The California Green Manufacturing Action Plan (GreenMAP) offers policy recommendations that will help to grow clean energy manufacturing jobs in California. We are grateful to the California GreenMAP Task Force —comprised of leaders from the manufacturing, labor and environmental communities—for helping to shape these recommendations.
Today, California remains the leading manufacturing state in the United States, and the nation remains in a neck-and-neck race with China for the claim of being the world’s leading manufacturer.3 New manufacturing investments continue to be made in California. Just this February 2012, Solar Junction, Inc. announced a successful round of fundraising, which raised $19.2 million in new private capital to scale up its San Jose facility.4 Meanwhile, global investment in clean energy continues to grow, reaching a record $260 billion in 2011, up for the sixth straight year, 5 and over $1 trillion has been invested globally since 2004 in clean energy projects. California and the United States need an improved public policy framework to do a better job of attracting these investments. The California GreenMAP offers a roadmap for state policymakers.