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Global solar corporate funding up 42% in 2023 – pv magazine India

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Mercom Capital Group said in its latest corporate finance report for the solar industry that funding rose 42% year on year throughout the world in 2023. 

The report tracks venture capital funding, public market, and debt financing in the solar sector, which totaled $34.3 billion raised in 160 deals in 2023. This compares to the total of $24.1 billion across 175 deals in 2022. Mercom said 2023 had the most corporate funding in solar in a decade.

“Despite high-interest rates and challenging market conditions, corporate funding in the sector was the highest in a decade,” said Raj Prabhu, chief executive officer of Mercom Capital Group. “Debt financing also hit a decade high, and venture capital investments and public market financing recorded the second-highest amounts since 2010. Driven by the Inflation Reduction Act, the global focus on energy security, and favorable policies worldwide, solar continues to attract significant investments.”

Global venture capital (VC) reached $6.9 billion in 2023, with 26 VC funding deals of $100 million or more in 2023. This was down 1% from the $7 billion raised in 2022.

The largest global VC deal was for 1KOMMA5°, a Germany-based solar installer, which raised $471 million in a Series B funding round.

In the United States, project developer Silicon Ranch announced that it conducted a $600 million equity raise. An initial $375 million in funding closed in December 2022, with an additional $225 million closing in 2023.

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