January 21, 2011

Clean Energy Alliance Announces Six New Members

By: by James Groelinger, Executive Director, Clean Energy Alliance


Mahwah, NJ: Clean Energy Alliance, Inc. (CEA), the national association of clean energy business incubators, announced today that six clean energy businesses have joined the organization.  At a general membership meeting held on Tuesday, January 18th, unanimously accepted as members were: CleanLaunch, Denver, CO; Enterprise Development Center, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ; Louisiana Business and Technology Center, Baton Rouge, LA; Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization, Incline Village, NV; New Jersey Meadowlands Commission Business Accelerator, Lyndhurst, NJ; and Dawnbreaker, Inc., Rochester, NY.

"The expansion of the Clean Energy Alliance, founded in 2000 by DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is an exciting demonstration of the interest in furthering the commercial development of clean energy technologies in the United States," said James F. Groelinger, CEA's Executive Director.  He continued: "Through continuing expansion, the Clean Energy Alliance will become the pre-eminent source of the commercialization support that is so vital to entrepreneurs that are creatively and aggressively developing a stunning range of technologies that will create new energy sources and enhance our ability to manage all of our energy resources more effectively and efficiently." 

Charles Russomanno, Program Manager of the new DOE SBIR Phase III Xlerator Program, commented: "This increase in CEA's membership is great news.  It validates the creation last year of the DOE Small Business and Clean Energy Alliance Partnership.  Our objective is to enable CEA members to provide entrepreneurial mentoring and commercialization support to DOE-funded small advanced technology firms throughout the country, particularly SBIR/STTR Phase I and Phase II recipients, as well as participants in the DOE Phase III Xlerator Program.  With CEA's expanded reach and capabilities, I am confident that the Partnership will successfully support more of the qualifying companies, with commensurate increases in our ability to save existing and create new U.S. manufacturing jobs, enhance our energy security, and increase U.S. competitiveness in a fierce and rapidly changing global economy." 

David Specca, CEA's Chairman and the Assistant Director of the Rutgers EcoComplex, said: "We're very excited to welcome these new members into the Clean Energy Alliance.  The new members will be a great addition to our network throughout the U.S. because of their geographic diversity and broad business development experience.  We will continue to welcome clean energy business incubators, as well as companies that share the objectives of the Clean Energy Alliance, to strengthen the development, demonstration, and commercial deployment of new clean energy technologies at local, regional, and national levels.

About the Clean Energy Alliance: The Clean Energy Alliance (CEA), founded by NREL, is an expanding national association of leading business incubators and other entities dedicated to providing business and financial services tailored to the needs of the clean energy community.  CEA member incubators, in addition to the new members, are located in California (Environmental Business Cluster, San Jose and CleanStart/McClellan Technology Incubator, McClellan), New Mexico (Technology Ventures Corporation, Albuquerque), Texas (ATI Clean Energy Incubator, Austin), Kansas (Enterprise Center of Johnson County, Lenexa), Alabama (Biztech, Huntsville, and Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Mobile), Florida (Technological Research and Development Authority, Melbourne) Georgia (Georgia Institute of Technology-Venture Lab, Atlanta), Virginia (National Institute for the Commercialization of Clean Energy, Blackstone), New Jersey (Rutgers EcoComplex, Bordentown), and New York (Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center, Albany).  See http://www.cleanenergyalliance.com/

About CleanLaunch, Denver, CO: The CleanLaunch Technology Incubator's mission is to stimulate the development and success of early-stage companies who will provide the next generation of clean, renewable, and efficient energy technologies.  CleanLaunch helps clean tech companies assemble solid management teams, secure adequate funding, and accelerate the commercialization of sound product ideas into the market.  CleanLaunch provides business advisory services (legal, accounting, finance, sales and marketing), fundraising preparation and introduction to investment capital providers, and low-cost turn-key office, industrial, and research space.  See http://www.cleanlaunch.com/.

About the Enterprise Development Center, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ: Since 1988, the EDC - the Enterprise Development Center - operated by New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has given startups a critical edge, from finding the right working space and attracting investment capital to building staff and developing effective business plans and marketing strategies.  The EDC has graduated over 85 successful businesses.  Residence at the EDC is open to early-stage companies that have, or will have, proprietary technology as a significant source of revenue.  The nearly 90 companies currently housed at the EDC employ over 300 people and have attracted more than $55 million in third-party funding.  See www.njit-edc.org/.

About the Louisiana Business and Technology Center, Baton Rouge, LA: The Louisiana Business & Technology Center (LBTC), a technology incubator at the LSU Innovation Park and the NBIA 2005 Incubator of the Year, has a number of companies in clean energy, renewable energy, and green technologies at the 200 acre research park has set aside approximately 25 acres for clean energy clients.  The LBTC has strong backing from Louisiana State University (College of Engineering and others) for providing technology, equipment, researchers, and students working in clean energy technologies.  Our staff has business counselors that focus on green tech and clean and renewable energy.  See www.bus.LSU.edu/LBTC.

About the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization, Incline Village, NV: The Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization (NIREC) is a 501(c)(3) independent nonprofit organization integrating researchers, experienced entrepreneurs, business executives, and financial capital to identify, fund, and accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy solutions.  With a focus on renewable energy, energy conservation, and energy efficiency technologies, NIREC works with its research partners and early-stage companies nationwide to transform clean energy ideas into sustainable enterprises.  See http://www.nirec.org/.

About the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission Business Accelerator, Lyndhurst, NJ: A project of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, the NJMC Business Accelerator is focused on renewable and alternative energy and other sustainable green technology and service businesses.  The Accelerator is committed to providing the resources and support companies need to reduce the time it takes to commercialize and become self-sustaining businesses.  The facility is located in the heart of the Meadowlands which serves as a test bed for a number of environmental technologies.  See www.njmcaccelerator.com/.

About Dawnbreaker, Inc., Rochester, NY: Dawnbreaker, a woman-owned small business based in Rochester, NY, specializes in providing commercialization assistance to small advanced technology firms that work in the energy, defense, space, and medical arenas.  Since 1990, the company has worked with nearly 5,000 firms that have received funding from the SBIR, STTR, ATP, and other programs.  The combined sales and investment in the firms Dawnbreaker has assisted exceed two billion dollars.  The company's first commercialization program was developed for the DOE SBIR program, and as continuation of the company's commitment to clean energy, Dawnbreaker recently entered into a partnership with the Rochester Institute of Technology to host an energy portal, providing cutting-edge information to energy researchers and small businesses.  See www.dawnbreaker.com/.

For more information or to schedule an interview with James Groelinger, please contact him at (609) 516-7669 or email [email protected].