Today, U.S. Senators Mark Udall, Michael Bennet and Rep. Ed Perlmutter commended General Electric (GE), Colorado and the City of Aurora on the announcement to build the country's largest solar panel factory in Aurora, Colorado. The facility will hire 355 new employees using technology originally designed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, then continued at PrimeStar Solar in Arvada.
"This is terrific news for Aurora, for Colorado and for solar, and it shows the tremendous potential renewable energy holds to create jobs and power our economy," Senator Mark Udall said. "I'm confident that this is only the beginning -- I look forward to working with GE and its partners to build its presence and create more good-paying jobs in our state. They've recognized what I've said for years: Colorado can lead the world in creating clean energy jobs and putting people to work. These innovative new jobs will allow us to build the products of the future while using Colorado's natural resources and talented workers. With the sun in the San Luis Valley, the wind on the Eastern Plains, and the brain power at our top-notch colleges and universities, Colorado is positioned to lead the world in the global economic race."
"Colorado is a leader in innovation and the new energy economy with a highly-skilled workforce and the entrepreneurial horsepower to match," said Bennet. "We welcome the increased presence of a clean energy industry leader such as GE, whose new plant will advance Colorado's profile in renewable energy, bring good-paying jobs and boost our state's economy. Today's announcement, along with the recent news from Arrow Electronics and the National Solar Observatory, is also a testament to the unity and commitment of our congressional delegation and Governor Hickenlooper, who worked together to help bring all of these facilities to Colorado. I look forward to continuing to work with these and other partners as we expand industry and renewable energy manufacturing and bring new job opportunities to our state."
"I am so proud GE is building the the largest solar panel factory in the the nation right here in the 7th Congressional District of Colorado. This plant will create over 350 jobs and reinforces Colorado's leading role in renewable energy. This solar technology was originally developed at NREL and further highlights how this world class lab continues to partner with the private sector to create long term jobs and bolster our nation's energy security. Making things here in Colorado and America ensures we will make it in America," stated U.S. Rep Ed Perlmutter.