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In the latest Eco Investor magazine

July 2014 edition

Property
LEDs Can Slash Your Total Lighting Wattage
LED lighting has arrived and it can slash the power needed to light your property. In my case, I’ve just reduced the total lighting wattage for our home by two thirds - from 3,144 Watts to 1,033 Watts. The reduction in the high use areas such as kitchen, dining, lounge and bedrooms is even more dramatic - from 2,825 Watts to 735 Watts or 74 per cent. Read More...


Core Securities
Big Numbers Coming for TFS Corporation
Starting 2016 TFS Corporation will see much bigger harvests from its Indian sandalwood plantations that will be probably be at least six times bigger than this year’s harvest, said chief executive Frank Wilson. Meanwhile, the company has upgraded its expected net profit after tax for 2013-14 to at least $70 million, which would be a record.

Pre-Dividend Securities
Restructuring for Sims Recycling Solutions
Sims Metal Management is restructuring its Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS) business and has decided that a substantial part of SRS in the UK and all of SRS in Canada are no longer long-term core assets. SRS is an e-recycling business that offers a recycling service for end of life electrical and electronic equipment...

Pre-Profit Securities
Harley Davidson To Launch Electric Motorcycle
Electric scooter maker Vmoto may have some future competition, future help or both from Harley-Davidson, which has developed an electric motorcycle under its Project LiveWire. Harley-Davidson is working with consumers across the US to gain insights on rider expectations from the project and to shape Harley-Davidson’s first electric motorcycle. Read More...

Pre-Revenue Securities
Steel Roofing with Photovoltaics and Heating
Dyesol could have some competition in the early stage built-in photovoltaics market with BlueScope Steel completely replacing the roof on a home in the Sydney suburb of Glebe with what it says is the first integrated PV thermal system in Australia. The roof combines steel roofing with cutting-edge thin-film solar panels, and is generating reliable renewable energy for the residents. Read More...

 

Eco Securities Data
Round-Up
A round-up of the month's highs and lows for environmental share prices, director buying and selling, and movements by substantial shareholders...

 

Unlisted Companies
Solar Storage Solution Gets Venture Capital

The Southern Cross Renewable Energy Fund has invested US$7 million ($7.6 million) in US distributed energy storage company Sunverge Energy as part of a US$15 million Series B funding round that includes the Venture Capital Unit of Siemens and Total Energy Ventures...

International Companies
International Income from Yieldcos
Investors looking for income from international cleantech stocks have new options with the recent rise
of clean energy yieldcos - yield companies that hold established or working assets and pay regular
dividends. A rising number of yieldcos have held successful IPOs with the most recent being Abengoa Yield plc on Nasdaq...

Fixed Interest
Mighty River Proceeds with Bond
Mighty River Power is raising NZ$300 million through a capital bond offer to the New Zealand public. The initial target was NZ$250 million with an option to accept up to another NZ$50 million of oversubscriptions, but this looks like being met as the bookbuild received orders for NZ$280 million and another NZ$20 million has been set aside for the New Zealand public...

Superanuation
Coal-less Super the Prefered Way
Sixty seven per cent of Australians say they would switch to a bank or superfund that did not invest in fossil fuels, says a study by Australian Ethical Investment...

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June 2014 edition

Features
Is Gas Still a Transition Fuel?
As we move from fossil fuels to renewables, the phrase ‘gas as a transition fuel’ has a strong attraction
for many people and interest groups. But the phrase also oversimplifies a range of business and environmental issues that can be complex and have little in common with each other. While gas can assist the transition to clean energy, it can also entrench itself, slow the transition process, and compete with clean energy. So it is worth taking a closer look at where gas does and does not assist the transition process... Read More

Core Securities
$67 Million Placement for TFS
TFS Corporation has raised $67 million in a placement to institutions at $1.60 per share, and announced that its well known director, Adam Gilchrist has resigned due to what the company said are his increasing media and other professional commitments...

Pre-Dividend Securities
New Look Transpacific Emerging
Transpacific Industries expects the sale of its New Zealand business to settle on 30 June, which will allow it to redeem the $250 million of Step-up Preference Securities (SPS) in October and refinance its debt facilities on improved terms...

Pre-Profit Securities
$8 Million Raising and Schneider Agreement for RedFlow
RedFlow has signed a collaboration agreement with Schneider Electric, made its first deal to enter the Philippine market, and has placed $2.2 million of shares at 12 cents each. It is also undertaking a $6 million fully underwritten entitlement issue. Read More


Pre-Revenue Securities
Water Resources Accepts Survival Finance Offer
Financially troubled water desalination technology developer Water Resources Group has accepted a major finance proposal and agreed terms with a technology development partner...

Eco Securities Data
Round-Up
A round-up of the month's highs and lows for environmental share prices, director buying and selling, and movements by substantial shareholders. It also includes the quarterly Cash Positions of Speculative Environmental Stocks...


Unlisted Companies
Budget Blow to Commercializing Innovation
Entrepreneurs commercializing innovative technology were dealt a massive blow by the Coalition Government’s 2014 budget that is closing key programs such as the grant based Commercialisation Australia and the key venture capital industry support, the Innovation Investment Fund program... Read More

Industry Focus
More Global Growth for Geothermal Energy
There are almost 700 geothermal energy projects currently under development in 76 countries, says a report from the US based Geothermal Energy Association (GEA). Annual investment in geothermal energy was up in 2013 to approximately US$3.2 billion, and the international geothermal power market is enjoying sustained growth of 4 to 5 per cent per annum...

International Companies
Remote Solar Thermal Project with Storage
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is providing $450,000 to multinational sustainable energy company Abengoa to conduct a feasibility study into a solar thermal power station at Perenjori, south east of Geraldton in Western Australia...

Fixed Interest
Financing Clean Energy through Bonds
State and local bond finance is a powerful but underutilized tool for future clean energy investment. Although US state and local infrastructure finance agencies are increasingly willing to finance clean energy projects, it needs the clean energy community to embrace them...

Property
First Reversal of River Salinity
For the first time an Australian river has had its salinity levels reversed to become fresh, an achievement that has earned the WA Department of Water the Australian Water Association’s 2014 National Research Innovation Award...

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