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  • County works to improve solar permitting

    The San Diego County board of supervisors adopted ordinance changes Wednesday designed by the state to improve permitting for solar rooftops.

  • Renovation of East Mesa Detention Facility, solar permitting on supervisors' agenda

    A nearly $10 million plan to renovate the East Mesa Detention Facility Complex will be on the county Board of Supervisors' agenda in the coming week.

  • EasyTurf completes turf replacement at Moonlight Amphitheatre

    San Diego-based EasyTurf, a field turf company, has completed an 8,700-square-foot synthetic turf replacement project for the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista.

  • Online tool tracks local government compliance with AB 2188

    As the deadline nears for municipalities across the state to adopt expedited solar installation permitting, progress made from one jurisdiction to another can be found on a new online compliance map at the Center for Sustainable Energy's website.

  • New airport program allows carbon offset purchases

    San Diego International Airport launched on Thursday The Good Traveler pilot program, allowing individuals to purchase carbon offsets and merchandise with proceeds going toward conservation projects that help counteract the effect of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment.

  • Sempra unit to expand Arizona solar facility

    Sempra U.S. Gas & Power LLC on Monday reported plans for a 100-megawatt expansion of its Mesquite Solar complex in Arlington, Ariz., about 60 miles west of Phoenix.

  • Solatube names international sales director

    Vista-based Solatube International Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs), has named Todd Maerowitz as its director of international sales.

  • SDG&E launches online store for energy-saving products

    A new online store has been launched by San Diego Gas & Electric in an effort to help customers lower energy bills using energy-saving products offered by third-party retailers.

  • Sempra U.S. Gas & Power awarded at National Clean Energy Summit

    Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) subsidiary Sempra U.S. Gas & Power was recently honored by the nonprofit organization Clean Energy Project at the National Clean Energy Summit 8.0, held Aug. 24 in Las Vegas.

  • Energy master planning -- Early adopters profit most

    California's Title 24 energy code defines the "worst building you can legally build." As California drives towards more efficient buildings, the worst building has gotten a lot better! But codes are never a replacement for good design, and the need for integrated design solutions and early energy planning has never been greater.

  • SD hosting desalination, water reuse conference through Friday

    Beginning Monday — and just a couple of months before Poseidon Water's Carlsbad Desalination Project is scheduled to become operational — the International Desalination Association's 2015 World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse will take over parts of the San Diego Convention Center.

  • Solar drops California fight to pick another with utilities

    The battle between rooftop solar and utilities is moving into California’s statehouse.

  • Sempra wins US approval to export LNG from Texas facility

    Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) won government approval to export liquefied natural gas from a proposed terminal in Port Arthur, Texas.

  • SDG&E, state set renewable energy records

    What's described by San Diego Gas & Electric as a major milestone for its renewable energy delivery, the utility achieved a new record last week of 1,042 megawatts of renewable generation on its power grid.

  • UCSD receives $5 million to study, combat climate change

    A Del Mar energy executive has donated $5 million to UC San Diego to help combat climate change.

  • Colorado solar farm beats gas

    DENVER -- SunEdison Inc., the largest clean-energy developer, began construction on a Colorado solar farm that will be the largest in the state and comes out ahead in direct competition with natural gas.

  • Annual beach clean-up coming

    More than 400 volunteers, including civilian, military and Harbor Police divers, are expected to take to the shores of San Diego Bay on Saturday, Aug. 29, to remove trash and debris in the 25th annual Operation Clean Sweep.

  • Navy signs agreement to purchase renewable energy

    The Department of the Navy, Western Area Power Administration, and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power hosted a ceremony Thursday at Naval Air Station North Island to commemorate an agreement to construct a 210 megawatt direct current solar facility to benefit 14 Navy installations in California.

  • SDG&E offers meter adapters it says lower costs of solar installations

    A new technology that San Diego Gas & Electric says significantly reduces the cost for many customers installing residential rooftop solar was deployed by the utility last month.

  • Refinery outage adds to pressure on slumping prices

    Crude markets already in a downward spiral sank under the weight of a supply report showing growing stockpiles of oil after a major Midwest refinery shutdown.

