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Earth2Tech's Top 7 Cities for Cleantech

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Notable startups: EnerNOC, Boston Power, 1366 Technologies.

Focus: Early stage solar innovation, history of demand response and more efficient batteries.

A decade ago, no one in Boston wanted to hear about sustainability; it was too “crunchy granola,” said Brian Glascock, director of the office of energy and environment for the city of Boston. That’s until they realized they needed to talk about efficiency, which led to fiscal policy, Glascock said. Now the city boasts a $500 million solar initiative, a $2 million green affordable housing project, and building codes that require green construction. In addition, the city is preparing for the carbon market by looking at a green fund that would aggregate small-scale carbon reduction projects into a larger fund that could participate in the market. Companies such as demand-response darling EnerNoc (s ENOC), lithium-ion battery company Boston-Power (Westborough), and solar materials maker 1366 Technologies (North Lexington) close to Boston, and the city has easy access to talent from both MIT and Harvard.

Next up: Austin »

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6 Responses to “Earth2Tech's Top 7 Cities for Cleantech”

  1. Frank

    In electronics yes, biotechnology yes, clean technology no. Policy capitals are most important, DC, Sacramento, etc. It’s just so easy to go to the traditional “tech” cities and explore. Might try digging a little deeper next time. San Jose employment numbers are…questionable.

  2. An important addition to your CleanTech cities is list San Diego with over 220 (list at clean tech companies and growing. San Diego has national leaders in clean tech, wind, solar, biomass, biofuels, algae, climate research, and sustainability,

    San Diego is leveraging its traditional national strength in biotech, wireless, renewables and research which has created a vibrant cluster of clean tech firms. A few of the San Diego clean tech firms are; Apterra, Sythetnic genomics, Sapphire, AES Wind, enXco Wind, Kyocera solar, Envision Solar, Applied Solar, Fallbrook Technologies, General Atomics biofuels, General Atomics fusion research facility, ISE Corp, Knight & Carver Wind Group, Oak Creek Energy, CleanTech Energy, and Wildcat Discovery Technologies. There are too many clean tech companies in San Diego to list here.

    San Diego has a trade association, CleanTech San Diego, dedicated to promoting and supporting clean tech firms. Other associations provide services services for emerging firms including; Biocom, Connect, Commnexus and the California Center for Sustainability.

    There have been many national publications recently with articles on San Diego leadership role in Clean Tech including; Earth2Tech, CleanTech Magazine, Renewable Energy World, Environmental Protection News and Energy Current.