2012: Best Year Ever for U.S. Solar Installations

A significantly under-reported headline in 2012 was the dramatic increase in U.S. solar installations: Americans installed over 3 gigawatts of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in 2012 — an unprecedented level, up 71 percent year-over-year. Can you name another industry that grew this much?

America’s forcasted 3.2GW in 2012 is up from 1.9GW in 2011, and less than one gigawatt in 2010. The U.S. industry grew despite questions about economic recovery, limited financing opportunities, an abundance of “cheap” natural gas, and a presidential campaign that made energy independence a political hot potato. One or two high-profile failures brought skepticism on an energy resource that, by all accounts, is one of the most promising ever discovered. The reality is that 2012 was the biggest year ever for U.S. solar installations.

American homeowners, businesses and utilities drove investments in solar energy. California, Arizona, and Colorado accelerated the uptake of solar energy systems to the point of decreasing their incentive programs significantly. The lack of low-interest financing from conventional banks encouraged third-party leases and “power purchase agreements” that enable homeowners to install PV with zero money down.

Industry insiders will look back on 2012 as a year of consolidation. Several well-known brands actually pulled out of the U.S. solar market in 2012, including Sharp, Schott, Siliken and Uni-Solar. Further, the influx of PV modules from China drove prices down an astonishing 30 percent.

While installations expanded, only industry stalwarts remained profitable within this tumultuous pricing environment.

Some 2012 PV highlights included:

  • The National Solar Jobs Census reported that the industry enjoyed 13.2 percent year-on-year employment growth. The U.S. solar industry now employs more than 119,000 Americans.
  • Sempra U.S. Gas & Power completed construction of the first 92 MW phase of its Copper Mountain Solar 2 solar PV plant in Nevada using First Solar modules.
  • The NEDO Japan-U.S. Collaborative Smart Grid Project launched in Los Alamos, N.M., representing a landmark cooperative effort between top international researchers to develop the “smart grid” that will be instrumental for the further optimization of PV.
  • Kyocera celebrated its two millionth PV module produced in North America, with manufacturing plants that are generally running near capacity. It took Kyocera five years to produce its first million modules in North America ― and less than two years to produce the second million.

This is all good news for consumers. It means the initial questions regarding the cost and reliability of solar energy have now been completely overcome. While concerns remain about the reliability of low-cost imports, polycrystalline silicon PV cells now have four decades of successful field experience — and products from established producers represent a very reliable solution.

Consumers must stay informed. In their frenzy to enter the industry, many new companies were founded in the past 10 years, and some undoubtedly rushed to market. When a product competes solely on price, there is a real risk that cost-cutting shortcuts will affect performance and reliability. In short: “You get what you pay for.”

To minimize risk, check the PV module’s warranty. If the module is guaranteed for 25 years, and the manufacturer hasn’t been in business that long, the lower price may merely represent a higher risk.

2012 was a year of solar revolution because, against the odds, Americans moved their solar market forward. We must recognize that the 30% federal investment tax credit helped accelerate the U.S. solar market, and that a growing number of states are encouraging solar adoption. Kudos go to the home and business owners who install and use solar energy, and to the utilities serious about building a sustainable energy portfolio.

In 2013, many solar incentive programs will be winding down. With current low costs and more consumers installing PV, we will likely see more financing models including solar leases and loans, and “solar share” programs. One thing is certain: the new year brings new promise for America’s energy future. And there has never been a more exciting time for the U.S. solar energy industry.

By Cecilia Aguillon

Cecilia Aguillon is the Director of Marketing and Government Relations for Kyocera Solar, Inc. She works with local, state, and federal governments across the United States , Canada and Mexico on designing and implementing solar energy programs and renewable portfolio standard programs. Cecilia works with several solar trade associations around the United States . She currently serves as Vice President on the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CalSEIA) Board, on the TXSEIA board, and as member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Good Neighbor Environmental Board. In addition, she is involved in business development, marketing, advertising and public relations activities in the regions Kyocera has market presence. Cecilia has been with Kyocera since 1998.

Forty Two Hundred

Have you ever read the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams? If you ever need a really good laugh, please do.  Beyond the humor in this immortal and embarrassingly funny four-part trilogy of books, Adams also gave the world something profound. He gave us the answer to the ultimate question of life the universe and everything, and it is “42.” Ask Google the same question and you get the same response, 42.  The rule of 42 also holds true for this article, or more precisely, 42 x 102 or $4,200. This is the amount of money needed to lift a family from an all too common but largely unknown to the American public condition called “energy poverty.”

