Renewable Energy


Fri May 13, 2011

Xcel on Track to Meet Clean Energy Law Early

Photo by Kirk Siegler

The state's largest utility Xcel Energy says it’s on par to meet Colorado’s renewable energy mandate by 2017, three years earlier than state law requires.

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Fri April 29, 2011

Ascent Solar Cuts Workforce, Launches New Direction

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Thornton-based Ascent Solar Technologies has cut its workforce from 167 employees as of last September to 85. That’s according to recent quarterly filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Many of the layoffs were in the production division. That’s because the company is changing course, hoping that its lightweight solar panels will be more interesting to niche markets. CEO Ron Eller says that translates into innovating new products, like one prototype that incorporates panels into tent flaps for the military.

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Thu March 3, 2011

Study Will Explore New, Green-Friendly Business Models for Utilities

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

As state utility regulators are deciding whether to allow Xcel Energy to drastically cut a rebate program for homeowners who install rooftop solar panels, a new project aims to study how renewable energy and conservation can be made more financially appealing to utility companies. 

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Thu February 24, 2011
Solar Energy

Rally Planned to Protest Xcel Energy’s Proposed Solar Cuts

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Xcel Energy is taking heat from the state's solar industry after last week's announcement that it plans to drastically cut back on a popular rebate program for consumers.

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Fri January 28, 2011
Renewable Energy

Colorado in Line with President’s Push for Renewables

President Obama wants more of America’s energy to be produced by clean sources. He’ll hit the road next week with that message. While Colorado is not among his stops, the state is already charging ahead with its own renewable standard.

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