Cleantech 2.0 is coming and will be led by investors like Silver Lake Kraftwerk’s Adam Grosser (formerly from Foundation Capital) and Cathy Zoi (formerly the DOE’s Under-Secretary for Energy). Both will be interviewed by Katie Fehrenbacher at Green:Net 2011.
The second wave of cleantech will focus on scale and growth. Specifically, more private equity investment will flow in to get companies safely through what is commonly referred to as the “Valley of Death,” the no-man’s land between concept and build. Silver Lake, along with billionaire investor George Soros, spent more than a year looking at what worked and what didn’t for cleantech investing, and have been formulating an investment thesis. What they’ve learned is this: 1) focus on growth scale financing, and 2) go global.
At Green:Net 2011, we have dedicated several sessions to exploring the combination of conditions that must occur for the cleantech industry to experience a renaissance.
Conversation With DOE’s Loan Chief
Jonathan Silver, executive director of the Department of Energy Loan Programs Office, will talk about funding innovation, its progress and its future.
How Does the Consumer Fit In?
Digital, Smart Energy: Cleaner Power, Smarter Grids
The future of the power grid is electricity from cleaner sources combined with digital systems. How do these two intersect and what are the hurdles to this connection? Speakers include David Crane, CEO and president of NRG Energy, and Eric Dresselhuys, EVP and CMO of Silver Spring Networks.
See our lineup to date at http://event.gigaom.com/greennet/schedule/.
Register today for Green:Net and find out what and who is driving the cleantech renaissance. Purchase your Super Saver ticket ($100 savings) by Saturday, March 26.