In most of the world, “energy poverty” refers to the lack of access of underprivileged populations to clean affordable energy thus inhibiting their economic development. However, in the United States, the challenge of energy poverty is a bit different. Here it is where many Americans are severely impacted by increasing energy and energy related costs such as food, and its effects are insidious. According to the 2011 University of Arizona report,  “Making the link between energy and poverty” by Ardeth Barnhart, energy poverty is defined as households spending 10% or more of their income on fuel.

The impacts of energy poverty are not as simple as having to cut down on the utility bill. It goes much further than that. According to the U of Az report, 21% or 1.4 million Arizonans now live in poverty. That’s an annual income of less than $21,954 for a family of four. We are ahead of only Mississippi in this statistic. This is where the rule of 42 comes in. $4,200 is about what many people pay annually in utilities, an average of $250/month for electricity and about $100/month for natural gas and water. For an impoverished family that’s 19% of their annual income or more, while this “energy burden” on the average American household is only 3%. If the December 14, 2011 Arizona Republic headline that 1 in 2 households in Arizona are in low income status is true (click here to read article: http://bit.ly/v7q3cP), then energy poverty may be far more common and hits far closer to home than even the U of Az numbers suggest.

The impact of this condition can be devastating particularly on the children. When your disposable income is spent keeping the lights on and the roof over ones head, difficult decisions must be made.  You begin to make do and skimp. Now “making do” is a time honored American tradition. In some cases it stimulates innovation and the desire to make things better no matter what. However, all too often it begins a negative feedback loop that can lead to despair and desperation. One of the first things to go is watering the front lawn. I have seen this condition in many parts of our city, front lawns dead simply because the family can’t afford the water. This naturally depresses home and community pride as well as housing values by degrading the esthetics of the neighborhood. Frequently to save money poor nutritional choices such as fast food for the children predominate. It is much easier and takes much less expensive time to buy a TV dinner than to purchase the fixings and cook a good meal. This is likely a contributing factor to the epidemic of obesity and nutritionally related diseases we are now seeing such as diabetes. If you are sick you can’t work and the medical bills further exacerbate the situation. So much pain caused by the lack of so little money.

So what to do? Government programs such as Energize Phoenix and The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) help some but there is just not enough money. So time for some ingenious thinking. Ingenuity is when you apply an idea to a problem. Sustainability (the ability to survive and prosper for the short and long term) can be created by harnessing and enhancing local social, environmental and economic resources to address a need. In other words, we can use what we know about sustainability from the bottom up to solve contemporary problems. This kind of thinking has given us a powerful new set of solutions to apply to this challenge and they go far beyond solar panels.

Across our city there are growing numbers of sustainability-based programs that are directly or indirectly addressing the issues created by energy poverty. It is difficult to know of them for often not much is said. However, allow me to name a few that I am aware of or have been involved in. The 3000 Club’s Market on the Move for example rescues perfectly good inspected food destined to be wasted simply because it did not arrive to the right place on time or other trivialities and provides it to the public for only a donation to cover transportation. They are now working with the Chefs Association to insure that communities not only have access to this food but also know how to prepare it. The Green Revival program at Southminster Presbyterian Church of which Local First is now a contributor gives away to families in need an Energy Conservation Kit consisting of CFL light bulbs, low flow showerheads and other equipment that when used properly can reduce an annual power bill by $500, enough to reduce the energy burden on an impoverished family by 11%. Southminster will also be working with local home owners to demonstrate how to use now bare front lawns to grow food simultaneously addressing the nutrition, home value and community esthetics issues. With support from Audubon Arizona, a “Together Green grant” and others, Arizona Interfaith Power and Light (AzIPL), an ecumenical organization of faith based institutions fighting climate change works with congregations to reduce the power bills thus carbon footprints of their buildings in inner city areas through their “Footprints of Faith” program.

