Cleantech in Colorado
Colorado is leading the way in cleantech employment, R&D and investment. The cluster of companies, national laboratories and university resources that call the state home are second to none. Colorado was the first state to pass clean energy standards by the ballot, we’re 4th nationally in cleantech job concentration, 8th in cleantech venture capital investment, and our federal labs make us number one in the world for cleantech research. Clean Edge has consistently ranked Colorado in the top 10 of their Cleantech Index, an indication of leadership in the cleantech industry.
Within the United States, Colorado is a national leader in adopting clean energy technologies and supporting the ecosystem of individuals, businesses and institutions fueling the state’s cleantech industry. 2016 highlights:
- 26,270, direct employment
- $4.6 billion economic impact
- 22.4% employment growth in the last 5 years
- $20.5 million in VC cleantech investments
Colorado offers several incentive programs that are available to investors, entrepreneurs and cleantech businesses of all sizes.
CCIA actively and successfully advocates for Colorado’s clean technology industries at the Colorado State Legislature, and to the Administration of Governor Jared Polis. Our efforts have directly led to creation of programs that support the growth of the industries and serve to position Colorado as a clean energy leader.
Colorado is home to a robust energy community and CCIA partners with organizations across the energy spectrum to build and support the State’s energy ecosystem. Together with our partners we are proud to have developed collaborative programs, networking events, policy work and educational offerings.
Colorado has one of the highest per capita concentrations of federal science, research, and engineering facilities in the nation. Twenty-four federally funded scientific research laboratories have a high concentration of renowned scientists whose work has global impact in a number of areas including natural resource management, climate change and renewable energy. In addition to the federally funded laboratories, Colorado is home to leading energy research capabilities at the University of Colorado, Colorado School of Mines and Colorado State University. All of these labs represent important sources of basic research and development upon which business can create new commercial innovations.
Innovation & Commercialization Partners
Colorado is blessed with a wealth of clean tech innovation and commercialization assets that help to grow companies and industries.
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