New investment in clean energy fell 11% in 2012

US, Italy, Spain and India were among the biggest decliners; while Japan
and South Africa led the charge of "new markets"

London, 14 January 2013. Clean energy investment declined 11% in 2012,
weighed down by regulatory uncertainty and policy changes in big markets
such as the US, India, Spain and Italy. Sharply lower prices of solar and
wind technology also exerted downward pressure on investment volumes,
though they allow higher installation levels per dollar of funding.

Today's figures from research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance, based
on the world's leading database of transactions and projects in clean
energy, show that overall global investment in 2012 was $268.7bn, down from
a revised figure of $302.3bn in 2011. The 2012 investment total was the
second highest ever, and five times that of 2004.

The highlight of the 2012 total for clean energy investment was a record
$67.7bn outlay by China, up 20% on the previous year thanks to a surge in
its solar sector. Its total was more than 50% above that of the
second-placed country, the US, with $44.2bn. In 2011, the US pipped China
for first position as investors rushed to take advantage of
stimulus-related programmes before they expired.

Other strong performers were South Africa, which saw investment leap to
$5.5bn, from just a few tens of millions in 2011, as its tender process for
wind and solar led to a string of large project financings; and Japan,
where the fresh emphasis on renewable power after the Fukushima nuclear
disaster in 2011 and the start of a new subsidy programme, helped
investment soar 75% in 2012 to $16.3bn .

Among countries experiencing falls in investment were the US, with a 32%
drop in the face of worries during most of the year about the expiry of a
key support programme and competition from gas-fired projects; a 51% plunge
in Italian investment to $14.7bn as policy changes there curbed the
country's solar photovoltaics boom; a 68% decrease in Spain to just $3bn as
its government announced a moratorium on subsidies for projects not yet
approved; and a 44% setback in India, reflecting the expiry of incentives
for wind, and fewer project approvals for solar.

Michael Liebreich, chief executive of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said:
"We warned at the start of last year that investment in 2012 was likely to
fall below 2011 levels, but rumours of the death of clean energy investment
have been greatly exaggerated. Indeed, the most striking aspect of these
figures is that the decline was not bigger - given the fierce headwinds the
clean energy sector faced in 2012 as a result of policy uncertainty, the
ongoing European fiscal crisis, and continuing sharp falls in technology
costs. Solar PV module prices, for instance, fell another 24% over the
course of last year.

"Another message from the 2012 data is that investment is broadening
rapidly, from established markets such as Europe, the US and China, to new
ones in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia-Oceania. Australia,
South Africa, Morocco, the Ukraine, Mexico, Kenya, Brazil, Ethiopia, Chile
and South Korea were among the countries seeing at least one project of
more than $250m financed during the year."

Looking at the 2012 data in more detail, the new investment total of
$268.7bn was made up of five main parts. The largest of these was asset
finance of utility-scale renewable energy projects, such as wind farms,
solar parks and biofuel plants. This totalled $148.6bn, down from $180bn in
2011. Next biggest was small-scale project investment, primarily rooftop
solar, which came in at $80.2bn, up from $76.5bn in the previous year.
Corporate and government research and development totalled $30.2bn in 2012,
up marginally on 2011.

The other elements were venture capital and private equity investment in
specialist clean energy companies, which fell 34% to $5.8bn, its lowest
figure since 2006; and public market investment in quoted companies. The
latter fell 57% to $5.1bn, the lowest since 2004, and down 80% on the peak
figure of $25.6bn in 2007.

The shrinkage in public market investment in clean energy has reflected the
poor performance of clean energy shares in recent years. In 2012, the
WilderHill New Energy Global Innovation Index, or NEX, which tracks 95
clean energy stocks worldwide, fell a further 5.5%, while broader indices
gained - the US S&P 500 index, for instance, rose 13.4% during the year. At
its low point last year, on 25 July, the NEX was down 78.2% from its peak
in November 2007. By 10 January 2013, the NEX had rallied 27% from that
summer 2012 low.

Merger and acquisition activity in clean energy is not counted as new
investment, but is an important part of the sector's development. It
totalled $50.8bn in 2012, down 31% from the record figure of 2011. Within
this, corporate M&A (as distinct from projects changing hands) was $10.4bn,
down 69% on the previous year and the weakest since 2004.

Solar was once again the dominant sector in terms of overall clean energy
investment in 2012. It accounted for $142.5bn, down 9% on its 2011 record.
Wind saw investment of $78.3bn, down 13%, while the third-largest sector,
energy-smart technologies such as smart grid, energy efficiency and
electric vehicles, suffered a 7% drop to $18.8bn . Biomass and
waste-to-energy was the fourth largest sector, at $9.7bn in 2012, but this
was 27% down on the previous year's figure. Biofuels, the second largest
sector back in 2006, saw investment fall 38% to $4.5bn, while geothermal
experienced a 39% drop to $1.8bn.

The only sector to show growth in 2012 was small hydro (projects of less
than 50MW). This saw a 17% rise in investment to $7.6bn. For the first
time, Bloomberg New Energy Finance also published a figure for total
investment in carbon capture and storage projects worldwide, although this
is being shown separately rather than being included in the clean energy
total. CCS project investment was $2.8bn in 2012, down from $3bn in 2011.

Among the largest projects financed in 2012 were four offshore wind sites
in the German, UK and Belgian sections of the North Sea - Wikinger, Baltic
II, Lincs and Northwind, at 400MW and $2.1bn, 288MW and $1.6bn, 270MW and
$1.6bn, and 216MW and $1.1bn respectively. Also looming large in 2012 were
the $2.1bn financing of a 980MW small hydro portfolio on the Dnieper river
in Ukraine; the Masen Ouarzazate solar thermal project in Morocco, at 160MW
and $1.2bn; the Marena onshore wind portfolio in Mexico, at 396MW and $1bn;
and the Mount Signal PV plant in the US, at 235MW and an estimated $941m.

The largest venture capital and private equity deals of the year included a
$200m round for US solar installer SolarCity and a $150m equity raising for
Bloom Energy, a US fuel cell technology company. China Longyuan Power
Group, a wind developer, achieved the biggest public market issue of the
year, raising $375m on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Other countries not covered above showed mixed fortunes in terms of total
investment in 2012. Germany saw a 27% fall to $22.8bn, while France
suffered a 35% decline to $4.3bn and the UK a 17% retreat to $8.3bn.
Australia enjoyed a 40% gain to $6.2bn, and Mexico a fivefold increase to
$2bn. Brazil saw a 32% decrease to $5.3bn.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance has also published revisions to prior-year
clean energy investment totals, to reflect fresh information on projects
and deals during those periods. The 2011 total was revised up from $280.3bn
to $302.3bn. Changes to earlier years were more modest - investment is now
estimated to have been $53.9bn in 2004, $79.8bn in 2005, $113.7bn in 2006,
$164.5bn in 2007, $190.8bn in 2008, $186.9bn in 2009, and $251.1bn in 2010.

James IsolaCubitt Consulting
+44 20 7367 5116james.isola@cubitt.comEthan Zindler
Bloomberg New Energy Finance+1 202 416 3466


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