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Smart Grid
12/04/12
New Funding
5.5
Seattle, WA
Private Equity
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Summary: Seattle-based Powerit Solutions raised $5.5M to develop a cloud platform and expand its "Spara EMS" product for industrial automation and smart-grid infrastructure. The investment was led by existing investor Black Coral Capital with four institutional investors participating. The third-phasefunding includes $3M raised in April and $2.5M that closed in late November. View Article
Energy Efficiency
06/29/12
New Funding
2.2
Boston, MA
Private Equity
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Summary: Home efficiency company Next Step Living, founded in 2008, raised $2.2 mil in a Series B round from Black Coral Capital.  So far, the company has raised over $8.8 million.  The company also offers solar energy installation through a partnership with SunRun. View Article Open

Company

Next Step Living

Key Products: Residential energy efficiency

# of Employees: 300

Annual Revenue: NA

Investor

Black Coral Capital

Location: Boston, MA

Related Investments: Zeta Communities, Powerit Solutions

Contact: NA

Solar
04/02/13
New Funding
NA
Japan
Venture Capital
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Summary: San Jose based Fenox Venture Capital invested in Japanese solar powered web portal IACC, representing its first “green” investment. IACC operates "Green Energy Navi," which enables consumers to find the optimal solar power installation, and make the transition to solar power solutions. IACC will use the funds to launch its product in North America. View Article
Agriculture
01/29/13
New Funding
1
Sacramento, CA
Venture Capital
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Summary: Farming software firm FarmLogs received funding from investors Huron River Ventures, Hyde Park Angels, Andreessen Horowitz, Silicon Badia and First Step Fund to expand its team and further develop its mobile applications.
Natural Gas
07/11/13
New Funding
5
Vermont
Venture Capital
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Summary: WindSail invested $5 million in NG Advantage, a virtual gas pipeline company that operates a natural gas compressor station in Milton Vermont.  It was founded in 2011. With the addition of WindSail’s funds, NG Advantage has raised more than $10 million in the last six months. Investors include Essex Flagship Investors Group, the Clean Energy Venture Group, and developer David Donohue. View Article
Solar
06/01/12
New Funding
70
San Jose, CA
Venture Capital
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Summary: Nanosolar Inc. raised $70 million in new capital on June 1st, 2012. The financing will be used to expand production of thin-film solar cells and panels, support research and development designed to deliver greater efficiency, and drive faster commercialization of the company’s solar technology. View Article Open

Company

Nanosolar

Key Product: Nanosolar Utility Panel

# of Employees: 300

Annual Revenue: NA

 

 

Energy Efficiency
10/25/12
New Funding
9
Monmouth Junction, NJ
Venture Capital
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Summary: LiquidLight, founded in 2000, received first round financing of $9M from Battery Ventures.  The company is developing a technology to convert carbon dioxide into hydrocarbons for use as liquid fuels and industrial chemicals using only CO2, water and electricity.
Electric Vehicle
07/24/12
New Funding
NA
Campbell, CA
Strategic Investors
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Summary: BMW i Ventures announced that it is making a strategic investment in Coulomb Technologies. The investment by BMW supports the development of infrastructure for plug-in electric vehicles. ChargePoint provides the most feature-rich solution for station owners and EV drivers alike, with innovations in software services from mobile applications to vehicle telematics. View Article Open

Company

Coulomb Technologies

Key Products: ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations

# of Employees: NA

Annual Revenue: NA

BMW i Ventures 

Location: New York, New York

Related Investments: MyCityWay, ParkAtMyHouse

Contact: tara.Gebbia@bmwnaext.com

Efficiency - Cleanweb
05/14/13
New Funding
3
Boston, MA
Venture Capital
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Summary: Boston-based WegoWise raised new money to expand its utility data intelligence platform to the commercial real estate market.  Its investor, Boston Community Capital, which also invested in Zipcar in 2000, previously invested $1.9 million into the company in 2011. View Article
Transportation
07/10/12
New Funding
32.5
Allen Park, MI
Venture Capital
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Summary: EcoMotors, a maker of clean and efficient engines, completed a $32.5 mil Series C round led by Braemar Energy Ventures. Existing investors Bill Gates and Khosla Ventures also participated in the round.  To date, EcoMotors has raised more than $66 million. View Article Open

