At the forefront of the clean energy revolution
Austin is leading the clean energy revolution. Our vibrant region is home to industry-leading wind turbine and photovoltaic manufacturers. We also support clean energy research and development, biofuels and energy storage with our highly educated workforce, globally respected research institutions, top-tier infrastructure and winning entrepreneurial spirit. The Austin Clean Energy Council, adopted as a part of Opportunity Austin, works to develop and support specific public/private partnerships to increase the potential of the greater Austin economy, promote new clean energy technology, and more.
Our clean energy engine includes:
- An established center for clean technology headquarters, R&D, and manufacturing operations – Austin has over 200 existing clean technology companies that employ 20,000 people
- The University of Texas Clean Energy Incubator: a clean energy start-up resource provider
- The Clean TX Foundation: a networking and resource group
- Pecan Street, Inc.: a partnership between the city of Austin, Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin Energy, Environmental Defense Fund and the University of Texas at Austin to beta-test new smart grid technologies
The Austin Chamber and its Central Texas partners work to develop the key growth industries for our region: Clean Energy & Power Technology, Data Centers, Life Sciences & Biotechnology, and Multimedia Technology.
Our successful business climate and excellent quality of life make the Austin region an obvious choice for business growth. Check out the area profile for Business & Industry, Climate & Environment, Cost of Living, Education, Healthcare, Population, Transportation, Telecommunications & Utilities, and Workforce to learn more.
Area Clean Energy Companies
- Active Power's flywheel storage systems store kinetic energy for short-term backup power—providing efficient, reliable and green battery-free power supply solutions.
- Advanced Micro Devices' (AMD) new Lone Star Campus in southwest Austin achieved for a Gold LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council through features such as one of the largest roof-based rainwater collection and recycling systems in the world, as well as using 100% renewable energy from the Austin Energy's GreenChoice program and recycling 75% of waste from construction.
- In early 2008, the Clean Technology & Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI), a not-for-profit industry trade organization committed to the commercialization and global adoption of clean technologies and sustainable industry practices, designated Austin as the organization's new global headquarters.
- CleanFUEL USA in Georgetown, Texas has established itself as the leading global manufacturer of certified and alternative fuel equipment for both propane and E-85.
- Green Mountain Energy, the nation's leading provider of cleaner energy and carbon offset solutions, has been headquartered in Austin since 2000. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources such as wind and water and carbon offset products through its BeGreen division. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid over 4.9 million tons of CO2 emissions.
- HelioVolt, founded in Austin in 2001, raised venture funding for the development of solar-enabled power-generating building materials (BIPV), created by coating substrates such as metal roofing, architectural glass and polymeric membranes with thin film photovoltaic integrated circuits (PVICs). HelioVolt's first full-scale solar manufacturing plant, an investment of $80 million, will be in Austin, creating 150 jobs and occupying 125,000 square feet in southeast Austin.
- Xtreme Power, founded in 2004 and a 2007 recipient of the Texas ETF ($2,000,000), provides power systems to utilities and large energy users resulting in energy conservation.
- TECO-Westinghouse Motor Co. formed a partnership with California-based Composite Technology Corp., a wind turbine company, to produce next generation technology for wind turbines at TECO-Westinghouse's facility in Round Rock.
- Valence Technology has been at the forefront of energy storage design and development for 20 years. Valence's lithium iron magnesium phosphate is powering submarines, hybrid buses and electric vehicles. The company's lithium iron magnesium phosphate technology is breaking away from earlier lithium cobalt solutions to safely power applications where long-life, safety, reliability and high performance are a necessity.
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