A recent report has revealed that clean energy jobs in California have outpaced jobs in the fossil fuel industry at a rate of five to one, and San Francisco has ranked as one of the top counties in the state for clean energy careers.
Jobs in the renewable energy field vary from work in solar and wind, to electric vehicle manufacturing, to creating more battery storage projects. California also leads the country in solar careers, with four in 10 solar jobs occurring in the state, and trails behind only Michigan in clean vehicle jobs.
Across California, a shift toward cleaner energy generation, in part ignited by the signing of Senate Bill 100 (SB100) that requires 100 percent of all electricity delivered to Californians to be derived from renewable energy sources by 2045, has become a rapidly growing industry with more than 500,000 jobs in 2018. The growth in this sector and efforts made on behalf of the state and its utilities have resulted in 34 percent of the state’s electricity being derived from renewable resources in the last year, according to the California Energy Commission.
With renewable energy generating half a million jobs and a third of the state’s electricity, California is leading the charge toward a future powered by cleaner energy. When the sun is out and the wind is blowing, our state’s electrical grid is increasingly powered by cleaner, renewable sources of energy and the trend to produce more electricity from renewable resources must continue. Our collective efforts in using and supporting cleaner energy are proving advantageous economically while also helping to reduce our impact on the environment.
Help continue to boost local economies, support innovation, and protect the environment by thinking about not only how but when you use energy to power your daily life. Learn more about accessing cleaner energy to keep California golden at www.energyupgradeca.org.
San Francisco Ranked Fifth in State for Clean Energy Jobs, By Energy Upgrade California, The Patch, August 22, 2019.