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Companies Recognized for Their Green Technology Leadership


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (September 26, 2011) – 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

  • Roy Williamson

    Great initiative. Are there any summaries of what these companies do? Would be great to read.