CONNEX Investor Night

CONNEX Investor Night

This event on Dec. 4 2019 was the culmination of a decade’s effort to put the spotlight on investable cleantech companies in our region. Four outstanding companies delivered clear, compelling, and high-quality presentations on their companies to a packed crowd of investors and supporters at our first CONNEX event, in collaboration with New Energy Nexus (formerly the California Clean Energy Fund or CalCEF). It went so well, we are planning a second one in March, with three companies already wanting to participate. Sponsored by New Energy NexusBlueTech Valley Stoel Rives, and the  California Energy Commission 

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SMUD 2030 Board Meeting

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What is one of the leading threats to the spread of solar PV installations in the US?  The lack of a good way to deal with old or broken panels from existing installations.  Fifty thousand tons of these are piling up in warehouses in the absence of a better solution. ...

CleanStart Sponsors

Weintraub | Tobin, EY, Stoel Rives,

Greenberg Traurig LLP, BlueTech Valley,

Buchalter, Moss Adams,

College of Engineering & Computer Science

at Sacramento State

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Keep your Electronics Running

Keep your Electronics Running

Ever wondered what would happen to all your communication devices, smart home devices or refrigerator when power is lost from the grid. You no longer need to worry about losing access to those devices when using Off The Wall Energy’s Personal Energy Platform. 

Bob Guimarin of Off The Wall Energy is creating the Personal Energy Platform, a portable micro-energy storage system with real-time awareness of grid and off-grid availability. It works much like a mini-Tesla power wall, but located inside your home at each wall outlet, maintaining power to your most critical devices.

The Personal Energy Platform is a power management system that can be charged at night and discharged during the day, negating the use of grid power when rates are high. It can be plugged into a 120V/240V AC wall outlet and directly connects to your AC and DC devices. It has a unique approach to lower energy waste by connecting native DC devices directly to the Personal Energy Platform without the use of individual device AC/DC inverter power cords. Current plans are for two models, a 440W CommHub unit that can be used to power your home communication devices and a 2000W (2kWh) PowerPlus unit that can power refrigerators and more. 

The Personal Energy Platform is an attractive consumer-oriented product designed for maximum flexibility and ease of use.  All the while operating autonomously to support your critical communications, security systems, food preservation, and home medical devices without the need to swap power cords or impacting your lifestyle choices.

If you want to learn more about Off The Wall Energy, make sure you come to our meetup on February 27, 2020

Check out our newest partner! GreenDrinks!

Check out our newest partner! GreenDrinks!

Don’t  Wait for St. Patty’s Day to Enjoy GreenDrinks!

CleanStart would like to welcome its newest partner, GreenDrinks Sacramento.  GreenDrinks is a monthly networking event for people interested in the Sustainability and Environmental Sector. It is friendly opportunity for to mingle over drinks with people who have a shared interest in “green” topics.

Green Drinks’ code of conduct is one of openness and inclusivity. The monthly gatherings are open for anyone to come, learn and network on a personal level. Be sure to pencil in the second Tuesday of every month if you’d like to be a part of the Sacramento GreenDrinks community. The next event is on Tuesday, July 10  at 5:30 p.m. in Midtown.

To stay connected with GreenDrinks sign up for their newsletter here, follow them on Twitter at @CapGreenDrinks, or check out their Facebook page..


Thomas is the Executive Director of CleanStart. Thomas has a strong background in supporting small businesses, leadership, financial management and is proficient in working with nonprofits. He has a BS in Finance and a BA in Economics from California State University, Chico. Thomas has a passion for sustainability and a commitment to supporting non-profits in the region.

CleanStart Sponsors

Weintraub | Tobin, Moss Adams, River City Bank, GreenbergTraurig

BlueTech Valley,, Revrnt, Synbyo, Califronia Mobility Center