January 27, 2010
Schwarzenegger Pushes for Green
Jobs in Richmond
RICHMOND, CA -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger toured SunPower
Corp.'s solar panel manufacturing plant in Richmond today where
he held a news conference to talk about his proposal to eliminate
sales taxes on green technology manufacturing equipment in
The proposal is part of the governor's proposed job package,
which he says will result in up to 100,000 new or retained
jobs throughout the state.
According to the governor's office, California is home to
10,209 clean technology companies that could benefit from the
sales tax exemption.
The exemption would also help the state retain its competitive
edge in green technology by giving manufacturers incentive
to remain in the state and expand their businesses here rather
than moving to other states that already offer the tax exemption,
California is currently one of only three states that charges
sales tax on green technology manufacturing equipment, he said.
"What is good for the environment is good for the economy," Schwarzenegger
Victoria Bradshaw, secretary of the state's Labor and Workforce
Development Agency, said businesses like SunPower are going
to help pull the state out of the recession. Even as jobs throughout
the state declined in 2007 and 2008, green technology jobs
grew by 5 percent, Bradshaw said.
"We've got to get people back to work. We've got to stimulate
the economy," Schwarzenegger said.
Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, who also attended the news
conference, said green businesses were helping to transform
Richmond economically and environmentally. The city is home
to between 30 and 40 green businesses and her goal is to make
sure those businesses stay in Richmond and employ Richmond
residents. [emphasis added]
SunPower has factories in Richmond, San Jose, Irvine and New
Jersey. The company manufactures high-performing residential,
commercial and utility-scale solar panels.