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  • Energy master planning -- Early adopters profit most

    California's Title 24 energy code defines the "worst building you can legally build." As California drives towards more efficient buildings, the worst building has gotten a lot better! But codes are never a replacement for good design, and the need for integrated design solutions and early energy planning has never been greater.

  • SD hosting desalination, water reuse conference through Friday

    Beginning Monday — and just a couple of months before Poseidon Water's Carlsbad Desalination Project is scheduled to become operational — the International Desalination Association's 2015 World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse will take over parts of the San Diego Convention Center.

  • Solar drops California fight to pick another with utilities

    The battle between rooftop solar and utilities is moving into California’s statehouse.

  • Sempra wins US approval to export LNG from Texas facility

    Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) won government approval to export liquefied natural gas from a proposed terminal in Port Arthur, Texas.

  • SDG&E, state set renewable energy records

    What's described by San Diego Gas & Electric as a major milestone for its renewable energy delivery, the utility achieved a new record last week of 1,042 megawatts of renewable generation on its power grid.

  • UCSD receives $5 million to study, combat climate change

    A Del Mar energy executive has donated $5 million to UC San Diego to help combat climate change.

  • Colorado solar farm beats gas

    DENVER -- SunEdison Inc., the largest clean-energy developer, began construction on a Colorado solar farm that will be the largest in the state and comes out ahead in direct competition with natural gas.

  • Annual beach clean-up coming

    More than 400 volunteers, including civilian, military and Harbor Police divers, are expected to take to the shores of San Diego Bay on Saturday, Aug. 29, to remove trash and debris in the 25th annual Operation Clean Sweep.

  • Navy signs agreement to purchase renewable energy

    The Department of the Navy, Western Area Power Administration, and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power hosted a ceremony Thursday at Naval Air Station North Island to commemorate an agreement to construct a 210 megawatt direct current solar facility to benefit 14 Navy installations in California.

  • SDG&E offers meter adapters it says lower costs of solar installations

    A new technology that San Diego Gas & Electric says significantly reduces the cost for many customers installing residential rooftop solar was deployed by the utility last month.

  • Refinery outage adds to pressure on slumping prices

    Crude markets already in a downward spiral sank under the weight of a supply report showing growing stockpiles of oil after a major Midwest refinery shutdown.

  • Center for Sustainable Energy opens Massachusetts office

    The Center for Sustainable Energy announced the opening of its Northeast regional office in Cambridge, Mass.

  • Rooftop solar showing bright future

    NEW YORK -- A string of deals involving rooftop solar companies has shown both the appeal and potential of the business -- and limits to investor enthusiasm.

  • Report presents case for Wyoming wind power to California

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- California regulators could achieve savings in water use, electricity rates and greenhouse emissions by turning to Wyoming wind power to help offset the natural ups and downs of wind and solar power in their state, according to a University of Wyoming report released Monday.

  • ReWild Mission Bay seeks proposals for wetlands restoration

    The San Diego Audubon Society, a local organization dedicated to fostering the protection and appreciation of birds, wildlife and local habitats, announced ReWild Mission Bay and its new website,

  • Rethinking gardens in a time of drought

    LANGLEY, Wash. (AP) -- Severe drought is parching large sections of America, but that doesn't mean giving up on gardening. Plants can be coaxed through the hot summer months despite severe water restrictions.

  • What happens after the coal plants close

    Roger Titchenell, mayor of Albright, W.V., a coal-plant town that lost its coal plant, isn't angry at the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Smart growth projects awarded $15M from SANDAG

    Various projects promoting smart growth, transit and active transportation recently received a total of $15 million in grants from the San Diego Association of Governments, providing the grant recipients with funding for both capital and planning projects.

  • ASLA accepting applications for $5K grant

    The San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects is accepting applications from local community groups for a $5,000 grant.

  • Apple, Goldman among firms in $140 billion climate pledge

    Executives from 13 major U.S. corporations announced at least $140 billion in new investments to decrease their carbon footprints as part of a White House initiative to recruit private commitments ahead of a United Nations climate-change summit this year in Paris.

  • Raise the gasoline tax before it's too late

    Last week, I discussed why Tesla’s latest announcement was big. The electric carmaker said it planned a modification that would give its autos the ability to accelerate faster than cars that cost two to three times more and keep up with those that cost 10 to 20 times more.

  • SANDAG approves 'bus-on-shoulder' pilot project

    A budget amendment related to the proposed addition of express lanes to State Route 94 between Interstate 805 and Downtown San Diego — funding a new transit-oriented demonstration project along that corridor — was approved by the San Diego Association of Governments on Friday, drawing praise from groups pushing for more transit opportunities in the region.

  • Opoli, BYD add 50 EV cars to fleet

    Southern California rideshare service Opoli Technologies partnered with BYD Motors Inc. to “green” their fleet in San Diego, with BYD providing Opoli 50 zero-emissions e6 electric vehicles.

  • Downtown parking garage adds charging stations

    Emmes Realty Services has unveiled 30 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in its public parking garage at 707 Broadway in downtown San Diego.

  • Envision Solar receives a statewide contract

    The state of California has awarded San Diego-based Envision Solar a contract to supply its rapid-deployment solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations to state departments, giving the renewable energy company contracted rights to the work until at least June 11, 2016.

  • First Solar, utilities say rooftops costlier

    NEW YORK -- Building vast fields of solar panels for utilities is cheaper than bolting lots of little ones to rooftops, and now First Solar Inc. has more data to prove it.

  • City outlines zero waste goal

    The San Diego City Council on Monday unanimously adopted a plan to cut the city's landfill-bound waste to zero over the next 25 years.