  • Center for Sustainable Energy opens Massachusetts office

    The Center for Sustainable Energy announced the opening of its Northeast regional office in Cambridge, Mass.

  • Rooftop solar showing bright future

    NEW YORK -- A string of deals involving rooftop solar companies has shown both the appeal and potential of the business -- and limits to investor enthusiasm.

  • Report presents case for Wyoming wind power to California

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- California regulators could achieve savings in water use, electricity rates and greenhouse emissions by turning to Wyoming wind power to help offset the natural ups and downs of wind and solar power in their state, according to a University of Wyoming report released Monday.

  • ReWild Mission Bay seeks proposals for wetlands restoration

    The San Diego Audubon Society, a local organization dedicated to fostering the protection and appreciation of birds, wildlife and local habitats, announced ReWild Mission Bay and its new website,

  • Rethinking gardens in a time of drought

    LANGLEY, Wash. (AP) -- Severe drought is parching large sections of America, but that doesn't mean giving up on gardening. Plants can be coaxed through the hot summer months despite severe water restrictions.

  • What happens after the coal plants close

    Roger Titchenell, mayor of Albright, W.V., a coal-plant town that lost its coal plant, isn't angry at the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Smart growth projects awarded $15M from SANDAG

    Various projects promoting smart growth, transit and active transportation recently received a total of $15 million in grants from the San Diego Association of Governments, providing the grant recipients with funding for both capital and planning projects.

  • ASLA accepting applications for $5K grant

    The San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects is accepting applications from local community groups for a $5,000 grant.

  • Apple, Goldman among firms in $140 billion climate pledge

    Executives from 13 major U.S. corporations announced at least $140 billion in new investments to decrease their carbon footprints as part of a White House initiative to recruit private commitments ahead of a United Nations climate-change summit this year in Paris.

  • Raise the gasoline tax before it's too late

    Last week, I discussed why Tesla’s latest announcement was big. The electric carmaker said it planned a modification that would give its autos the ability to accelerate faster than cars that cost two to three times more and keep up with those that cost 10 to 20 times more.

  • SANDAG approves 'bus-on-shoulder' pilot project

    A budget amendment related to the proposed addition of express lanes to State Route 94 between Interstate 805 and Downtown San Diego — funding a new transit-oriented demonstration project along that corridor — was approved by the San Diego Association of Governments on Friday, drawing praise from groups pushing for more transit opportunities in the region.

  • Opoli, BYD add 50 EV cars to fleet

    Southern California rideshare service Opoli Technologies partnered with BYD Motors Inc. to “green” their fleet in San Diego, with BYD providing Opoli 50 zero-emissions e6 electric vehicles.

  • Downtown parking garage adds charging stations

    Emmes Realty Services has unveiled 30 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in its public parking garage at 707 Broadway in downtown San Diego.

  • Envision Solar receives a statewide contract

    The state of California has awarded San Diego-based Envision Solar a contract to supply its rapid-deployment solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations to state departments, giving the renewable energy company contracted rights to the work until at least June 11, 2016.

  • First Solar, utilities say rooftops costlier

    NEW YORK -- Building vast fields of solar panels for utilities is cheaper than bolting lots of little ones to rooftops, and now First Solar Inc. has more data to prove it.

  • City outlines zero waste goal

    The San Diego City Council on Monday unanimously adopted a plan to cut the city's landfill-bound waste to zero over the next 25 years.

  • Struggling recycling industry created its own mess

    The American recycling business is in the dumps. According to Dave Steinert, the CEO of Waste Management, America’s largest recycling company, the industry is experiencing a "national crisis," with almost all of America’s 2,000 high-tech recycling facilities -- including Steinert's own -- running in the red.

  • Facebook Doubles Renewable-Energy Target to 50% by End of 2018

    (Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc. set a goal of running half its operations with clean energy by the end of 2018, and eventually expects to reach 100 percent.

  • Coal stocks are down and probably never coming back

    In recent years, environmental activists have demanded that universities, foundations and other institutional investors divest their shares of coal, oil and gas companies.

