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San Diego Region Ranks #3 in U.S. for Cleantech Leadership; Up One Place from Last Year

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Screenshot 2016-05-13 17.24.37SAN DIEGO, CA, May 17, 2016 – Clean Edge, a leading cleantech research firm, today released its seventh annual U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index, which tracks and ranks the clean energy and cleantech activities of the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S. – from electric vehicle and renewables adoption to policy and investment activity. In the 2016 report, the San Diego region ranks #3 in the nation for cleantech leadership, moving up one place from last year. San Francisco and San Jose repeat as #1 and #2.


The 2016 edition comes at a time of notable acceleration in the nation’s transition to a clean energy economy, where an increasing number of cities, states, and companies are raising their renewable energy targets, green buildings are becoming the standard, and energy storage and electric vehicles are moving into the mainstream.


San Diego’s overall ranking as the nation’s #3 metropolitan area for cleantech leadership is determined by its score in a number of categories. The region ranks #3 in Advanced Transportation; #3 in Carbon Electricity and Carbon Management; #5 in Cleantech Investment, Innovation, and Workforce; and #19 in Green Buildings.


“We are extremely proud of San Diego’s ranking as #3 in the nation for cleantech leadership,” said Cleantech San Diego President and CEO Jason Anderson. “Our rising rank is proof that the region’s cleantech sector is stronger than ever thanks to public and private partners who keep us on the cutting edge of smart cities technologies and create exciting opportunities to deploy energy innovations that benefit the economy and the environment.”


“The San Diego metro area continues to show strong leadership in deployment of advanced vehicles and their charging/fueling infrastructure, clean electricity and carbon management, and cleantech investment,” said Clint Wilder, senior editor at Clean Edge and one of the Index’s lead authors. “But San Diego’s crown jewel may be its passage of a new Climate Action Plan in December 2015.”


“I am pleased to see the San Diego region continue to be a leader in the clean technology sector,” said San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts. “Our businesses and citizens have embraced the new energy future and are taking action to conserve precious natural resources while saving money and stimulating the regional economy.”


The top 10 overall metro areas in the 2016 Cleantech Leadership Index are:


1. San Francisco
2. San Jose
3. San Diego
4. Portland
5. Washington, DC
6. Los Angeles
7. Boston
8. Seattle
9. Austin
10. Chicago


Related Links:
A free downloadable summary of the 53-page report is available at http://cleanedge.com/reports/2016-US-Clean-Tech-Leadership-Index.


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About Cleantech San Diego
Cleantech San Diego is a nonprofit member organization that positions the greater San Diego region, including Imperial County, as a global leader in the cleantech economy. The organization achieves this by fostering collaborations across the private-public-academic landscape, leading advocacy efforts to promote cleantech priorities, and encouraging investment in the San Diego region. Cleantech San Diego’s membership includes more than 100 local businesses, universities, governments, and nonprofits committed to advancing sustainable solutions for the benefit of the economy and the environment. Learn more at cleantechsandiego.org.


About Clean Edge
Clean Edge, Inc., founded in 2000, is the world’s first research and advisory firm devoted to the clean-tech sector. The company benchmarks and tracks the clean-energy economy by delivering stock indexes, utility and consumer surveys, and regional (state and metro) leadership tracking. These services provide companies, investors, NGOs, and governments with timely research, trending analysis, and actionable insights. Managing director Ron Pernick and senior editor Clint Wilder are co-authors of the widely acclaimed business books The Clean Tech Revolution (HarperCollins, 2007) and Clean Tech Nation (HarperCollins, 2012). To keep abreast of the latest clean-energy trends, or for more information on the company, visit cleanedge.com or follow @CleanEdgeInc.


Media Contact:
Shannon Casey, Cleantech San Diego, 858-568-7766, shannonc@cleantechsandiego.org


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