Business & Professional Services

Sausalito-based ChannelNet, a provider of multichannel customer engagement solutions, launched Mobile Home Improvement to help home improvement manufacturers and retailers deliver expert content to homeowners on the go.

Green

The city of Napa, using $700,000 in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Energy to implement projects that improve energy efficiency, hired a sustainability coordinator to launch the CleanGreenNapa program and website.

The Tomales Village Community Services District was awarded the distinguished Small Wastewater Plant of the Year award for 2010 by the California Water Environment Association, Redwood Empire Section.

Nonprofit & Community Organizations

The Carneros Land Stewardship Foundation and the Sonoma Land Trust partnered in a multi-year initiative to restore the native habitat along 2.5 miles of Tolay Creek adjacent to Highway 121 near the southern border of Carneros. The project is expected to restore the ecological functioning of Tolay Creek and also provide youth education and job training.

Solar

One Sun Inc., a Sebastopol commercial solar PV system installer, contracted to install 1.6 megawatts of solar PV systems on Constellation Brands’ Estancia Winery in Soledad and Ravenswood Winery in Sonoma.

Mill Valley-based Solar Power Partners and Toronto-based JCM Capital jointly launched a fund to develop, finance, own and operate 200 megawatts of solar projects in Ontario.

Rohnert Park-based Westcoast Solar Energy entered into an agreement with connector company Multi-Contact USA to install a 205 kilowatt solar system at the company’s new operations and production unit on the Town Green in Windsor.

Technology

San Rafael-based ClairMail Inc., a provider of mobile banking and payments solutions, was awarded Celent's XCelent Award for Advanced Technology in the research firm's 2010 Mobile Retail Banking Solutions Report.

Wine

Geyser Peak Winery in Geyserville, in partnership with Treasury Wine Estates, parent of Beringer in Napa, will launch Colby Red in January and donate proceeds of a combined $100,000 to the American Heart Association. Additionally, the Groom family and Treasury Wine Estates will donate product for local American Heart Association galas that raise funds for heart research. Colby Red was named for Mr. Groom’s son, who was born with a hole in his heart and at the age of 9 received a St. Jude Medical valve, developed as part of a St. Jude Medical Foundation cardiac research project.

Santa Rosa-based Vineyard & Winery Management magazine opened online registration for its 21st Grand Harvest Awards wine competition. Entries may be submitted via www.vwm-online.com/gha until Jan. 31, 2011. The judging will be held March 1-2, 2011 at Villa Chanticleer in Healdsburg.

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