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April 20, 2018

Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Efficiency Companies Raise $472 Million in VC Funding in Q1 2018

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for the first quarter of 2018.
April 09, 2018

Total Corporate Funding in the Solar Sector Comes to $2 Billion in Q1 2018, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the global solar sector in the first quarter of 2018. Total corporate funding (including venture capital funding, public market, and debt financing) into the solar sector in Q1 2018 fell 65 percent quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) to $2 billion from the $5.7 billion raised in Q4 2017. Year-over-year (YoY), Q1 2018 funding was 38 percent lower than the $3.2 billion raised in Q1 2017.
January 22, 2018

Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Efficiency Companies Raise $1.5 Billion in VC Funding in 2017

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy research and communications firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for 2017.
January 08, 2018

Corporate Funding Up 41 Percent in Solar Industry with $12.8 Billion in 2017

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, has released its annual report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in 2017.
October 23, 2017

Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Efficiency Companies Raise Over $1.2 Billion in VC Funding in 9M 2017, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, has released its latest quarterly report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors during the third quarter and first nine months of 2017.
October 09, 2017

Total Corporate Funding in Global Solar Sector Comes to $7.1 Billion in First Nine Months of 2017, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released a new report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in the third quarter of 2017 and the first nine months of 2017.
July 24, 2017

Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Efficiency Companies Raise Over $1 Billion in VC Funding in 1H 2017, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for the second quarter and first half of 2017.
July 10, 2017

Total Corporate Funding in Solar Sector Comes to $4.6 Billion in First Half of 2017, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in the second quarter of 2017 and first half of 2017.
April 24, 2017

Mercom Capital Group Reports Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Efficiency Companies Raise $435 Million in VC Funding Q1 2017

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for the first quarter of 2017.
April 10, 2017

Total Corporate Funding in Solar Sector Rises to $3.2 Billion in Q1 2017, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in the first quarter of 2017.
January 23, 2017

Smart Grid, Battery Storage and Efficiency Companies Raise $1.3 Billion in Venture Capital Funding in 2016

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy research and communications firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Smart Grid, Battery Storage and Energy Efficiency sectors for 2016. Smart Grid companies bring in $389 million; Battery Storage companies secure $365 million; Energy Efficiency companies receive $528 million.
January 10, 2017

Total Corporate Funding in Solar Sector Comes in at $9.1 Billion in 2016, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in 2016. Total global corporate funding in the solar sector, including venture capital/private equity (VC), debt financing, and public market financing, raised by public companies came to $9.1 billion, compared to $25.3 billion in 2015, a 64 percent drop.
November 28, 2016

Mercom Forecasts 76 GW in Global Solar Installations in 2016, a 48% YoY Increase Over 2015

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, forecasts global solar installations to reach 76 GW in 2016. Solar installations to hit 70 GW in 2017.
October 24, 2016

Smart Grid, Battery Storage and Efficiency Companies Bring in $102 Million in Venture Capital Funding in Q3 2016

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Smart Grid, Battery Storage and Energy Efficiency sectors for the third quarter of 2016.
October 10, 2016

Total Corporate Funding in the Solar Sector Rises QoQ to $3 Billion in Q3 2016, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Total corporate funding, including venture capital, public market and debt financing into the solar sector in Q3 2016 was up to about $3 billion in 45 deals, compared to the $1.7 billion in 32 deals in Q2 2016.
July 19, 2016

Smart Grid, Battery/Storage and Efficiency Companies Bring in $433 Million in Venture Capital in Q2 2016

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Smart Grid, Battery/Storage and Energy Efficiency sectors for the second quarter of 2016.
July 07, 2016

Total Corporate Funding in the Solar Sector Comes to $1.7 Billion in Q2 2016, a 41 Percent Drop from Q1 2016, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in the second quarter of 2016.
April 26, 2016

