DOE loan chief: Where we’ll invest in 2011

As the Department of Energy moves forward to disperse loan guarantees to grow cutting-edge cleantech, its focus will shift from the maturing sectors of solar and wind to less-developed areas like biofuels and carbon capture.

GE’s cleantech contest highlights 3 trends to watch

GE this week announced 12 winners in the first $55 million phase of its venture-funded $200 million Ecoimagination contest. The worldwide competition aims to hunt down the most promising cleantech startups, an area GE is actively investing in and chief executive Jeffrey Immelt has underscored in recent moves and speeches.

Are venture capitalists sheep? Why cleantech investing is down

There’s been a spate of bad news for cleantech investing lately — venture capital dollars going into the U.S. cleantech companies have been slashed by half in the last year, and the global investment outlook is also down 30 percent compared to last year.

On the GreenBeat: Cleantech investment keeps falling, Crosslink Capital closes $200 million fund

Investors putting money into cleantech have declined every quarter since early 2009, according to a report from Kachan & Co. Early-stage cleantech investment has especially suffered – according to Reuters, 20 percent of all cleantech venture capital went to early-stage and seed funding in the first half of 2010, down from 35 percent in 2007. China’s cleantech IPOs and M&A activity continues to lead the rest of the world by nearly fourfold.