Gov. Ritter named national 'Solar Champion'

The national Vote Solar Initiative has named Gov. Bill Ritter as a Solar Champion for his leadership in developing Colorado’s New Energy Economy and helping to develop a strong solar industry across the country.

“Solar holds great promise for overcoming our nation's environmental and economic challenges, but it needs strong leaders to turn opportunity into reality,” Vote Solar executive director Adam Browning said, highlighting Gov. Ritter’s “strength of vision, voice and determination” in advancing America’s clean energy economy.

The award was presented at a ceremony in San Francisco on Tuesday evening. Colorado climate change adviser Alice Madden appeared on Gov. Ritter’s behalf.

Gov. Ritter was selected for his work to increase Colorado’s renewable energy standard, for creating the state’s first Climate Action Plan and for building a New Energy Economy that has become a national model, demonstrating how states can strengthen economic, energy and environmental security. 

“It is an honor to receive this award from Vote Solar,” Gov. Ritter said. “I’m proud of the work we have done to develop a New Energy Economy in Colorado and a clean energy economy for America. Our efforts are far from done, but we are making huge strides creating a new energy future for our children and our grandchildren.”

Vote Solar also awarded Nevada Senator Steven Horsford for his leadership and progressive clean energy policy agenda. 

The 2010 Solar Champion award recipients were honored at Vote Solar's fourth annual Equinox Celebration and Fundraiser, a gathering of policy, industry and advocacy leaders.