Led by China, the United States and Japan, Global Solar Installations to reach Approximately 66.7 GW, reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, forecasts global solar installations to reach 66.7 GW with China, the United States, Japan and India to make up the top four solar markets this year.
April 18, 2016

Smart Grid, Storage and Efficiency Companies Raise $375 Million in Venture Capital in Q1 2016

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Smart Grid, Battery/Storage and Energy Efficiency sectors for the first quarter of 2016.
April 07, 2016

Total Corporate Funding in Solar Sector Drops to $2.8 Billion in Q1 2016, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in the first quarter of 2016. Total corporate funding, including venture capital funding, public market and debt financing, into the solar sector in Q1 2016 dropped to $2.8 billion compared to $6.9 billion in Q4 2015, a decline of about 59 percent quarter-over-quarter (QoQ).
January 26, 2016

Total Corporate Funding in Wind Sector Jumps with a Record $15.4 Billion in 2015, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom released its 2015 Annual report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Wind Energy Sector.
January 19, 2016

Smart Grid, Battery/Storage and Efficiency Companies Raise $1.7 Billion in VC Funding in 2015

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Smart Grid, Battery/Storage and Energy Efficiency sectors for 2015.
January 07, 2016

Total Corporate Funding in Solar Sector Comes in at $25.3 Billion in 2015, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in 2015.
December 14, 2015

Global Solar Installations Forecast to Reach Approximately 64.7 GW in 2016, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, forecasts another year of solar growth with installations expected to reach 64.7 GW in 2016 up from 57.8 GW forecast for 2015.
October 19, 2015

Venture Capital Funding for Smart Grid, Storage and Efficiency Companies Comes to $493 Million in Q3 2015

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Smart Grid, Battery/Storage and Energy Efficiency sectors for the third quarter of 2015.
October 07, 2015

Total Corporate Funding in Solar Sector Up Slightly with $6.2 Billion in Q3 2015, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in the third quarter of 2015.
September 21, 2015

Mercom Capital Group Reiterates Global Solar Forecast, Installations to Reach 57.4 GW in 2015

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, is reiterating its global forecast of 57.4 GW in solar installations for 2015, a growth of about 25-30 percent in 2015 compared to last year.
July 20, 2015

Smart Grid Companies Raise $289 Million in First Half of 2015, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Smart Grid, Battery/Storage and Energy Efficiency sectors for the second quarter of 2015.
July 13, 2015

Total Corporate Funding in Solar Down Slightly at $5.9 Billion in Q2 2015, Project Acquisitions Soar to $2.9 Billion, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in the second quarter of 2015.
June 16, 2015

Global Solar Installations to Reach 57.4 GW Globally in 2015, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, projects a strong year for solar, forecasting global installations to reach 57.4 GW in 2015.
April 20, 2015

VC Funding in Smart Grid Jumps to $185 Million in Q1 2015, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Smart Grid, Battery/Storage and Energy Efficiency sectors for the first quarter of 2015.
April 13, 2015

Total Corporate Funding in Solar Sector Comes in at $6.4 Billion in Q1, VC Funding Down, Record $1.9 Billion Raised by Residential and Commercial Solar Funds, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in the first quarter of 2015.
March 20, 2015

Mercom Capital Group Forecasts Strong Year Ahead with Global Solar Installations of Approximately 54.5 GW

The solar industry is forecasted to continue its growth in 2015 with installations reaching approximately 54.5 GW according to the latest quarterly update from Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm.
January 21, 2015

Wind Sector Acquisition Activity Ramps Up, Project Acquisitions Double to $13 Billion in 2014, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the wind sector for 2014.
January 20, 2015

VC Funding in Smart Grid Totals $383 Million in 2014, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the smart grid sector for 2014.
January 06, 2015

Total Corporate Funding Increases 175 percent to $26.5 Billion in the Solar Sector, VC Funding Doubles, Strong Public Market, Debt Financing and IPO Activity

