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The San Diego Association of Governments has confirmed that its Bike to Work Day will be held as rescheduled on May 29, motivating what it expects to be thousands of bike riders to switch from engines leg power for a day.
Underwriters Laboratories LLC has announced a memorandum of understanding with UC San Diego to help support developments in sustainable energy technology.
Three months after revising the initial contract terms meant to open the energy sector to private companies for the first time in 75 years, Mexican regulators are up against another deadline.
The recent announcement that Canada won't match U.S. emission-reduction targets offers a fresh look at Canadians' enduring bipolarity on climate change: They're far more likely than Americans to say the problem is real, yet keep voting for a government that does nothing about it. Therein lies a cautionary tale for the rest of the world.
Citing grid reliability, the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved a smaller version of the original power purchase agreement that lays the groundwork for the natural-gas-fired Carlsbad Energy Center.
San Diego-based Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's Copper Mountain Solar 1 facility in Boulder City, Nev. has been recognized as the first solar power plant in the U.S. to receive the Voluntary Protection Programs Star work site designation from the state of Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Nevada OSHA). The award is the organization's highest recognition for exemplary safety performance.
OneRoof Energy Inc., a residential solar services provider and wholly owned subsidiary of OneRoof Energy Group Inc., announced that it has closed the previously announced purchase of 100 percent of Black Coral Capital LLC's sponsor equity interest in OneRoof Energy's first tax equity fund.
The cities of Poway and San Diego took top honors in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, a conservation effort held by the Wyland Foundation.
As homeowner interest increases in leasing and buying solar systems to offset electricity costs, the real estate industry is working to keep pace with the information that could pertain to their clients and potential transactions.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A roof grows in Brooklyn.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- San Jose businesses and residents will soon have to restrict their water use or face fines, as the city becomes one of the largest in the state to impose strict water-use limits amid California's ongoing drought.
California, facing the fourth year of an unprecedented drought that’s drying up hydroelectric supplies, has more than enough solar power to make up the difference, the state’s grid operator says.
The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday delayed a vote on a power purchase agreement between SDG&E and developers of a proposed power plant in Carlsbad.
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a regulation that offers financial incentives to factories, retailers and other large electricity users to reduce their power consumption.
The San Diego Association of Governments launched on Monday its Walk, Ride, and Roll to School mini-grant program, aimed at increasing active transportation and safety education for students in the region.
The Pala Band of Mission Indians received on Monday a loan for more than $1.2 million from San Diego Gas & Electric for energy-efficient equipment scheduled to be installed in the nearly 630,000-square-foot Pala Casino Spa & Resort.
Eric Johnson, the sustainability manager at Sony Electronics, has been appointed president of the board of directors of I Love a Clean San Diego.
San Diego Gas & Electric joined U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on Thursday to formally launch the U.S. Department of Energy's Partnership for Energy Sector Climate Resilience.
Kilroy Centre Del Mar, owned and managed by Kilroy Realty Corporation, and San Diego Tech Center, owned by Locale Advisors and Lionstone Investments and managed by Edgecore Real Estate Group, have been named the Pacific Southwest regional winners of “The Outstanding Building of the Year” in the suburban low-rise and the suburban mid-rise categories respectively, by the Building Owners & Managers Association.
San Diego saw marked improvement in air quality based on three measures in the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2015, reaching its best levels yet.
On March 13, the city of San Diego and the San Diego Unified Port District sued agrochemical giant Monsanto and two related companies for their role in polluting the bay with polychlorinated biphenyls, commonly called PCBs.
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power announced Thursday that it has acquired the Black Oak Getty wind project in Minnesota from Geronimo Energy LLC, a utility-scale wind and solar energy developer. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The most important piece of news on the energy front isn't the plunge in oil prices, but the progress that is being made in battery technology.
LOS ANGELES — An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage people to save water.
General Dynamics NASSCO launched the world's first liquefied natural gas-powered containership Saturday at a ceremony at the company's shipyard.
