Welcome!

Microsoft Cloud Authors: David H Deans, Pat Romanski, Janakiram MSV, Jnan Dash, Andreas Grabner

News Feed Item

VC Funding in Solar Sector Down 50 Percent in 2012, According to New Mercom Capital Group Report

Report Reveals Investment Trends -- Solar Lease Companies Shine; Funding for Thin-Film Companies Drops

AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 01/14/13 -- Global venture capital (VC) investments plunged nearly 50 percent to $992M (million) in 103 deals in 2012 compared to $1.9B (billion) raised in 108 deals the previous year. The 2012 total represents the lowest amount since 2007.

VC funding in Q4 2012 came in at $220M in 27 deals compared to just $72M in 14 deals in Q3. Twenty-five investors participated in the 27 deals in Q4, and no investor was involved in multiple deals. The leading VC deal this quarter was concentrating solar thermal company BrightSource Energy with $83.6M.

Figure: Solar VC Funding 2007-2012 (http://mercomcapital.com/assets/images/2012Q4PRImage1.jpg)

Mercom Capital Group published an 89 page report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector during 2012. The report provides detailed financial transactions, including active investors, examines VC investments broken down by type and technology, and also provides comprehensive information on solar M&A transactions, debt transactions, transaction details on announced large-scale project funding, and project M&A. This report also includes information on solar bankruptcies, downsizings and restructurings.

"The slowdown in VC funding can be attributed to the grim prospects for thin-film, concentrating solar and concentrating PV technologies," commented Raj Prabhu, managing partner of Mercom Capital Group. "With the drastic fall in crystalline-silicon PV prices over the last two years, most other technologies have struggled to compete."

Thin-film companies saw the largest amount of VC funding in 2012, although the total fell 47 percent to $314M compared to almost $600M in 2011. Within thin-film, the copper indium gallium (di) selenide (CIGS) sub-category received 85 percent, or $274M, of the total in 2012. Over the past three years, thin-film companies have received the most VC funding with almost $1.5B, of which, CIGS has received more than $1B. The solar sector's drop in VC investments is directly related to the struggles of thin-film companies, especially CIGS, noted Prabhu.

On the other hand, solar downstream companies, especially solar lease companies, have benefitted from low module prices. VCs invested $269M in 25 deals in solar downstream companies. The Top 5 VC funding deals in 2012 were BrightSource Energy, a CSP company, for $83.6M, SolarCity, a solar lease firm, for $81M, CIGS company Nanosolar for $70M, solar lease company Sunrun for $60M, and MiaSolé, a CIGS company, for $55M.

Figure: Solar Top 5 VC Deals in 2012 (http://mercomcapital.com/assets/images/2012Q4PRImage2.jpg)

"The diminished funding activity is not a true reflection of the health of the solar sector because the demand side of global solar installations has continued to grow," said Raj Prabhu. "Global solar installations look set to grow by around 10-12 percent this year."

More than 140 investors participated in 2012. The most active investors in terms of deal numbers were New Enterprise Associates with four, followed by Black Coral Capital, Firelake Capital Management, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and SunPower, who participated in three deals each.

Corporate M&A activity in solar amounted to $6.7B in 52 transactions compared to $4B in 65 transactions in 2011. The two largest M&A transactions in 2012 were Eastman Chemical's acquisition of Solutia for $4.7B, and 3M Group's $860M purchase of Ceradyne. Other notable M&A transactions were Korean conglomerate Hanwha Group's acquisition of German PV manufacturer Q-Cells for $322M, and the $275M acquisition of Oerlikon Solar by Tokyo Electron.

"It was a buyer's market in 2012 -- acquirers were targeting distressed companies with the goal of buying technology or equipment on the cheap," commented Prabhu. "More than half the 52 M&A deals in 2012 involved solar manufacturers and equipment makers."

There were 12 corporate M&A transactions in Q4 2012 totaling $953M, with only six transaction amounts disclosed.

Figure: Solar VC Deals by Country 2012 (http://mercomcapital.com/assets/images/2012Q4PRImage3.jpg)

Mercom's report also includes announced large-scale project funding transactions. Active project investors in 2012 included The Development Bank of Southern Africa, HSH Nordbank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Export Import Bank of the U.S., KfW Entwicklungsbank, and Union Bank. Some of the active acquirers of projects in 2012 were investment funds including the likes of The Carlyle Group, BNP Paribas Clean Energy Partners, ForVEI, and Capital Dynamics. Other active investor groups were project developers, utilities, independent power producers, and insurance companies.

The largest debt deal in 2012 was the $1.6B credit facility by China Development Bank, received by Sky Solar, a Chinese developer of solar projects. Loans, credit facilities and framework agreements announced by Chinese banks to Chinese solar companies have reached $52.6B since 2010.

