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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.

NM to offer state land for new solar power plants

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- The State Land Office is accepting bids from companies interested in developing what would be New Mexico's largest solar power plant.

OneRoof Energy inks $2M debt financing

OneRoof Energy Inc. has announced that New Resource Bank will provide it with approximately $2 million in debt financing.

Leases, loans make solar more possible

NEW YORK — A new financing offering could make home solar cheaper and more attractive to homeowners, and keep the adoption of home solar growing.

Baths, kitchens on display at ASID tour

The American Society of Interior Designers will hold a Kitchen and Bath Tour around San Diego County on Oct. 25. The eight kitchens and three baths will showcase the range of lifestyles, tastes and personal preferences, and illustrate the interaction among designers, contractors and clients.

EDF Renewable to provide services for Mesquite Creek Wind facility

EDF Renewable Services entered into a balance of plant (BOP) contract with Sumitomo Corp. of Americas to provide BOP services for the Mesquite Creek Wind facility.

Building for San Diego’s biggest biotech company

Local general contractor BNBuilders – founded as a biotech builder – specializes in highly technical and complex construction projects. The firm has recently completed laboratories, manufacturing and R&D facilities for Celgene, Gilead, Amgen, Calibr and Illumina. Locally and along the West Coast, BNBuilders has built best in class projects for world-class leaders in the biotech and life science industries.

NECA chapter at SDSU takes second place in Green Energy Challenge

An eight-member team of San Diego State University students took second place at the annual Green Energy Challenge competition hosted at the National Electrical Contractors Association's national convention, NECA San Diego has announced.

OneRoof Energy Announces Financing Agreements

San Diego-based OneRoof Energy Group Inc. has entered into a series of financing agreements to provide up to approximately $16.7 million in additional financing.

A decade after welcoming wind, states reconsider

CALUMET, Okla. (AP) -- A decade ago, states offered wind-energy developers an open-armed embrace, envisioning a bright future for an industry that would offer cheap electricity, new jobs and steady income for large landowners, especially in rural areas with few other economic prospects.

Governor signs statewide plastic bag ban

Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Tuesday a statewide ban on plastic bags distributed by grocery stores and pharmacies, making California the first state in the nation to prohibit the bags' use.

Solar May Be Largest Global Power Source by 2050, IEA Says (1)

Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Solar power might become the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050 as falling costs boost installations, according to the International Energy Agency.

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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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