The long life-time and emerging nature of new clean energy technologies have always caused challenges when it comes to raising capital for any project or new technology roll-out. Equity investors look for adequate returns to account for the risk associated with aspects of the industry and debt financiers want to underwrite every aspect of a technology, right down to the racking system for solar installations. All these hurdles sometimes stifle innovation as venture capital has been cool on cleantech for several years.
How do proven technologies scale to the size they can attract cheaper financing and how can newer technologies attract equity investors fuel their growth? We hope to discuss these points and many more with leaders in the industry who have experience financing large portfolios of more established technologies like wind and solar, but also more nascent funding of less widespread technologies like concentrated solar power and battery energy storage.