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Balboa Park Cultural Partnership holds sustainability showcase

The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership’s Sustainability Program hosted this week its annual Sustainability Showcase and Expo at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park.

Brite Energy launches residential business in San Diego

Protection 1 has launched its solar arm, Brite Energy, in San Diego.

'No doubt' there's potential for wind energy, environmental officer says

The chief environmental officer for the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Bill Brown, on Tuesday addressed a small gathering at Scripps Institution of Oceanography about the bureau's role in its offshore energy mission and the Pacific region's work toward renewable energy development.

Envision Solar announces $2 million in new orders

Envision Solar International Inc. has received multiple purchase orders for its electric vehicle charging station products totaling more than $2 million in less than 30 days.

Early work on North Coast Corridor project could begin within months

A committee of the San Diego Association of Governments learned Friday that two projects associated with the $6.5 billion North Coast Corridor Project being administered by SANDAG and Caltrans could break ground within the next year.

SF may consider mandatory solar panels

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A San Francisco supervisor wants to require new buildings in the city to have solar panels, gardens or both on their roofs.

Los Angeles sued over rejection of solar plan

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two out-of-state firms are suing Los Angeles, claiming a city panel violated the law in rejecting their plan to install an array of 3,500 solar cells on the northeast edge of the San Fernando Valley.

California may be on way to benefit from energy boom

Last month, two things happened that could lead to California reversing its course of increasing oil imports, and matching the national trend of importing less oil .

SDG&E launches third Careers in Energy Week

San Diego Gas & Electric joined other California utilities his week in launching the 3rd annual Careers in Energy Week, a nationwide initiative to promote science, technology, engineering and math education.

Some incentives for solar power expire, others changing

The California Solar Initiative ran out of funds for residential solar installations earlier this year, eliminating one way homeowners had been able to offset an installation's cost.

Hydrogen fuel cells bigger focus in 2015 electric vehicles

The next wave of electric vehicles could be powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology as several car manufacturers gear up to launch new models.

SDSU’s Sage Project seeks new city partner

On the heels of a successful first year working to make National City more sustainable, San Diego State University’s Sage Project is seeking proposals from other San Diego County municipalities to partner with in the 2015-16 academic year.

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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.

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Southwestern Solar Systems

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

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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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