DBL Investors http://www.dblinvestors.com Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:02:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Siva Power wins $3 million in funding from DOE SunShot Program http://www.dblinvestors.com/2015/01/siva-power-wins-3-million-in-funding-from-doe-sunshot-program/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2015/01/siva-power-wins-3-million-in-funding-from-doe-sunshot-program/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:02:38 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1950 Through its SunShot Initiative, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded US thin-film technology startup Siva Power $3 million in funding to support the company’s commercialization efforts. Specifically, the funding supports the firm’s plans to demonstrate a CIGS co-evaporation technology that enables 12x higher manufacturing throughput (m2/min) than is currently available.This would enable a fully automated CIGS deposition system at a 3x reduction in capex, labor and overhead costs per watt, the company said. This CIGS system, along with other high-speed tools, will allow Siva to build the world’s largest production line, at 300 MW.

In August 2014, Siva said it was seeking $100 million to build its 300 MW CIGS thin-film module factory. Siva CEO Brad Mattson told Bloomberg that the company had received significant interest from strategic investors in China and that it expected to close the investment cycle by the end of 2014. Siva aims to begin building the module factory in 2015 and to scale up production activities in 2016. The single automated 300 MW production line would use co-evaporated CIGS technology and high-speed flat panel display glass coating tools and would produce modules at a cost of $0.40 per W within the first year of operation. This would drop to $0.28 per W 2 years after that, the company said. Siva has not yet selected a site for the factory, but it has said in the past that its projected manufacturing costs could be achieved in China, the US or nearly any other location.

In June, Siva raised $15 million from the Chinese city of Wuxi, China and existing investors Trident Capital, DBL Investors LLC and Acero Capital Management. Siva said the proceeds from the June fundraising round would be used to expand its research and manufacturing operations and to build a pilot production line.

The SunShot Initiative is a national effort to make solar energy cost-competitive with traditional energy sources by the end of the decade. Ten firms nationwide recently received cooperative awards under the Solar Manufacturing Technology funding program, which aims to bridge the gap from invention to commercialization, bringing innovative technology to scale. Siva was the only thin-film panel awardee in the funding round.



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Designer Deals at The Real Real | Fearless Founders http://www.dblinvestors.com/2015/01/designer-deals-at-the-real-real-fearless-founders/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2015/01/designer-deals-at-the-real-real-fearless-founders/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 01:54:10 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1945 Glam’s Fearless Founders series shows how a new crop of brilliant female founders is changing the game, creating innovative ways to shop, consume, share, and learn. Julie Wainwright is one of them. The chic CEO runs The Real Real, a treasure chest full of covetable finds from Gucci, Prada, Valentino, Céline, and more, at consignment prices. Glam met Julie on her workroom floor and found out why The Real Real has become a leader in luxury loot.

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Environmental Investing: The Most Influential Investors http://www.dblinvestors.com/2015/01/environmental-investing-the-most-influential-investors/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2015/01/environmental-investing-the-most-influential-investors/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 01:41:58 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1943 Nancy Pfund is profiled as a leading investor in a 2014 issue of the Journal of Environmental Investing Journal of Environmental Investing 5, no. 2 (2014).

To read the full article, visit The Journal of Environmental Investing.

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Charity and Investment Should Work Together http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/12/charity-and-investment-should-work-together/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/12/charity-and-investment-should-work-together/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 01:21:52 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1941 By Sonal Shah:  When it comes to our greatest social and environmental challenges, let’s first ask: What problem are we trying to solve? Once we know where we’re headed, we can better understand which methods and resources are most needed. Charity and social enterprise both have critical roles. Increasingly, we are seeing the ways charity and social enterprise and investment can work together effectively – along with smart government policy – to drive real and lasting change.

… In the United States, social enterprises like Revolution Foods provide healthy meals to children in schools. All of these social enterprises are creating new markets where charity alone is not sufficient and the market has failed.

To read the full article, visit The New York Times.

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Solar power seeks answers for 51st state http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/11/solar-power-seeks-answers-for-51st-state/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/11/solar-power-seeks-answers-for-51st-state/#comments Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:53:48 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1929 As reported in Electricity Policy:  The Solar Electric Power Association is asking for fresh thinking about how to balance the conflicting interests of utility, solar power, and other stakeholders in energy markets. SEPA calls it “The 51st State Challenge.” From Jim Pierobon’s Energy Collective blog come questions such as: (1) Might policies that can benefit all stakeholders be provided with balanced and transparent treatment? (2) What rights do homeowners, business owners, and others organizations have to generate their own electricity without excessive monthly charges? (3) How should any excess generation be treated through improved net metering policies? (4) How are the interests of non-solar ratepayers affected? A five-member team that will review submissions, due Feb. 27, includes Sue Tierney, Ron Binz, Jim Rogers, Nancy Pfund, and Jigar Shah. “Our goal,” says SEPA, “is not to identify one outcome but rather to find multiple frameworks that resonate and provide a platform for all stakeholders to participate in our energy future together.”

To read the full article, visit ElectricityPolicy.com.


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Patagonia Invests In Yerdle Through Its Internal Venture Fund http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/11/patagonia-invests-in-yerdle-through-its-internal-venture-fund/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/11/patagonia-invests-in-yerdle-through-its-internal-venture-fund/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:59:05 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1925 By Ariel Schwartz: Patagonia, the outdoor clothing company known as much for its creative approach to environmental responsibility as for its clothing, announced today at Fast Company’s Innovation Uncensored conference that it has made an investment in Yerdle, an app that lets people give away items and get redeemable credits in exchange, through the company’s $20 Million & Change internal venture fund.

To read the full article, visit Fast Company.

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