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Investing in Cleantech

A Guide to Technical Due Diligence
  • Robert Rapier


From 2004 to 2010, over $700 billion was invested globally in renewable energy projects by governments, private investors, private companies, and institutional investors (see Figure 10-1).i Of course, investing involves risks, and sometimes unforeseen factors cause an investment to underperform or even to fail. But, all too often, renewable energy investments have failed for reasons that should have been foreseen by investors had they done sufficient due diligence on the company and their technology.


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  1. i.
    Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), Renewables 2011 Global Status Report (GSR), July 12, 2011, www.ren21.net /Portals/97/documents/GSR/REN21_GSR2011.pdf.Google Scholar
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  3. iii.
    Advanced Biofuels USA, “Companies Involved with Advanced Biofuels and Biofuels,” accessed January 26, 2012, http://advancedbiofuelsusa.info /resources/companies-involved-with-advanced-biofuels.Google Scholar
  4. iv.
    Mark Jaffe, “The Deaths of Lodgepole Pine Trees Have a Silver Lining,” The Denver Post, April 27, 2010, www.denverpost.com/ci_14964107.Google Scholar

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