Another excellent resource for investment information for Alternative/Clean/Green investing is Clean Break. If you haven’t added Tyler’s blog to your RSS aggregator, then you should. I point this out since there is a very interesting snippet in one of his recent posts about future projections for investment by the VC community.
Cleantech Venture Network released its latest data on cleantech investing. In the second quarter of 2005 investments in cleantech grew to $369 million (U.S.), up 9 per cent from the first quarter. In the first half of 2005, investments have jumped 21 per cent to $705 million compared to last year. The venture network is forecasting that more than $1.5 billion will be invested in cleantech deals by year end, a 25 per cent year-over-year increase, due to rising energy prices, after-effects of Hurricane Katrina and cleantech-friendly energy legislation. Indeed, energy-specific cleantech investments in the second quarter amounted to a little more than half of all investments. [ more ]
The VC investment community are usually the front runners to the typical Wall Street investment houses. When the VC’s pickup a hot trend, the major brokerages get interested in a hurry, but don’t start putting their client’s money until it has pr oven itself to be more than a fad. I see the increase in the investments in this space as the first phase to what I feel are the beginnings of a long term bull market in this sector. Time will tell if we (as investors) are correct.