SACRAMENTO -- California, expecting the lowest hydroelectric generation in a decade, will lean on solar and natural gas-fired power to get through spring and summer months when demand typically peaks.
San Diego is one of two cities that will begin a pilot program of new GE technology designed to help the city become more intelligent and efficient. Along with Jacksonville, Fla., San Diego will try a new GE LED program that uses LED street lighting installations to connect, collect and analyze data being generated.
Apple Inc., the world’s largest company by market value, is backing two solar farms in southern China with SunPower Corp.
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Apple Inc. is expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solar power project and preserving 36,000 acres of “sustainable” timberland in Maine and North Carolina.
The largest residential solar company in the United States expanded its San Diego office and plans to bring 60 new jobs to the area, increasing its local workforce by 70 percent.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto could use some good news.
Pearson Fuels of San Diego and G&M Oil Company of Huntington Beach opened their newest E85 Flex Fuel station in Calimesa on Tuesday, and unveiled plans for 13 additional E85 sites throughout Southern California built through a collaboration between the two companies.
BERLIN -- Sitting in a control center that helps ensure uninterrupted power for 82 million Germans, Gunter Scheibner is proving that renewable energy from the sun and wind can be just as reliable as fossil fuels.
Sempra Energy’s (NYSE: SRE) subsidiary Southern California Gas Company is launching demonstration projects to create and test the first-ever carbon-free, power-to-gas system in the United States.
City of San Diego stakeholders have helped fund the international, widespread distribution of a National Geographic Channel documentary highlighting the city’s innovation, technology and people that make the city vibrant.
Residential solar services provider OneRoof Energy Inc. announced Thursday it has expanded service to include Connecticut and New Jersey.
Division within the California Public Utilities Commission has delayed the hearing for whether a proposed power plant in Carlsbad should be allowed to enter a power-purchase agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has rescinded the county's climate action plan in the wake of court findings that it violated the California Environmental Quality Act for not properly addressing future greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
NEW YORK -- Utilities in the U.S. Northeast stand to lose as much as half of residential sales by 2030, as customers install solar and battery-storage systems and generate their own power, according to a report by the Rocky Mountain Institute.
As California heads into its fourth year of drought, Gov. Jerry Brown is taking the unprecedented step of ordering mandatory rationing.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Drought conditions are expanding across a large section of the United States, from California to the Great Plains.
The Board of Supervisors' upcoming Tuesday and Wednesday meetings range from professional football in San Diego to the county's 2012 climate action plan.
Energy storage is the new frontier in renewable power. More applications for Self Generation Incentive Program funding for energy-storage projects were filed in the last three months — 9,527 kilowatts of capacity in SDG&E territory— than the last two years combined, and the industry is expected to experience huge growth in the next five years.
LOS ANGELES -- California is entering its fourth year of drought as its rainy season ends with blue skies and brown hillsides from San Francisco to Los Angeles, threatening crops and livestock in the most productive agricultural region.
San Diego Unified School District's capital improvements are funded by two General Obligation bond measures -- Propositions S and Z. A board-approved phasing plan for bond projects is being implemented by the district's Facilities Planning and Construction Division.
San Diego ranks as having the second-highest number of solar panels in the country after Los Angeles and the fourth-highest number of panels per capita, according to a study released Thursday by the Environment California Research and Policy Center.
The Obama administration’s plan to collect information on biofuel production may herald further delays in setting targets for how much renewable fuel U.S. refiners should be consuming.
Escondido-based Baker Electric Solar announced Tuesday its receipt of two separate awards from the solar panel manufacturer SunPower for its performance as a SunPower dealer in 2014.
Within a few weeks, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors could require single-family homebuilders in unincorporated areas to include electrical infrastructure and space for future solar energy generation and electric-vehicle charging systems.
The NECA Show is the largest gathering of manufactures and distributers for electrical professionals in North America.
Since 1994, San Diego Unified School District has pursued innovative projects to save energy, reduce utility costs, and protect the environment while promoting sustainability in the district.
