SOURCE: IBF Conferences Inc.

January 08, 2007 16:37 ET

Clean-Tech Politicos and Corporate Drivers Headline This Month's Clean-Tech Investor Summit

SunPower's Tom Werner Returns to Reveal M&A and Exit Strategies in IPO Spotlight

PORTLAND, OR and MASSAPEQUA, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 8, 2007 -- Just weeks away from the third annual Clean-Tech Investor Summit, January 23-24, 2007 in Palm Springs, CA, hosts Clean Edge and International Business Forum (IBF) are pleased to announce the newest additions to the conference's elite group of speakers: New Mexico's Governor Bill Richardson; former California Controller, Steve Westly; and NREL's Dan Arvizu. Tom Werner, CEO of SunPower, will also return this year to dispense his M&A and exit strategy insights for the IPO Spotlight panel.

With a unique focus on clean tech as the new corporate cornerstone, this year's conference features the drivers working both behind-the-scenes and in the public eye to make the clean-tech industry one of today's most lucrative sectors. A prominent proponent of renewable energy and green buildings, Governor Bill Richardson joins the roster with Steve Westly, former California Controller and pivotal driver of LP investments in clean tech and a major force behind California's Greenwave Initiative, to discuss how business innovation is impacting clean-tech policy. And, from his influential position at the nation's premier national renewable energy lab, Dan Arvizu of NREL will touch on the latest clean-energy trends.

Back for a repeat performance, Tom Werner returns to headline the IPO Spotlight -- SunPower: One Year Later. One of several influencers shaping clean tech's corporate advance, Werner will add his insights to those of:

--  ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy): Michael Eckhart,
--  Amyris Biotechnologies: John Melo, CEO
--  AES: Bob Hemphill, Executive VP
--  Applied Materials: Charlie Gay, VP and General Manager, Solar Business
--  Current Communications: Richard Goldstein, CEO
--  Dow Chemical: Heinz Haller, VP, Strategic Development
--  GE Water and Process Technologies: Jeffrey Fulgham, CMO
--  Imperium Renewables: Martin Tobias, CEO
--  Tesla Motors: Martin Eberhard, CEO
Register Now: Last Chance to Save

Those who register by January 11 can redeem a special $350 discount off the regular registration fee of $1495. Purchase your discounted conference pass by visiting or calling IBF registrar Cathy Fenn at 516-765-9005 x21 and using discount code: CEFlyer.

This year's Clean-Tech Investor Summit sponsors include: Cowen and Company, Orrick, Antenna Group, Comerica, Heller Ehrman, Hobbes & Towne, Jefferies, Pacific Growth Equities, Mintz Levin, Moss Adams, Piper Jaffray, Schweichler Price & Partners, Sonnenschein Venture Technology Group, Spencer Stuart, and Stoel Rives.

About IBF

International Business Forum presents financial and business conferences on venture capital, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategic investing, defined contribution/401(k) plans, risk management, funding technology innovation, and commercialization of intellectual property. IBF conferences provide attendees with leading-edge information and new business contacts to achieve business objectives. Visit for more details and complete information on upcoming events.

About Clean Edge, Inc.

Clean Edge, Inc., with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland, Oregon, is a leading research and publishing firm that helps companies, investors, and policymakers understand and profit from clean technologies. Through its research and reports, conferences and events, online publications, and strategic consulting services, Clean Edge tracks and analyzes clean-tech markets, trends, and opportunities. In May 2006, the company launched the NASDAQ Clean Edge US Index® which tracks US-listed clean-energy companies. Founded in 2000 by environmental and high-tech business pioneers Ron Pernick and Joel Makower, Clean Edge and its network of partners and affiliates offer unparalleled insight and intelligence. For more information visit