Green Innovation

Region is Number One in Residential Solar Power

New policies and innovations are driving a shift from the use of carbon-based energy sources to alternative sources, clean technology, and increased energy efficiency. This indicator uses the Green Innovation Index to measure San Bernardino County’s progress in achieving sustainable economic growth. The Green Innovation Index provides statewide rankings of 26 metro areas on several measures of green innovation: installed solar capacity, clean vehicle rebates, and electricity consumption per capita.1

New policies and innovations are driving a shift from the use of carbon-based energy sources to alternative sources, clean technology, and increased energy efficiency.

How is San Bernardino County Doing?

Compared to 26 metro areas in California, Riverside-San Bernardino is a top region for solar power:

  • In 2017, Riverside-San Bernardino ranked first out of 26 California metro areas for the most kilowatts of solar power added by residents.
  • Riverside-San Bernardino was also a statewide leader in commercial and industrial solar power additions, ranking 6th and 7th, respectively.
  • Riverside-San Bernardino held its position as 5th out of 26 in the number of clean vehicle rebates issued in 2017.
  • In terms of the lowest residential electricity consumption per capita, Riverside-San Bernardino ranked 20 out of 26 metros in 2016, which is a drop in ranking since 2015 when the region ranked 14th.
  • The region is 8th in the state for the lowest non-residential electricity consumption.

Selected Green Innovation Metrics Ranking Among 26 California Metro Areas

Selected Metro Areas, 2016 or 2017
Riverside-San BernardinoLos Angeles-Orange CountySan Diego
Most Solar Installations: Residential123
Most Solar Installations: Commercial652
Most Solar Installations: Industrial7912
Most Clean Vehicle Rebates514
Lowest Electricity Consumption per Capita: Residential2076
Lowest Electricity Consumption per Capita: Non-Residential8135

Note: Solar installation and clean vehicle rebate data are from 2017. Electricity consumption data are from 2016. Source: Next10, California Green Innovation Index, 2018

1For additional green metrics, visit www.next10.org.