Over the past three decades, the electric utility landscape has changed considerably. We’ve seen a growing focus on reducing energy consumption, implementing energy efficient solutions and going “green.” But, this wasn’t always the case. What used to be the domain of hippies is now fair game for the average business person. Solar energy is a viable solution moving forward, ultimately costing less per month and annually.
A local Native American tribe has been selected as one of 11 tribes around the nation to receive a combined $6 million from the federal Department of Energy to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on tribal lands.
Scheduling your appliance-related chores for off-peak hours can help ease strain on the local power grid, and could even save you money in lower electric rates down the line. An app developed by San Diego State University computer engineering professor Yusuf Ozturk makes it easy to know the best time to plug in.
Porsche AG may expand its growing lineup with a battery-powered vehicle to cater to demand for cleaner luxury vehicles and counter the rise of Tesla Motors Inc.
The San Diego City Council on Tuesday voted to ask the state Public Utilities Commission to restructure its electricity rates to support conservation measures, while protecting customers from rapid rate increases.
According to WaterSense, an EPA Partnership Program, approximately 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted in the United States each year from minor, and preventable, household and irrigation leaks.
With California in its fourth year of drought, local businesses say the top priority for the state Legislature should be ensuring access to reliable water sources, according to a monthly survey of businesses throughout San Diego County.
Envision Solar International Inc., the renewable energy media, branding and electric vehicle-charging product company, recently received orders for its EV ARC products from Carleton Management Inc. in San Diego.
The state Supreme Court appears to have given the San Diego Association of Governments a lifeline for its 2050 Regional Transportation Plan, a 40-year blueprint approved by the planning group in 2011.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A new concept in renewable energy is catching fire across the country, allowing customers who might find solar panels too expensive or impractical to buy green energy anyway.
San Diego-based Envision Solar International Inc. (OTCQB: EVSI) announced Thursday that it recently received first orders for its EV ARC electric vehicle charger system from the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Baker Electric, serving Southern California’s electrical needs since 1938, continues to make a bold impact in and throughout San Diego County with projects that have ranged from installing intricate electrical systems at residential and civic properties to new, sweeping solar installations on buildings throughout the region.
Here’s the latest news on some long-term projects happening around the county. Projects are listed by estimated cost.
One Paseo, the controversial and precedent-setting mixed-use development approved for Carmel Valley, could open in 2018 and inspire more high-density projects.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wal-Mart is launching an online shop on its site that aims to help customers find products that are good for the environment from manufacturers that have been leaders in sustainability.
Borrego Solar Systems Inc. is about to begin construction of a 3.9- megawatt wholesale distributed generation solar energy system in Suffolk County, New York, the company reported Thursday.
A program to trade in older, more heavily polluting taxi cabs for new hybrid or alternative-fuel cabs serving the airport is being launched by the county Air Pollution Control District and San Diego International Airport.
Envision Solar International Inc. announced Thursday the deployment of its autonomous, solar powered electric vehicle charging station, the EV ARC, using its new ARC Mobility transportation system.
Sempra Energy agreed to join state-run Petroleos Mexicanos’s plan to build the first export facility for liquefied natural gas in Mexico at an under-utilized import terminal on the Pacific Coast.
San Diego Gas & Electric announced the establishment of an endowment for the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista, a move that would fulfill an obligation set by its permit to move the South Bay Substation.
San Diego-based Maxwell Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: MXWL) reported Wednesday that Freqcon GmbH, a German developer and distributor of renewable energy systems, has deployed an energy storage system for the Tallaght Smart Grid Testbed in Ireland.
The so-called Sunshine State hasn’t been a great place for homeowners to install solar panels.
The California Energy Commission recently awarded San Diego Gas & Electric a nearly $5 million grant to expand the Borrego Springs microgrid.
(Bloomberg) -- Chinese shares related to electric vehicles jumped amid speculation they will benefit from Apple Inc.’s entry into the industry.
(Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. is investing $848 million in a solar farm to harvest electricity in a partnership with First Solar Inc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cheap gas may make electric cars an even harder sell, according to BMW AG, the German luxury automaker that’s aiming for plug-in versions of all its top models.
