HQ: Oakland, Calif.
CEO: John Woolard
New Funding: $80 million
Backers: Alstom, VantagePoint Capital Partners, DFJ, CalSTRS, DBL Investors, Goldman Sachs, Chevron Technology Ventures, BP Ventures, others
More moolah for green tech: BrightSource Energy added $80 million to a war chest that's now seen north of $600 million in equity financing. It hasn't been an easy road; BrightSource pulled its IPO registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission back in April, citing "not optimal conditions for an IPO."