California performed extraordinarily well in the clean energy industry last year, nearly tripling the number of jobs created in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to the same period of the previous year, according to a recent economic report. This is in stark contrast to the industry as a whole, which took a major blow last year due to ongoing uncertainty about environmental public policy.
Nevada takes the prize home on most jobs introduced fueled by Tesla’s September 2014 announcement of a new “Gigafactory”, a $5 billion, 50-plus acre lithium ion battery manufacturing facility that will support its electric car production. The Gigafactory aims to employee 6,000 workers. Also, Solar City “quadrupled” its projected hires in the state, the report said. Other states in the top 10 were: Calif., N.Y., Mich., Ariz., Texas, Colo., N.C., Utah and N.M.
As an entrepreneur and investor, I see remarkable innovations that have and will continue to drive
economic opportunities moving away from the traditional fossil fuels of the past and embracing the clean, high-tech fuels of the future. Renewable sources of transportation fuel — from waste streams
to biomass to solar-generated electricity — are being developed and deployed all over the state. This
creates local jobs and boosts our state’s energy security while reducing pollution and greenhouse gas