Jay Leopold, regional manager of DPR Construction San Diego, broke ground on an important research facility, developed eco-friendly office space and continued to be one of the local leaders in building information modeling in 2014.
NEW YORK -- U.S. solar companies boosted their employee rolls by 22 percent last year, and now employ 86 percent more workers than they did in 2010, driven by rising demand in the world’s third-largest market.
NEW YORK -- NRG Energy Inc. plans to become the second- biggest U.S. rooftop solar company by year-end as falling prices put pressure on its conventional power production division.
The Obama administration plans to require the oil and gas industry to cut methane emissions from the drilling and transportation of fossil fuels by as much as 45 percent over the next decade, another step in its efforts to curb greenhouse gases tied to climate change.
National Electrical Contractors Association San Diego President Tim Dudek has stepped into his second year as president of the trade group's chapter and set his sights on continuing to expand training.
After six years of grousing about mediocre jobs reports, we're finally in a solid stretch of decent employment growth.
San Diego-based South Pacific Tuna Corp. signed an agreement with PNAO/Pacifical, the marketing arm of the eight Pacific Island Nations known as the Parties to the Nauru Agreement, to supply tuna that meets Marine Stewardship Council standards.
The city of San Diego announced Wednesday that its Public Utilities Department is working with local nonprofit River Partners to restore approximately 100 acres around the Upper Otay Reservoir.
The $435 million East County Substation project that broke ground in early 2013 has been energized and is now operating within San Diego Gas & Electric's electricity transmission system, according to a release from the utility.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Clean-energy programs initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and governors before him have California already well on its way to meeting his new goals for reducing the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, industry experts and state officials said Tuesday.
Materials that may be cheaper and more efficient than silicon at converting the sun’s rays into electricity could be key to the next generation of solar power, scientists say.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- As he was sworn in for a record fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown charted an ambitious new goal on Monday for California in its fight against climate change, challenging the nation's most populous state to increase renewable energy use to 50 percent in the next 15 years.
San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy placed a firm order with Vestas Wind Systems A/S for 150 megawatts of wind turbine generators. The order closes the books on the master supply agreement announced in September 2013 with orders totaling 1,094 megawatts. Delivery of this new order of 75 V100-2.0-megawatt turbines is scheduled for third quarter of 2016.
As Assembly Bill 2188, signed into law in 2014 by Gov. Jerry Brown, takes effect, expect San Diego County cities to make major changes to their rules for residential solar energy installation permits.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico's largest electric provider has proposed charging fees to customers with rooftop solar systems, saying those customers still rely on the grid when the sun isn't shining and should pay their fair share of the fixed costs of maintaining the system.
When the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries failed to cut production quotas last month, the initial investor reaction was, “Hallelujah! Lots more savings for energy buyers! Blowout Christmas spending by consumers!”
From oil and gas to renewable resources, the topic of energy is always in flux, and that held true in San Diego in 2014.
When the U.S. Federal Reserve ended its quantitative-easing program in October, it also ended the primary driver of U.S. stocks during the past six years.
San Diego-based Sullivan Solar Power has become the fourth, and largest, solar energy firm to receive company-wide accreditation in the nation from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, according to a Sullivan release.
A milestone in the use of San Diego Gas & Electric's Sunrise Powerlink was announced Thursday, as the utility reported that more than 1,000 megawatts of renewable power is now being delivered to the county through the transmission line.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Nevada regulators on Wednesday refused a second request to waive competitive bids for utility company NV Energy to buy solar power from a proposed solar generation station on the Moapa River Paiute Indian Reservation outside Las Vegas.
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, a subsidiary of San Diego’s Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), announced Wednesday that it received an award for industry leadership in electricity generation at this month's Platts Global Energy Awards ceremony in New York.
The Unified Port of San Diego has begun its search to fill the agency's top post, which became vacant after Wayne Darbeau was fired in July.
