A new initiative is in the works that will map out the supply chain for the wind and photovoltaic industries. The study will help the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster (CCEC) identify specific companies in the supply chain to recruit to the region and to work with existing manufacturers to lower costs, improve availability of key products and supplies and produce more products in Colorado.
Opportunities for Partnerships and Attraction
Many economic development organizations tout the importance of leveraging the “supply chain” from a business development and import substitution perspective, but few are actually doing this. Before this initiative, there was no proactive, focused, statewide clean energy supply chain analysis or development strategy in Colorado. This limited the ability of the industry to maximize job creation through attracting key companies in the clean energy supply chain not represented in Colorado and/or the United States.
Colorado is a Clean Energy Hub
Many if not all of the major local and state economic development organizations have identified clean energy jobs as a priority. Colorado is fortunate to have the leading global wind turbine developers, Vestas, in our region producing blades, nacelles and towers. Woodward is also a key business in our region producing inverters for the wind industry. In addition, the region has Abound Solar, which produces thin film PV panels, Advanced Energy, which produces inverters for PV systems, and Wirsol Solar, an integrator.
If you are interested in learning more or would like to be involved, please email Mike Freeman at bWZyZWVtYW5AZmNnb3YuY29t.