Executives from Bloom Energy, DBL Investors, and SunRun Among Keynotes at Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2015

Speakers will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with the event’s theme:

Cleantech Meets the Cloud:The Emergence of Cleantech-as-a-Service

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 3, 2015 – Cleantech Forum San Francisco, the world’s longest-running and largest summit for those immersed in sustainability that drives innovation, has an impressive line-up of speakers. The event, which will be held March 16-18, 2015 at the Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco, will include:

  • KR Sridhar, Principal Co-Founder & CEO, Bloom Energy
  • Nancy Pfund, DBL Investors
  • John Woolard, VP of Energy, Google
  • Ben Bixby, General Manager of Energy Products, Nest Labs
  • Gordon Feller, Director, Cisco Systems; Founder, Meeting of the Minds
  • Ed Fenster, Chairman, Sunrun

“We are convening thought-leaders and major influencers in the community for what promises to be an amazing gathering,” said Sheeraz Haji, CEO of Cleantech Group. “This year’s forum is a unique opportunity for attendees to network with people who are shaping the future of cleantech-as-a-service.”

The detailed agenda for Cleantech Forum San Francisco is available online. Sessions include:

  • When the Grid Meets Its Consumers
  • Digitizing Oil & Gas Fields
  • Farming in the Cloud
  • Self-Aware Machines: Manufacturing Meets Internet of Things
  • How the Cloud is Empowering the Sun
  • Energy Access for the Developing World
  • Innovation in Commercial Buildings
  • The Internet Meets Water

Join us this March to explore this year’s theme “Cleantech Meets the Cloud: The Emergence of Cleantech-as-a-Service” which will offer deep insight into cutting-edge business models and technologies solving resource challenges in an increasingly decentralized, digital world. According to Haji, “Customers are demanding smarter systems to track energy (and other) data and make better decisions. However, this middle layer between physical systems and the cloud needs development, representing a big challenge. We call this significant market opportunity cleantech-as-a-service. This opportunity exists across many resource markets, not just energy.”

Past keynote speakers for Cleantech Forum San Francisco include: Hillary Clinton, Elon Musk, David Crane (NRG), Tom Steyer, Hank Paulson, John Lauckner (GM Ventures), Bill Weihl (Facebook), Colleen Calhoun (GE Ventures), Dan Yates (Opower), Rick Needham (Google), Matt Rogers (Nest), Brian Janous (Microsoft) and many others.

A number of organizations generously support Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2015.

Sponsors, to date, include: Autodesk, Babson, Chubb, FATHOM, GE Ventures, GDF, Invest in Skane/ Swedish Energy Agency, NREL, PDC / Oregon BEST, PNNL, TSX, UKTI

Community Partners for the event are: AEE, CleanEdge, SFCED, Imagine H20, Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, and E2.

North America Advisory Board: Chrysalix, Claremont Creek Ventures, Credit Suisse, Ecolab, EDF, GE, Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Johnson Controls, PG&E, Sail Capital Partners, Shell, Silicon Valley Bank, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC),  Tennebaum Capital Partners, The Westly Group, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.


About Cleantech Group (CTG)

CTG helps clients accelerate sustainable innovation. The company’s i3 market intelligence platform, which tracks over $7 billion of deal flow annually across 24,000 cleantech companies, allows subscribers to find, vet, and connect with entrepreneurs—efficiently building an innovation pipeline. Cleantech Forums bring the i3 platform to life by convening thought leaders and innovators around diverse themes in innovation. CTG’s Advisory Services leverage expertise in designing and executing corporate strategies for sustainable growth and innovation sourcing. Details at cleantech.com and i3connect.com.


Yvette Shirinian
Cleantech Group
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