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The New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) of Cambridge, Mass., has chosen the fellows for its Clean Energy Fellowship Program, an executive-development curriculum designed to rapidly transition experienced technology entrepreneurs into the region's clean energy sector.

The Clean Energy Fellowship Program is being piloted this summer and - pending the passage of the Green Jobs Act in Massachusetts - will be run twice a year for the next five years.

Qualifications for program participation include previous CEO experience, the founding/co-founding of one or more start-up ventures, substantial experience in raising capital, and a strong interest in the clean energy sector.

"The emerging clean energy cluster in New England has the potential to be a major economic force in the years to come," says Nick d'Arbeloff, executive director of the NECEC. "However, one of the biggest obstacles to cluster growth is the availability of experienced leadership; the fellowship program hits this need head on and will help to ensure that there are seasoned executives ready and able to drive clean energy companies to critical mass."

The curriculum, which runs through mid-September, includes intensive classroom sessions with seminars, lectures and case studies covering issues, trends and details of clean energy technologies, markets and policies. In addition, the fellows will receive hands-on experience through site visits to local clean-tech companies, local universities, and the National Renewable Energy Lab in Colorado, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy. The program will conclude with capstone projects in conjunction with area venture capital firms and in support of potential or existing clean energy start-ups.

SOURCE: The New England Clean Energy Council

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