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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.
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