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Alta Environmental opens San Diego office

Long Beach-based environmental consultant Alta Environmental has announced the opening of a new office serving San Diego County, providing environmental technical and expert consulting to both public and private sector clients.

EPA power plant mercury rule to get Supreme Court review

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the Obama administration went too far with new power-plant pollution caps that the government estimates will cost almost $10 billion a year.

What global warming? Pass me a blanket

"Global warming strikes America! Brrrr!” So tweeted U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) last week, as much of the United States experienced extreme cold.

SANDAG approves trolley extension report

Work to extend the San Diego Trolley Blue Line from the international border to UC San Diego and surrounding areas is expected to start in late 2015.

3.2-megawatt solar power system turned on at Southwestern College

Students, staff and representatives from Southwestern College and SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWR) dedicated the installation of a 3.2-megawatt solar power system on the college’s Chula Vista campus on Wednesday.

Report: San Diego pioneering microgrids

A report from the self-described nonpartisan and nonprofit group Next 10 has identified San Diego County and Imperial County as leaders in the development of micro grid and biorenewables technologies.

Civic engagement key to create 'complete communities'

Cities are essentially unfinished projects, for there is always something missing; in order to be complete, they must be living, working, moving, thriving communities, according to Reconnecting America’s framework, and allow for live-work-play.

Former blood bank office transformed into desirable urban lofts

If the last time you looked at the four-story building on Upas Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Hillcrest was more than a few months ago, stroll over there and take another look. The structure's still there, so what's there to look at, you say? Exactly.

Local developer named Builder of the Year

The Building Industry Association of San Diego recognized Cornerstone Communities, one of San Diego’s most prolific builders, as the 2014 Builder of the Year. This distinctive award publicly recognizes Cornerstone Communities’ enduring commitment to excellence as a top San Diego homebuilder for more than 20 years.

Mission Hills restaurant raises the bar on sustainable design

When you walk into the Patio on Goldfinch, one of the first things you will notice is a vertical living plant wall toward the back of the restaurant. It’s the cornerstone of the eatery and what aids the Patio on Goldfinch as an Orchid-award nominee and a shining example of sustainable design.

Navy announces rooftop solar deal for San Diego-area military housing

The Navy announced on Wednesday that Navy and Marine Corps housing units in the San Diego area will receive rooftop solar energy systems through a purchase power agreement between Lincoln Military Housing and the solar energy company SolarCity.

Group asks state high court to review Pio Pico case

The Protect Our Communities Foundation asked the California Supreme Court this week to review a case related to the California Public Utilities Commission’s approval of the Pio Pico Energy Center, a "peaker" power plant proposed for Otay Mesa.

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Roundtables

Solar industry execs talk of dwindling incentives, effect of materials pricing on market

As November’s general election creates numerous possibilities for policy change both in San Diego and across the country, a group of executives from companies and groups involved in the expansion of solar energy systems discussed the state of their economies at a Daily Transcript roundtable.

Building industry needs education on energy efficiency, experts say

As the number of buildings attaining LEED status in San Diego continues to rise, the definition of energy efficiency and the technologies that make for it continue to evolve.

Renewables not a flash in the pan, energy leaders say

In the aftermath of the summer bankruptcy of the government-backed California solar panel maker Solyndra, expectations among renewable energy wonks, who describe the company’s failure as an outlier among many successes, remain generally high. But some policy research analysts are more skeptical — not doubtful, but still skeptical.

Local companies, nonprofits work to battle longstanding skepticism

Last week, millions in San Diego County found themselves without electricity in the wake of a multi-state blackout. But not everyone was without power.

Profiles

Lee Krevat talks future of the smart grid

Working in the energy business was never a goal for Lee Krevat, now the director of smart grid and clean transportation for San Diego Gas & Electric, and in fact was the result of a begrudgingly made career switch from Silicon Valley at the behest of his family.

Pearson Fuels celebrates 10 years

It took eight years of operating in the red before Pearson Fuels began to turn a profit, but now that the alternative-fuels gas station and distributer is celebrating its 10th anniversary, it is finally seeing revenues in the multiple six-figure range, general manager Mike Lewis said. What’s his advice to others considering entering the market? “Don’t do it.”

Making a life from a father's gift

When entering San Diego's business community about 30 years ago, Clint Walker’s aim had nothing to do with being in the solar business. His success as the co-founder and president of Southwestern Solar Systems since his entrance to the business in 2009 came about in much the same fashion his other major endeavors have.

Clean tech advocate, woman of action

Holly Smithson's thirst for action and results led her to CleanTECH San Diego, the industry association that was just being put together back then by Mayor Jerry Sanders and Jim Waring, its founder chairman.

Kyocera Solar director pursues calling to help humanity

When Cecilia Aguillon, director of marketing and government relations for Kyocera Solar Inc., immigrated to the United States from El Salvador as a teen, she grew into a young adult with a lofty goal in mind: to save the world.

Newsmaker videos

Southwestern Solar Systems

Clint Walker from Southwestern Solar Systems explains the benefits of Solar Electric for your business.

Environmental Innovation Videos

CCSE's Sachu Constantine on the solar industry

Oct. 9, 2012 -- George Chamberlin talks with Sachu Constantine, director of policy at the California Center for Sustainable Energy, about the solar industry and what its impacts are on the region, state and country.

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