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1st Solar Power International Start-Up Alley Challenge Winner Is…

Our friends over at were recently recognized for their hard work and good ideas, winning 1st place in the 1st annual “Start-Up Alley Challenge” at Solar Power International (SPI).

The competition offers several start-ups the chance to present their early-stage businesses to a group of accomplished and knowledgeable judges. In this first Start-Up Alley Challenge, 19 semi-finalists were brought together at one of SPI’s booths to be accessible to solar industry leaders for evaluation and feedback. The inaugural panel of judges, who picked a winner from the 9 finalists who made it to their desk, included a range of true cleantech leaders:

  • Raghu Belur, Co-Founder/Vice President of Products & Strategic Initiatives, Enphase
  • David Drescher, VP Wind & Solar, Exelon Generation
  • Declan Flanagan, CEO, Lincoln Renewable Energy
  • Adam Lerner, Vice President, McNally Capital
  • Daniel Li, Wanxiang
  • Steve Markscheid, Independent Director, Jinko Solar
  • Jigar Shah, CEO, Jigar Shah Consulting
  • Stephen Weiland, Vice President, KPMG

Surprisingly, and showing how much promise has, the judges unanimously voted (though, they were given the option of voting for 3 applicants). takes aim at the infamous soft costs” of solar, “using an e-commerce platform that is able to provide design and engineering services to the online world of cloud computing.” Here’s more:

GreenLancer advantages include easy to use engineering support on the fly, anywhere in the world, and fast accurate delivery of engineering documents. According to Jigar Shah, one of the judges, “GreenLancer stood out among the competition by demonstrating a visionary and innovative business model.”

Congratulations to, especially occasional CleanTechnica contributor and GreenLancer co-founder Douglas Elbinger.

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