California Pension Funds Invest in Renewables

Cleantech Venture Network, a grouping of investors managing over US$1 billion in cleantech venture assets, responded to the February 3 announcement by California State Treasurer, Phil Angelides, regarding the launch of the State’s “Green Wave” Environmental Investment Initiative.

Ann Arbor, Michigan – February 6, 2004 [SolarAcccess.com] The four-pronged initiative calls on the State’s two large public pension funds – the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) – to commit $1.5 billion to investments in cutting-edge clean technologies and environmentally responsible companies. “Pension funds have been minor players in the near quadrupling of cleantech venturing in recent years,: this initiative may be the tipping point in bringing them in into this exciting space which now represents nearly 8 percent of the venture market,” said Nicholas Parker, co-founder and chairman of Cleantech. “Venture investments in clean technology companies – from alternative energy to water purification – adds up to more than $2.5 billion over the past 24 months but the capital requirement is much bigger: capturing the environmental, economic and social benefits of these opportunities requires the participation of institutional investors such as the major pension funds.” “I’m bullish about the potential for attaining attractive returns in the clean technology area,” said John Rockwell, Chairman of Cleantech’s Venture Advisory Board and Partner, manging the Palo Alto office of Advent International, one of the world’s largest and best known venture capital managers. “I believe now may be the right time in the investment cycle for investors to catch the cleantech wave.” The Cleantech Venture Network is a grouping of member investors managing over $1 billion in cleantech venture assets. The company believes “clean technologies” – from solar energy to water purification – are the next and necessary wave of venture investing.
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