Namasté Solar Is Honored with the National Center for Employee Ownership's Innovations Award

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Namasté Solar has been awarded the Innovations in Employee Ownership Award given by the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) and the Beyster Institute. The award recognizes creative ideas that help make employee ownership stronger and publicizes those ideas so others can learn from them. Namaste Solar co-owners Stephen Irvin, Amanda Bybee, and Eriks Brolis will accept this prestigious award in Portland, Oregon.

Namasté Solar has been awarded the Innovations in Employee Ownership Award given by the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) and the Beyster Institute. The award will be accepted on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at the 2009 NCEO Employee Ownership Conference in Portland, Oregon. Three co-owners of Namasté Solar - Stephen Irvin, Amanda Bybee, and Eriks Brolis - will be guest speakers at the conference and will jointly accept this prestigious award.

The Innovations in Employee Ownership Award is an annual award recognizing creative ideas that help make employee ownership stronger and publicizing those ideas so others can learn from them. This important award highlights employee participation, entrepreneurship, communication programs, education, plan design, or other ideas that strengthen employee ownership.

Namasté Solar propagates the responsible use of solar energy, pioneers conscientious business practices, and creates holistic wealth for the community. Namasté is dedicated to bringing clean, reliable, and affordable renewable energy technologies to homes, businesses, and nonprofits in Colorado. Its unique business model includes 100% internal co-ownership, equitable salaries, democratic decision-making, and holistic profit measurement. Recently, Namasté Solar was highlighted by President Barack Obama during his Denver visit to sign the economic stimulus bill.

NCEO chose four companies to be awarded equally. In addition to Namasté Solar, three other companies will be awarded: 1) Litehouse, a food product company in Idaho, 2) Cooperative Home Care Associates, a cooperative of home careworkers in New York City, and 3) Parametrix, an engineering consulting company with offices in the Western states.

The Innovations Award is sponsored by TEOCO Corporation. TEOCO, an acronym for "The Employee-Owned Company," is based in Fairfax, VA. teoco.com

About Namasté Solar
As the leading solar company in Colorado with more in-state installations than any other company, Namasté Solar has installed more than 700 PV systems totaling over 3.5 MW since 2005. Its innovative business model includes employee ownership, democratic decision-making, community collaboration, a unique solar grant program, zero-waste initiatives, educational outreach, and holistic profit measurement. Namasté Solar has grown from 3 to 55 people in the past three years. NamasteSolar.com

http://www.namastesolar.com

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