  • Farm use of drones to take off as feds loosen restrictions

    CORDOVA, Md. — Mike Geske wants a drone.

  • LEED alignment with state codes hoped to advance green building

    The U.S. Green Building Council has announced two changes to documentation requirements for projects that may be eligible for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certifications.

  • Agrotourism adds pizza to farm-to-table movement

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- As the farm-to-table movement connects more consumers with local farmers, some farms have shortened the distance between the plow and the plate. They're inviting customers over for pizza.

  • MTS will spend $31.9 million grant on new trolleys, station

    The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) announced that it has been awarded $31.9 million from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP).

  • Clean energy companies beat the stock market

    Environmentalists love energy companies that don't pollute. That should be obvious. Not so obvious: So do investors.

  • USGBC aligns with state's green building code for LEED certifications

    The U.S. Green Building Council, the nonprofit known for developing the nationally recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, standards, announced on Tuesday a new path through which California project developers can earn LEED certification.

  • EPA loses at Supreme Court on power-plant emissions rule

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Obama administration’s effort to limit toxic pollution from the nation’s coal-fired power plants, leaving the fate of a landmark environmental regulation in doubt.

  • Utility choices

    Many people are unaware that we are in the midst of the biggest transfer of money and power in the history of the United States. For the past 60-plus years, the electric utility industry has been monopolized by very few companies operating in very large service territories with a captured client base. That model is changing rapidly.

  • EDF Renewable Energy places wind turbine order

    EDF Renewable Energy, a San Diego-based independent power producer, has placed a wind turbine order with Vestas Wind Systems to supply the 150-megawatt Salt Fork Wind Project.

  • Finavera completes acquisition of Solar Alliance of America

    Finavera Wind Energy Inc. has closed its acquisition of San Diego-based Solar Alliance of America, a solar sales and marketing firm.

  • Texas sets $8B bond deluge for water works

    (Bloomberg) -- The worst Texas drought in half a century has ended, with storms flooding downtowns and once-parched prairies.

  • Renewables to Beat Fossil Fuels With $3.7 Trillion Solar Boom

    (Bloomberg) -- Renewable energy will draw almost two-thirds of the spending on new power plants over the next 25 years, dwarfing spending on fossil fuels, as plunging costs make solar the first choice for consumers and the poorest nations.

  • KB Home development gets onsite water-recycling system

    KB Home and Australia-based Nexus eWater have built and installed the first U.S. residential water-recycling system in Rancho Penasquitos.

  • OneRoof to partner with Fry's Electronics

    OneRoof Energy Inc. is partnering with with Fry’s Electronics to install kiosks in select Fry's stores aimed at giving customers the opportunity to learn how easy and affordable it is "to go solar."

  • Energy expo highlights sustainability opportunities

    Nearly 1,000 people attended the San Diego Gas & Electric Energy Showcase Expo on Thursday, for information on energy-focused ideas ranging from new electric-vehicle technologies to "sustainability circles."

  • Kleinfelder

    William Siegel has spent 28 years at Kleinfelder, working his way up to CEO of this full-service, employee-owned, global engineering, architecture and science consulting firm, which is dedicated to solving the world’s most difficult infrastructure and natural resources challenges. In 2009, when the company’s key markets -- energy, facilities, government transportation and water -- rapidly changed due to the economy, Siegel led an aggressive effort to remake Kleinfelder for the new market reality. Departing from 50 years of tradition, the firm changed from being structured around individual regions and service lines to having today’s full-service, global, client-based structure.

  • SDG&E's Energy Showcase coming to Convention Center

    More than 75 local, national and international exhibitors showcasing recent innovations and energy-saving technologies and services will gather Thursday at San Diego Gas & Electric's annual Energy Showcase Expo at the San Diego Convention Center.

  • SDSU moving forward with LEED certifications

    The Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union and the Aztec Recreation Center (ARC) are now LEED Certified, pushing San Diego State University closer to its goal of making all Associated Students facilities LEED Certified by 2020.

