AVA Solar Receives $104 Million in Equity Financing

AVA Solar

AVA Solar, an advanced thin-film photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer located in Fort Collins, Colorado, announced on August 27th that it raised $104 million in its second institutional equity round of financing.

This round was led by DCM and included new investors Technology Partners, GLG Partners and Bohemian Companies, LLC as well as prior investors, including Invus, LP. AVA Solar said that the funds will be used to complete its first production facility in Longmont, Colorado, which will have the capacity to produce 200 megawatts of PV modules annually.

"I am very pleased to have closed this financing with such a prestigious group of investors," said Pascal Noronha, CEO of AVA Solar. "This funding will allow us to move quickly to establish our first manufacturing facility to produce cost-effective PV modules."

Tom Blaisdell, a general partner at DCM, said "In the last few years, we’ve seen many companies with plans to commercialize products for the solar industry. Our commitment to AVA Solar is founded both on the commercial readiness of the product and their management and engineering team’s demonstrated ability to deliver."

Ira Ehrenpreis, a general partner at Technology Partners, added that "AVA’s approach to manufacturing technology is uniquely positioned to meet the market’s need for large-scale installations at a cost that enables grid parity."

AVA Solar was founded in January 2007 to commercialize an advanced process for manufacturing thin-film PV modules.  AVA Solar’s technology was developed and incubated at Colorado State University with the support of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.

Churchill Club to Present Program “The Green Rush: Prospects, Perils, and Opportunities” on January 29

On January 29, 2008, the Churchill Club, in partnership with the Thunderbird Global Private Equity Center (TPEC), will present a program entitled "The Green Rush: Prospects, Perils, and Opportunities."  This program will provide an overview of the cleantech industry and discuss topics such as what are promising green technologies and whether investments in cleantech/greentech will continue at their recent record pace.  The panelists for this program will be:

This event will take place at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm buffet) at the SRI International Building, 333 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, California.  The advance registration cost for the program is $58 for Churchill Club members and $72 for non-members.  The on-site registration price is $70 for Churchill Club members and $85 for non-members.  For more information: