Abstract. The growth of the U. S. and global solar energy industry depends on a strong relationship
between science and engineering innovation, manufacturing, and cycles of policy design and advancement.
The mixture of the academic and industrial engine of innovation that is Silicon Valley, and the strong suite
of environmental policies for which California is a leader work together to both drive the solar energy industry,
and keep Silicon Valley competitive as China, Europe and other area of solar energy strength continue to
build their clean energy sectors.
Keywords: Phovoltaics; innovation; technology transfer; green jobs