Wednesday, May 18, 2016

USA: California Continues to Reign as Top Clean-Tech State

California Reigns as Top Clean-Tech State (Clean Edge)

Clean Edge, a clean-tech research and indexing firm, today released its annual U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index which tracks and ranks the clean-tech activities of all 50 states and the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S. – from EV and renewables adoption to patent and investment activity. A free downloadable summary report is available at

The transition to a clean-energy economy over the past seven years is remarkable, with 14 states now exceeding 10% renewable energy generation, and the top three states (Iowa, South Dakota, and Kansas) at 31%, 25%, and 24% respectively.

In this year's Index, California became the first state to generate 10% of its in-state electricity from utility-scale and distributed solar, with Hawaii not far behind at 7%. 

Clean-energy deployment transcends politics. Among the Top 10 states for utility-scale clean-energy generation in our 2016 Index, half were red states during the last presidential election (Idaho, Kansas, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota) and half were blue states (California, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, and Vermont).

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