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in 2014. Total corporate funding into the solar sector encompassing venture capital/private equity (VC), debt and public market financing increased 175 percent in 2014 with $26.5 billion, compared to $9.6 billion in 2013.
October 21, 2014

Wind Project Acquisition Activity Soars with $5.3 billion in 49 deals, Corporate and Project Funding Drop in Q3 2014, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the wind sector during the third quarter of 2014.
October 20, 2014

VC Funding in Smart Grid Comes in at $142 Million in Q3 2014, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Smart Grid, Storage/Battery and Energy Efficiency sectors for the third quarter of 2014.
October 07, 2014

Mercom Capital Group Reports Solar Q3 2014 Funding: $9.8 Billion in Total Corporate Funding, $326 Million in VC Funding

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report today on third quarter funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the solar sector in 2014.
September 23, 2014

Mercom Capital Group Projects Strong Finish to 2014 with Global Solar Installations Forecast at Approximately 48 GW

The first half of 2014 was not spectacular for solar installations globally, but with recent policy adjustments being implemented, especially in China, another strong year is forecasted with installations of approximately 48 GW in total, according to the latest quarterly update from Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm.
July 22, 2014

Wind Energy Sector Receives $4 Billion in Corporate Funding, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the wind sector during the second quarter of 2014.
July 21, 2014

VC Funding in Smart Grid Comes in at $81 Million in Q2 2014, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the smart grid sector for the second quarter of 2014.
July 07, 2014

Mercom Capital Group Reports Solar Q2 2014 Funding: $6.3 Billion in Total Corporate Funding; $432 Million in VC Funding; $1.3 Billion in Third-party Funds

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report today on second quarter funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the solar sector in 2014.
April 22, 2014

Offshore Deals Boost Wind Project Funding to $7.2 Billion in Q1 2014, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the wind sector during the first quarter of 2014.
April 21, 2014

VC Funding in Smart Grid Comes in at $101 Million in Q1 2014, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the smart grid sector for the first quarter of 2014.
April 07, 2014

Solar Sector Sees Strong Q1 with $7 Billion in Total Corporate Funding Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report today on first quarter funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the solar sector in 2014.
March 20, 2014

Mercom Capital Group Updates Global Solar Installations Forecast to Approximately 46 GW in 2014

Demand outlook for the solar industry remains strong and global solar installations are forecasted to be around 46 GW in 2014, according to the latest quarterly update from Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm. Global installations in 2013 are estimated to come in at about 37 GW, in line with our forecast.
January 21, 2014

Wind Sector VC Funding Reaches $455 Million in 2013, Project Funding $18.1 Billion

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the wind sector for 2013.
January 20, 2014

VC Funding in Smart Grid Comes in at $405 Million in 2013

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the smart grid sector for 2013.
December 17, 2013

Global Solar Installations to Reach Approximately 43 GW in 2014

Global solar installations are forecast to be in the 43 GW range in 2014, according to a new update by Mercom Capital Group.
October 22, 2013

Wind sector VC funding comes in at $135 million in Q3 2013, project funding totals $3.7 billion, reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the wind sector during the third quarter of 2013.
October 21, 2013

VC Funding in Smart Grid comes in at $65 Million in Q3 2013, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the smart grid sector for the third quarter of 2013.
October 07, 2013

Solar sector sees $207 million in VC funding, strong project funding and M&A activity in Q3 2013, reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report today on third quarter funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the solar sector. Global venture capital (VC) funding in Q3 2013 totaled $207 million, up slightly from the $189 million raised in Q2 2013. VC funding was distributed across technology groups this quarter with PV companies receiving the most, $57 million.
September 10, 2013

Global Solar Forecast - A Brighter Outlook for Global PV Installations

After years of overcapacity, bankruptcies and record low prices we are now seeing price stabilization, reports of higher capacity utilization rates and a move towards supply-demand equilibrium. Market conditions for solar look much better than they did just three months ago and we are reiterating our global installation forecast of ~38 GW for 2013.
July 23, 2013

