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This sector is growing in the North Denver region. Ascent Solar is a significant player in the renewable energy industry in Colorado and is headquartered in Thornton. In addition, office operations for traditional energy companies have been growing significantly in the region which offers extensive opportunities for Thornton moving forward.

Regional Companies:

  • FMC Technologies Inc., a global provider of technology solutions for the energy industry, is located in Brighton.
  • SunShare LLC has its national headquarters in Denver. The company develops community solar projects and also has an office in Colorado Springs.
  • Sunetric Inc., a solar-power engineering and installation company, moved its headquarters from Hawaii to Denver. Sunetric executives say the company chose Denver because of its central location and deep pool of talented solar-power professionals.
  • Halcyón Resources Corp., an energy company based in Houston, also has an office in Denver.
Source: Metro Denver EDC

Industry Headline

13,181 36.1% $109,004
Jobs (2013) % Change (2008-2020) Avg. Earnings Per Job (2013)
78% above National average
(Location Quotient)
Nation: 19.5% Nation: $93,645

Source: EMSI, 4Q 2014

Regional Trends

  Region 2008 Jobs 2020 Jobs % Change
Region 11,832 16,102 36.1%
State 25,206 29,766 18.1%
Nation 1,417,904 1,693,920 19.5%
Source: EMSI, 4Q 2013

Energy Industry Supersector

Code Description
334515 Instrument Manufacturing for Measuring and Testing Electricity and Electrical Signals
334519 Other Measuring and Controlling Device Manufacturing
335311 Power, Distribution, and Specialty Transformer Manufacturing
335312 Motor and Generator Manufacturing
335911 Storage Battery Manufacturing
335999 All Other Miscellaneous Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
336111 Automobile Manufacturing
336399 All Other Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
423720 Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies (Hydronics) Merchant Wholesalers
541380 Testing Laboratories
541620 Environmental Consulting Services
541690 Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services
541712 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)