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Energy Efficiency
02/23/12
New Funding
10.0
Lexington, MA
Venture Capital
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Summary: FirstFuel closed a $10 million Series A round of financing led by RockPort Capital and joined by existing investors Nth Power and Battery Ventures. FirstFuel Software, tounded in 2010, is an energy intelligence company that helps utilities engage their commercial customers and deliver energy efficiency across commercial building portfolios. View Article Open

Company

FirstFuel

Key Products:Rapid Building Assessment platform

# of Employees: NA

Revenue: NA

 

 

Investor

RockPort Capital

Location: Boston, MA

Related Investments: Aspen Aerogels, EcoFactor, Exclara, FirstFuel, Luxim, projectfrog, recurve, Renaissance Lighting

Key Contact: Todd Wilson, Partner

Nth Power

Location: San Francisco, CA

Related Investments: All Connect, Comverge, Silicon Energy, SynapSense, Tempronics, Topanga, Hara

Key Contact: Rodrigo Prudencio, Partner, investornthpower.com

Battery Ventures

Location: Menlo Park, CA

Related Investments: Calxeda, Clean Urban Energy, Freshpoint, GreenBytes, Modular Wind Energy, redwoodsystems, SkyFoundry, SolarBridge

Key Contact: NA

 

 

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

Electric Vehicle Charging
05/07/12
New Funding
47.5
Campbell, CA
Strategic Investors, Venture Capital
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Summary: Coulomb Technologies secured $47.5 million of financing. Braemar Energy Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the financing and were joined by Toyota Tsusho Corporation and Rho Ventures. The financing will enable Coulomb to expand its operations and further grow the ChargePoint® Network, the largest network of independently owned charging stations in the world, and expand the deployment of its next generation cloud-based charging solutions for electric vehicles. Scott DePasquale from Braemar and Michael Linse from Kleiner Perkins have joined Coulomb’s Board of Directors. View Article Open

Company

Coulomb Technologies

Key Products: ChargePoint® Network charging stations

# of Employees:NA

Annual Revenue: NA

 

 

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

 

 

Solar PV
06/21/12
Grant
0.5
Los Gatos, CA
Government
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Summary: Tigo Energy, founded in 2007, received one of 10 grants from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot program aimed at reducing soft costs associated with solar energy installations, raising its total DOE funding to $3.5 million. Tigo specializes solar optimization technologies for photovoltaic (PV) solar installations. View Article Open

Company

Tigo Energy

Key Products: Solar optimization technologies for photovoltaic (PV) solar installations

# of Employees: NA

Annual Revenue: NA

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

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
07/19/12
New Funding
NA
Ottowa, Canada

Chrysalix Energy, Rockport Capital

 

Venture Capital
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Summary: Gan Systems Inc., a developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors used in solar inverters, server farms, and hybrid vehicles, closed a Series B financing round on 6/19/12 with existing investors Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital and Rockport Capital, two cleantech venture capital firms.  This funding comes six months after the closing of GaN Systems’ Series A round.  The company aims to capitalize on the $14 billion-a-year power devices market. View Article Open

Company

GaN Systems

Location: Ontario, Canada

Key Products: Gallium nitride power switching semiconductors (Cool Switching platform)

Employees: NA

Revenue: NA

Chrysalix Energy

Location: Vancouver British Columbia

Related Investments: NA

Key Contact: Mike Sherman, Managing Director

Contact: msherman@chrysalix.com

RockPort Capital

Location: Boston, MA

Related Investments: Aspen Aerogels, EcoFactor, Exclara, FirstFuel, Luxim, projectfrog, recurve, Renaissance Lighting

Key Contact: NA

Contact: NA

 

 

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

Energy Storage
08/06/12
New Funding
15
Philadelphia, PA
Strategic Investors
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Summary: Mitsui & Co., Ltd., a global trading, IT and industrial infrastructure services company, announced on 8/6/12 that it will invest $15 million in Viridity Energy, a leading energy optimization solution provider that has developed a platform that maximizes energy revenue and savings, and founded in '08. This partnership will also combine Viridity Energy’s expertise in storage optimization with Mitsui’s financing expertise to support the development of distributed energy projects that feature storage as a significant component. View Article Open

Company

Viridity Energy

Key Products: VPower™

# of Employees: NA

Annual Revenue: NA

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Related Investments: NA

Contact: Yuichiro Sera, Corporate Communications, phn: +81-3-3285-7562