Business Journal honors Energy Award winners
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal
The developers behind Tic Tac-sized light bulbs powerful enough to illuminate a sidewalk, a solar project used to extract oil and other cleantech innovations took center stage Tuesday night at the inaugural Bay Area Energy Awards.
About 235 people attended the awards ceremony at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.
The awards, produced by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, honor dedicated companies and leaders that rise to the top in cleantech and energy conservation in seven categories.
“During this process we’ve learned firsthand how much the Silicon Valley impacts conservation efforts worldwide,” said James MacGregor, publisher of the Business Journal.
Paul Tucker, associate administrator, responsible for facilities, security and construction at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, was presented Best Energy Manager Award.
Winners in the other categories are:
• Best Technology & Innovation— GlassPoint Solar Inc., which unveiled the nation’s first commercial solar project targeted at oil recovery in Bakersfield in February.
• Best Emerging Cleantech Company— Luxim Corp., which has been illuminating cities across the globe with its Light Emitting Plasma technology.
• Best Cleantech Project— ChargePoint America, a $37-million public-private partnership sponsored by Coulomb Technologies Inc. that will provide nearly 5,000 electrical vehicle charging stations across the United States for free.
• Best Service Provider: Hara, which created an environmental and energy management program that helps businesses track and control their energy and water usage and emissions.
• Best Conservation Leader – Private Sector: Google Inc., which has cut its carbon footprint in half since 2007.
• Best Conservation Leader – Public Sector: City of San Jose, which since launching its green goals in 2007, the city has brought in $5.3 billion in venture capital funding for clean technology and has created more than 4,350 green jobs. Most recently, the city launched a pilot program to help homeowners go solar and developed resources to help other communities do the same.
• Best Technology & Innovation: Envia Systems Inc., which has developed a smaller, more efficient battery, which means electric cars can weigh less and travel farther.
• Best Emerging Cleantech Company: SeaMicro Inc., which has developed a server that can replace a rack of servers four times its size while consuming a fourth of the power.
• Best Cleantech Project: Fortune Data Centers, one of the first to earn LEED Gold Certification for a multitenant data center in 2009.
• Best Service Provider – Optony Inc., which helps businesses and government agencies, like Santa Clara County, evaluate and invest in solar projects.
• Best Conservation Leader – Private Sector: Adobe Systems Inc., which since 2001 has implemented 75 different projects at its San Jose headquarters that have resulted in reducing electricity use by 27 percent, water use by 53 percent, natural gas use by 16 percent and irrigation by 93 percent, compared to what consumption would have been had they grown without implementing energy savings measures.
• Best Conservation Leader – Public Sector: Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems, University of California, Santa Cruz, whose educational program was launched in 2009 to find renewable energy solutions that communities will embrace.
Full profiles of all the winners and finalists will appear online and in this week’s Business Journal on Friday.