Clean energy explosion
California's clean economy is booming
The clean energy economy is booming in California, where clean jobs increased by 23 percent, from 297,179 to 368,288, between 2010 to 2014. That's according to a recent report by the Pacific Coast Collaborative, formed in 2013 by the governors of Washington, Oregon and California and the premier of British Columbia with the goal of creating a clean economy and reducing carbon emissions. Over that same period, the gross domestic product of California's clean economy increased from $39.7 billion to $52.6 billion. The explosive growth of solar energy has been a driving factor—in 2014 alone, about $11.8 billion was invested in solar installations, and the industry employed 28,000 people.