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.
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.