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TMCNet:  Solar Sector Sees $189 Million in VC Funding, $1.3 Billion in M&A, in Q2 2013 Reports Mercom Capital Group

[July 09, 2013]

Solar Sector Sees $189 Million in VC Funding, $1.3 Billion in M&A, in Q2 2013 Reports Mercom Capital Group

AUSTIN, TX, Jul 09, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Mercom Capital Group, llc, a clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the solar sector during the second quarter of 2013.

Solar venture capital (VC) investments increased to $189 million (M) in 19 deals in Q2 2013 compared to $126M in 26 deals in Q1 2013.

Solar downstream companies received most of the funding with $128M.

Solar VC funding chart: http://mercomcapital.com/assets/images/Charts/Solar-Q2-2013/Chart_1.png Total corporate funding in the solar sector including, VC funding, debt financing and other types of funding raised by public companies through sale of shares totaled $915M.

"With solar technology companies struggling, investments have been going to downstream companies," commented Raj Prabhu, CEO of Mercom Capital Group. "That said, investments into solar technology companies haven't completely dried up. Small venture rounds are still going to several niche technology companies instead of the larger deals that were typical for thin film, CSP and CPV companies." The largest VC deals in Q2 2013 included the ~$69M raised by Chinese developer Hefei Golden Sun Energy Technology. Clean Power Finance raised $42M from Edison International, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google Ventures, Claremont Creek Ventures, Clean Pacific Ventures, Sand Hill Angels, Hennessey Capital, Duke Energy, and others. Solexel raised $14.8M, followed by Tigo Energy which raised $13M from Alon Ventures. Scifiniti raised $10M from Alloy Ventures, Firelake Capital Management, I2BF Global Ventures and Peninsula Ventures.

Solar lease (third party finance) companies raised $1.33 billion (B) in disclosed residential and commercial solar project funds this quarter.

Solar M&A activity in Q2 2013 amounted to $1.27B in 18 transactions.

Themes emerging out of this quarter's M&A activity included: consolidation in the inverter market, strategic acquisitions, and acquisitions of distressed assets/companies. The largest disclosed M&A transaction by dollar amount in Q2 2013 was ABB's acquisition of inverter company, Power-One, for approximately $1B.

Announced large-scale project funding in Q2 2013 came in at $2.94B.

Solar Star Funding, the wholly owned subsidiary of Warren Buffet's MidAmerican Energy, completed a $1B bond offering this quarter, the largest solar bond financing deal to date.

There were more than 670 MW of disclosed projects that changed hands in Q2 2013.

Loans, credit facilities and other types of debt agreements from Chinese banks now stand at about $53B.

To learn more about the report, visit: http://store.mercom.mercomcapital.com/products-page/solar-reports/solar-q2-2013-funding-and-ma-report/ About Mercom Capital Group Mercom Capital Group, llc, is a global communications and research and consulting firm focused on cleantech.

Mercom delivers market intelligence and funding an M&A reports covering Solar, Wind and Smart Grid and advises companies on new market entry, custom market intelligence and strategic decision-making. Mercom's communications division helps companies and financial institutions build powerful relationships with media, analysts, local communities, and strategic partners. About Mercom: http://www.mercomcapital.com. Mercom's clean energy reports: http://store.mercom.mercomcapital.com/page/.

Public Relations Contact: Wendy Prabhu Mercom Capital Group, llc Austin, Texas 1.512.215.4452 info@mercomcapital.com SOURCE: Mercom Capital Group, llc mailto:info@mercomcapital.com

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