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The Cleanie Awards: Meet Our Honored Innovators and Changemakers in Cleantech and Renewable Energy

The Cleanie Awards: Meet Our Honored Innovators and Changemakers in Cleantech and Renewable Energy


Today, The Cleanie Awards™ is pleased to announce our 2018 honorees paving the way in the clean technology sector. The first comprehensive awards program to recognize advancement in the cleantech industry, the winners are honored for their innovation, leadership and outreach campaigns that promote clean technology, renewable energy and solar, wind and water power.

The 2018 Cleanie Awards honorees are:


  • Enterprise Company of the Year: SolarEdge Technologies. SolarEdge’s financial strength and stability, combined with its cutting-edge smart energy technology and global reach set it apart as the market leader.
  • Midsize Company of the Year: Greensmith Energy, a Wärtsilä company. Greensmith Energy continues to stay nimble and make grid-scale energy storage a fundamental part of a cleaner, more intelligent and distributed energy infrastructure.
  • Non-Profit of the Year: Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI). LIHI has built a strong reputation for energy source certifications in the U.S. with more than 125 active in 2017, greatly reducing the impacts of hydropower generation.
  • Startup of the Year: CleanCapital. CleanCapital made substantial investments in clean energy projects across the U.S. in 2017, while closing $3.7 million U.S. in series A funding and launching a successful podcast.
  • Investment Organization of the Year: CohnReznick Capital. CohnReznick Capital has maintained its strong reputation in investment banking services to the sustainability sector, executing 104 project and corporate transactions for renewable energy assets valued at $16.2 billion in aggregate.
  • Best Integrated Media Campaign: NEXTracker’s TrueCapture™ Smart Control Software Product Launch. NEXTracker’s TrueCapture campaign leveraged a multifaceted media approach, garnering millions of social media, website and trade publication impressions and views.
  • Best Public Affairs Campaign: Carbon Capture Coalition with RENEWPR’s Carbon Capture Technologies Legislation Campaign. The team strategized a savvy three-pronged communications campaign to successfully influence legislation in support of carbon capture technologies.


  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Katherine Hamilton, 38 North Solutions. Katherine has parlayed her industry expertise into a powerful public policy consultancy, successful podcast and global board and chair positions with the World Economic Forum and GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic.
  • Woman of the Year: Danielle Merfeld, GE Renewable Energy. In addition to being named the first female GE Tier 1 business CTO in the history of the company, Danielle has supported more than 70,000 women internally as co-leader of the GE Women’s Network and across the industry through active engagements while simultaneously launching groundbreaking products moving the industry forward.
  • Rising Star Under 30: James Jamal Thomas III, RES (Renewable Energy Systems). Since completing his PhD at the age of 26, James helped his company successfully complete 500 MW of wind and solar projects more efficiently and effectively.

Should you or your company be on this list? Sign up to be notified when the 2019 Cleanie Awards open for submissions, and please reach out if you are interested in partnering with us next year as we continue our mission of honoring changemakers in cleantech. To learn more about The Cleanie Awards and its winners, go to www.thecleanieawards.com

Source: thecleanieawards
Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network


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