  • Sempra Energy moves forward with plans for LNG public offering

    Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) will move forward with plans to sell stock in Sempra Partners LP, a master-limited partnership that could own stakes in certain liquefied natural gas and renewable energy assets.

  • SDG&E rewriting contract for Carlsbad Energy Center

    A few weeks after the California Public Utilities Commission approved a scaled-down version of the power purchase agreement between San Diego Gas & Electric and the developers of the proposed Carlsbad Energy Center, SDG&E is ready to file a revised contract.

  • SANDAG public hearing on regional plan this week

    A second public hearing on the San Diego Association of Governments' regional plan draft will be held Thursday as the planning agency refines the required update to its regional transportation plan.

  • City of Riverside files suit over water restrictions

    FRESNO (AP) -- The city of Riverside has sued a state agency over water restrictions intended to combat the drought, claiming the rules are unfair because the city has ample groundwater supplies.

  • Process starts for walkable, bikeable corridor in East Village

    The 14th Street Promenade Master Plan is being designed to create a north-south pedestrian and bicycle-friendly connection from C Street to National Avenue, where 14th Street ends.

  • Canada to rely on technology as G-7 vows deep emissions cuts

    Canada will use innovation to meet its greenhouse-gas targets and avoid major industrial disruption, the Prime Minister said.

  • Coalition signs agreement backing SDG&E's EV charging program

    San Diego Gas & Electric and groups representing environmental, environmental justice, electric vehicle service providers, automakers and labor signed a settlement agreement in support of SDG&E's Electric Vehicle Grid-Integration pilot project.

  • EPA recognizes BOMA International with 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the Building Owners and Managers Association International with a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.

  • EDF Renewable's Longhorn wind project fully operational

    San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy’s 200-megawatt Longhorn Wind Project in Texas reached commercial operation on May 1, 2015.

  • New Nevada solar projects' high output

    LAS VEGAS -- Three solar projects proposed on federal land northeast of Las Vegas have been approved with output projections rivaling what has been expected from one of the world's largest solar power plants nearby.

  • Report details water-saving benefits of infill development

    Infill development with smaller lot sizes tends to use less water, says a report released Monday by Circulate San Diego.

  • CSE to administer new rebate program in Connecticut

    The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has selected the locally based Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) to administer a new incentive program aimed at increasing the number of zero-emission vehicles that state residents own.

  • Protected habitat established in Oceanside

    After five years of restoration, the Seacliff Open Space Preserve (SOSP) has now been established in Oceanside. The preserve is made up of 2.87 acres along the south side of the mouth of the San Luis Rey River just west of Interstate 5.

  • Solar growth means sellers may pay buyers

    NEW YORK -- Move over, shale. The sun is now the fastest-growing source of U.S. electricity.

  • Canada presents climate-change conundrum

    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.

  • SANDAG set for Bike to Work Day

    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.

  • UL, UCSD form partnership to support sustainable energy technology

    Underwriters Laboratories LLC has announced a memorandum of understanding with UC San Diego to help support developments in sustainable energy technology.

  • Mexico's energy sector faces another deadline; long-term success expected

    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.

  • CPUC approves Carlsbad Energy Center

    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.

  • Sempra solar plant receives safety recognition

    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 closes purchase of Black Coral Capital

    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.

  • Poway, San Diego take top spots in national water conservation challenge

    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.

  • Solar a growing issue in real estate transactions

    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.

  • Barclay's Center in Brooklyn to get grassy lid

    NEW YORK (AP) -- A roof grows in Brooklyn.

  • San Jose water company imposes mandatory use limit

    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.

  • No hydro this summer? No problem, says solar-rich California

    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.

  • CPUC delays Carlsbad Energy Center vote

    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.

  • Supreme Court will hear appeal over energy regulation

    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.

  • SANDAG launches grant program for students' active transportation

    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.

  • SDG&E funds state's largest-ever on-bill financing loan for Pala Casino project

    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.

  • Sony exec appointed president of I Love Clean SD board

    Eric Johnson, the sustainability manager at Sony Electronics, has been appointed president of the board of directors of I Love a Clean San Diego.

  • SDG&E part of Dept. of Energy climate change partnership

    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.

