Thursday, August 27, 2009

Rocky Radar - Ascent Announces Successful Testing of Packaging for Thin Film Technology

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc (NASDAQ:ASTI) announced the successful completion of internal qualification of the packaging for its flexible thin-film modules.

Ascent, based in Thornton, Colorado, is scheduled to begin high volume manufacturer of thin film modules at its factory, also in Thornton, at the beginning of 2010.

Monday, August 24, 2009

ColoradoBiz TV: Ryan Ferrero at the CCIA Launch Event

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Ryan Ferrero of Primoris Energy Solutions talks at the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association’s launch about how the company is bringing clean technology and innovation to the transportation industry.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

ColoradoBiz TV: CCIA Launch Highlights

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Christine Shappard, the executive director of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, talks to the press about the organization’s goal to make Colorado a world leader in the green economy. Plus, hear remarks from Don Elliman, new State of Colorado COO, and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter at the CCIA launch July 23, 2009.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Top 10 U.S. states for cleantech in 2009: Colorado Ranks #4

1. California is the 800-pound gorilla of cleantech, with half of all cleantech-related venture capital going to the Golden State, a total of $6.5 billion from 2006 to 2008. Backed by the leadership of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, they also have the most aggressive greenhouse-gas reduction targets in the country.

2. Texas boasts the world’s largest wind farm, and generates more electricity from wind than any other state. Moreover, Texas attracted more than $716 million in cleantech-related venture capital funds between 2006 and 2008.

3.Massachusetts can lay claim to the best university cluster in the world, with MIT, Harvard University, Boston University, Tufts University and Northeastern University helping attract from 2006 to 2008 $1.2 billion in venture capital funds—second only to California.

4. Colorado is cultivating a true cleantech culture, with roughly 200 cleantech firms dotting the area stretching from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins. The state has attracted more than 17,000 cleantech jobs from 2006 to 2008. Colorado was also able to attract Vestas Wind Systems, the world's leading supplier of wind turbines, to open four new plants—an investment of more than $600 million.

Find out the rest

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mike Cote Interview with Ron Bernal, chairman of CCIA

Ron Bernal, of Sequel Venture Partners and chairman of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, talks at the organization’s launch event about how the group plans to develop the green energy sector in Colorado.

Monday, August 10, 2009

August 9 - Denver Post: A conversation with Christine Shapard

A conversation with Christine Shapard, executive director of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, edited for length and clarity by staff writer Mark Jaffe:

Q: How has the recession affected clean-technology companies, especially startups?

Q: If climate and energy legislation, along the lines of the Waxman-Markey bill passed by the House, becomes law, what impact could it have for companies here?

Q: What effect is the Obama administration's economic stimulus package having on clean-technology companies?

Link to Chris Shapard's answers

Thursday, August 6, 2009

ColoradoBiz TV: Don Marostica of Colorado’s OEDIT at CCIA's Launch

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Don Marostica, Gov. Ritter’s Republican pick to head the state’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade, explains at the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association’s launch how green collar jobs will help put some of Colorado’s 250,000 unemployed to work.