Nov. 18, 2011

Arvada – State Rep. Joe Miklosi joined today with Steven Chu, secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, at a meeting to highlight General Electric’s recent announcement that it will build a $300 million solar panel plant in Aurora.

“This solar panel plant means hundreds of new jobs for the area,” Rep. Miklosi said. “More than that, it means Colorado really can be the renewable energy capital of the country, supporting American-made products that make our country stronger, cleaner and more prosperous.”

Rep. Miklosi has worked to provide incentives to solar, wind, geothermal, biofuel and related industries so that private-sector companies cancreate more good-paying jobs. Many local economic development experts think Colorado’s unemployment rate would be two points higher if not for the growth of the renewable energy sector during the past decade.

“Attracting high-tech renewable energy companies to Colorado should continue to be one of our highest priorities,” Rep. Miklosi said. “Not only will we be bringing high-paying jobs to our communities, we’ll be leading the charge in making our country more secure and less dependent on foreign oil from hostile countries.”

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