Episode 18 – Bay Area Cleantech: A View from the Trenches

June 7, 2011

In Episode 18 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on Green 960 AM radio on June 4, 2011), San Francisco Business Times cleantech and green business reporter Lindsay Riddell talks with show host Bill Acevedo about what’s happening on the local cleantech scene. 
Photo of Lindsay Riddell

Lindsay Riddell, Cleantech & Green Business Reporter, San Francisco Business Times

She’s covered the beat since 2006 and during that time she’s witnessed some remarkable trends and growth.  So for this episode, we turned the tables on this seasoned journalist and asked her to answer some questions about what she’s observed. 

The conversation covers a lot of ground, from local companies in growth mode to technologies that have the potential for big impact on the state’s energy demands.  In addition, she’s been following the money and shares some observations regarding the flow of capital – from venture capital to government programs.  She also highlights the current cleantech IPO scene, discussing local favorites like Solazyme and BrightSource.

She offers a sneak-peek at some of the companies to be recognized at this year’s San Francisco Business Times Cleantech & Sustainability Awards (Thursday, June 16, 2011 at the InterContinental Hotel San Francisco).  Thanks to Lindsay for taking the time to share her insights and perspective on the industry.
San Francisco Business Times Cleantech & Sustainability Awards 2011

Wendel Rosen is a proud sponsor of this event and congratulates all of the finalists.  We’re looking forward to seeing the following trend-setting companies and other Bay Area green business leaders on the 16th.  Hope you’ll be there too.  Registration info follows in the post links section below.


  • Autodesk Inc.
  • Bridgelux Inc.
  • BrightSource Energy Inc.
  • CalStar Products
  • Choicelunch
  • Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls
  • Clean Filtration Technologies Inc.
  • Driptech Inc.
  • Ecologic Brands Inc.
  • Genencor
  • Grid Net
  • Hara
  • Intematix Corp.
  • InterContinental San Francisco
  • Numi Organic Tea
  • Pattern Energy Group
  • Primus Power Corp.
  • Project Frog Inc.
  • Propel Fuels
  • Recurrent Energy
  • Simbol Materials
  • Solar Millennium
  • Solazyme Inc.
  • The Gladstone Institutes
  • Tioga Energy
  • Trilliant Inc.

Post Links:

Interview with Lindsay Riddell: Episode 18 of The Wendel Forum(27.32 minutes)

San Francisco Business Times website: www.sanfrancisco.bizjournals.com

Cleantech & Sustainability Awards Info & Registration Form:  http://www2.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/event/37371

Green 960 AM radio website: www.green960.com

About show host William Acevedo: www.wendel.com/wacevedo


4 Responses to “Episode 18 – Bay Area Cleantech: A View from the Trenches”

  1. We’ve created a petition on Care2 to encourage the California State Senate to pass the legislation on benefit corporations. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/993/713/047/

    Care2 is a proud B Corp and we’re working with the B Lab team to get legislation passed in all of the 46 states without legislation, including California.

    — Sue Anne Reed
    Care2 Communications Manager

  2. […] great green leaders being recognized on this year’s finalist list (below).   Check out our previous post, which includes the interview with Lindsay Riddell, the cleantech and green business reporter for […]

  3. Karah Says:

    I went to tons of links before this, what was I thniikng?

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