Israeli Cleantech VC Nears $100 Million Goal

The finish line is in sight for Israel Cleantech Ventures (ICV), which has been racing towards a $100 million goal. ICV is an Israeli venture capital fund that was founded in 2006 to focus exclusively on raising capital for investment in renewable energy companies. In its February financial filing the company showed it had raised […]

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Promise of Blackstone’s Millions May Keep Israel Focused On Cleantech

Israeli entrepreneurs are world renowned for their high tech talents and ingenuity. Funding has always been the problem. But now Israeli cleantech start-ups may finally be getting the financing they need. $7.7 billion market cap investment fund, Blackstone, also the world’s largest private equity fund, began holding advanced talks with Israeli fund Markstone in February […]

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Low Carbon Economics Aligns With the Sharia Law of Islam

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The people promoting bond sales to fund climate change turn to Islamic investors. Gulf nations may prove to be a prime market for Climate Bonds as they diversify beyond fossil fuels into long-term green energy projects. To spur investment, financial vehicles that support a low-carbon economy are being developed to align with Islamic Sharia law. It’s a simple concept: expand Middle East […]

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Arab Spring May Boost Chance for Desertec Solar Power

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Political stability, as well as sunshine is needed for Desertec solar projects. The “Arab Spring” uprisings that have turned several Middle Eastern countries literally upside down may actually become a boost for the Desertec solar energy project that could eventually provide much needed electrical power to several Middle East North Africa countries – and Europe […]

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Israel Cleantech Ventures Raising $100 Million for Energy Innovation

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At a time of uncertainty in world VC funding, Israeli cleantech VC stays focused on renewable energy Israel Cleantech Ventures, the tiny but talented nation’s first cleantech-focused fund, is now more than halfway to raising a $100 million fund, according to a filing this week. Some of Israel’s more interesting clean energy start ups that […]

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US Firms Look to Israel for “Clean-tech” Partnerships

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Daniel Birns, international activities advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy, speaks Dec. 15 at a US-Israel environmental symposium at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC. Virginia’s largest electric utility is eagerly seeking Israeli “clean-tech” partners that offer innovative technologies aimed at slashing the world’s dependence on fossil fuels through the development of renewable energy […]

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Book Review: Strategy for Sustainability by Adam Werbach – A Primer for Third Wing Environmentalism or a Harbinger of the Black Swan?

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I find it fitting and perhaps a little ironic that I was asked to write a review about Adam Werbach’s popular book, Strategy for Sustainability, a book addressed to corporations large and small about how they can operate as leaders in sustainability. Perhaps because  my senior thesis as an undergraduate English  major, was entitled “The […]

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BrightSource Gets a Billion

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BrightSource gets more than a billion in loan guarantees to shine its solar lights brightly and power California homes. We reported on BrightSource, the solar thermal energy company, and its nearly $1.5 billion in loan guarantee from the US Department of Energy last week. This was the biggest clean tech news in March. I spoke […]

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With Marda as the Model: Be the Change for a Global Green Palestine

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Wael looks into the horizon (on Mount Nebo, Jordan) and sees a new “green” economy that could radically improve life for Palestinians. The Marda Permaculture Farm is a working farm and a demonstration site for permaculture principles, techniques and strategies in the West Bank, Palestinian Authority. Based in the community of Marda, the project promotes […]

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The Penny Drops: Israel Solar Energy "Gold Rush" Threatened By Government Hold

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After a burning hot run, Israel’s solar energy business doesn’t look so hot right now. Hundreds of solar-related jobs at stake. Not long after local and foreign companies made investments in Israeli solar energy installations to benefit from the very attractive feed-in tariff, a sudden announcement by the Israel Electric Company (IEC) states that its […]

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Toronto's Stock Exchange Courts Israeli Clean Tech

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The Eilat-Eilot International Renewable Energy Conference reports that the Toronto Stock Exchange (the TSX) is looking to develop relationships with Israeli clean tech companies. The Toronto Stock Exchange offers the world’s largest market for clean tech companies, and the world’s eighth largest stock exchange, according to the release. Israeli companies, especially hi-tech and biotech companies […]

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Tel Aviv Pushes Green Metric

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Future investors in Israeli businesses may be able to judge a company by its green record. According to the Jerusalem Post, last week the Environmental Protection Ministry, financial groups, the European Commission green and the green umbrella organization Life and the Environment,  got together to hash over a green metric system. Opinion writer Asher Meir noted […]

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Israelis and Investors to Benefit from Feed-in Electricity Tariffs

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The Israeli Electric Corporation, otherwise known as Hevrat HaHashmal, has agreed to  participate in what are known as feed-in tariffs for electricity supplied by independent private suppliers. It’s part of Israel’s bid to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020.  Feed-in tariffs apply to electricity that is supplied by renewable or “clean” sources such […]

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Israel Cleantech Ventures and Capricorn Invest in Green Flame Retardants

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Israel Cleantech Ventures and Capricorn Venture Partners announced today that they have invested $6 million in FRX Polymers, the manufacturer of a new, environmentally friendly family of inherently flame retardant plastics. FRX’s products are finding markets as polymeric flame retardant additives and as “stand-alone” inherently flame retardant engineering plastics. FRX Polymers is currently in the […]

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