SOURCE: Clean Tech Open

July 14, 2008 09:01 ET

Clean Tech Experts and Entrepreneurs Discuss the Future of Renewable Energy

Clean Tech Open Renewable Energy Symposium Monday, July 21, 2008 at Google in Mountain View, Calif.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2008) - Clean tech enthusiasts, industry experts, venture capitalists and Clean Tech Open (CTO) contestants and alumni will gather at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on Monday, July 21, 2008 to address the challenges and the benefits of renewable energy sources. Google Inc., Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Southern California Edison, the Clean Tech Open's Renewable category co-sponsors, will host the event, which is expected to draw a crowd of in excess of 250 people.

Renewable energy is clean and abundant, but the challenge stands to innovate new ways to reach cost parity with gas and coal-fired power. This symposium will discuss breakthrough disruptive technologies that will soon be available in the renewables space.

The evening will include introductory remarks by Bill Weihl, Green Energy Czar at Google and Hal LaFlash, director, Emerging Clean Technology Policy, PG&E.

"As we look toward a carbon constrained future, a variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies will be required to meet growing energy demand and reduce fossil fuel generation," said Hal LaFlash, director of emerging clean technology policy for PG&E. "PG&E is proud to be a sponsor of the Clean Tech Open for the last three years in support of its important efforts to cultivate the next generation of renewable technologies."

A panel of PG&E, Google and VC clean tech and policy experts will describe where they are investing, partnering, buying and growing in the renewables space. The panel will also include leading entrepreneurs using solar thermal plants, efficient wind turbines, wave energy and renewably produced biofuels.

Todd Woody, senior editor of Fortune Magazine and blogger for Green Wombat, will moderate the group. He will be joined by Dan Adler, president of California Clean Energy; Jon Bonanno, president, Principle Power; Neil Renninger, chief technical officer, Amyris and Marianne Wu, partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures.

There also will be a showcase of Renewable Energy alumni and current contestants, and plenty of networking opportunities.

"In order for a utility-scale technology or solution to succeed in the renewable energy industry, it must be able to delivery energy at the scale and price of fossil fuel alternatives," said Bob Cart, founder and CEO of GreenVolts, winner of the CTO 2006 Renewable Energy Award and 2007 Alumni Award. "GreenVolts is continually expanding beyond current levels of efficiency and innovation so that solar can soon supplant fossil fuels as the world's predominant source of affordable energy."

The symposium will be held Monday, July 21, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Google, 1400 Crittenden Lane, in Mountain View, Calif. Although this is a free event, space is limited, so please RSVP online to ensure a seat. Visit www.CleanTechOpen.com for more information, directions, and to RSVP.

About the Clean Tech Open:

The Clean Tech Open is an organization dedicated to helping great ideas become viable businesses that will drive the new green economy. Driven by a network of sponsors, mentors, partners, judges, and over 360 volunteers, CTO has built resources to accelerate innovation. The goal is to foster innovative and sustainable new businesses focused on energy efficiency, smart power, renewable energy, transportation, green building technologies, pollution control and resource management. To learn more, please visit: www.CleanTechOpen.com.

Clean Tech Open is an organization dedicated to helping great ideas become viable businesses that will drive the new green economy. Driven by a network of sponsors, mentors, partners, judges, and over 360 volunteers, the Clean Tech Open has built resources to accelerate innovation.

The Clean Tech Open is under the fiscal and administrative sponsorship of Acterra: Action for a Sustainable Earth, a California 501(c)3 non-profit public benefit corporation. Acterra is located at 3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303-4303.

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