26 Oct '11, 6pm

Silicon Valley’s 12,560 Smart Grid (and Solar, and Fuel Cell) Jobs: Take the next statistic with a grain of sa...

Take this statistic with a grain of salt. Silicon Valley has seen its so-called “smart grid” sector boom over the past decade, with a 138-percent growth in business activity, compared to average regional economic growth of 82 percent, and a 129-percent growth in employment, compared to the region’s anemic 8-percent job growth across all sectors. All in all, 12,560 people were working in “smart grid-related” jobs as of 2009, according to a joint study from the Silicon Valley Leadership Forum, regional utility Pacific Gas & Electric and the city of San Jose. It’s a great advertisement for green jobs -- but the report’s use of the term “smart grid” is a bit misleading. That’s because nearly three-fifths of all the jobs cited in the study, some 7,450 in all, are in the “distributed generation” category, which includes San Jose-based SunPower and scores of other solar power com...

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