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Judge’s Corner: Google’s Chris Taylor on the Power of Clean Energy

May 30, 2019

Today, Chris Taylor manages a $2B portfolio of wind, solar and affordable housing investments. When he started his career back in 1999, he could barely find job postings in the renewable energy business, let alone a job in the industry. Needless to say, the industry—and Chris’ career—has come a long way.

What inspired your start in the industry?

In college, I studied abroad in Kenya where I did an internship in the remote northern town of Marsabit. There was a wind turbine at the top of the hill that we’d go up to watch the sunset at, and I’d never seen one before in the States—this was a really long time ago. I remember thinking, wow, this is really cool, I wonder how well that actually works? Later, when I was in graduate school, a few of my professors were nuclear engineers and physicists who had become advocates for renewable energy based on plummeting costs and improving technology. I was really amazed that these people who came from the other side of the spectrum were so bullish about it. I decided that was what I wanted to do with my life, but it was 1999 and there were no jobs to be had in this industry—it was hard to even find a company to apply to. It took me until 2002 to find my first job in wind, working for what is now EDPR but was then a ten-person startup.

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Calling All Cleantech Innovators, Marketers and Executives: The Cleanie Awards Call for Entries is Open for 2019

April 22, 2019

The Cleanie Awards™ today announced submissions are open for the annual awards program focused exclusively on the cleantech industry. The awards program recognizes innovation excellence, business leadership and superior programs within the cleantech and renewable energy sectors. Multinational corporations with a U.S. presence, disruptive startups, industry advocates, investors and entrepreneurs are all encouraged to apply.

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The Cleanie Awards Honors Innovators and Changemakers in Clean, Renewable Energy

October 23, 2018

In its inaugural year, The Cleanie Awards™ today honors 10 companies and industry leaders 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.

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The Cleanie Awards Launch the First Comprehensive Awards for the Cleantech Industry

May 1, 2018

The Cleanie Awards launches the first comprehensive awards program focused exclusively on the cleantech industry. In its inaugural year, The Cleanie Awards sets out to recognize innovation excellence, business leadership and superior outreach campaigns. Corporations, disruptive startups and individuals responsible for leading the industry and advocates making an impact are all encouraged to apply.

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