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2015 San Diego Clean Tech Landscape

An In-Depth Look at the Growth of the Clean-Tech Industry in the San Diego Region

The San Diego Clean-Tech Landscape

The San Diego region has become a clean-tech marketplace leader, now ranked fourth in our 2015 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index. This may come as no surprise, given its location in one of the most environmentally progressive states in the nation, its strong regional economy, and abundant solar energy potential. Harnessing all these advantages, though, has required initiative and investment by citizens, businesses, and political leaders throughout the region. 

This briefing delves into the details of the San Diego region’s clean-tech sector, illustrating key trends and highlighting successes and opportunities in the region. It looks at green buildings, advanced transportation, clean electricity, and investment and innovation, as well as the leading policy factors impacting these markets. In addition to the comparative datasets for San Diego’s performance, the publication highlights key takeaways for the region.

San Diego Clean-Tech Landscape

San Diego Clean-Tech Landscape

Selected Report Findings:

  • The San Diego region has seen notable growth in green
    buildings (encompassing both LEED and Energy Star
    certified structures) in the last four years, adding 642
    green buildings since 2011.

  • As of 2014, San Diego has the third-most advanced
    vehicles per thousand people (24.55, nearly double the
    national average) among the nation’s top 50 metro areas.

  • The San Diego region is a top-five player in terms of
    venture capital (VC) funding in the clean-tech sector.
    The city sits fourth among metro areas in the Clean Tech
    Leadership Index in clean-tech VC dollars per capita, at
    $271.71 for the 2012-2014 period.

This report leverages the deep datasets of the 2015 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index.  If you have questions about the findings or how to customize insights on the U.S. clean-tech market, please contact Bryce Yonker –

Report Commissioned By:

Colorado Cleantech Industry Association

 With the Generous Support of:

Colorado Cleantech Industry Association