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LA-based Craton Equity Partners Funds Green Emerging Companies

Craton invests in small emerging growth companies whose products and services provide green building materials, renewable energy generation, alternative fuels, water remediation and management, and solid waste reduction and conversion technologies

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Craton Equity Partners Closes $191.5M Cleantech Fund

Craton Equity Partners, a Los Angeles-based emerging manager’s Clean Tech fund, announced that it has finalized its third and final closing of their debut fund, having raised a total of $191.5 million from institutional investors and funds.

Their institutional investors are some of the nation’s largest, and unprecedented as participants for a debut clean tech fund of this size. Craton had its first closing in December 2006, and since then has invested into two portfolio companies while raising the balance of the fund. The announcement was made by Craton founders Bob MacDonald and Tom Soto, longtime environmental financiers and activists.

Craton invests in small emerging growth companies whose products and services provide green building materials, renewable energy generation, alternative fuels, water remediation and management, and solid waste reduction and conversion technologies

“Craton’s philosophy is to invest in those technologies that are known alternatives to carbon intensive technologies currently in use,” said MacDonald. “Craton focuses on investing in small emerging growth companies whose products and services provide green building materials, renewable energy generation, alternative fuels, water remediation and management, and solid waste reduction and conversion technologies.”

“Having worked for so many years in the environmental movement and in the renewable energy field, we saw the opportunity to combine our activism, our experience dealing with environmental regulation, and the new focus on green technology to spur whole new markets,” said Soto. “The private sector is the new frontier of the environmental movement. If we are going to solve the crisis of climate change it is going to require a partnership of activism, government, technology and capital.”

Craton Equity Partners

The Partners of Craton Equity Partners are Robert W. MacDonald, Tom Soto, Michael B. Lenard and John Gerson. The Board consists of John D. Kuhns, Tom Soto, Thomas M. Valenzuela, Daniel D. Villanueva, James R. Worms and Messrs. Gerson, Lenard and MacDonald.

Green Investment Portfolio Approach

The changing trends in energy, water and fuel availability as well as Federal and State environmental initiatives are creating new investment opportunities
  • Economic, political and social forces have created a demand for a clean environment.
  • The U.S.'s dependence on petroleum and natural gas, combined with the financial deterioration of its utilities and reliability issues, has made the U.S. extremely vulnerable to energy price swings.
  • 24 states have enacted a renewable portfolio standard that required the state’s utilities to provide up to 20% of their electricity from wind, solar, and other renewable-energy sources in the near future.
  • Water - a crisis greater than energy in the Southwestern United States. Tighter regulation on groundwater contaminants combined with increasing contaminant levels in ground water have measurably increased the demand for water remediation.
  • Research findings by McGraw-Hill Construction projects that by 2010 between 5% and 10% of new non-residential construction starts will be designed using the principles of green building, creating a market for green products of between $10.2 billion and $20.5 billion.
  • Sound environmental practices will equal cost savings and efficiency and as such, will be acknowledged as “good business” throughout the corporate enterprise, from the general counsel to the CEO to the Board of Directors.

Craton Equity Partners
11601 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2240
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Main: 310-954-2220
Fax: 310-954-2255
www.cratonep.com

Edited by Carolyn Allen
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