  • Struggling recycling industry created its own mess

    The American recycling business is in the dumps. According to Dave Steinert, the CEO of Waste Management, America’s largest recycling company, the industry is experiencing a "national crisis," with almost all of America’s 2,000 high-tech recycling facilities -- including Steinert's own -- running in the red.

  • Facebook Doubles Renewable-Energy Target to 50% by End of 2018

    (Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc. set a goal of running half its operations with clean energy by the end of 2018, and eventually expects to reach 100 percent.

  • Coal stocks are down and probably never coming back

    In recent years, environmental activists have demanded that universities, foundations and other institutional investors divest their shares of coal, oil and gas companies.

  • Farm use of drones to take off as feds loosen restrictions

    CORDOVA, Md. — Mike Geske wants a drone.

  • LEED alignment with state codes hoped to advance green building

    The U.S. Green Building Council has announced two changes to documentation requirements for projects that may be eligible for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certifications.

  • Agrotourism adds pizza to farm-to-table movement

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- As the farm-to-table movement connects more consumers with local farmers, some farms have shortened the distance between the plow and the plate. They're inviting customers over for pizza.

  • MTS will spend $31.9 million grant on new trolleys, station

    The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) announced that it has been awarded $31.9 million from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP).

  • Clean energy companies beat the stock market

    Environmentalists love energy companies that don't pollute. That should be obvious. Not so obvious: So do investors.

  • USGBC aligns with state's green building code for LEED certifications

    The U.S. Green Building Council, the nonprofit known for developing the nationally recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, standards, announced on Tuesday a new path through which California project developers can earn LEED certification.

  • EPA loses at Supreme Court on power-plant emissions rule

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Obama administration’s effort to limit toxic pollution from the nation’s coal-fired power plants, leaving the fate of a landmark environmental regulation in doubt.

  • Utility choices

    Many people are unaware that we are in the midst of the biggest transfer of money and power in the history of the United States. For the past 60-plus years, the electric utility industry has been monopolized by very few companies operating in very large service territories with a captured client base. That model is changing rapidly.

  • EDF Renewable Energy places wind turbine order

    EDF Renewable Energy, a San Diego-based independent power producer, has placed a wind turbine order with Vestas Wind Systems to supply the 150-megawatt Salt Fork Wind Project.

  • Finavera completes acquisition of Solar Alliance of America

    Finavera Wind Energy Inc. has closed its acquisition of San Diego-based Solar Alliance of America, a solar sales and marketing firm.



  • 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.

  • Baker Electric's solar unit a core part of business

    In 2007, executives at Baker Electric decided to take a chance on a budding industry. After taking some lumps out of the gate, Baker's emergence into the solar electric installation market is becoming a regular and important part of its business.

  • Brummitt grows company out of desire to pursue sustainable living

    Some people look at buildings and see a combination of wood, steel and mortar with a number of things inside to make them more comfortable and workable — lighting, computers and maybe a few windows, even if they can't be opened.

  • Lighter, stronger, greener: Escondido firm develops low-cost steel alloy

    KVA Stainless Inc. is a research and development company involved in developing and promoting a martensitic stainless steel alloy that rivals the strength of titanium but is lower in cost and lighter in weight, making it suitable for many industrial applications, from automotive to agriculture, as well as oil and gas pipelines, sports equipment, aviation, medical devices and train cars.

  • Executive sees 'exciting time' for energy consulting industry

    Reducing emissions and energy costs while helping the environment is the goal that drew Doug Poffinbarger to energy consulting.

  • Beyond design: Architecture firm looks to understand clients' businesses, not just their buildings

    Austin Veum Robbins Partners (AVRP) approaches its design with a blend of pragmatism and beyond-architecture thinking that keeps it successful, and an awards recipient, even in climates like today's softer market.

  • Waxie Sanitary Supply goes green

    Miramar-based Waxie Sanitary Supply, one of the nation's best-known producers and distributors of bathroom and kitchen paper and cleaning products, has gone green.

  • Foam dons architectural structures in eco-friendly fashion

    A homegrown San Diego business has taken its architectural foam products onto the green scene.

Newsmaker videos

Interview with Michael Powers of Stellar Solar

With over a decade installing residential and commercial solar, Stellar Solar is one of the oldest and most experienced solar energy companies now operating in San Diego – we specialized in solar before it was hot! 

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.

Archived Reports

Environmental Innovation - 2015

Learn about the latest eco-friendly innovations and how local businesses are trying to reduce their impact on the environment.

Environmental Innovation - 2014

This edition focuses on new technologies and green building techniques that can aid in conserving water.

Environmental Innovation - 2013

Learn about San Diego's first solar-powered community.

Environmental Innovation - 2013

Learn about new options to finance solar energy systems, how retrofitting a swimming pool can reduce utility costs and local government’s latest commitment to become sustainable.

Environmental Innovation - Fall 2012

Learn about the latest eco-friendly innovations and how local businesses are trying to reduce their impact on the environment.

Environmental Innovation - April 2012

Read about local pioneers in environmental science, how electric cars are taking over San Diego’s streets, and why one Chargers player loves his Smart car.

Environmental Innovation - October 2011

From “green roofs” to sustainable surfboards, learn about the latest eco-friendly innovations and how local businesses are trying to reduce their impact on the environment.

Environmental Innovation - 2011

Learn about the latest innovations in eco-friendly technology and how local businesses are going green.

Environmental Innovation - Oct 2010

Take a closer look at how businesses in various sectors throughout the region are embracing sustainability.

Environmental Innovation - 2010

Explore some of the local companies and products driving green innovation.