Grow-California Announces California's "Top 40" Clean Tech Innovators

Companies Recognized for Their Green Technology Leadership

Sep 26, 2011, 13:00 ET from Grow-California

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

Sungevity, Oakland

Bloom Energy, Sunnyvale

BridgeLux, Livermore

Calera, Los Gatos

Lundberg Family Farms, Richvale

Solar City, San Mateo

eSolar, Burbank

Enphase Energy, Petaluma

Solazyme , South San Francisco

Sapphire Energy, San Diego

LS9, South San Francisco

SynapSense, Folsom

BrightSource Energy, Oakland

Soladigm, Milpitas

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

NanOasis, 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

SOURCE Grow-California