Ballpark Village LLC, a partnership between JMI Realty and Lennar Corp., has announced its retention of C. Spengler Strategies to provide environmental and construction consulting services for its Ballpark Village project in downtown San Diego.
The United Nations talks, which ended Satuday, in Lima have highlighted two fundamental sticking points over how to deal with climate change.
Biofuel-producing companies looking to survive regulatory and market uncertainty must be able to adapt, an industry executive said Tuesday at an energy summit.
The following properties are local winners for The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) awards for 2014.
It is often said that people who don't want to solve the problem of climate science reject the underlying science, and hence don't think there's any problem to solve.
Invenergy Clean Power LLC announced Monday a successful close to the financing and start of the operation of its Desert Green Solar Farm in Borrego Springs.
Representatives from every national government are meeting this week to work toward a global climate agreement, and the location of the conference -- Lima, Peru -- offers critically important lessons for negotiators.
Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Innovative Solar Systems LLC, a developer that has built about 1 gigawatt of capacity in the U.S., is planning a merger and initial public offering as soon as the middle of next year.
San Diego's efforts to preserve and enhance its natural environment were discussed Thursday as Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 continued its yearlong series on shaping the region's next 100 years.
A closed-session meeting of the San Diego Association of Governments board of directors has been scheduled for Friday, in the wake of last week's appellate court decision against SANDAG and the regional transportation plan it adopted three years ago.
SACRAMENTO -- Record rains have fallen across California. And yet the drought remains.
A year-long dialogue series on shaping San Diego's next 100 years and hosted by the group Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 will continue Thursday.
Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Audi AG plans to roll out an electric-powered crossover in 2017 to challenge Tesla Motors Inc. for wealthy, environmentally conscious consumers.
Long Beach-based environmental consultant Alta Environmental has announced the opening of a new office serving San Diego County, providing environmental technical and expert consulting to both public and private sector clients.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the Obama administration went too far with new power-plant pollution caps that the government estimates will cost almost $10 billion a year.
"Global warming strikes America! Brrrr!” So tweeted U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) last week, as much of the United States experienced extreme cold.
Work to extend the San Diego Trolley Blue Line from the international border to UC San Diego and surrounding areas is expected to start in late 2015.
Students, staff and representatives from Southwestern College and SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWR) dedicated the installation of a 3.2-megawatt solar power system on the college’s Chula Vista campus on Wednesday.
A report from the self-described nonpartisan and nonprofit group Next 10 has identified San Diego County and Imperial County as leaders in the development of micro grid and biorenewables technologies.
Cities are essentially unfinished projects, for there is always something missing; in order to be complete, they must be living, working, moving, thriving communities, according to Reconnecting America’s framework, and allow for live-work-play.
If the last time you looked at the four-story building on Upas Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Hillcrest was more than a few months ago, stroll over there and take another look. The structure's still there, so what's there to look at, you say? Exactly.
When you walk into the Patio on Goldfinch, one of the first things you will notice is a vertical living plant wall toward the back of the restaurant. It’s the cornerstone of the eatery and what aids the Patio on Goldfinch as an Orchid-award nominee and a shining example of sustainable design.
The Building Industry Association of San Diego recognized Cornerstone Communities, one of San Diego’s most prolific builders, as the 2014 Builder of the Year. This distinctive award publicly recognizes Cornerstone Communities’ enduring commitment to excellence as a top San Diego homebuilder for more than 20 years.
The Navy announced on Wednesday that Navy and Marine Corps housing units in the San Diego area will receive rooftop solar energy systems through a purchase power agreement between Lincoln Military Housing and the solar energy company SolarCity.
The Protect Our Communities Foundation asked the California Supreme Court this week to review a case related to the California Public Utilities Commission’s approval of the Pio Pico Energy Center, a "peaker" power plant proposed for Otay Mesa.
San Diego-based Envision Solar International, Inc.(OTC: EVSI) has moved into a new 31,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Miramar. The company will produce EV ARC and Solar Tree products in this location.
