9th January 2015

2015: Solar’s Rise, Oil’s Demise

Oil prices have dominated the energy news in the later half of 2014, particularly here in Canada where, in recent decades, we have unfortunately become more dependent on volatile and uncertain oil revenues.  This story has overshadowed solar’s quiet but very successful struggle against fossil fuel based electricity generation. We are at the beginning of […]


19th November 2014

Rand goes Round II w/ Fraser Institute

China/US agreement and Canada’s EcoFiscal Commission under discussion. Subtitle: “Willful Ignorance” Managing Partner Tom Rand is a regular contributor on The Exchange with Amanda Lang.


8th November 2014

Green Mantra obtains $17 million financing

ArcTern is pleased to announce that portfolio company Green Mantra Recycling recently obtained significant follow-on financing from a number of sources. Green Mantra converts waste plastic to high-value wax, eliminating waste and shifting industry inputs away from virgin hydrocarbons. Focus is now on building commercial plant operations with significant free cash flows. Deal was led […]


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5th November 2014

Rand on the IPCC’s latest (The Exchange w Amanda Lang)

Managing Partner Tom Rand takes on Ken Green of the Fraser Institute in a testy exchange about the latest dire warnings from the IPPC. Tom will appear bi-weekly on E-squared – the new Energy & Environment panel on The Exchange w/ Amanda Lang. Watch video here.


20th October 2014

SPARQ Systems Secures $11 million to Launch Next Generation Microinverter

San Francisco and Toronto, Oct. 20, 2014 – SPARQ Systems today announced $11 million in funding led by ArcTern Ventures, a Toronto-based cleantech venture capital firm, and Jones, Gable, and Co., a full service investment dealer based in Toronto.  SPARQ Systems’ technology converts power produced from solar panels into electricity that can be used by […]