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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.
June 12, 2014

Mercom Capital Group’s India Consumer Survey Reveals Consumer Attitudes toward Renewable Energy Sources, Impact of Power on Business

Mercom Capital Group released the results of a consumer perception study on renewable energy, focused on gauging people’s and businesses’ attitudes toward non-conventional sources of energy in India. Over 1,700 residential and commercial and industrial customers were surveyed.
May 20, 2014

India Solar Market Quarterly Update: Mercom Capital Group Cautiously Reiterates India Solar Installation Forecast, All Eyes on India’s New Government to Get the Industry Back on Track

Mercom Capital Group, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, today announced that it is cautiously reiterating its Indian solar installation forecast at approximately 1,000 MW 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.
February 24, 2014

Mercom Capital Group Updates Indian Solar Installation Forecast to About 1 GW in 2014

Indian solar installations are forecast to be approximately 1,000 MW in 2014, according to Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm.
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.
January 06, 2014

$600 Million in VC funding for Solar in 2013, Strong Public Market Financings, Project Funding Activity

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 in 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.
November 18, 2013

Indian Solar Quarterly Market Update - Forecasting a Better 2014 after a Lackluster Year

It has been a quiet year for the Indian solar sector, with installations at 900 MW so far this year and final numbers forecasted to be similar to last year. With 420 MW of CSP projects missing commissioning dates, India is not likely to register any significant year-over-year installation growth for 2013, even as global solar market is forecasted to grow ~20%.
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.
August 19, 2013

Indian Solar Quarterly Market Update

The fundamentals of the solar sector have shifted. After years of panel price drops, module prices have gone up this year by about 10 percent, while the rupee has fallen about nine percent. As this occurs, policy, with all its changes and delays, have not been able to keep up with the rapidly changing solar market environment.
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.
May 20, 2013

Indian Solar Market Update – 2nd Quarter 2013

Current cumulative solar installations in India stand at 1,761 MW with about 557 MW installed so far in 2013. With most of the CSP projects that were due to be commissioned in May 2013 delayed, the forecast for installations in 2013 looks flat compared to 2012. Only about 60 percent of the targeted installation goal has been achieved so far despite the commissioning deadline of Phase 1 of JNNSM ending in May. Considering India is an emerging solar market where the growth rate is expected to be much higher than other parts of the world, installations in 2013 will likely end up disappointing the markets. The current solar policy environment looks more like an experiment than a serious policy that will help solve the current power crisis in India.
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.
March 04, 2013

With Chronic Power Shortages and 400 Million without Power, India Losing Sight of Big Picture with Solar Anti-Dumping Case

Before examining the reasons surrounding India’s solar manufacturing anti-dumping investigation, one overarching point must be made clear: India needs power. It is estimated that there are roughly 400 million Indians without access to power – roughly a third of the country, according to World Bank.
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.
February 17, 2013

Indian Solar Market Update – 1st Quarter 2013

India installed -980 MW in 2012, slightly lower than our forecast of 1,090 MW. This was largely due to delays in Gujarat to commission 144.5 MW of PV projects; most states missed their renewable portfolio obligations (RPO) goals as enforcement is almost non-existent. Cumulative installations to date in India now stand at over 1.2 GW. In addition, there are 340 MW of PV projects due to be connected to the grid in March 2013 under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) Phase I, Batch 2 policy. We are forecasting India to install another 1.3 to 1.4 GW in 2013.
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.
November 15, 2012

The Next Phase - Indian Solar Market Update for 3rd Quarter 2012

There was not a lot of movement in terms of solar installations in India in Q3 2012. Cumulative solar installations stood at 1,045 MW as of November 1, 2012, but there are about 1.1 GW of solar projects that are due to be installed in the next six months, including approximately 275 MW of PV projects in Gujarat with a deadline of December 31, 2012 and 340 MW of PV projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), due by March 2013. Another 27.5 MW of CSP projects, which were part of the JNNSM Migration scheme, are due by February 2013 along with 470 MW of JNNSM Batch II CSP projects are due by May 2013.
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.
September 07, 2012

Indian Solar Market Update – 2nd Quarter 2012

India has crossed the symbolic milestone of 1 GW in installations this year; at the time of this update, cumulative solar installations in India stood at approximately 1,040 MW. India can proudly boast that it has overcome the uncertainties and growing pains to establish itself as one of the top solar markets going forward. The Indian solar market is driven by Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) with a goal to install 20 GW of solar power by 2022, however state solar policies, state level RPOs and off grid projects are quickly catching up.
August 06, 2012

