Finalists for the California Clean Tech Open’s Renewable Energy Prize will present their innovations at Solar Power 2006, the largest business-to-business solar conference and expo in the United States. The California Clean Tech Open finalists were selected by a panel of Silicon Valley venture capitalists, Clean Tech executives and domain experts and will compete for the nation’s largest cash and service prize devoted to environmentally conscious technology development.

“Solar Power 2006 is a launching pad for innovation,” said Julia Judd, executive director of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). “With the California Clean Tech Open entrepreneurs in front of the leading companies in the solar industry, new business partnerships will form, the spirit of innovation will be fostered, and sparks will fly.”

Presented by SEPA and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Solar Power 2006 will focus on new and innovative developments in the industry. Conference organizers expect more than 2,000 attendees representing the solar industry, customers and policymakers.

The expo will feature more than 130 companies including module, inverter and component manufacturers, distributors, installers, investors, architects and others involved in the solar market.

The conference will take place Oct. 16–19 in San Jose, Calif. More information is available at www.solarpowerconference.com.