Boulder is home to one of IBM’s largest and “greenest” data centers in North America. Opened in 2008, the 115,000-square-foot facility was designed to significantly reduce energy costs and is part of IBM’s Project Big Green.
Boulder has a longstanding tradition of supporting practices, technologies and companies that are environmentally friendly, and the city is an ideal place to establish and grow businesses in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. Research facilities in the area include the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the primary national facility for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development, and National Wind Technology Center (NWTC).
The University of Colorado at Boulder has a number of programs that support the industry including the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), and is a member of the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory, a partnership among NREL and the state’s premier research universities. Collaboratory research centers include the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2), Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion (CRSP), Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC), and Center for Research and Education in Wind (CREW).
Boulder area companies include Albeo Technologies Inc, Boulder Wind, Cool Energy, Eetrex, Genesis Biofuel Inc., IntraGo Corp, juwi Solar and juwi Wind, Namasté Solar, Power Tagging Inc, Siemens Energy, and Tendril Networks.