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Consolidated Edison Development announced Friday an agreement to partner on the 75-megawatt Broken Bow II wind project in Custer County, Neb.
Solar energy system designer and installer Baker Electric Solar, announced on Wednesday its appointment of Jay Miller as the company's director of operations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The fight to develop renewable energy is a battle of good against evil, and the future of humanity hangs in the balance.
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.
The Center for Sustainable Energy will hold a workshop on Nov. 13 for homeowners who want to learn more about solar energy.
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.
Protection 1 has launched its solar arm, Brite Energy, in San Diego.
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 International Inc. has received multiple purchase orders for its electric vehicle charging station products totaling more than $2 million in less than 30 days.
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.
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 (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.
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 .
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.
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.
The next wave of electric vehicles could be powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology as several car manufacturers gear up to launch new models.
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.
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 Inc. has announced that New Resource Bank will provide it with approximately $2 million in debt financing.
NEW YORK — A new financing offering could make home solar cheaper and more attractive to homeowners, and keep the adoption of home solar growing.
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 Services entered into a balance of plant (BOP) contract with Sumitomo Corp. of Americas to provide BOP services for the Mesquite Creek Wind facility.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) -- The Hong Kong property tycoon who gathered almost $20 billion in Chinese solar manufacturing assets is expanding his reach in other green energy technologies and may seek Wall Street money to do it.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As California's severe drought continues, state and local agencies are looking at budgeting water use by creating a daily water allocation for each household.
County Supervisor Dave Roberts' is hoping that the project to replace his home's front and back grass yards with artificial turf may spark a change in the future of water efficiency rebates offered by local water districts.
After more than 25 years of debates, hearings and lawsuits, San Diego City Hall seems poised to scrap the idea of building a bridge over the Rose Canyon Open Space Park in University City in favor of letting the neighborhood craft an alternate proposal.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.
SAN FRANCISCO -- State and federal officials sought Tuesday to bring order to California's boom for renewable-energy plants in the Mojave and other southern California deserts, releasing a roadmap covering 22.5 million acres that designates some areas for large-scale solar, wind and geothermal plants and others for conservation of desert habitat and animals.
The United Nations climate summit is a reminder that rich countries still aren't ready to make deep cuts to their carbon emissions or make significant payments to help poor countries cope with the consequences of those emissions.
The research group Equinox Center has officially endorsed the city of San Diego’s Pure Water project, a 20-year plan for improving local water supply conditions through water recycling.
Is fixing climate change free? That’s the suggestion of an international blue-ribbon panel in a new report, which has been enthusiastically embraced by people who would like to fix climate change.
A massive polar ice cap seems to be melting. What are we going to do to stop it?
The winning design in the competition to create San Diego's first mobile "parklet" was unveiled Friday, as the city and the Downtown San Diego Partnership participated in PARK(ing) Day events around the city.
San Diego-based Envision Solar International Inc. (OTCQB: EVSI) announced Thursday that the Schmidt Family Foundation has selected its EV ARC product after considering more than 100 other submissions for projects aimed at increasing the adoption of EVs in the United States.
The California Chapter of the American Planning Association has awarded County Supervisor Greg Cox with a statewide planning award, for efforts to create local active transportation and open space projects.
As the drought persists, County Supervisor Dave Roberts began on Monday having his home's natural grass yards replaced by artificial turf, utilizing a financing program he's championed since becoming a supervisor and water-efficiency incentives from water distributors.
San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy on Monday announced that Dominion (NYSE: D) will acquire two solar projects for a total of 57 megawatt peak (MWp): Cottonwood Solar (32.6 MWp) and Catalina Solar 2 (24.3 MWp).
San Diego Gas & Electric announced this week that it will solicit contracted offers for local energy resources through Jan. 5 to help replace recently lost energy generation from the San Onofre nuclear plant.
Canadian company Finavera Wind Energy Inc. (TSX-V: FVR) said it has signed an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the equity of San Diego-based Solar Alliance of America Inc. in a transaction valued at $6 million.
