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CleanTech as a distinct industry is still in its formative years. The industry encompasses a broad range of products and services, from alternative energy generation to wastewater treatment to environmentally friendly consumer products. Although some of these industries are very different, all share a common thread: They use new, innovative technology to create products and services that compete favorably on price and performance, while reducing mankind's impact on the environment.
Some CleanTech sectors, such as wind power, solar power, and air pollution control equipment, have long pedigrees, boasting billions of dollars of research expended and hundreds of successful companies. Other technologies and industries are more nascent: Environmentally focused nanotechnology and solid oxide fuel cells, for instance, are promising fields but have yet to achieve widespread commercial acceptance.
Venture capital interest in CleanTech has surged in the last several years, largely because of a fundamental change in the economics of the environmental industry. Advances in technology, research methods, manufacturing, and communications have lowered the costs of environmentally sensitive technologies, bringing many into the economic mainstream. At the same time, worldwide efforts to address environmental problems such as global warming, air pollution, water pollution, and increased energy use are on the rise. This confluence of forces-the simultaneous maturity of both environmental technology and impetus- makes CleanTech a promising sector for future growth.
Many states and countries are aggressively pursuing CleanTech investors and entrepreneurs through a variety of programs that Louisiana could emulate. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Texas, New Mexico, New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Pennsylvania were all mentioned by CleanTech VCs as having proactive CleanTech public policies. Europe and Japan are also successfully building CleanTech clusters. For instance, Germany and Japan have even usurped California’s once-leading position in solar and wind energy through targeted policies and initiatives. Most states’ and countries’ CleanTech efforts are focused on renewable energy, to the exclusion of other CleanTech sectors. This presents an opportunity for Louisiana to establish itself in other fields, such as information technology, materials science, and transportation.
Technology research and development should be at the heart of Louisiana's efforts to establish a CleanTech cluster. Yet private early-stage funding often is hard to come by for CleanTech companies. The state can play a valuable role in helping them bring their technologies and products to market by increasing public spending for CleanTech research and development activities. A key step will be to encourage the University system to focus more of its research on CleanTech. The state should also consider expanding funding for existing programs and creating new programs to support under funded sectors in the CleanTech industry.
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What is Clean Technology ?
New Orleans is named as a DOE Solar American City. La CleanTech spearheads the effort to build the New Orleans Solar City team with The NO office of Recovery Management, FutureProof, Green Coast Enterprises, Alliance for Affordable Energy, and Global Green..read more
La Clean Tech is offering Solar Energy Installation training classes around the state, and is working with the Louisiana Community and Technical College System to begin a Solar Training program.
LA Senator Nick Gautreaux was presented with an award for his dedication to passing the Louisiana Tax Credit. La Clean Tech Network credits Mr. Gautreaux with being the "Father of the Solar Industry" in Louisiana...read more
Southern Building Institute is formed by La CleanTech along with Louisiana based building professionals and teams up with Texas A&M to apply for DOE Build America grant.
Global Green Holy Cross Project partners with La CleanTech to begin workforce development program for Solar Installers during installation of 5kW solar electric system in the ninth ward...read more .
Louisiana Economic Development office and La CleanTech are working towards getting Solar PV manufacturere to locate a 175MW a year manufacturing plant in New Orleans to produce state of the art solar systems.
Louisiana CleanTech Network is a Louisiana non-profit corporation.
We are currently applying for 501(c)3 status.
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