In this report, ACP finds that Colorado is making significant strides in the clean energy sector, with wind and solar providing over one-third of the state’s electricity. The state’s clean energy capacity, currently at approximately 7,000 MW, is set to grow significantly by 2030. Current capacity is enough to power 2.5 million homes. And the sector – which currently employs more than 15,000 Coloradans – is poised for further expansion.
Clean energy in the state has grown by way of nearly $14 billion of capital investment into not only utility-scale solar, storage, and wind projects, but also into a robust manufacturing sector. Colorado’s 12 operating clean energy manufacturing facilities have created jobs throughout the state, helping increase the number of Coloradans working in the utility-scale sector to more than 15,750. These utility-scale clean energy jobs span from development and operations to manufacturing and construction roles.
- Nearly 1/3 of Colorado’s electricity is provided by wind and solar
- More than 15,000 Colorado residents work in the clean energy industry
- $14 billion total investment into utility-scale clean energy
- $48 million in annual contributions to Colorado’s economy