2011 Clean Tech “Game Changers” Announced

Google Green is one, so is Tesla Motors. They are just two of the 19 California clean tech companies who will be awarded 2011 “Game Changer of the Year Awards” by Grow-California for their contributions to the clean technology sector.

Chosen from more than 200 nominees, the winners’ expertise span green industries from solar, to recycling to investing.  Grow California’s board had help from  investors, academia and other professionals in the clean tech industry in pairing down the list to just 19 winners.  The awards will be handed out at the Clean Tech Innovation Conference at the Kaiser Center, in downtown Oakland, November 2-3.

Via Grow California

Google Green takes home the award in the Raising Capital for Green Tech Innovation category, while Tesla Motors won in the Innovation in Energy Storage category. Additional winners include Project Frog for Green Building Innovations, MBA Polymers for Innovation in Environmental Recycling and eMeter for Innovation in Smart Grid Technology.

Grow-California, the conference organizer, says it has a mission of fostering jobs and creating wealth in California by connecting entrepreneurs, growth companies and market leaders with talent, capital and customers. The full list of those who won this competition include:

Company:Category:
MBA Polymers, RichmondInnovation in Environmental Recycling
Project Frog, San FranciscoGreen Building Innovation
SynapSense, FolsomTechnology and Energy Efficiency Innovation
Amyris Biotechnologies, EmeryvilleInnovation in Green Transportation
LS9, South San FranciscoMost Innovative Clean Tech Start Up
Solar City, San MateoInnovation in Solar Technology
Google Green, Mountain ViewRaising Capital for Clean Tech Innovation
Solazyme, Inc., South San FranciscoInnovation in Renewable Biofuel
Sungevity, OaklandInnovation in Cleantech Marketing & Sales
Sapphire Energy, San DiegoInnovation in Public/Private Partnerships
Lundberg Family Farms, Richvale Innovation in Energy and Agriculture
Tesla Motors, Palo AltoInnovation in Energy Storage
Bloom Energy, Sunnyvale Innovation in Power Quality
eMeter, San MateoInnovation in Smart Grid Technology
Adura Technologies, San FranciscoInnovation in Lighting Control
Lucid, OaklandInnovation in Clean Energy Education
Lemnis Lighting, San FranciscoInnovation in LED Technology
Energy Recovery, Inc., San LeandroInnovation in Energy and Water
Waste Management, Inc., Oakland Innovation in Energy Investment and Financing

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.