January 11th, 2010

Top 26 Boston Clean Tech Companies – VOTE: Who’s your favorite?


Who is your favorite clean tech, green tech company in the Boston (or New England) area? I’ve listed the TOP 26 below and we want your feedback.

The TOP 10 companies that receive the most votes will be profiled each month in 2010. Voting ends on February 1st, please see the list and survey below. It’s 2010! The breakout year for The Green Light Distrikt. In 2009, I completed my first interview with Massachusetts based Nexamp and have just compiled all clean tech industry events in Boston. Now, we want to hear from you. There are tons of companies to choose from. Recently, Boston has been rated the number one US city for innovation.With the close proximity to universities and financial markets its no wonder. Life Sciences, hi tech, and now clean tech entrepreneurs and innovators are driving the movement and putting Boston on the map. I have chosen 26 of my favorite organizations below that are based in the Boston area (and two from New England) that are true innovators in the clean tech space. They range in industries from trash, to renewables, to green building and media with both for and non-profit, public and private companies.

I need your help, please fill out the survey below to let me know:

      1. What 3 companies do you think are the coolest and want to learn about?



    • If you have time, leave a comment answering the question: what is one question you would ask their CEOs?


26 of Boston’s Best Clean Tech Companies

BigBelly Solar – Needham, MA Makers of the worlds only solar powered trash compactor Zip Car - Cambridge, MA The worlds largest network of rent by the hour, car sharing network. A123 – Watertown, MA Designs and manufactures advanced batteries for electricity storage EnerNOC – Boston, MA Worlds leading provider of demand response energy solutions Emergent Energy Group – Boston, MA Develops community-based alternative energy. Winner of Business Week’s Top 25 under 25 competition Alteris Inc – Boston, MA New England’s largest solar installers NEXUS Green Building Resource Center – Boston, MA Boston’s Full-Immersion Green Building Resource Center Preserve – Waltham, MA Design and produces kitchen ware, tableware and personal products made from 100% recycled plastic. HeatSpring Learning Institute - Cambridge, MA Leading provider of Geothermal Heat Pump training to US building professionals Little Foot Energy – Somerville, MA Turnkey renewable energy provider URGENT VC - Boston, MA Building green companies for green cities Vegawatt – Boylston, MA The worlds only vegawatt. Turns waste oil into electricity and heat Alt E – Hudson, MA Do-It-Yourself Online Retailer of renewable energy products Green Guild – Brookline, MA Boston’s leading energy audit and weatherization contractor Izzit Green – Waltham, MA Your source for the good green stuff. Leading providers of green reviews on consumer products. Greentech Media – Cambridge, MA Provider of high quality content on the clean tech industry. Research, news, events. Evergreen Solar – Marlboro, MA Designs and Manufacturers solar modules. Solectria – Lawrence, MA Designs and manufactures solar inverters. First Wind – Boston, MA Develops, Owns, Operates Wind Farms in the Northeast, West, and Hawaii Blu Homes -Waltham, MA Makers of green prefab homes Harvest Power – Waltham, MA Innovated organic waste to power solutions for community. Energy Circle – Freeport, ME (still in New England!) Best source on the internet for information, how to guides, and home energy efficiency products groSolar – Burlington, VT (even though they’re not from Boston, they were cool and local enough to make the list :) Provides complete solar energy solutions for homes, businesses, and contractors in New England and California New Generation Energy – Boston, MA Offers community investment options in renewable energy and energy efficiency Wakonda Technologies – Woburn, MA Wakonda Technologies is developing proprietary solar electric technology that is more efficient than crystalline silicon and more cost effective than thin film alternatives. American Superconductor – Devens, MA American superconductor develops propriety technologies used in the generation, tranmission and end use of energy with a focus on alternative energy.

Remember, I need your help, please fill out the survey below to let me know:

      1. What 3 companies do you think are the coolest and want to learn about?



    • If you have time, leave a comment answering the question: what is one question you would ask their CEOs?


I’m going to use this information to determine which companies to profile first and also what to ask them.

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About Chris Williams

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.