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China Electric-Car Shares Jump on Bets Apple to Enter Market

(Bloomberg) -- Chinese shares related to electric vehicles jumped amid speculation they will benefit from Apple Inc.’s entry into the industry.

Apple Building $850 Million Solar Farm With First Solar (1)

(Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. is investing $848 million in a solar farm to harvest electricity in a partnership with First Solar Inc.

Baker Electric Solar hosting 'Solar Discovery Day'

San Diego-based solar energy system designer and installer Baker Electric Solar is hosting its inaugural Solar Discovery Day Feb. 21, inviting the public to the complimentary solar education event.

Council panel opposes SDG&E rate plan

A San Diego City Council committee Wednesday voted to oppose a proposed rate restructuring by San Diego Gas & Electric over fears that it would raise rates for low-income and elderly customers.

State ranks No. 7 in new LEED certifications

The U.S. Green Building Council released on Wednesday its annual ranking of the top 10 states in the nation for LEED, the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system. California made the list, taking the No. 7 spot.

Virtual net metering expansion aim of DOE-funded project

The Center for Sustainable Energy has been awarded $712,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy for a project aimed at eliminating barriers to solar energy system adoption at multiple tenant commercial properties and multifamily housing.

Chicken of the Sea releases company sustainability report

The San Diego-based packaged seafood company Chicken of the Sea has released its corporate sustainability report, which this year has outdone previous reports by setting specific, measurable goals in areas the company said matter most.

Sapphire Energy names senior VP of product management

San Diego-based Sapphire Energy Inc., a producer of renewable solutions from algae, announced that Dr. Jim Astwood has joined the company as senior vice president of product management.

City wins public outreach award for water recycling demonstration

The city of San Diego's Water Purification Demonstration Project earned praise last week during the 2015 Winter Conference held last week in Palm Springs by the California Association of Sanitation Agencies.

New partnership helps upgrade contractor environmental guidelines website

The Associated General Contractors of America, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences have announced a joint partnership to help contractors learn how to comply with federal and state environmental guidelines.

Taxpayers group attacks greening of SR 163

The San Diego Taxpayers Association, a long-time critic of government spending, has set its sights on a new target: the $6.7 million project to add greenery to state Route 163's passage through Balboa Park.

Life with less oil will end dependence on bad guys

Saudi Arabia isn't the nicest ally to have. The desert kingdom just handed out a sentence of 1,000 lashes to a blogger for running a website devoted to freedom of speech.

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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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