Colorado Cleantech Industry Association Unveils Winners of First Annual Cleantech Awards

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The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA) presented awards to eight recipients at its inaugural "Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration," honoring leadership in advancing cleantech. Winners were selected by the CCIA Awards Committee from twenty finalists that emerged from a statewide call for nominations earlier this year.

The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA) presented awards to eight recipients at its inaugural "Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration," honoring leadership in advancing cleantech. The announcement is made by Christine Shapard, CCIA executive director who says, "Winners were selected by our Awards Committee from twenty finalists that emerged from a statewide call for nominations. The event, showcasing those companies and individuals making a significant impact on Colorado's cleantech industry during the past year, was held at the Denver Marriott City Center."

CCIA - Leadership in Advancing Cleantech Awards - Winners Include:

  • Political Advocate of the Year: Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. - Colorado's senior US Senator Mark Udall offered remarks and presented the award to Governor Ritter.

Governor Ritter has built a New Energy Economy in Colorado, creating thousands of jobs, diversifying the state's energy portfolio, and making Colorado an internationally recognized leader in the manufacturing, production and research of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

  • High Impact Cleantech Company of the Year: Abound Solar (Loveland, CO)

From corporate and manufacturing headquarters in Colorado, Abound Solar (formerly known as AVA Solar) is producing the next generation of thin-film cadmium telluride solar modules ideally suited for large- and utility-scale commercial installations. Visit: http://www.abound.com.

  • Runner-Up High Impact Cleantech Company of the Year: Tendril (Boulder, CO)

Tendril is a leading energy management technology provider that offers energy management software, hardware and services for both consumers and utility companies.  Visit: http://www.tendrilinc.com.

  • Breakout Cleantech Company of the Year: Ice Energy (Windsor, CO)

Founded in 2003, Ice Energy's smart grid platform integrates revolutionary, distributed energy storage technology with an advanced software infrastructure and intelligent two-way control to provide utilities with a powerful, cost-effective alternative to conventional peaking power plants for meeting peak demand.  Visit: http://www.ice-energy.com.

  • Emerging Cleantech Company of the Year: VanDyne SuperTurbo (Fort Collins, CO)

VanDyne SuperTurbo, Inc. is a technology company specializing in the design, development and production of SuperTurbochargers for the global automotive market and for heavy duty engine manufacturers. Visit: http://www.vandynesuperturbo.com.

  • Colorado Cleantech Entrepreneur of the Year: Raymond R. Johnson (Littleton, CO)

Raymond R. (Ray) Johnson was appointed President and CEO of Infinite Power Solutions in September of 2005.  In just 5 years at IPS, Ray has grown the company from five full-time employees to a current workforce approaching 50 employees, and has successfully raised over $60 million of equity investment from both Tier 1 VC firms from outside the state of Colorado and four different Fortune 100 corporations.  Visit: http://www.infinitepowersolutions.com.

  • National Cleantech Leader: Rocky Mountain Institute (Snowmass, CO)

RMI's strategic focus, sharpened in 2009, weaves together much of their energy work of the past 27 years plus further innovations, and applies their discovery of how integrative design can achieve expanding, not diminishing, returns to investments in advanced energy efficiency. Visit: http://www.rmi.org.

  • Governor's Award for Excellence in Cleantech Leadership: Ron Bernal, NEA (Boulder, CO)

Ron joined NEA in 2010 as a Venture Partner focused on information technology and energy technology investments. He is a director of Boulder Wind Power, Data Robotics and ProStor.  A strong advocate of alternative energy technologies, Ron is a founding member and chairman of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association and serves on the board of the Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open. Visit: http://www.nea.com/Team/Default.aspx?id=27.

"We want to extend our congratulations to this year's winners and finalists, plus extend sincere appreciation from the Colorado Cleantech Industry to these outstanding companies and individuals who have truly made a difference as they've forged their paths in the cleantech sector," Shapard says.

Finalists included -- High-Impact Cleantech Company of the Year: Advanced Energy Industries, Solaron Business (Fort Collins, CO), CoorsTek (Golden, CO) and Infinite Power Solutions, Inc. (Littleton, CO). Breakout Cleantech Company of the Year: OPX Biotechnologies, Inc. (Boulder, CO) and ZeaChem, Inc. (Lakewood, CO). Emerging Cleantech Company of the Year: Green Garage (Boulder, CO) and RavenBrick LLC (Denver, CO). Colorado Cleantech Entrepreneur of the Year: Doug Schatz, Advanced Energy Industries (Fort Collins, CO) and Adrian Tuck, Tendril (Boulder, CO). National Cleantech Leadership: Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, CO). Governor's Award for Excellence in Cleantech Leadership: Richard Franklin, Clean Tech Open (Denver, CO) and Paul Nelson, Saoradh Energy (Boulder CO).

About the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association

The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association represents the interests of the state's cleantech industry. Its mission is to further establish Colorado as a world leader in clean technology by providing representation and advocacy, a unified voice, relevant programming and capacity development. For more information, visit http://www.coloradocleantech.com.

CCIA is found on these social media sites:
Twitter: twitter.com/COCleantech
LinkedIn Group: linkedin.com/e/vgh/1882455
Facebook Fan Page: facebook.com/ColoradoCleantechIndustryAssociation
News Feed: coloradocleantech.blogspot.com
YouTube Channel: youtube.com/COCleantech

Contacts:

Shelly Curtiss, CCIA Communications Director, 303-623-2690

Maggie Chamberlin Holben, Absolutely PR - absolutelypr.com - 303-984-9801

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