Two recent reports (from CleanEdge and Next 10) show the Sacramento region in the top echelon of clean tech regions in the country. While the regional ranking has fallen over time, most of this is because the ratings are based more and more on third-party sources for some measure of fairness. Unfortunately, in our case, those sources have missed some major accomplishments which undermined our ranking. For one, the new Golden1 Center was not counted as a Green Building, when in fact it is the greenest arena of all NBA cities. For another, progress toward installing EV charging stations counts only new sites, when we have been very active in adding more capacity at existing sites. Sacramento is also listed as being #7 in customer solar installations in the state, with the top spot going to LA. In fact, the LA region with 13 million population is only 8th in the state on a per capita basis. Sacramento with 2.2 million people would actually rank ahead of LA at 6th position on this measure. CleanStart is making both organizations aware of the bias in their measures so that in the future they pick up all the pertinent information in their next reports.
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Gary Simon is the Chair of CleanStarts Board. A seasoned energy executive and entrepreneur with 45 years of experience in business, government, and non-profits.