Wind sector VC funding comes in at $210 million in Q2 2013, strong project acquisition activity

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the wind sector during the second quarter of 2013.
July 22, 2013

VC Funding in Smart Grid Remains Lackluster in Q2 2013 with $50 Million Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the smart grid sector during the second quarter of 2013.
July 08, 2013

Solar sector sees $189 million in VC funding, $1.3 billion in M&A, in Q2 2013 reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the solar sector during the second quarter of 2013.
June 17, 2013

Global Solar Forecast - Growth Story Overshadowed by Trade Wars

Amid all the bad news, bankruptcies and trade cases, global solar installations in 2012 totaled about 31 GW, a 13 percent year-over-year growth in a tough year. Demand for solar in 2013 looks promising despite the uncertainty surrounding the China-European Union (EU) trade case. A big reason for the improved outlook is due to the rise of Japan’s solar market, which is on pace to install in excess of 7 GW, compensating for the pullback in demand from Germany and Italy.
April 23, 2013

Wind Sector Project Funding Activity Robust in Q1 2013 Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the wind sector during the first quarter of 2013.
April 22, 2013

VC Funding in Smart Grid Sector Remains Flat in Q1 2013 with $62 Million Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the smart grid sector during the first quarter of 2013.
April 08, 2013

VC Funding in Solar Sector Continues to Slump in Q1 2013 with $126 Million Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the solar sector during the first quarter of 2013. Global venture capital (VC) investments dipped to $126 million in 26 deals in Q1 2013 compared to $220 million in 27 deals in the previous quarter. The slump in VC funding, which started in Q3 2012, continued. This is the second lowest quarter for VC funding since 2008.
March 11, 2013

Global Solar Forecast - Looking at Another Year of Steady Growth

Despite all the struggles experienced by the industry over the past few years, global solar installations still managed to grow, mainly due to Germany defying expectations and installing 7.6 GW in 2012. Final installation numbers are still trickling in and it looks like the global installations for 2012 will be in the 30-32 GW range. We are forecasting 2013 installations at 34.5 GW.
February 28, 2013

What Is Inside Your LCOE Assumptions? (Updated)

Investors in the PV solar industry have worked to properly understand and price their solar projects, and thus determine the return on their investments. The PV solar industry has responded by moving the pricing discussion from a capacity basis to an energy generation basis. IE they have moved from a cost per watt conversation to a cost per kilowatt-hour. The cost of this energy generation is usually represented by an estimated "levelized cost of electricity" or "LCOE". Yet, since the real purpose of the LCOE is to help price projects, it helps to be clear on what assumptions to have built into your LCOE. Otherwise, you may not have properly calculated your cost versus revenues or understood the magnitude of the margin of error in the LCOE estimate. And this will not just damage your portfolio - it will damage your reputation.
January 28, 2013

Smart Grid Receives $434 Million in VC Funding, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity for the smart grid sector during 2012. After a slow start, venture capital (VC) funding in the smart grid sector came in at $434 million in 40 deals, compared to $377 million in 50 deals in 2011.
January 22, 2013

Wind Sector VC Funding Down Slightly in 2012

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity for the wind sector during 2012. Coming out of a very uncertain 2012, venture capital (VC) funding in the wind sector was slightly lower than 2011, amounting to nearly $315 million in 22 deals.
January 07, 2013

VC Funding in Solar Sector Down 50 Percent in 2012

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector during 2012. Venture capital (VC) investments plunged nearly 50 percent to $992 million in 103 deals in 2012 compared to $1.9 billion raised in 108 deals in the previous year. The 2012 total represents the lowest amount since 2007.
December 13, 2012

Global Solar Consensus Forecast - Strong Finish Expected Thanks to Germany, Again

