Crowdfunders Threaten the Cozy World of Largescale Renewable Energy Provision

August 21, 2015 by Aedan Kernan

A bid to crowdfund a 350 MW offshore wind project in Denmark looked likely to provide the ‘usual suspects’ with some stiff competition, that is, until the moment when the Danish government blocked it. Now, the crowdfunders are starting to fight back.[read more]

Could Cleantech Lead the Democratization of Venture Capital?

June 2, 2014 by Rob Day

Recent numbers show that there are very few early-stage venture capital check-writers in the cleantech sector right now. By the time you peel out startups that wouldn't think of calling themselves "cleantech," the numbers dwindle down to only a very few deals at that stage. But there's good news.[read more]


With Dark Clouds on the Horizon, Can Financial Innovation Keep Distributed Solar Shining?

March 10, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Distributed Solar and Financing

While solar is growing fast in America, there are dark clouds on the horizon for the distributed or rooftop PV industry, according to Dan Reicher, an energy finance and policy expert and professor at Stanford Law School and executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance.[read more]

Can Crowdfunding Help Cleantech Ride the Big Data Wave?

January 25, 2014 by Scott Edward Anderson

Cleantech and Crowdfunding

"Big data is a coming wave of 'green gold,'" says Nick Eisenberger of Pure Energy Partners."Information technology will actually be the most powerful tool to address resource challenges in our lifetime." The innovation is out there.[read more]

Everybody Solar and RE-volv: Solar Crowdfunding Pioneers

January 24, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Andreas Karelas and Youness Scally, founders of RE-volv and Everybody Solar, have been busy. Since founding their solar crowdfunding nonprofits in 2011, they’ve shown that their ideas are more than just ideas by making actual projects happen.[read more]

How Crowdfunding Could Impact Cleantech Entrepreneurs (And Why It Probably Won’t)

December 5, 2013 by Rob Day

Ever since the JOBS Act was enacted, there's been a lot of chatter about how crowdfunding could end up competing out venture capital as an asset category, and/or saving cleantech entrepreneurs during a time when generalist VCs have been backing away from the sector.[read more]

Crowdfunding for Renewables: Game Changer?

November 6, 2013 by Clare Taylor

Crowdfunding of renewable energy projects is growing fast in Europe. If this grassroots movement gets organized in time to access the big money available in the next round of cohesion funding, it could have far reaching effects on the European energy sector.[read more]

Crowdfunding for Wind Energy Sets New World Record

September 26, 2013 by Clare Taylor

This week 1700 Dutch households raised EUR 1.3 million in just thirteen hours to buy shares in a wind turbine – setting a new world record for crowdfunding. For the next 12 years, these households will receive their own sustainable energy from the cooperatively owned turbine.[read more]

Solar Energy Crowdfunding's Lessons Learned

August 23, 2013 by Justin Guay

Crowdfunding Solar

We have two broken systems, energy and finance. supporting a coal fired centralized grid that never reaches the poor while driving climate change. That means 1.3 billion around the world won't escape the dark, and we'll fry the climate, unless we disrupt these systems.[read more]

What is the Potential of Renewable Energy Crowdfunding?

August 21, 2013 by Sam Friggens

Crowdfunding Renewables?

In less than a decade ordinary Germans have raised €63bn through people-powered finance to fund renewables transition. By embracing renewable energy crowdfunding, the UK can replicate this success, meet investment challenges, and make the “Big 60,000” a reality.[read more]