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Andromeda Interfaces introduces EVIC

Oceanside-based Andromeda Interfaces has introduced its electric vehicle interface controller (EVIC), a fully integrated display device to monitor the operation and safety of electric vehicle’s major sub-systems.

Californians cut water use

SACRAMENTO -- Californians cut their water use by 10.3 percent in September from a year earlier, about half the 20 percent decrease that Gov. Jerry Brown requested as the state contends with an historic drought.

Data, agility keys to success for clean tech industry

In the seven years since Smart City San Diego — a clean tech-focused collaboration between several large local stakeholders — took shape, the number of clean tech businesses that call San Diego home has skyrocketed from 125 to more than 840.

Calif. farmers gamble on bumper tomato crop

SACRAMENTO -- California farmers who grow a third of the world’s processing tomatoes, the kind used for pasta sauce and soups, nurtured a record crop this year even as the state’s drought damped production of other vegetables.

Bad energy, good energy: Choose side in moral fight

The fight to develop renewable energy is a battle of good against evil, and the future of humanity hangs in the balance.

SDG&E launches energy-efficiency directory

San Diego Gas & Electric has launched an online directory to help business customers find vendors who can help them identify and implement energy efficiency projects.

CSE offers solar workshop for homeowners

The Center for Sustainable Energy will hold a workshop on Nov. 13 for homeowners who want to learn more about solar energy.

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.

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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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