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EDF Renewable Energy acquires 175 MW wind project

San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy has secured a 96 percent stake in the 175 megawatt Pilot Hill Wind Project from Orion Energy Group LLC and Vision Energy LLC.

San Francisco's gaudy recycling claims are garbage

If you toss an apple core into a composting box and it ends up in a landfill, has it been recycled? In most places, the answer would be a simple “no.”

Europe sets sights on misleading recycling target

A high recycling rate is a bit like a civic penance. Yes, we consumed, the figure admits. But we paid for it by going through the trouble of sorting our waste into green and blue bins.

Local developer sells equity stake in New Mexico wind project

During the holiday weekend, San Diego-based renewable energy project developer BayWa r.e. Wind announced that had sold its equity stake in the 19.8-megawatt Brahms wind project in New Mexico.

EDF Renewable Energy's Spinning Spur II Wind Project completed

San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy’s 161-megawatt Spinning Spur II Wind Project in Texas has reached commercial operation (COD).

Banks lending billions in Japan's solar gold rush

TOKYO -- Deutsche Bank AG plans to lend about $1 billion for Japan solar projects, joining Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in funding cleaner energy as the government struggles to restart nuclear power plants after the Fukushima disaster.

Supervisors expected to officially end wildfire emergency

Supervisors could formally terminate May's wildfire emergency declaration, and are expected to receive an annual report on a county conservation program at their upcoming meetings.

City Council funds fire station, transit center

The San Diego City Council began the new fiscal year Tuesday with moves to create a new public transit center, fire station, scuba diving site and electrical-vehicle charging stations.

Real estate agents navigate resales around solar energy systems

Solar energy systems have thrown a curveball to real estate professionals who are trying to educate buyers and sellers on leasing versus owning, and match appraisals to the value of the home.

SDG&E reinforces call for awareness with summer outlook

San Diego Gas & Electric provided on Thursday its summer outlook for energy stability, largely mirroring last month's statewide assessment predicting adequate supply but warning of potential vulnerability in San Diego.

US will always be addicted to oil imports

The U.S. Commerce Department has found a way to end America's 40-year-old oil export ban without canceling it.

Rooftop solar leases scaring buyers when homeowners sell

NEW YORK -- Dorian Bishopp blames the solar panels on his roof for costing him almost 10 percent off the value of the home he sold in March.

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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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