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.

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