Cleantech Group Recognizes San Francisco as “Cleantech Capital of North America”

Mayor Ed Lee Accepts Award on City’s Behalf

San Francisco, CA – March 27, 2012 – Cleantech Group, the world’s leading resource for market intelligence, events, and advisory services in the cleantech industry, today recognized the City of San Francisco as the “Cleantech Capital of North America.”   San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee accepted the award in person on behalf of the city in a ceremony at Justin Herman Plaza on the City’s Embarcadero.

“Cleantech Group is proud to name San Francisco the ‘Cleantech Capital of North America’ in recognition of the city’s ongoing support for all things clean and green,” said Sheeraz Haji, CEO of the Cleantech Group.  “No other city has done more to foster the innovation and deployment of cutting edge clean technologies than San Francisco.”

“Through bold policy leadership and aggressive economic development efforts, San Francisco has become a leading center for the cleantech industry,” said Mayor Lee. “Thank you to the Cleantech Group for recognizing San Francisco as the ‘Cleantech Capital of North America.’ I am deeply proud of this important milestone, and I believe this is just the beginning as we are committed to making San Francisco’s cleantech ecosystem even stronger, more sustainable and more robust.”

The Cleantech Group cited many factors that contributed to the City’s recognition as the “Cleantech Capital of North America.”

  • San Francisco is home to 208 cleantech companies and cleantech investors – one the largest and most concentrated cleantech clusters in the world. This number does not include cleantech partners, sustainable construction and other green companies.
  • Eleven companies in the Cleantech Group’s Global Cleantech 100 have locations in San Francisco, the most of any city: Adura Technologies; AMEE; Harvest Power; Heliatek; Mission Motors; Nexant; OPower; Project Frog; RelayRides; SCIenergy; and SunRun.  Seven of these cleantech firms are headquartered in San Francisco.
  • In the San Francisco Bay Area, from 2006-2011, Cleantech companies raised $12 billion in venture capital and accounted for 640 deals – more than double the activity in the second most active metropolitan area – Boston.
  • Cleantech Partners – like Autodesk and Imagine H20 – call the city of San Francisco home.

About the Cleantech Group
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