Green Jobs Reportedly On Rise In Colorado

Think all the cleantech jobs are popping up in California? Actually, another ‘C’ state has seen some major growth when in comes to green jobs in recent years: Colorado.

According to Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (EDC), employment in Colorado’s cleantech sector creased 32.7 percent between 2005 and 2010, as compared with a 10 percent increase at the national level.

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In the past two years, more than 20 solar and wind companies have announced they would expand or relocate to Colorado, among them Vestas, the world’s leading manufacturer of wind turbines–which recently announced it would be investing more than $1 billion in four manufacturing plants in Colorado. Vestas’ total Colorado employee count is expected to reach 2,500 workers at full operation.

According to Tom Clark, executive vice president of the Metro Denver EDC, this announcement has sent a ripple effect through the state’s economy by attracting other wind industry players, among them Aluwind, a Vestas supplier.

Call it another green feather in the Rocky Mountain State’s cap, as Colorado was also recently named top dog for energy efficiency by ACEEE.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

1 Comment

  • Reply June 6, 2011

    Cris Ronk

    I hear about a lot of projects that are supposed to be happening in Antelope Valley, CA but I have yet to see any jobs come out of it. I think they are all still in the planning stages.

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