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Sonen Capital raises $75 million to invest in sustainable real assets

Climate Finance Sonen Capital has closed its first fund for investments in real assets like buildings, energy infrastructure and land. The San Francisco-based investment manager already has made eight investments in affordable housing, clean energy, and timber in the U.S. Africa and Asia. Launched in 2012, Sonen has nearly $400 million under management and impact investment strategies

Two degrees of consequence. What will your city look like in 2030?

2030 What will your city look like if the world fails to keep global warming below the two-degree Celsius increase agreed upon in the global climate agreement? Care to run the four-degree experiment? Perpetual Revolution, an exhibit at New York’s International Center of Photography, shows New York, Rio de Janeiro and other major cities today — and

Solar is hot, but some industry sectors are hotter than others

Climate Finance The 28 solar startup deals in the fourth quarter of 2016 represented a two-year high, driven by declining prices and national pledges to renewable power. CB Insights identified at least four distinct buckets of deals. Among installers of solar panels, PosiGen in Louisiana raised $20 million. Solar cell manufacturer Heliatek, based in Germany, raised

Why is Cleantech Still a Dirty Word for Investors? (podcast)

Climate Finance Now the 2016 numbers are in, thanks to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. And the worldwide totals are (drumroll) a drop of 18 percent, to $287.5 billion. That was mirrored in the U.S. where investments in renewable energy and energy-smat technology fell to $59 billion from $63 billion in 2015. What gives? That’s the

WEBINAR: Climate action opportunities for investors now

Climate Finance “Investors who wait risk missing an opportunity,” write analysts at Cornerstone Capital, the sustainable investment advisory firm founded by former UBS research chief Erika Karp. Global trends will continue regardless of Trump administration moves: renewables investment is up, including by U.S. cities and states; companies are investing in more efficient water and energy use;

Prime Coalition and Investors’ Circle back solar startup

Prime Coalition and Investors’ Circle have backed solar startup, ConnectDER. ConnectDER helps home solar systems easily connect to the electric grid and helps utilities manage such distributed energy inputs. The $1.1 million investment includes nine individual investors from Investors’ Circle; Prime brought together a mix of program-related investments and grants from the Ellis Family Fund, the

Asian Development Bank invested $3.7 billion in 2016 to meet climate goals

Climate Finance The ADB’s investment in climate finance represented a 42 percent jump from 2015. A number of its projects focus on under-developed, high climate-risk areas like the Cook Islands. The bank has pledged to invest $6 billion by 2020. Two-thirds of the funding targets climate mitigation, one-third on adaptation. The bank tapped $701 million in outside