The Gardens on Broadway in South Phoenix run by Mentor Kids USA and Tiger Mountain Foundation in association with local landowners such as Tanner Gardens are changing the nutritional availability of the area. As the final entry on this grossly incomplete list with a focus on Community Sustainability, add the reopening of the Rev. Dr. G. Benjamin Brooks, Sr., Academy (named after my father) by the Roosevelt School District as a “Community School” focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at 32nd street and Wier. Equipped with a 13,000 square foot greenhouse the school will provide students of all ages with a strong learning experience pertaining to community health, well-being, culinary, sustainability and more. The greenhouse will be a learning lab growing seedlings, various herbs and seasonal crops through traditional gardens and aquaponics.

Everyone must eat and healthy foods create healthy communities. With good food in their bellies children can think and better achieve in school while the opportunities for family productivity, self-sufficiency, community resiliency and thus sustainability also increase. Every dollar saved in energy conservation or home food production can go to offset the utility bill helping to tip the point back from disaster to hope. Sound Pollyannaish? No, all of these things are happening right now and are beginning to have real impact. The question that remains is, “what can you contribute?” The invitation is open.

-George Brooks, Jr., PhD.

Panel Discussions at the Great Green Business Search

With a mission to discover, promote, and champion Arizona innovation in the green and clean tech sectors, the Great Green Business Search is May 10th at ASU SkySong.

The Green Chamber is pleased to announce the esteemed panel discussions focused on Raising Green in the Desert and being Legally Green as part of the event.

Raising Green in the Desert
Moderator Rich Endicott, President of The Biltmore Bank Arizona
Rich EndicottRich Endicott is the Market Manager and President of The Biltmore Bank of Arizona.  Mr. Endicott has been in Commercial Banking providing financial service assistance to small and middle market businesses for 32-Years. Rich assumed the role of President at Biltmore Bank in 2008. Among his other responsibilities Rich developed and leads the Banks energy initiatives:  These include the development of financing and banking programs for energy related Manufactures, Distributors, Developers and Integrators. Biltmore Bank has helped finance or structure solar projects and programs for Arizona’s Public Schools, Airports, and Universities including ASU and U of A and a number of non-profits throughout Maricopa County.  Rich attended KU in Lawrence and later the Duke University Deutsche management program.

Panelists:
Andy Lombard, Venture Ready – MIT Enterprise Form Phoenix
Michael Katz, Greener Capital
Anil Jain, Brightmonk Innovation
Charlie Lewis, Venture Catalyst

Legally Green

George ChenModerator George C. Chen, Partner at Bryan Cave, LLP.
George Chen partners with long-term clients to develop, protect, enforce, defend, license, and commercialize intellectual property and other business assets. His practice includes litigation, licensing, counseling, and prosecution of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, Internet, cybersquatting, and other intellectual property matters.

Panelists:
Franc del Fosse, Snell & Wilmer
Kimberly Washawsky, Greenberg Traurig
Eric Menkhus, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU

Register to attend the Great Green Business Search and participate in the lively panel discussions in addition to voting for the People’s Choice Award in the fast-pitch business competition.

Meet the Contestants in the Great Green Business Search 2012

Great Green Business SearchWith a mission to discover, promote, and champion Arizona innovation in the green and clean tech sectors, the Great Green Business Search is May 10th at ASU SkySong.

The Green Chamber is pleased to announce the 2012 Great Green Business Search Contestants. Learn more about these local innovators and get ready to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Algal Micro Farms, Ltd
Jeffrey Scott
algalmicrofarms.com
Algal Micro Farms, Ltd designs and builds small efficient closed loop systems designed to grow algae.  Algal Micro Farms provides an alternate and supplement to conventional agriculture. Our farms grow basic nutrients that can help prevent starvation.

Arbsource, LLC
Mark Sholin
Arbsource.us
Arbsource uses biotechnology to transform wastewater treatment from a costly energy liability into a valuable resource for food and beverage companies.  For half the cost, we provide identical treatment speed and quality with our patent-pending and exclusively licensed Arbcell biotechnology.  Savings are realized through an up to 70% reduction in electricity consumption and 80% reduction in solid waste biomass.

