January 5th, 2010

Clean Tech Tuesday from Boston: New Solar Incentives, FloDesign, VCs, Smart Grid

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Clean Tech Tuesdays was started last week (on a Saturday) after I noticed that I skim through Boston area news about once a week to keep up to date on whats happening. Every week, or every couple of weeks depending on how much news there is we’ll will share with you stories we find the most interesting.

Please share your stories or thoughts in the comments section or via twitter #cleantechtuesday.

Here’s the best:

Chu Singles Out FloDesign’s Efficient Wind Turbines at Climate Change Conference

Industry sector: Wind

December 22, 2009

Steven Chu made a bold prediction that although the Danes are #1 in wind right now the US is not far behind and cited Boston area company FloDesign as an innovator in the space with their light-weight, cheap, and efficient wind turbines.

Chipmakes hope to benefit from smart grid boom

Industry sector: Smart Grid, Energy Efficiency
December  26, 2009
Many ‘smart grid’ technologies will depend on the components that local chip maker have been supplying to other industry for a decade. In 2010 this is seen as a huge opportunity for growth.

Metcalfe brings VC Perspective to Alternative Energy


Industry sector: Venture Capital, Alternative Energy
December 26, 2009

Metcalfe is an interesting guy that has a great perspective. Here’s my favorite quote: “Networking isn’t the only goad Metcalfe’s been using to try to change people’s thinking on energy technology. “Green” has been politicized, he says, and its anti-business stigma is an impediment. Rather than “green tech,” or “cleantech,” Metcalfe’s been beating a drum for adoption of the term, “enertech.”

Mass. unveils new solar-rebate programs

Industry sector: Government, Solar

December 29, 2009

Good news for job seekers, career changers or entrepreneurs interested in renewable energy. The Massachusetts government is releasing a new state incentive that in combination with federal incentives will created 30% industry growth in the state for the foreseeable future.

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Chris Williams is the editor of Green Light Distrikt and Chief Marketing Officer at HeatSpring . He has experience in business development, prototyping and new venture research with a focus on geothermal heat pumps, solar thermal and solar photovoltaic technologies. Chris is an IGSHPA accredited geothermal installer and NABCEP certified solar installer. Chris is focused on solving customer facing issues in the creation and adoption of clean energy technologies and products. Chris has installed over 300kW of solar and tens of geothermal systems. He's invented the PV Pal , developed many trainings at HeatSpring, publishes the NABCEP Study Guide , the Hitchhikers Guide to Cleantech and has done due diligence research for Urgent VC . Feel free to connect with him @topherwiliams , on Linkedin , or through email about new ventures, collaborating, writing, research or whatever is on your mind.