Colorado Cleantech Industries Association Announces the Winners of the 2016 Cleantech Awards

Five winners announced as Colorado’s cleantech leaders and launch of 2016-2017 Innovative Energy Review

GOLDEN, Colo.--()--Last night, the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA) presented awards to five recipients at the annual “Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration.” Recipients were acknowledged for their efforts in advancing Colorado’s cleantech ecosystem, increasing jobs and driving innovation in the cleantech sector.

“It is an honor to recognize the leaders in our community who are building and expanding Colorado’s cleantech ecosystem,” said Chris Shapard, CCIA’s executive director. “These individuals and companies represent the exceptional leadership and advanced technology development native to the state of Colorado. We look forward to supporting their continued success.”

Winners were selected based on their impact in the local, national and global cleantech marketplaces. Cleantech impact was gauged by examining the winners’ ability to achieve viable market strategies, entrepreneurial activity, raise funds to support technology development or commercialization efforts, and statewide job creation.

CCIA’s Cleantech Awards Celebration winners are:

Emerging Cleantech Company of the Year

Breakout Cleantech Company of the Year
Lightning Hybrids

Cleantech Innovator of the Year:
Adrian Tuck, Tendril

High Impact Cleantech Company of the Year
Xcel Energy

Legislator of the Year:
Colorado State Senator Owen Hill

The Cleantech Awards Celebration also marks the fourth release of CCIA’s “Innovative Energy Review” magazine. The national publication focuses on the creative partnerships driving Colorado’s energy industry. From investment to R&D to deployment, the publication highlights the companies, technologies and individuals whose willingness to think outside the box is powering Colorado’s energy community.. The magazine is available online at

In addition to CCIA’s award winners, the event also recognized winners from the Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open. Cleantech Open winners will travel to California in February to compete for $200,000 in investment and in-kind services at the Global Forum.

About Colorado Cleantech Industries Association

Founded in 2008, CCIA is a statewide, industry-led, industry-focused organization dedicated to promoting Colorado’s cleantech industry. CCIA impacts Colorado’s policies, people, products and programs that drive expansion of a cleaner, cheaper, more efficient and secure energy economy. Through advocacy, public policy leadership, development and education, CCIA works to ensure that Colorado is a global cleantech leader. For more information, visit


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