SARTA CleanStart Showcase Highlights Sacramento Region Clean Tech Progress
RCS Technology’s Michael Kuhlmann Named Clean Tech Innovator of the Year
SARTA CleanStart Showcase 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- October 22, 2012
The Sacramento region’s growing clean tech sector was highlighted today at the
Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA) CleanStart Showcase.
Held at Sacramento State and attended by more than 500, the sixth annual event
focused on regional and industrywide clean tech trends, including the latest
innovations in solar, wind, biofuel, transportation, and energy-efficient
“The Sacramento region is getting good traction as a center of clean tech
innovation,” said Gary Simon, chair of SARTA CleanStart. “The CleanStart
Showcase helps focus attention on the fact that this is a great area for
forming and growing world-class clean tech companies.”
The 2012 Clean Tech Innovator of the Year Award was presented to Michael
Kuhlmann, chief executive officer of Rancho Cordova-based RCS Technology, a
leading designer and manufacturer of energy management and control products
for residential, small commercial and hospitality markets. More than 500,000
intelligent thermostat products from General Electric, Trane, Motorola, IBM
and Lutron incorporating RCS devices have so far been sold globally.
The event included a display of 18 electric vehicles including unreleased
prototypes from companies including Enertia Motorcycle, Segway, Toyota, Zero
Motorcycle, Ford, Isuzu, Karma, BMW, Nissan, Honda, Coda and Tesla.
Prominent speakers included Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson; Kish Rajan,
director of the Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development (GO-Biz);
Steve Westly, former California Controller and current tech investor; and
Andrew McAllister, Commissioner with the California Energy Commission.
Sacramento-area based CleanWorld, RCS Technology and SunOptics were recognized
for their notable achievements in the past year.
Other program highlights included a “Fresh Faces” venture pitch in which seven
new companies had three minutes to win over the crowd with a compelling
venture pitch for recognition as the most promising new firm.
Panel discussions were held on topics such as clean tech policy developments,
electric vehicle opportunities, future smart grid developments, and evolving
customer demands and expectations.
Expert-led roundtables were held on a range of issues including feed-in
tariffs, electric vehicles, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), investors,
Renewable Energy Testing Center, entrepreneur training & education, carbon
offsets, Jobs Act,California Lighting Technology (CLTC), smart grid, and
exporting clean tech products.
SARTA CleanStart helps accelerate the development of clean technology ventures
within the greater Sacramento region.
Ingrid Rosten, 408-691-4784
Gene Endicott, 916-719-7214
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