Cornerstone Conservation Group, LLC/Power Verde, INC
Bryce Johnson
602-292-0542
Cornerstone Conservation Group LLC (CCG) has developed a process that is a totally green electrical power generation system using patented, revolutionary, heat recovery/co-generation technology. Unlike Solar or Wind power generating systems, which are intermittently productive (based upon atmospheric conditions); CCG’s electrical generators capture heat and convert that energy into electricity, 24/7/365. This heat can be obtained from natural sources (such as geothermal), waste heat from residential, commercial or industrial processes (such as furnaces), and methane from land fill or Biomass (manure or agricultural byproducts). Capturing and converting this waste, economically, into valuable electricity not only maximizes the efficiency of mechanical systems or biological heat producing processes, while eliminating emissions into the atmosphere.

Eco Aluminum Pallets
Peter Johnson
ecoaluminumpallets.com
Eco Aluminum Pallet is an Arizona Corporation and is excited to present its unique aluminum pallet, a concept in the aluminum pallet industry because of its superior design, which incorporates all aluminum components that are assembled without welds creating a pallet that can be repaired when damaged.  Our pallet, in comparison to all other aluminum pallets being marketed today goes far beyond the welded pallet in its ability to be simply and cost-effectively repaired creating a longer life span.

Helius Illumination
James Caviness
heliusillumination.com
Helius Illumination, LLC is a wholesale Lighting Manufacturer specializing in commercial LED lighting.  Helius has developed a patented LED commercial lighting fixture with a number of commercial applications.  While LED is not unique the Helius LED lighting system is a 2nd generation smart light fixture that is economical in all large commercial applications.

PinfoB, LLC
Nick Labadie
pinfob.com
We drastically increase the efficiency and ROI of direct and email marketing campaigns by providing unprecedented access to and data about consumers. The resulting hyper-relevant ad targeting is possible by collecting extremely detailed behavioral and personal profiles directly from our members, the consumers, on a free web-based platform. Our members voluntarily provide this information with the understanding that we will broker their data and return the proceeds to them.

Precision Shade
Jack Anderson
818-402-8160
Arizonans have a love/hate relationship with sunshine. We love our good weather but seek respite and escape during a good portion of the year. Arizona’s growth took off with the widespread use of commercial and residential air conditioning. Millions of tons of air conditioning place a heavy burden on our energy future. Proper architectural design can mitigate that burden. I have developed an AutoCAD based 3D design tool that will generate site specific shade geometry.

Recycle Path
Christopher J. Petroff
Recyclepath.com
Recycle Path is a Phoenix based recycling/waste start-up that is changing the way Waste and Recycling are serviced in commercial and multi-family applications.  We have developed a commercial dumpster that can handle both Waste and Recycling.  The dumpster has been designed with two chambers that operate independently of one another and allow multiple pick-ups to occur from a single dumpster.  A locking mechanism enables Recycle Path to service one side of the dumpster at a time.  Recycle Path has created a cost-effective way for commercial and multi-family clients to offer and service waste and recycling.

reNature, Inc.
David A. Metoyer
renatureinc.com
reNature, Inc. is a local start-up company committed to implementing core concepts of sustainability.  The company has been developing a bioreactor technology capable of diverting organic waste out of the waste stream and processing it a nutrient rich fertilizer product.

Ride & Bike
Trevor Meiss
480-747-5511
In bike sharing, kiosks of ten to twenty bikes are placed at convenient locations around the city. Users can walk up to the kiosk, check out a bike, ride it around the city, and then return it to any kiosk.  The kiosks are solar-powered, have an advanced locking system, and are easily installed.

Solar Brand Cookers
Dave Thompson
602-810-1617
Solar-Brand makes a full line of solar cookers, from a low cost unit for relief agencies and the military, to more advanced versions for the camping and luxury market.  All models purify water and cook, and are based on thermal technologies that use a parabolic reflective surface to concentrate light and heat from the sun, and focus it on the cooking surface.  Our parabolic cookers can reach high temperatures to cook food and purify water quickly and easily.

Solar Pool Technologies, Inc.
Paul Sim
solar-breeze.com
Solar Pool Technologies, Inc. combines solar energy and robotics to create energy-saving pool cleaning products for residential home owners who want to reduce the cost and hassle associated with maintaining a swimming pool.

Sustainable Packaging Solutions
Dave Williamson
928-853-2888
Sustainable Packaging Solutions is a packaging, sales, and distribution service offered to companies within the beverage industry.

