The last three years have marked a step up in the level of fundraising activity in the cleantech infrastructure sector, with each of 2006, 2007 and 2008 seeing annual aggregate fundraising of more than $1 billion by infrastructure funds with a primary focus on clean technology and renewable energy. There are currently a further 17 cleantech focused infrastructure funds in the fundraising market, looking to raise more than $6 billion between them. The primary geographical focus for the majority of these funds, and also the majority of the capital that these funds are targeting, is Europe. 12 infrastructure funds that will primarily focus on European investments are targeting an aggregate $4.1 billion.
Given the growing demand for sustainable sources of energy and the expanding range of subsidies and incentives being offered by national governments, good opportunities for investment in the sector look set to become increasingly prevalent.
For a much more detailed overview of the infrastructure cleantech market, please see Infrastructure Spotlight May 2009