SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With many political and business leaders advocating continued support for green technology to create much-needed jobs, improve the economy and lessen demand for fossil fuels, Grow-California announced today the "Top 40" Clean Tech Innovators for 2011. From this elite group of clean technology leaders, fifteen nominees will be presented "Game Changer of the Year" awards at a luncheon culminating the first Clean Tech Innovation Conference, scheduled for November 2nd and 3rd at the Kaiser Center in downtown Oakland.
The "Top 40" companies were nominated by the conference's Host Committee, as well as dozens of other California-based professional services firms, suppliers, investors, banks and academia who identified clean tech companies that were distinguished from competitors because of their focus on innovation and important contributions to California's economic growth.
Grow-California, the conference organizer, is dedicated to fostering jobs and creating wealth in California by connecting entrepreneurs, growth companies and market leaders with talent, capital and customers. A selection committee comprised of clean tech industry experts, banks, venture capital firms, and academia will determine the fifteen "Game Changer" of the Year winners.
"This is an elite group of clean tech innovators who represent the tremendous impact that innovation is having on the green industry, and more importantly, the exciting potential for California and its economy," said Jon Gregory, CEO of Grow-California. He added, "Despite recent news on some companies, the reality is that a number of clean tech companies are thriving and we are excited to recognize these companies for their vision, leadership and ability to transform innovative ideas to reality."
The Top 40 Clean Tech Innovators are:
Google, Mountain View
Energy Recovery Inc., San Leandro
Clear Edge Power, Sunnyvale
Bloom Energy, Sunnyvale
Calera, Los Gatos
Lundberg Family Farms, Richvale
Solar City, San Mateo
Enphase Energy, Petaluma
Solazyme , South San Francisco
Sapphire Energy, San Diego
LS9, South San Francisco
BrightSource Energy, Oakland
Nanosys, Palo Alto
Amyris Biotechnologies, Emeryville
Contour Energy Systems, Azusa
Adura Technologies, San Francisco
Sentilla, Redwood City
Hara, San Mateo
eMeter, San Mateo
Fisker Automotive, Anaheim
MBA Polymers, Richmond
Tesla Motors, San Carlos
Project Frog, Inc., San Francisco
Primus Power, Hayward
Pinnacle Engines, San Carlos
Cleaire, San Leandro
OSIsoft, San Leandro
Scientific Conservation, San Francisco
Lemnis Lighting, San Francisco
Bay Friendly Coalition, Berkeley
Waste Management, Oakland
eCullet, Palo Alto
Pax Water Technologies, Richmond
Tau Science, Mountain View
Lucid Design Group, Oakland
Bloo Solar, West Sacramento
Altergy Systems, Folsom
The California Clean Tech "Game Changer" of the Year Awards will be selected from twelve categories including Energy Investment and Financing; Technology and Energy Efficiency; Environmental/ Recycling; Raising Capital for Clean Tech Innovation; Consumer Education Initiatives; Public/Private Partnerships; Energy and Agriculture; Clean Tech Marketing and Sales Campaigns; Clean Water Innovation; Green Transportation; Green Building Technology; Solar Technology; Energy Storage; Clean Tech Start-Up; and, Renewable Energy.
Grow-California CEO Jon Gregory commented, "The California Clean Tech 'Top 40' Innovators represent the 'best of the best' in California and by virtue of that, are critical to California's economy now and in the future."
To find out more about the Clean Tech Innovation 2011 conference, visit www.grow-california.com