This year (2012) has been a rough and tumble year for the solar industry in general. The year was consumed by anti-dumping and protectionist measures all over the world as countries tried to rescue their own manufacturers in the face of massive over supply and ever-falling prices. So far we have seen the United States announcing final anti-dumping tariffs against Chinese manufacturers (which has yet to have much of an impact on U.S. installations), followed by the European Union filing a similar case also against the Chinese. Meanwhile, China announced its own anti-dumping case against polysilicon suppliers from the United States, EU and South Korea while India just initiated an anti-dumping investigation regarding imports of solar cells against Malaysia, China, Taiwan and the U.S. further escalating the solar trade wars.
October 23, 2012

Wind VC Funding Up with $57 Million After Weak Second Quarter

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, today released its report on funding and mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity for the wind sector during the third quarter of 2012.
October 22, 2012

Smart Grid VC Funding Shows Signs of Life with $238 Million in Third Quarter

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, today released its report on funding and mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity for the smart grid sector during the third quarter of 2012.
October 08, 2012

Solar VC Funding Drops Below $100 Million in Q3 2012

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, today released its report on funding and mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector during the third quarter of 2012.
September 16, 2012

Global Solar PV Installations in 2012 to Grow Despite Strong Headwinds

Solar demand continues to defy odds so far in 2012, which may result in another year of growth contrary to pessimistic views early in the year.
July 24, 2012

Mercom Capital Group Reports Second Quarter 2012 Funding and M&A Activity for the Wind Sector

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global communications and consulting firm, today released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the wind sector during the second quarter of 2012.
July 23, 2012

Smart Grid VC Funding Remains Weak with $66 Million Raised in Q2 2012 Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global communications and consulting firm, today released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the smart grid sector during the second quarter of 2012.
July 09, 2012

Mercom Capital Group Reports Second Quarter 2012 Funding and M&A Activity for Solar Sector

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, today released its report on funding and mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector during the second quarter of 2012.
April 17, 2012

Wind Q1 2012 Funding and M&A - Wind Off to a Strong Start with $240 Million in VC Funding in Q1

Venture capital (VC) funding in the first quarter came in strong with $240 million going into a record number of 12 deals, compared to just $12 million going into two deals last quarter.
April 16, 2012

Smart Grid Q1 2012 Funding and M&A - Another Weak Quarter with only $62 Million in VC Funding

The lackluster venture capital (VC) investing trend in smart grid continued into this year with a weak first quarter of $62 million going into 10 deals, compared to the last quarter with $66 million in ten deals. Funding amounts and deals are staying flat after peaking in 2010.
April 10, 2012

Solar Q1 2012 Funding and M&A - VC Funding Drops with $329 Million; Highest Number of Deals Recorded with 34

Venture Capital (VC) funding in the solar sector was off to a slow start in Q1 2012. VC funding for the quarter came to $329 million in 34 deals, the lowest dollar amount recorded since Q4 2010; however, VC investors were still very active in the sector with a record 34 deals funded, the highest ever recorded in the solar industry.
March 07, 2012

Global Forecast - Who will replace Germany and Italy?

With almost 27GW of photovoltaic (PV) installed worldwide, 2011 was a year of extremes for the solar industry - record installations, a dramatic fall in module prices and a record number of companies closing their doors.
January 15, 2012

Mercom Capital Group: Venture Capital Funding in Smart Grid Drops by Half in 2011

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, today released its annual and fourth quarter merger and acquisition (M&A) and funding activity for the smart grid sector for 2011.
January 11, 2012

Mercom Capital Group releases 2011 funding and M&A report for Wind

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, today released its annual and fourth quarter funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity report for the wind sector in 2011.
January 09, 2012

Mercom Capital Group: 2011 Sees $1.9 Billion in Solar Venture Capital, $4 Billion in M&A

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, today released its annual and fourth quarter funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity report for the solar sector in 2011.
December 05, 2011

