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Sunrun raises $60 million for residential solar model

Residential solar power installer Sunrun announced it raised $60 million in equity financing as it moves to scale up its solar installation business. The San Francisco-based company allows homeowners to go solar without high upfront costs. It owns, insures, monitors and maintains the solar panels on a homeowner's roof, while families pay for the electricity and fix their electric costs for 20 years.

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Gevo incurs loss in first quarter

Renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company Gevo, Inc. saw a loss of $19.3 million following an increase in expenses in the first quarter of 2012. The company’s total revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $14.9 million compared with $15.3 million for the same period in 2011.

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JCM Capital providing $10 million for solar in Ontario

Solar power financing company JCM Capital announced a $10 million solar development capital fund for investments in early-stage photovoltaic projects installed in large commercial and industrial buildings across Ontario. The fund will be available to application-ready projects to be submitted to the Ontario Power Authority for the province’s feed-in tariff program. Ontario offers a feed-in tariff schemes for renewable energy projects with generation capacities of 10 kilowatts or less, among other technology tiers.

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California takes lead in clean technology investments

The clean technology sector in the state of California drew $3.5 billion in venture capital investments in 2011, making up more than half of the total clean technology VC investments in the United States. The United States accounted for over 71 percent of all “cleantech” investment in the world with $6.3 billion in total with 57 percent of that coming from California.

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BrightSource cancels I.P.O.

California-based solar thermal company BrightSource Energy, Inc. canceled its planned initial public offering, citing “adverse market conditions.”

“While we received significant interest from potential investors, the continued market and economic volatility are not optimal conditions for an I.P.O.,” said John Woolard, president and chief executive of BrightSource.

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Sapphire clinches $144 million for New Mexico algae biorefinery

San Diego-based Sapphire Energy secured $144 million in investment funding for the development of their commercial demonstration-scale algae-to-energy facility in New Mexico. The amount came from a Series C investment round which included main backers Arrowpoint Partners and Monsanto. All in all, Sapphire Energy has received a total of around $300 million in funding from private and public sources for its “Green Crude Farm.”

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Primus Green Energy gets new funding; eyes I.P.O. in 2013

New Jersey-based Primus Green Energy Inc., a developer of renewable drop-in fuels from biomass, completed its third round of funding with $12 million in investments from long-term backer IC Green Energy Ltd., the renewable energy arm of Israel Corp. Ltd. The amount completes the company’s financing for their integrated single-loop demonstration plant currently under construction at Primus Green Energy’s Hillsborough, New Jersey site, where they already have a pilot test plant.

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Bio-based chemicals company collects $100 million for refineries

A company which processes biomass into useful chemicals scooped up around $100 million in combined public and private financing which will be used in building its cellulosic refineries for converting biomass to sugars and lignin in Mississippi. Virdia, another California-based company, closed its latest round of financing taking over $20 million from its partners Khosla Ventures, Burril & Company and Tamar Ventures.

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Shipments up but Yingli experiences loss in 2011

China’s Yingli Green Energy Holding Company may be seeing a consistent increase in their PV module shipments, cumulating in 1,603.8 megawatts for the year 2011, although not enough to turn a profit. The solar product provider announced its unaudited consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2011, which gave its total net revenues at $408 million and $2.332 million, respectively.

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Solar Junction bags $19.2 million in Series D

San Jose, California-based solar cell manufacturer Solar Junction closed its Series D financial round with $19.2 million from investors to scale up the manufacturing of their record-breaking solar cells for the concentrating photovoltaic market. The company closed its largest round to date with investments from venture capital and growth equity firm New Enterprise Associates; venture capital firm Advanced Technology Ventures; investment firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson; and IQE, a supplier of advanced semiconductor wafers.

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