Colorado solar plant generates jobs and energy
Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar visited the high-tech solar panel plant in Longmont, Colo., to call attention to a reinvigorated U.S. high-tech manufacturing sector. Salazar met with employees of an innovative solar panel company that has created more than 200 ‘green jobs’ in two years and expects to double employment by next year.
“Abound Solar and hundreds of renewable energy companies sprouting up across the nation are keys to solving our energy and climate change challenges,” Secretary Salazar said. “The President’s energy policy is jump-starting the creation of an American Clean Energy sector of cutting-edge firms that together will generate millions of jobs, restore America’s role as a global leader in the clean energy industry, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and cut carbon pollution.”
Abound Solar Inc., which carries out commercial scale manufacturing of next-generation thin-film solar photovoltaic modules, started with four employees in 2007 as a spin-off from Colorado State University, which developed the technology. It has created 200 jobs in Colorado in two years and expects to have 420 employees by 2010, according to an Aug. 4 article on Examiner.com.