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UPDATE – California Clean Tech Open invites renewables including hydro

The California Clean Tech Open, a competition formed to advance clean technology companies, invites applications for cash and prizes totaling $600,000 in six categories, including renewables such as hydro and ocean technologies. Applications are due June 30.

Hydropower project owners Pacific Gas &Electric Co., San Diego Gas &Electric, and Southern California Edison are co-sponsoring the renewables category. The category will consider innovations that use, enable, and accelerate the migration to renewable energy sources such as wave, tidal, and hydropower, and solar, biofuels, and wind energy. (HNN 5/14/07)

The five other categories in the competition are: green building; transportation; smart power; energy efficiency; and air, water, and waste. A diverse group of businesses, educational institutions, government leaders, and private individuals support the competition, which is operated by volunteers including business professionals, scientists, environmentalists, and entrepreneurs.

Winners are provided capital and expertise. Each category winner will receive a prize package worth $100,000, competition organizers said. In the 2006 competition, more than 156 entries were submitted and more than $500,000 in prizes awarded.

Sponsored by non-profit Acterra: Action for a Sustainable Earth, the competition is an outgrowth of California’s business and governmental support for innovation, technology, and environmental protection.

Details, including instructions on how to enter, are on the Internet at www.cacleantech.org.