Press Release: The Cleanie Awards® Honors the Clean Energy Business Network as 2019 Gold Winner in the Non-Profit of the Year Category

September 24, 2019
Contact: Andy Barnes

Salt Lake City, UT – September 24, 2019

The Clean Energy Business Network has been chosen as The Cleanie Awards® Gold recipient for Non-Profit of the Year. The Cleanie Awards program is the first comprehensive awards program exclusive to the cleantech industry. The program sets out to recognize innovation excellence, business leadership and superior outreach campaigns. Nominations were submitted from individuals and organizations of all sizes and across many facets of the industry.

During a ceremony at the Solar Power International conference in Salt Lake City Tuesday, the Cleanie award was accepted by CEBN member Jeff Wolfe.  “The Cleanie Awards set out to identify the unsung movers and shakers in the industry, from the top of the Fortune 100 list to hot startups, pioneering individuals and high impact advocates,” said Elyssa Haynes, program director, The Cleanie Awards. “The CEBN exemplifies the type of innovation and leadership that we are seeking in an award winner. Their accomplishments serve as an inspiration to the broader cleantech industry.”

The Clean Energy Business Network is the small business voice for the clean energy economy, working to enhance opportunities for small and midsize clean energy providers through policy support, business development, and market and technology education. Its membership spans clean energy professionals in all 50 states and across a diverse array of technologies from wind and solar, to efficiency, smart grid, and advanced transportation technologies.

“We are thrilled to be selected for this honor and recognized along with so many other exceptional individuals and organizations working to advance the clean energy economy,” said CEBN President Lynn Abramson.

Abramson added, “We are honored by this award recognizing the Clean Energy Business Network’s efforts to support small and midsize businesses across the clean energy economy. It is an absolute gift to work alongside the more than 3,000 business leaders in our network who are creating a cleaner energy future for all Americans. Like these entrepreneurs, the CEBN team is small but mighty. We have big ambitions for the future of our organization and the clean energy economy as a whole.”

CEBN started in 2009 as a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts with the goal of informing and engaging clean energy businesses in policy issues impacting their industry. Two years ago, CEBN spun out of Pew to incorporate as a nonprofit organization in its own right. CEBN now serves as an independent, small business-focused subsidiary of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE)—a coalition of the leading sector-specific trade associations and corporations in the energy efficiency, renewable energy, and natural gas sectors. In this short timeframe, CEBN has reinvented its structure and business model, expanding income sources to include grants, sponsorships, and premium member dues. The infographic below illustrates key CEBN developments in the past two years since the network transitioned from Pew to BCSE.

The Clean Energy Business Network was selected by a cohort of judges and leaders representing a cross section of the cleantech and renewable energy sectors, including Allie Burns, Village Capital; Thiam Giam, Black & Veatch Management Consulting, LLC; Gil Jenkins, Hannon Armstrong; Chris Taylor, Google; Emily Williams, Edison Energy; and, Chris Vlahoplus, Scott Madden.

A full list of winners can be found at

About the CEBN: The Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) is the small business voice of the clean energy economy, working to enhance opportunities for clean energy providers through policy support, market and technology information, and business development. Started in 2009 by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the CEBN is now a small business division of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. The CEBN represents 3,000+ business leaders across all 50 U.S. states working with a broad range of clean energy and transportation technologies.

About The Cleanie Awards®: The Cleanie Awards® is the first comprehensive awards program exclusive to the cleantech industry. It generates much needed visibility for innovators and disruptors in the industry who are creating life [and planet] changing solutions. The campaigns recognized by the award program aim to influence public opinion about technologies delivering on the promise of a
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