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Earth2Tech's Top 7 Cities for Cleantech

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Austin

Notable startups: HelioVolt, Nuventix.

Focus: Where information technology meets greentech, solar manufacturing, efficient lighting.

Just as San Jose has been able to leverage its high-tech past to become cleantech central, Austin is using its experience creating an information technology hub to bring cleantech companies to the Lone Star State. Over the past several years former Mayor Will Wynn worked to make Austin a cleantech incubator, constantly working to bring attention to the issue, like publishing his low electricity bill in the paper. The city’s utility Austin Energy is progressive, working on both renewables, like solar PV and smart grid technology. The city has over two dozen cleantech startups including thin film solar make HelioVolt. In addition, Esther Matthews, director of Austin’s Climate Protection Program, said the city set up its Environmental Business Cluster incubator program to look for “technology that would help us in our effort to become carbon neutral.” Austin is also interested in water conservation and pollution control.

Next up: San Francisco »

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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 http://db.cleantechsandiego.org/) 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.