The CleanTech Alliance represents more than 300 member companies and organizations across Washington State. Founded in 2007 by business and cleantech leaders, the Alliance facilitates the generation and growth of cleantech companies and jobs through a variety of educational programs, research, products and services.
Washington’s strong cleantech industry encompasses hundreds of companies ranging from the Fortune 50 to emerging players backed by more than $1 billion in venture capital. The sector employs more than 90,000 workers in Washington, each striving to make a significant contribution to the worldwide demand and deployment of clean technologies.
Washington State is home to multiple world-class academic and research institutions, including the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University, and more. These research institutions are partnering with utilities and industry to help Washington lead by example in renewable energy deployment, smart grid research, energy efficiency programs and environmental sustainability.
Cleantech, or clean technology, is a broad term that spans products and services in the energy, environmental and sustainability industries. It includes products or services that generate, transmit, or store energy; reduce energy consumption, waste, or environmental pollution; and improve operational performance, productivity, or efficiency.
Many people are surprised to learn that our membership is so diverse. Often there’s an assumption that a “cleantech” organization would be made up primarily of clean or alternative energy companies. While these organizations are strongly represented, they are not the sole makeup of our membership. Clean technologies actually span every industry with cleaner, more efficient products and services that can apply to every type of business that currently exists.