2011 Venture Capital funding in solar to date surpasses 2010 levels

According to the preliminary numbers compiled by Mercom Capital Group, Venture Capital (VC) funding in the solar sector so far this year has surpassed 2010 totals. Year to date VC funding (as of Nov. 30, 2011) amounts to $1.71 billion compared to $1.67 billion in in 2010.
November 21, 2011

Global Consensus Forecast - Finally starting to detect a pulse in the market

After a tumultuous first half, with huge price drops and uncertainty on just about everything, we are finally seeing some positive signs in terms of demand pick up. With the module prices now in the $1.00 - $1.10 (USD) range amounting to almost a 40 percent drop in prices compared to the $1.80 levels in the first quarter, one might expect a huge spike in demand but it did not happen.
November 09, 2011

German Installations See Strong Pickup in the 3rd Quarter

Third quarter solar installations in Germany amounted to 1.6 gigawatts (GW) according to Bundesnetzagentur. This brings the year to date installations in Germany to 3.35 GW. Installation numbers for June, July, August and September were just released by Bundesnetzagentur.
October 10, 2011

Mercom Capital Group Reports Third Quarter 2011 Funding and M&A Activity for Solar

Mercom Capital Group llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, today released funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector for the third quarter of 2011.
October 10, 2011

Mercom Capital Group Reports Third Quarter 2011 Funding and M&A Activity for Smart Grid

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, today released funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the Smart Grid sector during the third quarter of 2011. Smart Grid venture capital (VC) funding in Q3 2011 came in at $97 million in 10 deals, compared to $104 million in 15 deals in Q2 2011. Thirty-one different investors participated in these funding rounds.
October 10, 2011

Mercom Capital Group Reports Third Quarter 2011 Funding and M&A Activity for the Wind Sector

Mercom Capital Group llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, today released funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the wind energy sector for the third quarter of 2011.
September 25, 2011

Loans and Credit Agreements involving Chinese Banks to Chinese Solar Companies since Jan 2010

Loans and credit facilities by state owned Chinese banks to Chinese solar companies announced in multiple transactions amounted to almost $41 billion since last year. In 2010 loans and credit facilities amounted to $32.6 billion and year to date in 2011 has amounted to $8.1 billion.
August 11, 2011

Global Consensus Forecast - Looking for a Stronger Second Half

The first half of 2011 has been less than stellar for the global photovoltaic (PV) markets, but there are some strong indicators that demand pick-up will be much stronger in the second half of 2011. However, we have to add a disclaimer that all bets are off if the European debt crisis cannot be managed, or the US falls back into recession. In short, global economic turmoil of the moment, unless fixed, might become a problem if subsidies are affected or funding gets tougher to secure.
July 11, 2011

Mercom Capital Group Reports Second Quarter 2011 Funding and M&A Activity for Solar

Mercom Capital Group llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, today released funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector for the second quarter of 2011.
July 11, 2011

Mercom Capital Group Reports Second Quarter 2011 Funding and M&A Activity for Smart Grid

Mercom Capital Group llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, today released funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the Smart Grid sector for the second quarter of 2011.
July 11, 2011

Mercom Capital Group Reports Second Quarter 2011 Funding and M&A Activity for the Wind Sector

Mercom Capital Group llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, today released funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the wind energy sector for the second quarter of 2011.
April 11, 2011

Mercom Capital Group Reports First Quarter 2011 Funding and M&A Activity for Solar

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, today released funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector during the first quarter of 2011.
April 11, 2011

Mercom Capital Group Reports First Quarter 2011 Funding and M&A Activity for Smart Grid

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, today released funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the Smart Grid sector during the first quarter of 2011.
April 11, 2011

Mercom Capital Group Reports First Quarter 2011 Funding and M&A Activity for the Wind Sector

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, today released funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the wind energy sector for the first quarter of 2011.
April 06, 2011

