Sacramento cleantech boom improves hiring

The emphasis corporations have placed on sustainability signals a new green focus in the American business community. Not only has increased eco-friendliness led the country as a whole to become more sustainable, but it’s also led to notable growth in green industries. 

Energy developments like solar, wind and biofuels have created scores of new jobs. The cleantech revolution is especially apparent in Sacramento, where a booming clean energy sector drove revenue and employment last year.

Billions in revenue, thousands of jobs
The success of the cleantech sector in California’s capital was recently profiled in the 2013 CleanStart Progress Report released by the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA).

The report found the local cleantech sector generated more than $2.1 billion in revenue during 2012, an improvement of 28 percent from the $1.5 billion in 2011 and lightyears ahead of the $650 million generated in 2008. Employment also benefited immensely from increased interest, investment and performance of the regional green energy sector. The nine-county region created 1,000 new cleantech jobs last year to total 3,200 positions. Eployment grew 31 percent from 2011 when there were 2,200 jobs in the sector. With the large influx of cleantech jobs, regional companies can turn to renewable energy recruiters to help with talent searches.

The report noted the increases in the local cleantech economy and employment landscape led the Sacramento region to rank No.1 in job creation in the Clean Tech Index, which measures the U.S. clean energy market. It was also ranked No. 4 among major metro area cleantech sectors. The index, kept by analyst firm Clean Edge, ranked San Jose, San Francisco and Portland above Sacramento. Chicago recruiters can take some solace in the fact cleantech isn’t holistically ruled by West Coast performance: the Windy City ranked 12th on the list.

“Several of the Sacramento region’s clean tech companies […] are not only succeeding locally but are also having national and international success in sales, increased headcount, the introduction of innovative new products and game-changing corporate partnerships that are sure to catapult these local firms further in 2013,” said Gary Simon, SARTA CleanStart chair.

Additionally, the progress report said energy efficiency and solar power companies are making the biggest strides in revenue and job creation.