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Private Equity Flees Clean Energy as Investment Falls: Energy

Bloomberg -- Private equity companies and venture capitalists including Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Braemar Energy Ventures reduced renewable-energy investment to the lowest since 2006 as once-promising companies failed or were sold at a loss.

Private equity and venture-capital investors provided $5.8 billion to solar, biofuel, wind and smart-grid startups worldwide last year, down 34 percent from 2011, according to an annual ranking by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

The decline shows a wariness among investors who’ve been burned by losses, especially those who backed solar-panel manufacturers competing with Chinese companies.

Venture capitalists are finding it harder to take successful companies public to generate paydays that offset bad bets after clean energy shares sank for a third consecutive


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 5:52:03 AM

it may not be the most economically feasible, but it may be environmentally the only thing that keeps humans on this planet long term.
jrs4125
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 8:52:12 AM

Short term they my be right..... Long term doubtful.
SkooterG
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 3:48:50 AM

As much as I would like renewable energy, it just doesn't seem to be economically viable.
us4usa
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:53:39 AM

Focus2:"The decline shows a wariness among investors who’ve been burned by losses, especially those who backed solar-panel manufacturers competing with Chinese companies."
I have said it before and will say it again, We can't compete against Chinese companies that are subsidized by their government. There is no fair marketing and American companies can't sell when the market buys from China that dumps panels below America's cost. That's why companies start up then close or move to China. can't fight them, join them."

"We can't compete against Chinese companies that are subsidized by their government."

As if Uncle Sam didn't subsidize our companies???
Vette1967
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:33:54 AM

There's got to be a way to compete with China. What ever happen to "good old American know how"?
MN1
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:24:19 AM

Too bad.
Focus2
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:19:01 AM

The decline shows a wariness among investors who’ve been burned by losses, especially those who backed solar-panel manufacturers competing with Chinese companies."
I have said it before and will say it again, We can't compete against Chinese companies that are subsidized by their government. There is no fair marketing and American companies can't sell when the market buys from China that dumps panels below America's cost. That's why companies start up then close or move to China. Can't fight them, join them.
crreed1
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:17:55 AM

we all knew that
rahcat
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:15:58 AM

Why am I not surprised.
pa79th
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:15:50 AM

Electric, solar, wind, wave are NOT the answer. Natural gas!
wshokie12
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:15:21 AM

It takes money to be green.
tedjm1
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:15:19 AM

US unable to compete with foreign companies. They might if they created quality worksmanship and items that did not break down very quickly.
floridakeys
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:14:04 AM

And this is a surprise ? There never was any business here. Government garentead loans which is the taxpayer,when these company's went under the taxpayer took a bath.However not before many of these company's gave money back to the president and the democrats. Funny how that works.
Tsunamiron
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:12:30 AM

It is going to take years.
unicornpmb
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:11:57 AM

Not unexpected.
bvrbill
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:11:26 AM

No money to be made.
UpSol7
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:10:42 AM

Private equity still investing nearly 6 billion
madison8359
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:09:50 AM

Hard to make money in these areas.
medic319
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:09:23 AM

Not a huge surprise. I am a fan of solar energy, for certain things. I'd love to have a big PV system at home, but I'll wait a little while to invest in one. The technology is developing rapidly, so a system I install this year will be obsolete in two years.
VanIsleLes
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:07:41 AM

Hmm
jdevlin
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:06:06 AM

When it cost more to produce than it is sold for, it is no wonder.
ajrn
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:05:35 AM

green energy=red ink...

it speaks to the failure of government to understand market economics.
PrinceLH
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:03:45 AM

Hummm............
Doomsday64
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:03:22 AM

No big surprise...
cheaper0ON
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:03:14 AM

Ok.
splitrman
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:02:36 AM

They bailed as the tax breaks were ending.
Lizzylou
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:02:02 AM

AGREE not a surprise!
DCbeachbum
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:56:56 PM

This shows how the free market works. Venture-Capitalist's and Investors will cut their losses at times. And will look to change or redefine a product or look for other projects.
MrPony
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:56:13 PM

We don't need private equity...we can have ObamaGas!
s6sputnik
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:55:27 PM

They will be back!
BREW9
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:55:02 PM

ok
Rageagainsttm
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:47:38 PM

Should have known.
SparkieMi
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:45:35 PM

No big surprise...
cheap59
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:43:43 PM

They have to put their money where it makes money.
REKEY
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:43:12 PM

Didn't Romney run a private venture capitalist company?
melvindale
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:36:25 PM

Really? Clean energy should still be doing very well.
us4usa
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:36:10 PM

It's hard to get investors to bet on a dead horse...
SoutheastdannyB
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:36:07 PM

hmm.
Buddy2264
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:35:17 PM

It takes a long time to convince people to change. Big oil just tries to keep pulling us back, while continuing to raise the prices.
BCM1
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:33:46 PM

You can't make money, so private investment goes elsewhere.
Mikeyl
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:33:46 PM

It's not so "green" on the other side, is it?

It's really about the "OTHER" green...
tutaw
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:31:12 PM

flee away
geoutpb
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:24:27 PM

No one wants to be the first to market in a very tough market.
wayoung56
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:20:42 PM

Hmmm...
OCTAPA
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:17:32 PM

ok
UpSol7
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:16:43 PM

That's still almost 6 billion being privately invested
wcp3rd
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:14:54 PM

OK
efwosu
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:14:12 PM

There sure are a lot of libtard comments here about this article, too bad you guys vote too.
goodbuy
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:14:12 PM

I don't feel sorry for them.
jamie12704
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:04:53 PM

to bad
Lukus
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:02:02 PM

ok
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