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December 16, 2015

Seven Teams Win Big at Catalyst Energy Innovation Demo Day

The Energy Department on December 14 announced the seven winners of the second round of the Catalyst Energy Innovation Prize Demo Day, which were chosen out of 19 finalist startups. On December 10, each of the contestants faced a diverse panel of judges and an audience of nearly 100 local and regional innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors as they demonstrated their energy software solutions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Winners will receive up to $100,000 each to help advance their early-stage solutions toward commercialization. The Catalyst Energy Innovation Prize program is designed to accelerate ubiquitous, affordable solar energy and energy-efficient building technology deployment by connecting American innovators to the tools, capabilities, data sets, and resources developed by the Energy Department and its national laboratories. The competition leverages each of these assets to boost cutting-edge clean tech companies and tackle time-sensitive market challenges.

Here are the winners of the Catalyst prize competition and the challenge each is tackling:

  • MySunBuddy of Boston, Massachusetts, is sharing virtual net metered and community solar system solar production credits

  • Solar Merchant of Lake Forest, California, is tapping small commercial rooftop solar potential

  • Pick My Solar, SolarBook of Los Angeles, California, is developing a one-stop shop for information about residential solar

  • Hot4Solar of San Francisco, California, is using peer networks to better target solar marketing

  • Solar Land Solutions of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is matching landowners and building owners with utility and community solar developers

  • Livable Analytics of Berkeley, California, is understanding how energy-saving technologies and building performance impact occupant satisfaction

  • Kinetic Buildings of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is developing low-cost automated diagnostics for commercial buildings.

See the Energy Department news release.