McClellan Business Park: an emerging clean technology center
A small cluster of clean tech companies is emerging on the site of a former Air Force base. In 1999 the County of Sacramento took over the former McClellan Air Force Base, and with the help of a private company, began redeveloping it into a commercial space. The site consists of 3,000 acres with approximately 8.5 million square feet of useable buildings.
Twelve tenants occupy hangars that used to be filled with aircraft carriers. Eight of them are clean technology companies: Battery MD, Technikon, Pacific Renewable Fuels, Renewable Energy Institute International, CHA Corporation, ZETA Communities, N Solar, Verde Development, SVV Technology Innovations, Beutler Corporation, Ternion Bio, and Solar Power Inc.
Each of these companies has garnered its share of success since McClellan Business Park opened eleven years ago. Technikon, for example, was named one of Sacramento’s Top 50 Leading High-Tech and Life Science Companies by the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA), and Solar Power Inc. was recently recognized by former Gov. Schwarzenegger as a company that would help California lead “the world in enacting policies that harness the sun, combat climate change and reduce our dependency on foreign oil, [and help] us reach a more sustainable, clean energy future.”