‘Startup America’ But Question Long-Term Impact

January 31, 2011 source: The Wall Street Journal

Venture capitalists are feeling good about the launch of Startup America, a White House-led partnership of private companies and investors to promote entrepreneurship in the U.S., but acknowledge that it’s impossible to say what long-term impact the program will have.

“It will be interesting to see what this ultimately becomes,” said Randy Hawks, a managing director with Claremont Creek Ventures. “At a minimum it’s . . .
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Clean Power Finance on CNBC Video: Big Business of Small Business

October 22, 2010 source: CNBC Video

Joseph Brakohiapa, President and CEO of Clean Power Finance was featured on a CNBC Video segment entitled Big Business of Small Business. Mr. Brakohiapa responded to questions on the health of the small business market and how government policies and regulations are affecting small businesses.

Watch the interview. (Joseph Brakohiapa’s comments start at 1:45, 4:15, and 5:40)

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Andy Grove Misfires: Challenging His Argument About Job Creation

Andy Grove takes Thomas Friedman, a columnist for the New York Times to task in Grove’s recent Business Week article “How America Creates Jobs”. Andy Grove argues that Friedman is wrong in claiming in his column that “if Washington wants to create jobs it should back startups”. Grove states that startups are wonderful things, but cannot increase tech employment by themselves. He argues that it is the expansion stage of a . . .
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