Company

EcoMotors International

Key Products: opoc® engine

# of Employees:

Annual Revenue: NA

Contact: Chris Brown, Prosek Partners, cbrown@prosek.com

 

Energy Efficiency
04/12/12
New Funding
10.8
London, UK
Venture Capital
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Summary: Sefaira, a producer of energy efficiency software for the building and building materials sectors, closed $10.8 million in Series A funding led by Braemar Energy Ventures in partnership with Dutch-based Chrysalix SET and UK-based Hermes GPE. View Article Open

Company

Sefaira

Key Products: Sefaira Renew Residential

# of Employees: NA

Annual Revenue: NA

Metal Mining
03/13/13
New Funding
NA
Vancouver, British Columbia
Venture Capital
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Summary: MineSense Technologies, which makes sensors for metal mining, represents the first time Chrysalix has invested in a startup dedicated to mining technology. View Article
Energy Efficiency
09/06/12
New Funding
12
Cambridge, UK
Private Equity
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Summary: UK mobile silicon startup Nujira raised $12 million in Venture Funding securing the rollout of the company’s Coolteq.L IC technology for mobile handsets and support the ramp to volume production. Nujira is trying to solve the power drain problem of LTE radios and cut the energy requirements of smartphones by as much as 25 percent. View Article Open

Company

Nujira

Key Products: Energy efficient power amplifier technology

# of Employees: NA

Annual Revenue: NA

Climate Change Capital

Location: London, UK

Related Investments: Climate Energy, NEURA, Nualight

Key Contact: James Hook, Director, T: +44 (0)20 7939 5000

Solar PV
01/29/13
New Funding
10.8
Austria

Conor Venture Partners, Arax Capital Partners

Venture Capital
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Summary: The Series A round was led by Finland-based Conor Venture Partners and included Austrian-based Arax Capital Partners. View Article
Water
01/27/13
New Funding
3
Israel
Strategic Investors
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Summary: Israeli-based Blue I Water Technologies, provider of advanced water analysis and control solutions, will use the strategic investment by Effie capital to expand its presence in South America, China and India. View Article
Thermoelectric
03/12/13
New Funding
16
Hayward, California
Strategic Investors, Venture Capital
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Summary: Alphabet Energy’s series B round was led by natural gas developer Encana and included existing investors Claremont Creek Ventures, TPG Biotech, and CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund. The company, which converts waste-heat into electricity based on a new silicon thermoelectric material it developed, was founded in 2009 as a spin-out from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  It raised a $12 million series A round led by TPG in 2011, and a seed round from Claremont and CalCEF in 2010. View Article

Fresh Water Group Ltd.

 

Water
11/30/12
New Funding
NA
China
Private Equity
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Summary: Goldman Sachs has led a new round of funding for Fresh Water Group, a Chinese water purification service provider already backed by SAIF Partners and Ares Management. The proceeds will fund the development of a new manufacturing facility in Xi'an, Shaanxi province. The factory is expected to triple Fresh Water's existing production capacity.
Smart Meter
01/29/13
New Funding
80
Palo Alto, California
Venture Capital
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Summary: The deal values the Palo Alto, Calif.- based Nest Labs, a maker of smart thermostats, at 70X Revenue, according to Bloomberg. Google Ventures led the round, and Venrock participated as a new investor, according to reports. Nest was just launched in 2011 by former Apple Executives and has now reached 40K shipments per month. Previous investors include Kleiner Perkins, Generation Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Shasta Ventures. View Article
LED Lighting
01/29/13
New Funding
NA
Rheinbreitbach, Germany
Venture Capital
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Summary: Germany-based LEDeXchange is a developer of LED lighting products suitable for large-scale retrofit projects and was founded in 2011. Investment firm HTGF typically invests $600K in first rounds.
Energy Efficiency
03/12/13
New Funding
15
Sheffield, England
Venture Capital
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Summary: The funding round was led by U.K.-based Invesco Perpetual, which holds a 25% stake, making a $9 million investment with $6 million coming from existing investors; IP Group, Entrepreneurs Fund, Enterprise Ventures' RisingStars II Fund, Finance Yorkshire, and Parkwalk Advisors. UK-based Xeros, which uses nylon beads to clean clothes with 80% less water and half as much energy as standard washing machines, will use the funds to launch a commercial washer later this year and is launching its first product in the U.S. today. View Article