Sep 28, 2010 6:41 PM by Greg Boyce
Governor Bill Ritter will travel to Denmark and Finland this week to promote renewable energy companies and to visit the Vestas Wind Systems world headquarters.
Vestas is the world's largest manufacturer of wind turbines and has made Colorado its North American manufacturing hub with a plant in northern Colorado and one in Pueblo.
Joined by Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. Executive Vice President Tom Clark, Gov. Ritter will be meeting with European and Nordic companies interested in investing and expanding into the United States, while also promoting and building relationships for existing Colorado clean-tech companies.
Colorado now has the fourth-highest concentration of clean-energy workers in America and is home to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Local economist Pattie Silverstein said last week renewable energy is one of the few sectors that has continued to grow in Colorado throughout the recession.
"A mile above sea level, Colorado is one of the most significant states with regard to clean-tech investment and job-creation," said Clark of the Metro Denver EDC. "With the great brainpower based here with NREL, leading research universities and a tech-savvy workforce, we really are the only state that's able to produce innovative clean-tech ideas out of thin air."