Thursday, February 25, 2010

New jobs ... and maybe a streetlight solution?

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Up to 125 green jobs could be coming here within one year if the idea of wind-powered streetlights and rooftop generators takes off.

Today, Rocky Wind Power announced it would open a manufacturing plant here, starting with 25 employees, according to a press release. The plant, the company's second, is 14,000 square feet of leased space located at 4120 N. Nevada Ave.

Pam Stultz, Rocky Wind Power CEO, spent several months scouting sites before choosing Colorado Springs. She praised the city as having "a highly motivated workforce.”

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The Colorado Springs facility will manufacture components of its vertical rooftop generators for “in-town” residences and commercial properties, as well as its wind-powered street lights, the press release said. Local offices should open in March; those interested in jobs with Rocky Wind Power should direct inquiries to the Pikes Peak Workforce Center (667-3700, ppwfc.org).

The press release also cited the "forward thinking attitude" of the city and city-owned Colorado Springs Utilities.

“While this remains a tough economy, Colorado’s New Energy Economy remains a bright light, allowing us to create jobs, reduce energy costs and spur new innovations as we build a new energy future for our children and grandchildren,” Gov. Bill Ritter said in the release. Mayor Lionel Rivera also hailed the announcement.

No word yet on whether Rocky Wind Power was given incentives to come here.

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Pam Stultz’s husband Steve, who serves as chief financial officer of Rocky Wind Power, got his start in
the renewable wind energy business in 1985, when he started building wind generators in his basement.
Since then he and Pam have built a successful wind generator business now known as Prevailing Power
in their hometown of Shenandoah, Iowa. In 2009 they decided to create the new company, Rocky Wind
Power.

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