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Clean energy has some exciting prospects for the world. Not only would it offer a chance to replace our energy sources in a way that’s better for the environment, it also has the potential to boost local economies in new ways. Clean Edge produced an exciting report “Clean Edge Job Trends 2010”, which reveals five trends that will be important to the sector’s growth.

1- Check for an up-tick in Clean Technology South of the Border
Cutting costs is crucial for clean tech companies at this stage of the game. While your first impression of how to minimize costs may sound like manufacturing in China or India, you’ll find that you may not have to look that far. Mexico is emerging as a sweet spot by offering cheaper labor in a place close to the US market and leading clean tech companies are taking note. Japanese- based Sanyo has settled in Moneterrey and leading companies like BP solar and Liebherr have followed their lead. Watch for more of this activity in Mexico as demand for clean tech continues to grow.

2- FITs push clean tech past fits and starts
FIT has nothing to do with fashion in this case; it stands for Feed In Tarrifs. Feed in Tarrifs are policy mechanisms that offer stable payment to generators of renewable electricity through long-term purchase agreements. FITs are an increasingly important way of encouraging the growth of clean tech especially in its early stages. They were instrumental in propeling Germany to the front of the pack in PV production and can help any number of clean tech industries flourish.

3- A Cleaner Auto Industry
Clean Energy has some specific implications right here in the United States. It will likely emerge in a re-vamped car industry. The Obama Administration has injected money to support alternative manufacturing in the automobile industry. A $465 million loan was made to electric-car maker Tesla Motors and another $528.7 million loan was awarded to Fisker Automotive. With ambitions of becoming a major player in the auto-battery market, we’ll likely be seeing more support of clean energy cars by the government.

4- Focus on Energy Efficiency
CleanTech companies are naturally interested in reinventing what our energy sources are. However, there is an increased focus  to actively incorporate methods of reducing our current energy use. Energy companies like Solar City are investing in energy audit technology and offering their customer base ways of reducing their daily energy use. Not only does this amplify their  customers’ savings it’s also the most cost effective way of creating jobs. We can expect to see an increase in the number of clean tech companies offering ways of maximizing energy efficiency.

5- The Offshore Wind Industry
Wind energy is picking up speed as signs of interest emerge in new markets all over the world. Europe, which has traditionally held the lead in offshore wind production increased its capacity for wind power by 72% in 2009. There are also new investments by countries like China who installed their own wind project in 2009 and the US which has given permission to start Cape Wind project in Massachusetts. This will hopefully be an increasingly prominent alternative to our current energy sources.

These trends may seem very different from one another, but they all signal that there’s a real market for green building materials and that various parties are investing in change. Will your green company be ready for it?

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greenbuildOn August 25th, Tirza and Kim headed to Birmingham, Alabama for the Green Building Focus Conference for an exciting day of meeting some of the South East’s premier green building companies. There was a diverse selection of vendors who attended the conference this year. There was everyone, from business owners who made Green Builders Pencils from a graphite composite material, to sales representatives for counter tops made from recycled glass. It really illustrated how many different companies were in the green building sector.

There were also a number of interesting speakers who presented throughout the day. Chris Brogan, author of New York Times Bestseller Trust Agents, spoke to attendees about how Social Media could be used to really influence their constituents and empower their companies. There were many who left with a better grasp on how these tools could be maximized to  be more competitive in the workplace.

It is exciting to see how much momentum has built around the green building materials industry in the South East. It was encouraging to hear how many of these sustainable companies have matured and how many of them are experiencing growth tpdau. The Green Building Focus Conference is only in it’s second year and is already showing promising signs of progress. We look forward to seeing how much it evolves in the future conferences to come!

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