Mercom Capital Group released merger and acquisition (M&A) and
funding activity for solar, smart grid and wind sectors for the third
quarter of 2010.
"There has been a significant downtrend in venture capital (VC) funding
transactions in solar and smart grid sectors. The wind sector, on the
other hand, has reported an uptrend in VC funding outperforming the last
quarter and bouncing back to Q1 levels. Consistent growth in project
and other financing in both solar and wind sectors is also noteworthy as
an indication of availability of credit in the market. The growth in
the value of M&A transactions in both solar and wind were on an
uptick in the third quarter." commented Raj Prabhu, Managing Partner of
Mercom Capital Group.
VC funding in itself is not the only indicator of financing activity
happening throughout the supply chain, particularly in solar and wind
sectors. To give a clearer picture Mercom also tracks project and other
types of funding, such as loans, credit lines and more.
Total disclosed VC Funding for the solar sector came in at $169.35M for
11 transactions compared to $922M for 18 transactions during Q2. Other
funding transactions came in at a whopping $20.7B of 12 disclosed deals,
of which over $20B are loan and credit facilities issued to Chinese
manufacturers by Chinese banks. The transactions include $8.9B to LDK
Solar, $4.4B to JA Solar Holdings, $5.3B to Yingli Green Energy and
$1.9B to Solarfun. Significant VC investments include $65M raised by
Solaria Corporation and $21.5M raised by SolarCity.
At $585.65M, there was a surge in M&A activity during Q3 compared to
$298M in Q2. Out of 12 M&A transactions in Q3, eight were disclosed
compared to the second quarter where only two were disclosed. A
significant M&A transaction in the sector included the acquisition
of Recurrent Energy by Sharp for $305 million.
There was a slight decrease in both funding and M&A activity in the
Smart Grid sector in Q3 compared to Q2. Total disclosed investments for
the sector came in at $187.25M for nine transactions compared to $305M
for 12 transactions during Q2. Significant funding transactions in the
sector included $106M raised by Trilliant and $43M raised by Nexant.
Out of nine Smart Grid M&A transactions only one was disclosed of
$20M compared to the second quarter which had a total of nine deals of
which two were disclosed for $1.3B. Since most of the transactions are
undisclosed there is no clear picture of the amounts involved.
The Wind sector had a good third quarter with VC investments coming in
at $102M compared to $15M in Q2. Project and other funding investments
came in at $3.6B for 17 transactions out of a total of 20, compared to
$3.4B for 17 transactions during Q2, out of which 16 were disclosed.
Included in these totals were two significant transactions, each over
$1.2B, including project funding for C-Power in the amount of $1.22B and
$1.2B in project financing for Terra-Gen Power.
Out of 9 M&A transactions, three were disclosed for a total of $922M
compared to the second quarter, which had a total of 24 deals of which
seven were disclosed for $515 million. Significant transactions in the
sector included the acquisition of John Deere Renewables by Exelon for
to the Department of Energy $3.04B was spent in the third quarter of
2010 compared to $1.75B in Q2. DOE has spent a total of $7.89B so far,
out of the $32B funding commitments from the Recovery Act.
To download clean energy funding reports, visit: http: http://www.mercomcapital.com/cleanenergyreports.php