SJF Ventures Publishes Impact Website; Validic Closes on Financing – SJF Ventures Bulletin

We are pleased to share SJF’s latest bulletin announcing the release of our new Impact website, which highlights our positive impacts. The bulletin also features our most recent investment in Validic; provides updates on portfolio companies; and recognizes another leading impact investor, Arjuna Capital.   Sincerely, The SJF Team SJF …

Peer production, disruption and the law – call for debates, essays and interviews

“P2P Foundation” – 2 new articles 1.     Peer production, disruption and the law – call for debates, essays and interviews 2.     Legislation and Finance for community ownership of renewable energy across Europe 3.     More Recent Articles 4.     Search P2P Foundation 5.     Prior Mailing Archive Peer production, disruption and the law …

SJF Invests in EnTouch and Expands Team: SJF Ventures Bulletin

      We are delighted to share SJF’s latest bulletin.  SJF Ventures has invested in EnTouch Controls, participated in a $105 million follow-on financing of eRecyclingCorps, and added new team members.  In addition, the bulletin provides updates on portfolio companies, news on upcoming events, and a recognition of an …

SJF Invests in TTL and Easy Metrics: SJF Ventures October 2013 Bulletin

      We are excited to share SJF’s October 2013 Bulletin.  SJF Ventures has invested in Think Through Learning and Easy Metrics.  The fund also achieved an exit with B.B. Hobbs.  In addition, the bulletin provides updates on portfolio companies, news on upcoming events, and a new regular feature …

Alternative Energy: Japan Offers Loans For Rooftop PV Generation

Alternative Energy Japan Offers Loans For Rooftop PV Generation US Tops In Renewable Energy Attractiveness As Sector Comes Of Age  Graphene Is The Strongest Material In The World Even When It Has Defects, Research Finds Top 50 Solar Energy Stories Of The Year (Part Four: #31-40)  Nissan Field Testing 100% …

Energy Self-Reliant States Weekly: Proposed Solar Standard is Cheap Compared to Minnesota Utilities’ Rate Increases

I wonder why Xcel Energy ignores solar when it asks ratepayers to finance 3 new natural gas plants for new peaking capacity in Minnesota, I interview Brian Minish about the remarkable 600-owner South Dakota Wind Partners community wind project, and Minnesota utilities fail to mention that the 1.33% rate hike proposed in the solar …

SJF Ventures Raises $90MM Third Fund, Tripling Size of Previous Fund

SJF Ventures Raises $90MM Third Fund, Tripling Size of Previous Fund SJF Ventures is a venture capital fund focused on delivering superior financial returns through investments in high-growth, positive impact companies. SJF has a fourteen-year successful record of assisting visionary and talented management teams in building industry-leading firms. SJF provides strong expertise …

Last Week from ILSR’s Energy Self-Reliant States

Coming to you from the distributed energy guru   I wonder why Xcel Energy ignores solar when it asks ratepayers to finance 3 new natural gas plants for new peaking capacity in Minnesota, I interview Brian Minish about the remarkable 600-owner South Dakota Wind Partners community wind project, and Minnesota utilities fail to mention that the …

New Book: 25 Examples of How Your Community Can Generate Local Energy

Dear Friend, Is it possible to “relocalize” energy? This is a critical question that must be addressed if we are to achieve true global resilience. In our brand new book (September 4, 2012), Power From the People, energy expert Greg Pahl decisively argues that the answer is YES. Power From …

After Solyndra… Cleantech Investing Still Makes Sense

After Solyndra… Cleantech Investing Still Makes Sense [Excerpt from SJF Ventures’ Managing Director, Dave Kirkpatrick’s, blog post] Given the recent bankruptcies of U.S. solar manufacturers Solyndra, Spectrawatt and Evergreen Solar, some are asking if cleantech investing is viable. At SJF, our cleantech portfolio companies are achieving great results, particularly utilizing …