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Joint Venture, Optony, WRI publish first collaborative solar purchasing guide

Joint Venture, Optony and the World Resources Institute have co-published “Purchasing Power: The Best Practices Guide to Collaborative Solar Procurement,” a groundbreaking guide to help other organizations leverage their aggregate buying power to make solar more economically feasible across the United States. The 64-page booklet was introduced this week at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 4th Annual Solar America Cities Meeting in Philadelphia.


The 12-step guide provides a road map for success in purchasing solar power collaboratively through strategically aggregating individual sites into larger scale “bundles”, even if the partners involved are not experienced with the technology.


The guide is based in part on the success of Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Collaborative Renewable Energy Procurement Project, the nation’s largest multi-agency collaborative that brought nine local public agencies together with a total of 70 renewable energy installation sites.


To read the news release, click here.

To download the guide, click here.


Joint Venture, SVLG host U.S. Patent Office chief

Some 100 Silicon Valley business and government leaders attended a forum co-hosted by Joint Venture and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group last month to hear from U. S. Patent and Trademark Office director David Kappos about the intellectual property environment in Silicon Valley and nationally.


Kappos told the audience that a regional patent office was under consideration due to the volume of applications from Silicon Valley as a center of innovation and the proximity of well-known universities. Further consideration is subject to budget restraints and the need for more administrative law judges and examiners to process applications, he said.


The event at Applied Materials was attended by San Jose Mayor and Joint Venture board co-chair Chuck Reed, and featured video greetings by Silicon Valley congressional members Mike Honda and Zoe Lofgren.


To read a San Francisco Chronicle opinion column on this topic co-authored by Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock and Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino, click here.


Join the 21st Century Wireless Infrastructure Coalition

Did you know that:

  • In the United States, 303 million people are mobile phone users?
  • 65.8 million people had smart phones in January 2011, an 8% increase over the preceding quarter?
  • Silicon Valley companies control more than half of the market for smart phone operating platforms?

The potential of this technology can only be enabled if there is a robust wireless infrastructure. Ironically, in Silicon Valley it has taken as long as five years to review and approve an application to build wireless facilities. Joint Venture is building the Coalition for a 21st Century Wireless Infrastructure to promote the deployment of wireless technology to encourage economic growth, national competitiveness and public safety. The coalition will include businesses, elected officials, individuals, business and community organizations. We see the emerging technology as an opportunity for Silicon Valley to lead a new wave of innovation.


To learn more about the coalition and sign up, click  here.


ConnectivityWeek 2011 comes to Santa Clara this month

Joint Venture is a partner on ConnectivityWeek 2011, which will explore how information and communications technology (ICT) can be applied to manage energy and deliver efficiency on the grid and across an array of vertical applications – including major residential, commercial industrial and infrastructure consumption areas. The conference takes place at the Santa Clara Convention Center May 23-26.


For more information and to register, click here.

Electricity Storage Annual Meeting coming June 6-9

The 21st Annual Meeting of the Electricity Storage Association comes to the Fairmont San Jose June 6-9 with a fully charged agenda of speakers, workshops and exhibits. Joint Venture has partnered with the ESA on this premier forum for leaders driving the evolutions and integration of storage systems and technologies.


For more information and registration, click here.

Article of the Month - "Proposed startup visa would be a boon to Silicon Valley"

During his recent visit to Facebook, President Obama pushed the idea of making it easier for noncitizens to launch companies in the U.S. San Jose Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy writes here about a proposed Senate bill that would do just that.


Read his column here.

Joint Venture Spotlight - Emmett Carson, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

It wasn’t so much the bullet crashing through the front window of his family’s apartment on the South Side of Chicago, or even the youth who collapsed on their porch bleeding from a gunshot wound, that left the most lasting impression on 8-year-old Emmett Carson.


It was what happened next that fundamentally altered the course of his life, that shaped his guiding values, that has been his underlying philosophy ever since. And that has made him one of the most successful and internationally respected philanthropic leaders today.


To read his profile, click here.


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