• California’s solar energy employment is uniformly high across its local areas. Every metropolitan and micropolitan region in California37 reporting data has a solar generation location quotient above 1.5 and 15 out of the top 25 regions in the nation in terms of solar LQ are in California—with San Luis Obispo leading the nation. The state’s largest metro areas employ the most solar workers: San Francisco ranks first (39,598 workers), followed by Los Angeles (29,414), and San Diego (17,347).

37 Labor market and statistical areas with between 10,000 and 50,000 people.