NEWTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- BigBelly Solar, Inc., a leading global provider of innovative and sustainable information solutions for the management of waste & recycling, has been named by the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) as its 2011 Emerging Company of the Year. BigBelly Solar received this award at the annual Green Tie Gala where the NECEC leadership recognized BigBelly Solar for its dramatic growth and substantial global influence in increasing resource efficiencies and reducing environmental impacts in the waste management industry.
“BigBelly Solar is pleased to receive this recognition from the NECEC and proud to be a member of this organization, which plays such an important role in catalyzing the clean economy,” said Barry Fougere, CEO of BigBelly Solar. “2011 has been a milestone year for BigBelly Solar on multiple fronts. First and foremost has been our transition to an information services company, where our hosted command center controls, tracks and analyzes street-level waste & recycling stations, presenting actionable insights to our customers that enable them to manage their waste & recycling resources in a dramatically more efficient way. Such insights are allowing our customers to consistently reduce the resources allocated to collection operations by 80% or more. We call our integrated system ‘The Smart Grid for Waste & RecyclingTM’, and it provides operational transparency and control to organizations that have never had such powerful information at their fingertips.”
BigBelly Solar saw a significant expansion around the globe in 2011, highlighted by the City of Chicago’s decision to convert their entire downtown operations over to the system, with subsequent expansion into other agencies of the City. BigBelly Solar will finish the year with more than 13,000 waste & recycling stations deployed worldwide – with customers increasingly exploiting the information capabilities of the System to better manage their daily operations. Efficiencies enabled by the BigBelly System in Chicago, Philadelphia and numerous other cities, universities and institutions have been a central element in creating the ‘internal funding’ mechanism to launch or significantly expand public space recycling programs.
About BigBelly Solar
BigBelly Solar is a leading global provider of innovative and sustainable information solutions for the management of waste & recycling, with more than 800 customers in virtually every U.S. state and 30 countries. The BigBelly Solar intelligent waste & recycling collection system combines a powerful management console, software-enabled network command center, and family of mix and match waste & recycling stations into a toolkit that enables municipalities, colleges & universities, government facilities and other institutions to reduce the operating costs associated with collection by 80 percent. Recognized as a C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group best practice, BigBelly Solar is enabling customer practices that are more environmentally sustainable – displacing fossil fuel usage through renewable energy, increasing recycling rates, reducing litter and associated public health concerns, and creating a messaging platform to engage users and influence more environmentally-conscious behaviors. For more information, visit http://bigbellysolar.com