Gov. Bill Ritter, D-Colo., has announced the winners of the third annual Governor's Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards. The awards honor outstanding contributions made by individuals and organizations to protect Colorado's environment, diversify the state's energy portfolio and provide clean power through renewable energy.
‘Colorado is blessed with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit that is at the heart of our new energy economy,’ says Ritter. ‘Congratulations to these organizations and individuals who are building a new economic future, creating new jobs, protecting our state's unique environment and increasing our energy security.’
Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc., headquartered in Broomfield, Colo., received the large-business award. The company has developed more than 40 wind farms nationwide with a capacity of approximately 4,000 MW. In addition, the company has increased its staff by 25% during the economic downturn.
Northern Colorado Clean Energy Cluster, an economic development organization focused on growing clean and renewable energy jobs in northern Colorado, received the nonprofit award. The clean energy cluster attracts new clean and renewable energy companies to the region while assisting existing businesses and supporting local start-ups engaged in clean energy.
The winners each received an award created by Colorado artist Melinda Laz.
SOURCE: Office of Gov. Bill Ritter