Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Clean Technology Venture Capitals

A few months ago I reviewed data on VC and Federal investments in Clean/Renewable energy. Since then I have been on the lookout for similar data by geography. Luckily The Economist just published an article comparing different regions in the U.S. in terms of the amount of Clean Technology VC investments.

Based on my previous post, Clean Energy accounted for about 10% in 2006 VC investments. The U.S. Clean Technology total for 2006 was $2.9B with Silicon Valley garnering the largest share:

If one adds up total investments in the State of California, I suspect that the Golden State took in close to 30% of the total. The regions that attract technology (VC) investments are the leaders in Clean Technology start-ups as well. The combination of entrepreneurs, engineers, great Universities, research labs, and environmentalists will make Silicon Valley hard to dislodge. Surprisingly, Denver which has the National Renewable Energy Laboratory attracted less investments than Texas.

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