CCIA announces 2018 Cleantech Award winners

Thursday November 1, 2018 Tags: Boulder, CCIA, CCIA 2018 Cleantech Awards, SunTech Drive, Silver Bullet, Vartega, Lever Energy Capital, Chris Hansen

BOULDER -- Winners have been announced for Colorado Cleantech Industries Association’s 2018 Cleantech Awards held Oct. 24, CCIA’s 10th birthday.CCIA_logoUSE

The awards went to five individuals and companies that made a significant impact in the cleantech ecosystem in Colorado in 2018.

CCIA said it had record numbers of nominations in 2018 with judging that was so close that -- for example -- there was a triple tie for second place in the High Impact category.

Judges John Browne, Lisa Hough, Steve Hughes and Jane Pater Salmon selected each of the five category winners based on criteria such as revenue growth, capital raised, major newsworthy announcements and staff growth, between November 2017 and October 2018.

The 2018 Colorado Cleantech Award winners are:

High Impact Cleantech Company of the Year:

SunTech Drive

SunTech Drive is making solar-ready nanogrid motors for all sorts of off and on grid applications. SunTech Drive was the winner in the Breakout Category in 2017, showing quick and extraordinary growth. SunTech Drive’s CEO, John LoPorto, accepted the award with his team.

Emerging Cleantech Company of the Year:

Lever Energy Capital

Lever Energy Capital provides low-cost private capital for building retrofits, new construction, and solar projects. Vice President Kevin Morse of Lever Energy Capital accepted the award.

Breakout Cleantech Company of the Year:


Vartega is taking carbon scrap materials and leveraging them for automotive and aerospace applications. Alice Havill, Vartega’s COO, accepted the award.

Cleantech Innovator of the Year:

Dave LisleSilver Bullet

Lisle has over 20 years of C-level experience in a range of companies and is currently CEO of Silver Bullet, which provides comprehensive services and solutions for a variety of water problems. Silver Bullet won the CCIA Emerging Cleantech Company Award in 2012.

Legislator of the Year:

State Representative Chris Hansen

Rep. Hansen is finishing up his first term representing House District 6 in Denver. In just two years, Hansen has established himself to be a leader in clean energy policy at the capital. He has worked on bills to increase utility scale storage, increase the community solar garden cap, sustainably fund the Colorado Energy Office and provide a bonding mechanism to smooth the transition for communities that are retiring old coal plants.