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About the Clean Energy Alliance
The Clean Energy Alliance (CEA), established in 2000 by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is an alliance of leading business incubators dedicated to providing business and financial services tailored to the needs of the clean energy community. Current CEA member incubators are located in California (Environmental Business Cluster, San Jose and CleanStart/McClellan Technology Incubator, McClellan), New Mexico (Technology Ventures Corporation, Albuquerque), Texas (ATI Clean Energy Incubator, Austin), Kansas (Enterprise Center of Johnson County, Lenexa), Alabama (Biztech, Huntsville and Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Mobile), Florida (Technological Research and Development Authority, Melbourne) Georgia (Georgia Institute of Technology-Venture Lab, Atlanta), Virginia (National Institute for the Commercialization of Clean Energy, Blackstone), New Jersey (Rutgers Eco-complex, Bordentown), and New York (Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center, Albany). For additional information on Clean Energy Alliance, see

Twenty five years ago, the City of San Diego (ECD), UC San Diego and the private sector set out to stimulate the commercialization of science and technology discoveries from the local research institutions. CONNECT has assisted in the formation and development of more than 2,000 companies and is widely regarded as the world's most successful regional program linking investors and entrepreneurs with the resources they need for commercialization. Today San Diego is home to almost 6,000 technology companies employing almost 140,000 people.

About CleanTECH San Diego
CleanTECH San Diego is a non-profit membership organization formed to accelerate San Diego as a world leader in the clean technology economy. CleanTECH San Diego's mission is to stimulate innovation and advance the adoption of clean technologies and sustainable industry practices for the economic, environmental and social benefit of the greater San Diego region. CleanTECH San Diego accomplishes this through a series of programs including education and outreach, policy advocacy and leadership opportunities.

About National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
NREL is located in Golden, Colorado, is the United States' primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a government-owned, contractor-operated facility; it is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This arrangement allows a private entity to operate the lab on behalf of the federal government under a prime contract. NREL receives funding from Congress to be applied toward research and development projects. NREL also performs research on photovoltaics (PV) under the National Center for Photovoltaics. NREL has a number of PV research capabilities including research and development, testing, and deployment. NREL's campus houses several facilities dedicated to PV research.

About FLoW
A public-private consortium, called First Look West (FLoW), builds upon the mission of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) to improve energy efficiency and productivity and bring reliable, affordable clean technologies to market. The FLoW competition is one of six awarded regionally as part of a three-year, $2 million DOE program. The winning teams from six regions will compete at a competition held at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. in June 2012.