Initial Public Offerings

In a sector devoid of successful exits, SolarCity's IPO was one of the few bright spots in 2012. SolarCity, a venture-funded company, raised about $95M in net proceeds. The other notable U.S. VC-backed solar IPO was Enphase Energy, whose debut at the end of March marked the first solar IPO in the United States since 2010.

To learn more about the report, visit: http://store.mercom.mercomcapital.com/?wpsc-product=solar-annual-q4-2012-report

About Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, is a global communications, research and consulting firm focused exclusively on clean energy and financial communications. Mercom's consulting division advises cleantech companies on new market entry, custom market intelligence and overall strategic decision making, delivering highly respected industry market intelligence reports, covering Solar Energy, Wind Energy and Smart Grid. Our reports provide timely industry happenings and ahead-of-the-curve analysis specifically for C-level decision making. Mercom's communications division helps clean energy companies and financial institutions build powerful relationships with media, analysts, government decision makers, local communities, and strategic partners. Visit: http://www.mercomcapital.com. To get a copy of Mercom's market intelligence reports, visit: http://mercomcapital.com/market_intelligence.php.

Add to Digg Bookmark with del.icio.us Add to Newsvine

Public Relations Contact:

Wendy Prabhu
Mercom Capital Group, llc
Austin, Texas
1.512.215.4452
info@mercomcapital.com

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

@ThingsExpo Stories
“We're a global managed hosting provider. Our core customer set is a U.S.-based customer that is looking to go global,” explained Adam Rogers, Managing Director at ANEXIA, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Linux Academy, the foremost online Linux and cloud training platform and community, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Linux Academy was founded on the belief that providing high-quality, in-depth training should be available at an affordable price. Industry leaders in quality training, provided services, and student certification passes, its goal is to c...
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, director/senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, will discuss the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
Manufacturers are embracing the Industrial Internet the same way consumers are leveraging Fitbits – to improve overall health and wellness. Both can provide consistent measurement, visibility, and suggest performance improvements customized to help reach goals. Fitbit users can view real-time data and make adjustments to increase their activity. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mark Bernardo Professional Services Leader, Americas, at GE Digital, discussed how leveraging the Industrial Internet and...
910Telecom exhibited at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, in November 2016. Housed in the classic Denver Gas & Electric Building, 910 15th St., 910Telecom is a carrier-neutral telecom hotel located in the heart of Denver. Adjacent to CenturyLink, AT&T, and Denver Main, 910Telecom offers connectivity to all major carriers, Internet service providers, Internet backbones and exchanges.
WebRTC is about the data channel as much as about video and audio conferencing. However, basically all commercial WebRTC applications have been built with a focus on audio and video. The handling of “data” has been limited to text chat and file download – all other data sharing seems to end with screensharing. What is holding back a more intensive use of peer-to-peer data? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Dr Silvia Pfeiffer, WebRTC Applications Team Lead at National ICT Australia, looked at differ...
For basic one-to-one voice or video calling solutions, WebRTC has proven to be a very powerful technology. Although WebRTC’s core functionality is to provide secure, real-time p2p media streaming, leveraging native platform features and server-side components brings up new communication capabilities for web and native mobile applications, allowing for advanced multi-user use cases such as video broadcasting, conferencing, and media recording.
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with 20th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry p...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named "Platinum Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place in November in Silicon Valley, California.
The security needs of IoT environments require a strong, proven approach to maintain security, trust and privacy in their ecosystem. Assurance and protection of device identity, secure data encryption and authentication are the key security challenges organizations are trying to address when integrating IoT devices. This holds true for IoT applications in a wide range of industries, for example, healthcare, consumer devices, and manufacturing. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lancen LaChance, vic...
SYS-CON Events announced today that delaPlex will exhibit at SYS-CON's @CloudExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. delaPlex pioneered Software Development as a Service (SDaaS), which provides scalable resources to build, test, and deploy software. It’s a fast and more reliable way to develop a new product or expand your in-house team.
The explosion of new web/cloud/IoT-based applications and the data they generate are transforming our world right before our eyes. In this rush to adopt these new technologies, organizations are often ignoring fundamental questions concerning who owns the data and failing to ask for permission to conduct invasive surveillance of their customers. Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather data telemetry without offering shared data ownership risk product rejection, regu...
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smart...
The Internet of Things can drive efficiency for airlines and airports. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Sudip Majumder, senior director of development at Oracle, discussed the technical details of the connected airline baggage and related social media solutions. These IoT applications will enhance travelers' journey experience and drive efficiency for the airlines and the airports.
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named “Platinum Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CA Technologies helps customers succeed in a future where every business – from apparel to energy – is being rewritten by software. From ...
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settle...
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Outlyer, a monitoring service for DevOps and operations teams, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Outlyer is a monitoring service for DevOps and Operations teams running Cloud, SaaS, Microservices and IoT deployments. Designed for today's dynamic environments that need beyond cloud-scale monitoring, we make monitoring effortless so you...