Global Consensus Forecast - Solar's best ever year

As we started putting together a global consensus forecast, traumatic events in Japan and the “wait-and-see” situation in Italy reminded us of just how interconnected our solar markets are and how quickly the world energy landscape can change when events such as a nuclear meltdown changes attitudes across the globe. This could be a turning point for renewable energy as speculation heats up about that the potential for 50-60gigawatts (GW) of nuclear power capacity being delayed or outright cancelled.
January 18, 2011

Cleantech Sectors of Solar, Wind and Smart Grid All Up in Venture Capital (VC) Investments in 2010

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy market intelligence, consulting and communications firm, today released 2010 merger and acquisition (M&A) and funding activity for the cleantech sectors of solar, smart grid and wind.
November 01, 2010

Solar Perspectives: Can It Be True? Is It Finally Time for the U.S. PV Market?

In a recent conversation with a PV industry executive, I heard a common refrain about the U.S. PV market. "We are not factoring in significant growth in the U.S. market in the near term. It has disappointed us over the past few years as analysts and marketing personnel forecast gigawatt levels of demand." Another comment was "Given trends in the industry, especially recent pricing trends, do you really think the US will show significant growth in the next couple of years?"
October 04, 2010

Mercom Capital Group Reports Third Quarter 2010 Funding and M&A Activity for Cleantech Sectors of Solar, Smart Grid and Wind Energy

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.
July 06, 2010

Mercom Capital Group Reports Second Quarter 2010 Funding and Merger and Acquisition Activity for Solar Energy, Smart Grid and Wind Energy Sectors

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a clean energy communications and consulting firm, today released M&A and funding activity for solar, smart grid and wind sectors for the second quarter of 2010.
April 12, 2010

Mercom Capital Group Releases Financing and M&A Reports on Solar, Wind, Smart Grid Sectors for First Quarter of 2010

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a clean energy communications and consulting firm, today released M&A, funding, financing and loan activity on the solar, wind and smart grid sectors for the first quarter of 2010.
February 22, 2010

Does the European Debt Crisis Mean Anything to the Solar Industry?

I asked Al Velosa, Director of Research at Gartner, what the solar industry should watch for as the European debt crisis unfolds. By Raj Prabhu
January 04, 2010

Greentech Investment Closes Strong in 2009

After some setbacks in the first and second quarter, venture capital investments in greentech saw its second best year in dollars invested and a record year for the most deals funded in 2009, according to Greentech Media.
December 21, 2009

Uncertainty Will Shadow the PV Market in 2010

As you look at the PV market on a global basis, there is a general wave of optimism as we have seen the general pick-up in demand. Germany spearheaded this drive with a great recovery in the past quarter, and will remain the world's largest market in 2010. We've seen large projects installed in the U.S. in Florida, with promising project pipelines across the U.S. The Feed in Tariff in Ontario has demonstrated strong demand up in Canada.
November 09, 2009

Mercom Capital Group Speaks About Global Market Trends for Utility Scale Solar at the TREIA Texas Renewables 2009 Conference

Mercom Capital Group, LLC, an Austin-based public relations, public affairs and market intelligence firm, is pleased to announce that Raj Prabhu, Mercom's managing partner, has been invited to speak at the 2009 Texas Renewable Energy Industry Associate (TREIA) conference held in Austin Texas at November 8 -10, 2009.
October 05, 2009

Greentech investment climate showing strong signs of recovery

Venture Capital investment in greentech looked a lot healthier in the third quarter of 2009 compared to the previous two quarters of this year according to a report by Greentech Media.
August 20, 2009

Clean Energy Companies Struggling to Keep up as New Incentives and Policies are Added Everyday

For clean energy companies, wading through a maze of federal, state and local policies as well as financial incentives can be a very intimidating task. Yet it is absolutely essential in order to get to the next level of competitiveness in an extremely dynamic and fluid industry. Within the 50 U.S. states, there are currently over 750 varying financial incentives and over 350 different policies at the federal, state, county and local levels to be dealt with in order to stay competitive and take advantage of the opportunities available in the marketplace.
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