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Friday, March 28, 2008
GOV. RITTER CONGRATULATES DENVER ON RECEIVING $200K SOLAR AWARD
Gov.Bill Rittertoday congratulated Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and the city for receiving a $200,000 U.S. Department of Energy "Solar America Cities" award.Denverwill receive technical and funding assistance for developing solar electric projects.
"I applaud Mayor Hickenlooper andColorado's capital city for being selected as a 2008SolarAmericaCity," Gov. Ritter said. "This national award recognizesDenver's greening efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and incorporate clean, renewable sources of power. The Solar America grant will further stimulate our renewable energy industry, protect our natural environment, increase our energy security and advanceColorado's New Energy Economy."
The announcement comes on the heels of several other major New Energy Economy achievements in recent weeks, including:
·The opening of Vestas Blades inWindsor;
·The announcement that ConocoPhillips is opening an alternative-fuel research hub inLouisville;
·The relocation of RES Americas fromTexastoBroomfield;
·Xcel Energy's decision to makeBoulderthe nation's firstSmartGridCity; and
·This week's signing of a historic "homegrown energy" or net-metering bill into law by Gov. Ritter.
DOE Secretary Samuel W. Bodman made the announcement today that $2.4 million will be available to 12 cities across the country. These cities were chosen for their commitment and comprehensive approach to the deployment of solar technologies and the development of sustainable solar infrastructures. The Solar America Initiative (SAI) aims to make electricity from solar photovoltaics cost-competitive with conventional electricity by 2015.