  • Two San Diego properties honored as regional TOBY Award winners

    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 air quality levels improve

    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.

  • Legal experts weigh in on city’s suit against Monsanto polluting San Diego Bay

    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 Gas buys Minnesota wind farm

    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 clean-energy revolution is way ahead of schedule

    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.

  • Appeals court rules against higher water rates for big users

    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.

  • NASSCO launches first LNG ship

    General Dynamics NASSCO launched the world's first liquefied natural gas-powered containership Saturday at a ceremony at the company's shipyard.

  • California turns to solar as hydropower drops

    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 to use GE technology in pilot program

    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 backs China solar plants with SunPower in green push

    Apple Inc., the world’s largest company by market value, is backing two solar farms in southern China with SunPower Corp.

  • Apple going green in China solar, US forests

    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.

  • Sunrun expands San Diego office

    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.

  • The realities of Mexico's climate-change promises

    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto could use some good news.

  • Pearson Fuels, G&M Oil plan 13 new E85 stations

    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.

  • Wind, solar gain reliability as grids fine tune

    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.

  • SoCalGas launches power-to-gas project

    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.

  • SD to be featured as a National Geographic 'Smart City'

    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.

  • OneRoof Energy expanding service to Connecticut and New Jersey

    Residential solar services provider OneRoof Energy Inc. announced Thursday it has expanded service to include Connecticut and New Jersey.

  • CPUC delays SDG&E-Carlsbad hearing

    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.

  • County rescinds climate action plan, adopts 'green' building code

    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.

  • Utility sales could drop by half as homes go rooftop

    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.

  • California's watered-down conservation measures

    As California heads into its fourth year of drought, Gov. Jerry Brown is taking the unprecedented step of ordering mandatory rationing.

  • Drought from West Coast to Great Plains

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Drought conditions are expanding across a large section of the United States, from California to the Great Plains.

  • Chargers, climate plan on county's agenda

    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 industry booming

    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.

  • As Calif. rainy season ends, farms wither

    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.

  • Facilities Bond Program: Propositions S and Z

    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 No. 2 for solar panels

    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.

  • EPA request for biofuel data signals renewable fuel delays

    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.

  • Baker Electric Solar recognized as top SunPower solar panel dealer

    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.

  • County gives interim OK for green building codes

    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.

  • Why you should attend the 2015 NECA Show San Francisco

    The NECA Show is the largest gathering of manufactures and distributers for electrical professionals in North America.

  • Sustainability in our schools

    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.

  • The 'Wild, Wild West of energy'

    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.

  • DOE funds awarded to California tribes for energy projects

    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.

  • SDSU researcher develops app that helps SDG&E customers save energy

    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 may expand with new electric car to challenge Tesla

    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.

  • Council weighs in on energy rates

    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.

  • Water conservation: A leak and water savings guide for property and business managers, owners

    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.

  • Water tops priorities on chamber's poll

    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 announces contract with Carleton

    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.

  • State high court to review SANDAG lawsuit

    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.

  • Community solar gardens poised to catch on

    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.

  • Envision Solar takes solar-powered auto charging to Virgin Islands

    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.

  • Escondido-based Baker Electric grows alongside San Diego

    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.

  • In the works

    Here’s the latest news on some long-term projects happening around the county. Projects are listed by estimated cost.

  • One Paseo could be built by late 2018

    One Paseo, the controversial and precedent-setting mixed-use development approved for Carmel Valley, could open in 2018 and inspire more high-density projects.

  • Wal-Mart launches online shop that features green products

    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 to build utility-scale energy system in NY

    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.

  • Program to start offering rebates for airport cab trade-ins

    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 completes testing of units used in charging system delivery

    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 joins Pemex plan for first gas export terminal in Mexico

    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.

  • SDG&E establishes required environmental endowment

    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.

  • Maxwell Technologies ultracapacitors deployed in Ireland

    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.

  • Rooftop solar growth in Florida cloudy

    The so-called Sunshine State hasn’t been a great place for homeowners to install solar panels.