San Diego Gas & Electric reports that a region including San Diego and southern Orange County has achieved a milestone with 10,000 totally electric vehicles on the road.
A friendly challenge focused on ridesharing will run throughout October, but companies must register by Sept. 26.
A public hearing was held Friday morning on the San Diego Association of Governments' proposed regional plan, San Diego Forward, which will update SANDAG's 40-year regional transportation plan adopted in 2011.
Genomatica has announced the results of a survey of sustainability issues in the mainstream chemical industry, revealing in part that 69 percent of chemical producers and distributors say their companies have a sustainability policy in place or are currently developing one.
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego received a $500,000 grant over five years from Wendy and Eric Schmidt to support the Scripps CO2 program, which maintains the Keeling Curve measurement of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.
A team of recent graduates from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design was announced on Wednesday to be the winner of the city-funded $5,000 prize to build a mobile "parklet" for downtown San Diego.
PARIS -- In the midst of a suburban sprawl halfway between the Eiffel Tower and Paris’s busy Orly airport, a drilling crew works night and day burrowing deep into the Earth’s crust in search of underground heat.
San Diego-based Borrego Solar Systems Inc. has entered into a partnership with LG Electronics USA to significantly expand the presence of LG's high-efficiency solar modules in the U.S. commercial market, the companies announced today.
Finalists in the “Moving Parklet” Design Challenge have been selected, and now the public gets to weigh in on which team should win $5,000 to construct its design via a Facebook poll.
It's been almost six months since the California Coastal Commission approved the issuance of a coastal development permit for the relocation of the South Bay Substation in Chula Vista.
Construction is complete on the first of the two-phase, award-winning Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in Santee. The $221.5 million project for the county of San Diego Department of General Services consists of 24 buildings across 45 acres with 1,216-beds. It is replacing the county's 1960s-era women's detention and intake facility.
Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s new Heart and Vascular Center is about 30 percent complete and on schedule to open for patients in spring 2015, according to Sharp HealthCare officials. The three-story, 71,000-square-foot facility is part of Sharp Grossmont’s master site plan to expand and enhance the campus.
Poseidon Water, which is developing in Carlsbad what will be the largest seawater desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere, is contracted to have the plant running by late November 2015. If the current pace of progress is maintained, the plant, expected to produce 50 million gallons of drinking water per day, could be operational up to three months ahead of time.
San Diego International Airport's vision for its north side is about to reach another milestone: The airport's new fixed-base operator is about to open.
Construction on the Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, which began in June 2011, is nearing completion. The facility, being developed by Scripps Health, is expected to be open for patient care by spring of 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
In 2007, executives at Baker Electric decided to take a chance on a budding industry. After taking some lumps out of the gate, Baker's emergence into the solar electric installation market is becoming a regular and important part of its business.
Some people look at buildings and see a combination of wood, steel and mortar with a number of things inside to make them more comfortable and workable — lighting, computers and maybe a few windows, even if they can't be opened.
KVA Stainless Inc. is a research and development company involved in developing and promoting a martensitic stainless steel alloy that rivals the strength of titanium but is lower in cost and lighter in weight, making it suitable for many industrial applications, from automotive to agriculture, as well as oil and gas pipelines, sports equipment, aviation, medical devices and train cars.
Reducing emissions and energy costs while helping the environment is the goal that drew Doug Poffinbarger to energy consulting.
Austin Veum Robbins Partners (AVRP) approaches its design with a blend of pragmatism and beyond-architecture thinking that keeps it successful, and an awards recipient, even in climates like today's softer market.
Miramar-based Waxie Sanitary Supply, one of the nation's best-known producers and distributors of bathroom and kitchen paper and cleaning products, has gone green.
A homegrown San Diego business has taken its architectural foam products onto the green scene.
With over a decade installing residential and commercial solar, Stellar Solar is one of the oldest and most experienced solar energy companies now operating in San Diego – we specialized in solar before it was hot!
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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This edition focuses on new technologies and green building techniques that can aid in conserving water.
Learn about San Diego's first solar-powered community.
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