Start-Up Alley, presented by Solar Power International and Clean Energy Trust, offers a competitive forum that enables early-stage companies to get noticed. The pitches take place on Wednesday 16 September from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at SPI’s Start-Up Alley Theater, Booth 937. The pitch competition is open to all attendees, who can learn not only about cutting-edge technologies, but also what attracts venture capital funding.
The four finalists were chosen from 16 companies that were chosen through a competitive selection process.
Pitch competition finalists:
Anar Solar LLC offers patent-pending racking and ballast systems, as well as installation, solar design, and general contracting services. The company provides commercial and residential systems, and specialize in landfill installations. According to the company, by using its patent-pending ballasted racking system, Anar Solar's arrays can be assembled quickly on virtually any terrain, in any climate, and with the highest quality. The non-invasive approach adheres to sustainable practices because there's no need for earth trenching and digging. The company reports that this approach minimizes the use of heavy equipment, eliminates damage to the site grounds, reducing the use of fossil fuels, and minimizing any impact on the environment.
Interplay Learning’s Solar Training Platform, which is a proprietary platform and 3D interactive training simulator. The company developed what it says is an “affordable training solution that will change the way contractors on-board, train and retain technicians in the solar industry at a fraction of the cost versus current options.”
LightManufacturing specializes in heliostats for industrial and architectural applications as well as turn-key heliostat based manufacturing systems for molding plastic and other uses. The company reports that its products offer the lowest-cost-per-watt performance along with innovative shatterproof tensioned membrane mirrors, and available wireless control systems. Its solar thermal plastic molding systems, called Solar Rotational Molding (or SRM), solutions are turn-key "Factory in a Box" systems that use heat from heliostats to melt plastic and make useful products like water tanks, boats, road barriers and more - with zero fossil fuel inputs.
Nevados Engineering designs and manufactures single-axis trackers that the company says can decrease the overall cost of solar because their trackers decrease the complexity in the design, installation and operation of commercial, industrial and utility-scale systems. Nevados explains that its Single Axis Tracker (SAT) “eliminates many of the typical construction activities necessary to install and operated a SAT. We design, manufacture and distribute this equipment.”
Start-up Alley exhibition
Not everyone can be a finalist, but many fledgling companies get to be a part of Start-Up Alley. This opportunity gives them a free table, electricity, cable, etc., along with the publicity associated with being part of Solar Power International including press coverage. For fledgling companies just the cost of traveling to the show can be a burden and they would never think of having a booth. But Start-Up Alley gives them that, and more. – The Start-Up Alley Pavilion is in booth 937.
Start-up alley participants:
- Bert Thin Films, LLC
- DOSUN Incorp
- Kevala Analytics
- Sunvestment Group
Sponsors of the 2015 Start-Up completion:
Written by Anne Fischer, Managing Editor, Solar Novus Today