Insight into the Grid Failure in India

The massive grid failure in India last week affected over 600 million people. With speculations abound as to the reasons for the failure, we decided to talk to engineers working at the load despatch centers on the ground to get a firsthand understanding of what really happened.
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 11, 2011

India Third Quarter Solar Market Update - Indian Solar Market Shifts Gears into Phase 1 – Batch 2

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) announced in August that 35 of the 37 photovoltaic (PV) projects amounting to 140MW were able to submit evidence of funding and all of the seven concentrated solar power (CSP) projects amounting to 470MW were able to secure funding under Phase 1, Batch 1 of JNNSM. This is a very optimistic sign for the JNNSM solar program as there were doubts about the ability to secure funding on most of the projects due to the low bids submitted. What is not clear is if these projects were mostly funded by banks and financial institutions as project funding or if they were primarily funded through balance sheet funding. All PV projects in Batch 1 are due to be commissioned around the second week of January 2012 and Batch 1 CSP projects are due to be commissioned in May of 2013.
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.
September 22, 2011

Awareness of renewable energy and energy efficiency low in India, according to survey by Mercom Capital Group

According to a first-of-its-kind survey conducted by Mercom Capital Group titled 'India Renewable Energy Awareness Survey,' only 56% of Indian consumers have heard of 'renewable energy' or 'clean energy', and only 27% of consumers have heard of 'energy efficiency'. Although awareness was low, 71% of Indian consumers surveyed are willing to pay higher rates for electricity from renewable energy sources.
August 29, 2011

India announces Guidelines for bidding of 350MW Solar PV projects for Phase 1, Batch 2 under India's National Solar Mission

New guidelines were issued by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the present set of guidelines is applicable to the Second Batch of the photovoltaic projects to be selected during 2011-12. These guidelines will have no bearing on the projects which were selected in the First Batch in 2010-11. There are several changes in the guidelines for batch 2 compared to the guidelines of batch 1.
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.
June 30, 2011

India Second Quarter Solar Market Update - Did India Get Their Solar Policy Right on the First Go?

By the end of the second quarter 2011, the whole of India’s solar sector was waiting anxiously for the looming deadline of July 9th - the date that project developers were to have secured funding for JNNSM Phase 1 (Batch 1) projects. This date has gained even more significance after the Secretary of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) publicly stated that projects that did not receive funding by this date would not get an extension, with outright project cancellations to follow. Companies were given six months from the PPA signing date to secure their financing.
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

India First Quarter Solar Market Update - Focus on India’s solar policy framework

After the launch of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), the world’s solar markets have been closely monitoring its progress. Particular interest is focused on the program’s movement from the policy stage into execution.
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 08, 2010

Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) India 2010 Wrap-Up; Impressive attendance, everybody wants to be a part of the growing sector but how?

With more than 9,000 delegates, over 250 speakers and 600 exhibitors from 50 countries, DIREC 2010 turned out to be the most significant event for renewable energy held in India this year.
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.
August 16, 2010

India's Solar Opportunities and Challenges - A perspective on JNNSM selection guidelines for grid-connected solar projects

India's Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), a major initiative of the government of India, has set itself a goal of creating an enabling policy framework for deploying 20GW of solar power by 2022. India's objectives and intentions are commendable. Yet, as we have seen globally, once governments announce their intentions to develop a solar incentive program - a variety of interest groups, each with their own agenda, get involved to put their stamp on the policy. The final output of the recently released policy guidelines reflects both the overarching objectives of developing clean solar power, addressing power shortages and stakeholder concessions.
July 31, 2010

Indian Solar Industry - Cautiously Optimistic

Mercom Communications India, Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of Mercom Capital Group, a clean energy communications and consulting firm attended the SOLARCON India 2010 conference held in Hyderabad last week. Having also attended 2009 SOLARCON, the difference in the mood was evident, with a rush of participant interest and enthusiasm. In 2009 participants were unsure of what the future of the sector had in store for them and relied on speculation about the future of the industry, whereas this year the conversation centered on achieving targets set by the ambitious Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).
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.
August 14, 2009

It's Heating up in India - Highlights from the 3rd Renewable Energy India 2009 Expo

The 3rd Renewable Energy India 2009 Expo held in New Delhi, India on Aug 10-12, 2009, had an impressive turnout from around the world. The event echoed the mood of the renewable energy industry in India, upbeat, yet uncertain. The participants were very excited about the future of renewable energies but were unsure about the effects of the global recession and the support the renewable energy sectors will receive from the Government of India.
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