Report finds "Green Collar" jobs on the rise in Colorado.
DENVER (AP) -- A group that promotes solar energy research says the renewable energy Renewable energy utilizes natural resources such as sunlight, wind, tides and geothermal heat, which are naturally replenished. Renewable energy technologies range from solar power, wind power, and hydroelectricity to biomass and biofuels for transportation. and energy efficiency industries provided more than 91,000 jobs--from janitors to engineers--in Colorado in 2007.
The American Solar Energy Society released a report that said "green" industries generated $10.3 billion in sales and accounted for more than 4 percent of the gross state product in 2007.
A report prepared for the Colorado Energy Research Institute in 2007 estimated that oil and gas activity in the state employed about 71,000 people, and that industry's economic contribution in 2005 was $22.9 billion, not including expenditures for developments like pipelines.
The ASES report was commissioned by Xcel Energy, Red Rocks Community College Red Rocks Community College is a community college located in Lakewood, Colorado and Arvada, Colorado. History
The college was established in 1969 as a campus of the Community College of Denver and opened at a temporary site until the Colorado legislature appropriated and several Colorado and Denver agencies including the Governor's Energy Office.
The report said public- and private-sector initiatives and the presence of facilities like the National Renewable Energy Laboratory position Colorado well to take advantage of growing interest in green technologies. For instance, state law requires large utilities to get 20 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020.
The report noted companies that have announced plans in the last two years to add jobs in Colorado:
* Wind-turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems is developing plants in Windsor and Brighton with plans to employ a total of more than 2,000 people.
* AVA Ava, in the Bible
Ava (ā`və), in the Bible, an unidentified city of Mesopotamia, perhaps the same as Ivah. Its inhabitants are called Avites. Solar Inc., a spinoff Spinoff
A new, independent company created through selling or distributing new shares for an existing part of another company.
Spinoffs may be done through a rights offering. from Colorado State University, plans to build a solar panel manufacturing plant that would employ 500 people.
* Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. said it was moving its U.S. headquarters from Austin, Texas, to Broomfield, Colo., which offered economic incentives to lure the wind energy farm developer. The headquarters is expected to employ 140 people.
* Siemens Energy said it would establish a wind turbine turbine, rotary engine that uses a continuous stream of fluid (gas or liquid) to turn a shaft that can drive machinery.
A water, or hydraulic, turbine is used to drive electric generators in hydroelectric power stations. research and development center that would employ 50 people in Boulder.
"In a surprisingly short time Colorado has effectively positioned itself as a national leader in the green economy," said Brad Collins, ASES executive director.