Tempe Aquaponics LLC
Gabriel Sanchez
938-919-4998
Tempe Aquaponics LLC is a new venture based on the emerging sustainable agriculture technique of aquaponics. Our goal is to help solve the economic, environmental and social problems associated with current conventional agricultural practices and food distribution systems. By harnessing the emerging agricultural technology of aquaponics, a combination of hydroponics (water-based gardening) and aquaculture (fish cultivation), we will develop an urban agricultural model that will produce “work, wealth, and health” for our local community.

VermiSoks, LLC
Miguel Jardine
Vermisoks.com
VermiSoks is a closed-loop solution for quickly converting large amounts of food waste into a platform for growing food without toxic chemicals in urban environments.  We provide large food waste producers an economical solution to handling their food waste that is safe for the environment and beneficial to their local community.

Register to attend the Great Green Business Search and place your vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Communities Shifting: Simple Choices Yield Environmental and Economic Benefits

Sustainable-Communities-AZ

Communities Shifting: Simple Choices Yield Environmental and Economic Benefits

April 4, 2012, Phoenix, AZ — Sustainable Communities AZ foundation organizes its inaugural event to be held at Paradise Valley Community Center, May 9, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This is their first community gathering with others to be held quarterly at various locations throughout the valley of the sun.

This event titled “Clean Living at Your Home” brings in experts to share information about common household products, services and environmentally friendly choices that are available to everyone.

This free, two hour event will include three knowledge filled presentations on environmental concerns and options for cleaning supplies, pest control and drycleaning. All the topics will be presented in easy to understand format with plenty of time to ask questions throughout the event. In addition there will be over 15 booths with local businesses providing information on their respective environmentally conscious products and services.

“It is a challenging situation right now. We often see advertising that promotes “environmentally safe” products or services, only to find out that some claims are not true (called “green washing”) or that the product simply does not work. With our busy schedules, people have less time to do their own product and company research, which leads to some consumers giving up on trying to do the right thing” explains Dan Fogel, Chairman of SCAZ. “SCAZ looks to change all this by doing the research and providing an avenue for consumers to find legitimate, high quality, environmentally safe products and services.”

Sustainable Communities AZ is an Arizona non-profit founded on the premise of being a resource to individuals in Arizona who are interested in living a more environmentally conscious life, but might not know where to begin. “Sustainability is providing for the needs of today without compromising the ability to provide for the needs of tomorrow. Many people don’t realize that they play an important role regarding the environment, the local economy and that sustainable choices often save money”, says Bill Clay, founder of SC-AZ.

About Sustainable Communities AZ Foundation:
SC-AZ is an Arizona non-profit organization that connects Arizona communities to sustainable living by sharing knowledge, encouraging partnerships and inspiring change. The connections are formed through a grassroots approach which allows Arizona communities and local environmental organizations to flourish.

Sustainable Communities AZ foundation
Contact: Bill Clay, Dan Fogel
Free to attend. RSVP to info@sc-az.org
For immediate release

Great Green Business Search Judges

With a mission to discover, promote, and champion Arizona innovation in the green and clean tech sectors, the Great Green Business Search is May 10th at ASU SkySong.

Great Green Business SearchThe Great Green Business Search competition accelerates the launch of your green startup with valuable pitch training, financing mentorship and local green economy networking opportunities.

The Green Chamber is pleased to announce an esteemed panel of judges including:

Todd Belfer

Todd Belfer

Managing Partner, Canal Partners

Mr. Belfer is a managing partner at Canal Partners, LLC, a private equity firm that provides professional investor capital to software and internet technology companies. Canal Partners generally looks to invest $1 to $5 million in companies that are highly scalable, revenue generating, and growth oriented.

While at Canal Partners, Todd Belfer has helped identify and add profitable and growing companies to the Canal Partners portfolio. He is a board member of Limos.com, EquipRent.com, and NETtime Solutions and is the Chairman of the Board for recently added ClickDimensions.

Prior to joining Canal Partners he founded many successful ventures of his own. He was the founder of RA Sushi Bar & Restaurant which sold to Benihana in 2002. Also sold in 2002 was his interest in a sports nutrition company, M.D. Labs, which he co-founded in 1993. Lastly, he co-founded Employee Solutions, Inc., a professional employer organization which he helped take public in 1993.

