2012 California Green Innovation Index

April 19, 2012

The 2012 California Green Innovation Index documents how clean technology investment and innovation are helping drive growth in California’s overall economy.

Five key findings of the 2012 Index include:

  • California leads the nation in clean tech patent registrations, filing 910 between 2008-2010. Solar and battery patents represent 41 percent (182 patents) and 21 percent (258 patents) respectively of all clean tech patents filed nationwide.
  • From 2009 to 2010, energy generation from renewable sources in California increased 11.2 percent to represent 13.7 percent of all energy generated in the state.
  • California’s wind generation capacity jumped by 44 percent from 2009 to 2010.
  • For every dollar of GDP generated in 2009, California emitted 28 percent less carbon than in 1990.
  • Due to energy efficiency efforts, per capita electricity consumption in California remains close to 1990 levels.

The Index examines the state’s solar industry in a special feature.  Five key findings of the solar feature include:

  • In 2011, the state earned 62 percent of total global VC investment in solar, representing $1.2 billion.
  • 105 patents were registered in California in 2010 in solar and related processes—that represents a doubling of registrations since 2009.
  • In 2011, California surpassed 1000 MW of installed solar capacity, putting the state among the top solar adopting countries in the world.
  • From January 1995 – January 2010, 1,503 solar businesses were born in California, an increase of 171 percent.
  • From January 1995 – January 2010, employment in the solar sector rose 166 percent with solar installation and contracting jobs representing the bulk new growth.