California is Home to Over 519,000 Clean Energy Jobs

June 30, 2017

“In every corner of the state, California’s climate action has proven to be a job creator and a big economic boon,”
– Bob Keefe, Executive Director at E2 

According to a recent study of every legislative district in the State of California by E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), more than 519,000 Californians now work in clean energy industries, and more than $45 billion in public and private investments have been injected into the state’s economy by California’s climate policies, including its landmark cap-and-trade legislation that reduces pollution while increasing clean energy and energy efficiency.

The analysis is derived from data by both the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as a comprehensive survey of thousands of businesses across California. It includes jobs in industries like energy efficiency, wind and solar. The analysis also details expenditures from the state’s cap-and-trade program, as well as other investments stemming from other California climate policies.

“With $45.5 billion being invested into California, we’ve shown that climate policies strengthen our communities – both environmentally and economically.”
– Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, District 56

The E2 analysis provides an excellent snapshot of California’s thriving clean energy economy, which includes the top counties for clean energy jobs. The top 10 California counties for clean energy jobs, which account for approximately 72% of all clean energy jobs in California, are:

  • 1.  Los Angeles (117,000 jobs)
  • 2.  San Diego (61,500)
  • 3.  Orange (45,200)
  • 4.  Santa Clara (34,300)
  • 5.  Sacramento (23,700)
  • 6.  Alameda (22,100)
  • 7.  Riverside (20,500)
  • 8.  San Bernardino (19,800)
  • 9.  San Francisco (18,200)
  • 10.  Contra Costa (13,300)

To find out more on how clean energy is powering California’s economy, or how many clean energy jobs are in your district, you can view the full clean energy analysis from E2 here.