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Earth2Tech's Top 7 Cities for Cleantech

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Notable startups: ZettaCore, Conergy, Tendril (Boulder).

Focus: Smart grid, wind, solar.

“We have traditionally been an energy hub,” said Michele Weingarden, director of Greenprint Denver, the city’s sustainability initiative. “First with coal, then natural gas, energy production has often fueled a boom and bust cycle here. Now both the governor and the mayor have made the recruitment of renewable energy companies a priority.” The Green Denver Business program, run out of the city’s Office of Economic Development, is working not only to attract new cleantech companies but to reach out to companies that already exist in the community to make sure they know about available incentives and rebates.

Already in the city there’s nanotech company ZettaCore, and solar company Conergy. The world’s largest wind turbine maker, Vestas, is planning on building a massive factory in Colorado close to Denver, and utility Xcel Energy intends to make nearby Boulder, Colo., the nation’s first fully integrated smart grid city.

Denver also benefits from its proximity to the University of Colorado at Boulder. This week, Denver became the first in the country to become ISO 14001 certified, a milestone that’s in line with its Greenprint plan and its growing reputation as a “green” city after hosting the lowest-impact Democratic National Convention ever.

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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.