  • SDG&E receives $5 million grant to expand Borrego Springs microgrid

    The California Energy Commission recently awarded San Diego Gas & Electric a nearly $5 million grant to expand the Borrego Springs microgrid.

  • 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.

  • BMW sees cheap gas making electric cars a harder sell for now

    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.

  • Regional Manager, DPR Construction San Diego

    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.

  • US solar firms driven by demand boost employment

    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.

  • Energy company sees home rooftop solar expansion

    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.

  • Obama said to target methane emissions in next climate task

    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.

  • NECA San Diego sets 2015 agenda for further training

    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.

  • If you just got a job, say thank you to cheap oil

    After six years of grousing about mediocre jobs reports, we're finally in a solid stretch of decent employment growth.

  • South Pacific Tuna Corp. to meet MSC standards

    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.

  • San Diego to restore habitat around Upper Otay Reservior

    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.

  • SDG&E's East County Substation project energized

    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.

  • Californians on way to state's new energy goals

    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.

  • Cheap solar power emerging from mineral named for Russian count

    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.

  • California governor toughens climate-change goals

    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.

  • EDF Renewable Energy orders 150 megawatts of wind turbine generators

    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.

  • 2015 law to streamline solar energy permits

    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.

  • Proposed fees cause concern among solar industry

    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.

  • Risks from oil's decline may exceed benefits

    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!”

  • Pio Pico, Sunrise, solar capture year's headlines

    From oil and gas to renewable resources, the topic of energy is always in flux, and that held true in San Diego in 2014.

  • Oil's game of chicken is just getting started

    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.

  • Sullivan Solar Power earns group's national accreditation

    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.

  • Sunrise Powerlink hits milestone in renewable energy carriage

    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.

  • Nevada rejects tribal solar

    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 awarded for industry leadership

    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.

  • Port begins search for new CEO

    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.

  • C. Spengler Strategies retained as consultant for Ballpark Village project

    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.

  • Let's make a deal for climate aid

    The United Nations talks, which ended Satuday, in Lima have highlighted two fundamental sticking points over how to deal with climate change.

  • Biofuel producers must be willing to adapt, exec says

    Biofuel-producing companies looking to survive regulatory and market uncertainty must be able to adapt, an industry executive said Tuesday at an energy summit.

  • 2014 TOBY Award winners

    The following properties are local winners for The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) awards for 2014.

  • Why free marketeers don't buy climate science

    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 closes financing for Desert Green Solar Farm

    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.

  • Cities and markets can fight climate change

    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.

  • Innovative Solar Systems Planning Merger, IPO in 2015, CEO Says

    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.

  • Group looks ahead to SD's next 100 years

    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.

  • SANDAG holding closed session meeting on transportation plan lawsuit

    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.

  • Record Calif. rain just moistened soil

    SACRAMENTO -- Record rains have fallen across California. And yet the drought remains.

  • Series on area's next 100 years set for Thursday

    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.

  • Audi Plans Electric Crossover for U.S. to Challenge Tesla (1)

    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.

  • Alta Environmental opens San Diego office

    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.

  • EPA power plant mercury rule to get Supreme Court review

    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.

  • What global warming? Pass me a blanket

    "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.

  • SANDAG approves trolley extension report

    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.

  • 3.2-megawatt solar power system turned on at Southwestern College

    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.

  • Report: San Diego pioneering microgrids

    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.



  • 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.

  • Baker Electric's solar unit a core part of business

    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.

  • Brummitt grows company out of desire to pursue sustainable living

    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.

  • Lighter, stronger, greener: Escondido firm develops low-cost steel alloy

    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.

  • Executive sees 'exciting time' for energy consulting industry

    Reducing emissions and energy costs while helping the environment is the goal that drew Doug Poffinbarger to energy consulting.

  • Beyond design: Architecture firm looks to understand clients' businesses, not just their buildings

    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.

  • Waxie Sanitary Supply goes green

    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.

  • Foam dons architectural structures in eco-friendly fashion

    A homegrown San Diego business has taken its architectural foam products onto the green scene.

Newsmaker videos

Interview with Michael Powers of Stellar Solar

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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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