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San Diego ranks No. 2 for solar panels

San Diego ranks as having the second-highest number of solar panels in the country after Los Angeles and the fourth-highest number of panels per capita, according to a study released Thursday by the Environment California Research and Policy Center.

EPA request for biofuel data signals renewable fuel delays

The Obama administration’s plan to collect information on biofuel production may herald further delays in setting targets for how much renewable fuel U.S. refiners should be consuming.

Baker Electric Solar recognized as top SunPower solar panel dealer

Escondido-based Baker Electric Solar announced Tuesday its receipt of two separate awards from the solar panel manufacturer SunPower for its performance as a SunPower dealer in 2014.

County gives interim OK for green building codes

Within a few weeks, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors could require single-family homebuilders in unincorporated areas to include electrical infrastructure and space for future solar energy generation and electric-vehicle charging systems.

Why you should attend the 2015 NECA Show San Francisco

The NECA Show is the largest gathering of manufactures and distributers for electrical professionals in North America.

Sustainability in our schools

Since 1994, San Diego Unified School District has pursued innovative projects to save energy, reduce utility costs, and protect the environment while promoting sustainability in the district.

The 'Wild, Wild West of energy'

Over the past three decades, the electric utility landscape has changed considerably. We’ve seen a growing focus on reducing energy consumption, implementing energy efficient solutions and going “green.” But, this wasn’t always the case. What used to be the domain of hippies is now fair game for the average business person. Solar energy is a viable solution moving forward, ultimately costing less per month and annually.

DOE funds awarded to California tribes for energy projects

A local Native American tribe has been selected as one of 11 tribes around the nation to receive a combined $6 million from the federal Department of Energy to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on tribal lands.

SDSU researcher develops app that helps SDG&E customers save energy

Scheduling your appliance-related chores for off-peak hours can help ease strain on the local power grid, and could even save you money in lower electric rates down the line. An app developed by San Diego State University computer engineering professor Yusuf Ozturk makes it easy to know the best time to plug in.

Porsche may expand with new electric car to challenge Tesla

Porsche AG may expand its growing lineup with a battery-powered vehicle to cater to demand for cleaner luxury vehicles and counter the rise of Tesla Motors Inc.

Council weighs in on energy rates

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday voted to ask the state Public Utilities Commission to restructure its electricity rates to support conservation measures, while protecting customers from rapid rate increases.

Water conservation: A leak and water savings guide for property and business managers, owners

According to WaterSense, an EPA Partnership Program, approximately 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted in the United States each year from minor, and preventable, household and irrigation leaks.

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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.


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

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.

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