(AUSTIN, TX – January 8, 2018) Texas-based Pecan Street Inc. is now accepting applications from energy technology startups for its new PLATFORM program. Designed to leverage Pecan Street’s groundbreaking research on residential and small business electricity and water use, PLATFORM integrates data-driven market intelligence, product development and validation, rapid prototyping, and collaboration with venture funding and energy industry executives.

Start-ups with a clean energy hardware innovation targeted at the residential and/or small commercial sectors and who have a functioning prototype can apply at pecanstreet.org/platformapp. Selected companies will be notified within 60 days of applying.

“Investors want to see real-world product validation, but testing and validating energy and water technology in the real world is difficult and expensive,” said Pecan Street CEO Brewster McCracken. “Our goal is to accelerate innovation, and PLATFORM removes a lot of the difficulty and expense of demonstrating energy products’ potential.”

Since 2010, Pecan Street has deployed energy- and water-related technology in thousands of homes and small businesses and manages the world’s largest database of energy and water use. Many of the technologies deployed were developed by Pecan Street engineers and field-tested in Pecan Street’s lab in Austin.

Pecan Street will provide subsidized PLATFORM services to the first round of companies accepted. The program will also include access to Pecan Street’s hardware and software testing facilities, energy and water use database, and engineering and data-management staff.

Companies will also have access to an Innovation Advisory Council of venture funding, incubation, hardware, software, and clean energy experts formed specifically to advise PLATFORM participants.

About Pecan Street Inc.(www.pecanstreet.org)
Since its founding in 2009, Pecan Street Inc. has become known as an international center for innovation in residential electric and water hardware and software products, services and applications. The organization sits at the intersection between industry and research, bridging the gaps between innovation and successful commercialization to accelerate advancements in clean energy and water conservation. For more information about PLATFORM, email info@pecanstreet.org or call 512-782-9213.

Media Contact: Colin Rowan, Pecan Street, media@pecanstreet.org, 512-222-9603