Sept. 10: The Meaning of “Cleantech” in the Solar Industry

Part of the Cleantech Dinner Discussion Series

Date: Wednesday, September 10th
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Led By: Tom Ward, VP of Marketing and Sales at Stellaris
Location: The Asgard (350 Mass Ave, Cambridge – Near Central Square) http;//
Cost: Free for Net Impact members, $5 for non-members

This month’s Cleantech Dinner Discussion will feature Tom Ward, VP Marketing and Sales, Stellaris Corporation, an award-winning solar power technology firm. Those who have participated in our previous Cleantech Dinners will realize that being a company in the solar energy business does not automatically qualify it as fully “cleantech” by our definition, since we look not only at the products of a company, but also at its processes and its underlying values. That said, Stellaris is indeed focused on incorporating sustainable business practices into its approach to meeting the need for advanced solar power technology. This will be an excellent opportunity to look at the multiple facets of “cleantech” as they intertwine, and sometimes conflict, within a single company.

More about Stellaris:
Stellaris’ ClearPower™ technology reduces the cost of solar power while greatly improving photovoltaic (PV) module aesthetics. This radically different approach to constructing modules incorporates passive concentrating optics and can utilize virtually any type of photovoltaic (PV) material. Stellaris’ design can be incorporated into flat plate solar modules as well as building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) applications such as curtain walls and skylights. The technology reduces solar module manufacturing costs by decreasing photovoltaic material requirements, increases electrical output by reducing optical inefficiencies, minimizes maintenance cost by eliminating mechanisms that track the sun, and augments energy production on cloudy days. The company won first prize at the 2006 MIT Enterprise Forum’s Ignite Clean Energy competition, Energy & Power category runner-up honors in the 2006 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovations Awards, and was invited by award-winning architect Michael McDonough to display their ClearPower solar PV design at WIRED Magazine’s NextFest in both 2006 and 2007. Website:

More about Tom Ward:
Tom Ward is Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Stellaris Corporation. Tom has over 20 years marketing and sales experience developing new markets with an emphasis on emerging technologies for early-stage companies. His marketing experience includes the Gillette Company, and startups Atlantic Cellular and VideoGuide. Additionally, Tom was Director of Marketing at Bread & Circus before the company’s acquisition by Whole Foods Markets. Prior to Stellaris, Tom was VP Marketing & Product Design at startup interactive TV company, VideoGuide/TVGuide On Screen, where he was awarded multiple patents. Tom earned an MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BA from Middlebury College in economics.

Please RSVP to Rudy Ruggles,, to reserve a spot.

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