January 12th, 2010

Clean Tech Tuesday Boston: Boston + China Wind Deal, Alt. Energy to Double, Clean Tech VC Upswing

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This is the third Clean Tech Tuesday, though the first one was on a Friday. At first, I didn’t think I would be able to post about Boston based clean tech news every week, but things have not slowed down and there has been ample news stories every week that I want to highlight and share with you. I’m interested in hearing your stores as well, please share via twitter on #cleantechtuesday.

Also, please vote for your Top 3 favorite Boston clean tech companies. The top 10 vote receivers from the list of the top 26 of Boston clean tech companies will be profiled each month on The Green Light Distrikt in 2010 starting in February.

Here are my 4 favorite stories from the past week in no particular order:

1. Morgan Stanley Chooses EnerNOC’s Monitoring-Based Commissioning Application to Drive Persistent Energy Savings

Industry sector: Energy efficiency, Energy service

January 7, 2010

EnerNOC is seeing success in diversifying from their original and core product, demand response energy solutions, to other solutions namely the Monitoring-Based Commissioning Services (MBCx) cited here. Good news for EnerNOC who last quarter started to break even but has been a publicly traded company for a little over a year. There growth is certainly creating some jobs in their downtown Boston headquarters, just in case you’re looking you can EnerNOC job openings here

2. Mass. named ‘most competitive’ state; Renewable energy to double in U.S. by 2012

Title: Mass. named ‘most competitive’ state; Renewable energy to double in U.S. by 2012

Industry sector: Government

January 6, 2010

I know we’ve known this the whole time but its good to be named most competitive by an official survey, with real metrics, data and other mumbo-jumbo about something that we notice everyday. With this news, keep an eye out for companies to continuing to enter the space and for established companies that are looking to scale up, like Alteris Inc, or Nexamp.

3. Mass. cleantech investments see upswing in ’09

Title: Mass. cleantech investments see upswing in ’09

Industry sector: Venture Capital

January 6, 2010

Good news but not hard to achieve. Considering that clean tech investments have been well down below 60% since 2005, growth is not that hard to create. But I’m not a hater, its good news and its clear on the streets that people are seeing opportunity once again.

4. AMSC to co-develop offshore wind turbines in China

Title: AMSC to co-develop offshore wind turbines in China

Industry sector: Wind

January 5, 2010
AMSC, American Superconductor, is a Boston based company that makes a host of proprietary technologies related to the transmission, generation, and end use of electricity with a particular focus on alternative energy. AMSC has only become profitable over the past year and these new contracts are another good sign of the economy and particularly the alternative energy industry picking up.

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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.