Clean Technology

Austin is leading the clean technology revolution. Our vibrant region is home to industry-leading wind turbine manufacturers, system integrators, and solar companies. We also support clean energy research and development, biofuels, and energy storage with our highly educated workforce, advanced automotive technologies, battery research and development, advanced power systems and smart grid technologies, globally respected research institutions, top-tier infrastructure, and winning entrepreneurial spirit.

The Austin clean energy engine

Austin Energy is consistently ranked by NREL as one of the top green public power utilities in the nation for its GreenChoice renewable power program. Austin Energy has collaborated with municipal entities to create the Pecan Street Research Institute, an effort to develop a smart grid and business model for utilities that seamlessly integrates distributed solar and wind power, energy storage, and electric vehicles. Austin is also the headquarters for The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which operates the state’s independent electric grid and manages the deregulated market for 75 percent of Texas. ERCOT provides clean energy companies access to one of the largest independent, deregulated electric grids in the United States.

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.
  • University of Texas at Austin: The world’s preeminent energy research institution with concentrations in oil, gas, advanced materials, advanced computing, and cleantech.
  • The University of Texas Clean Energy Incubator: a clean energy start-up resource provider.
  • Clean TX: a cluster development organization.
  • Pecan Street Research Institute: a partnership between the city of Austin, Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin Energy, Environmental Defense Fund, and the University of Texas at Austin to create a test bead new smart grid technologies.
  • Lead implementation city for the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Mobility Transformation Program. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing approved by state legislation and local governments.

Austin's commitment to clean tech & the environment

Austin has made a commitment to clean energy—and to the environment.

Whether you’re working with solar or wind power, fuel cells, biomass and geothermal resources, biofuels, or sustainable energy-saving technologies, Austin is the right place, and now is the right time to plug in to the clean energy industry.

As the capital of Texas, Austin offers unmatched access to the power players of the global energy industry. A community with a strong commitment to the environment, sustainability, and quality of life, Austin is making its mark as the clean energy capital of the world.

The private and public sectors, local utilities, major energy users, non-profits, and educational institutions are all working together to put Austin at the center of the clean energy map. In fact, Austin has been ranked as the top cleantech innovation hub in the nation by CleanEdge, CICE, SustainLane, Forbes, TIME, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and many others. Today in Austin, we have a healthy and diverse cleantech economy, which includes wind turbine manufacturing, solar inverter technologies, advanced batteries, smart grid, biofuels, electric vehicles, green building, and a wide array of energy efficiency technologies.

A recognized center of technology innovation, Austin has the infrastructure and talent to support pioneering clean energy efforts. From major manufacturing to services and start-ups, Austin is a proven location for the knowledge-based economy.

  • Clean energy company recruitment, relocation, & expansion efforts
  • Clean energy advocacy efforts
  • Clean energy strategy alignment: CEI, CTSI, AE, UT-Austin, City of Austin, & State of Texas
  • Pecan Street Research Institute

Austin's clean tech trend

  • Energy R&D
  • High-tech footprint
  • Austin-owned utility
  • Consortia
  • Environmental advocacy
  • Clean energy R&D
  • Thought leadership
  • Innovation economy
  • Local public policy incentives
  • Major company relocations
  • Cleantech product innovation
  • Leading-edge research
  • World-renowned talent
  • Green tech corporate HQs
  • Corporate green accountability
  • Major government policy
  • Smart grid municipal utility

Austin's clean tech industry

Active Power
Allure Energy
Applied Nanotech
Banyan Water
Cielo Wind Power
CLEAResult Consulting
Drako Motors
E.On Climate & Renewables
Environmental Systems Corp.
Fallbrook Technologies
Fathom Water Management
Freedom Solar Power
Green Revolution Cooling
Ideal Power Converters
Johnson Controls
Meridian Solar
Nest Labs
ORION Water Solutions
Pioneer Green Energy
REE Automotive
RES Americas
Siemens Building Technologies
Stealth Power
SunPower Corp.
Terra Global Solutions
Tokyo Electron America
Valence Technology
Voltabox of Texas
Wind Energy Transmission Texas
Zpryme Research

Cleantech patent activity

Source: Brookings Institution, April 2017. Austin ranks in the top 20 among all U.S. metros for the number of cleantech patents awarded from 2011 to 2016.

Additional resources
  • Austin, Texas Region at a Glance flyer
  • Why the Austin, Texas Region? booklet
  • CICE Case Study, May 2013
  • Visit CleanTx.Org

  • For Relocating Companies

    Callie Taylor
    Director, Economic Development
    Phone: 512.322.5687

  • For Existing Austin Area Companies

    Stacy Schmitt
    Vice President, Corporate Retention & Expansion
    Phone: 512.322.5611