2010 – Global financial investment in clean energy rebounds to signal recovery from recession.
After a modest increase in 2009, total financial investment in 2010 reached heights of $243bn – a rise of 30% and surpassing all previous levels.
The recovery in 2010 was driven largely by substantial growth from China and the wind sector. Investment in China was up 30% to $51.1bn in 2010 – by far the largest figure for any country. Wind also enjoyed a healthy year rising up to $96bn, representing an increase of 31% from the previous year. This growth was primarily due to onshore wind farm development in China and offshore wind projects in Europe. In addition, energy smart technologies such as smart grid, energy management, electric vehicles and power storage caught up, with financing of companies in this sector soaring up by 27% on 2009 to reach $23.9bn.
Looking across asset classes, venture capital and private equity investment had a strong year, with growth of 28% from 2009 to achieve $8.8bn. Public market investment bounced back from its recession-driven lows in 2008 and 2009, up 18% to $17.4bn. The largest investment asset class in 2010 was – as usual – asset finance of utilityscale projects such as wind farms, solar parks and biofuel plants, rising by 19% to $127.8bn.
Now in its sixth year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Clean Energy League Tables is an essential guide to
activity in the sector. Produced annually, the report is the most transparent and comprehensive benchmark for identifying the most active and innovative clean energy investors, project financiers, investment banks, funds, carbon offtakers and law firms.
Over the following chapters, our league tables rank the respective leading market players during 2010 in six asset
classes defined by Bloomberg New Energy Finance:
• Venture capital & private equity
• Public markets
• Mergers & acquisitions
• Project finance
• Carbon markets
This will shed light on the leading firms investing in, and advising, clean energy companies during 2010.
The main reason why Bloomberg New Energy Finance produces this annual report is to honour the role these organisations play in helping the world make the necessary shift towards a low-carbon economy. We trust you will find interest and value in the results.
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