America’s Preeminent Clean Energy Jobs Champion

When it comes to clean energy jobs in America, no state does more than California— accounting for more than 1 out of 7 US clean energy jobs nationally and nearly a third of renewable energy jobs alone. Across all states in fact, California supports more renewable energy jobs than the next top 7 states combined and has twice as many jobs in energy efficiency than the #2 state (Texas).

Combined with this market domination, big opportunities remain for clean energy job growth in the state with the California Energy Commission passing requirements for solar panels on all new homes built after 2020 and legislation passed and signed into law in September 2018 that sets the state on the path to 100% clean energy by 2045.


This report focuses solely on the energy sector of the economy and does not include jobs in retail trade, repair services, water or waste management, and indirect employment or induced employment.


According to Clean Jobs California:

  • Clean energy jobs outnumber fossil fuel jobs in the state by over 430,000
  • The state employs more energy jobs than any other state, with clean jobs accounting for more than 55% of all energy sector jobs in California
  • California has clean energy workers in all 58 counties
  • 10.8% of clean energy workers in California are veterans
  • 12,000 rural Californians are employed by clean energy
  • More than 1 out of every 4 clean energy jobs are in regions outside of the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles Metro Area, and San Diego Metro Area
  • 20% of the state’s renewable energy workers are employed in metro areas with populations under 1 million
  • 61% of California clean energy workers are involved in construction or manufacturing


If you are looking for additional insight into  E2’s Clean Jobs California report or our other Clean Jobs America state reports, visit or see Clean Jobs Count for a full interactive jobs breakdown of every U.S. state and clean energy industry. You can also contact E2 Communications Director Michael Timberlake ( An FAQ is also available here to answer any questions.


The complete report is available for download here.

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