Brian-Burns

Brian Burns

Managing Member, Grayhawk Capital

Mr. Burns co-founded Grayhawk Capital in 1999. Grayhawk Capital recently had a $30 million first close on its third venture capital fund, Grayhawk Venture Fund II, LP. Mr. Burns has more than 20 years of private equity and venture capital experience.

Prior to co-founding Grayhawk Capital, Mr. Burns served as Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of the investment subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp., a $3 billion NYSE company, from 1998 to 2000.  He has also served as Vice President of two other venture capital firms, SunVen Capital and Anderson & Wells, from 1989 to 1998. He has spent a total of 16 years managing SBIC’s.

Mr. Burns began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co., working there from 1981 to 1989, becoming a Senior Manager in the Audit Division. Mr. Burns has served on the board of 14 privately held companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arizona State University and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1984.

Rick Gibson

Rick Gibson

Managing Director, HOTventures

Mr. Gibson has had a 35-year career building businesses. He founded and co-founded several successful technology companies and has advised over 75 others.  Since 2000, Rick has served as Managing Director of HOTventures, a “mentor capital fund” for the Southwest U.S., which invests in and advises fast-growth companies, specializing in Information Technology, BioSciences, Material Science and Media. As an investor and entrepreneurial activist, he’s totally immersed in early-stage growth companies…finding them and making them great.

In Phoenix, Rick has been on the board of Arizona State University’s Technopolis and was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, an instructor for both the LaunchPad and LaunchPrep entrepreneurship programs, and a mentor for ASU TechBA, coaching companies from Mexico. He is on the Executive Committee and Selection Panel for the Invest Southwest Capital Conference. He was creator of “Entrepreneur’s Resource Guide” for bizAZ magazine and a member of the Philanthropic Development Council of the Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Jamie Glass

Jamie Glass

Chief Marketing Office & Executive Vice President of Sales, EmpowerHER Media

Ms. Glass is responsible for building sales and client services organization to exceed revenue and growth objectives through new business, client relationships, strategic partnerships and executive insight at EmpowerHER. Responsible for helping marketers, agencies and advertisers reach a hyper-qualified female health consumer. Solutions include digital media, content integration, brand awareness, advertising, lead generation, media and publishing solutions. Day-to-day oversight of B2B and B2C marketing functions, including creative, social, communications, PR, events, media, traffic and audience.

As Founder and President of Artful Thinkers,  a consultative sales and marketing company, combining creativity and strategic business solutions that generate results. Outsourced CMO. Clients range from media to technology to retail to professional services.

Two decades senior executive leadership experience, including positions with EmpowHER, Hot Stix Golf, Thomson-Reuters (NETg), KnowledgeNet, SkillSoft (SmartForce, CBT Systems), Mastering Computers, Desert Document Services, Fidelity Investments, and First Continental Life & Accident Insurance Co.

James Goulka

Jim Goulka

Managing Director, Arizona Technology Investor Forum

In addition to his role at ATIF, Mr. Goulka serves as CEO of JumpStart Solutions LLC, an early stage business intelligence software company, and as President of Lone Mountain Associates, LLC, a boutique consulting firm. He previously served as CEO of software companies NetSelector Inc (sold to Apple, Inc) and bid4real.com; the National Technology Transfer Center; the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation; and Taliesin Preservation, Inc. He was also COO and CFO of Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc and its worldwide subsidiaries. He began his career in corporate finance focused on financing private equity transactions and global finance at units of JPMorgan Chase and Citibank.

We’re helping uncover the most promising innovations in advancing a sustainable economy in Arizona. The Great Green Business Search is a one-day, fast pitch business competition earning you up to $8,500 in prize money.

Learn more about competing in the Great Green Business Search and download an application today.

Great Green Business Search Moves to ASU SkySong

Great Green Business SearchWe have exciting news for everyone about the Great Green Business Search 2012.  We have recently been given the opportunity to host the event at a larger venue.

This gives the Green Chamber the opportunity to host more contestants and provide greater visibility for the best of Arizona’s cleantech innovations.

The event will now be held on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.

ASU SkySong

With increased space, the Green Chamber is continuing to accept applications for additional contestants.  Early stage Arizona cleantech businesses are invited to apply through April 10th.

When Arizona cleantech grows, we all benefit from efficient use of resources, job creation and reduced greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. The Green Chamber is committed to helping find, fund and foster Arizona’s cleantech entrepreneurs.