Workshop to discuss opportunities in clean energy

Business opportunities corresponding with the growth of clean energy jobs in the San Joaquin Valley will be presented during a Fresno workshop on Wednesday.

Sponsored by Valley Leap and Regional Green Jobs, the workshop will bring in Rhonda Mills of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies to share information on the status of clean energy in the Valley and throughout California and how businesses and employees can get involved.

The workshop, "Clean Energy Valley: Business and Employment Forecasts," will take place at 4 p.m. at the Small Business Administration office, located at 801 R. St., Suite 201 in Fresno.

Water and refreshments will be available. Those interested in attending may register online at

A February report by nonprofit research group showed that the San Joaquin Valley's Core Green Economy expanded by 22 percent from 1995 to 2010, producing nearly 1,900 jobs and over 320 new business establishments in the region.

Solar employment, which represents 61 percent of the Valley's energy generation segment, expanded by six percent in 2009 alone in comparison to the entire sector at 3 percent growth.

Jobs in wind increased by 52 percent over the last 16-year period.

Statewide, employment in green energy generation expanded by 1 percent in 2009 while the state's overall economy registered job losses of 7 percent.