Private Equity Cleantech Fundraising Overview

by Adam Counihan

  • 11 Mar 2010
  • PE

The private equity clean technology industry has grown considerably in the past 10 years. An increasing awareness of climate change and global warming combined with new, disruptive technologies and opportunities to make significant returns from this emerging industry have attracted institutional investors to commit increasing amounts of capital to private equity fund managers focusing on the sector.

Using data from Preqin’s online private equity fund databases, we can obtain a clear picture of the size and geographic reach of private equity funds solely focused on cleantech investments, which are currently raising capital. There is USD 26.2bn being sought by 91 private equity cleantech funds worldwide, which accounts for 5.7% of the total capital being sought in the private equity fundraising market, or 4% of the total number of private equity vehicles currently seeking capital.

Many of the private equity cleantech funds currently being raised are focused on Europe, with a total of 36 funds seeking USD 10.9bn for investment in the region. There are 32 private equity cleantech funds focused on North America seeking  USD 8.7bn of capital, while funds with a primary focus on Asia and Rest of World are seeking USD 6.6bn in capital from 23 funds.

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