CleanTech OC Daily - 6/19/12

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bloomberg released a white paper stating that if 1% of retail investments in savings accounts, money markets and U.S Treasuries was put into crowdfunding of solar projects (that provide a 5 – 9% ROI) then that would yield more than $90 billion for clean energy projects. Startups that have emerged more recently, like Solar Mosaic for instance, want to leverage crowdfunding to provide solar project finance capital.

Right now thousands of diplomats, world leaders, corporations, institutional investors, NGOs and social and environmental activists are in Rio for the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (also known as Rio+20 or the Earth Summit). Watch here live! At the top of the global agenda is corporate sustainability disclosure  and a tipping point may be ahead as investors, governments and corporations see disclosure as a way to strengthen markets and build a sustainable economy.

Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. (NDAQ) has joined the stock exchanges in Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, Istanbul and Cairo in an effort to require their more than 4,600 companies to report on environmental, social and governance risks. Companies will be expected to measure and report on environmental and governance issues such as greenhouse gas emissions and water usage…or explain any lack of reporting. More exchanges are anticipated to join the most recent four in the future.

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