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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.

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Roundtables

Solar industry execs talk of dwindling incentives, effect of materials pricing on market

As November’s general election creates numerous possibilities for policy change both in San Diego and across the country, a group of executives from companies and groups involved in the expansion of solar energy systems discussed the state of their economies at a Daily Transcript roundtable.

Building industry needs education on energy efficiency, experts say

As the number of buildings attaining LEED status in San Diego continues to rise, the definition of energy efficiency and the technologies that make for it continue to evolve.

Renewables not a flash in the pan, energy leaders say

In the aftermath of the summer bankruptcy of the government-backed California solar panel maker Solyndra, expectations among renewable energy wonks, who describe the company’s failure as an outlier among many successes, remain generally high. But some policy research analysts are more skeptical — not doubtful, but still skeptical.

Local companies, nonprofits work to battle longstanding skepticism

Last week, millions in San Diego County found themselves without electricity in the wake of a multi-state blackout. But not everyone was without power.

Profiles

Lee Krevat talks future of the smart grid

Working in the energy business was never a goal for Lee Krevat, now the director of smart grid and clean transportation for San Diego Gas & Electric, and in fact was the result of a begrudgingly made career switch from Silicon Valley at the behest of his family.

Pearson Fuels celebrates 10 years

It took eight years of operating in the red before Pearson Fuels began to turn a profit, but now that the alternative-fuels gas station and distributer is celebrating its 10th anniversary, it is finally seeing revenues in the multiple six-figure range, general manager Mike Lewis said. What’s his advice to others considering entering the market? “Don’t do it.”

Making a life from a father's gift

When entering San Diego's business community about 30 years ago, Clint Walker’s aim had nothing to do with being in the solar business. His success as the co-founder and president of Southwestern Solar Systems since his entrance to the business in 2009 came about in much the same fashion his other major endeavors have.

Clean tech advocate, woman of action

Holly Smithson's thirst for action and results led her to CleanTECH San Diego, the industry association that was just being put together back then by Mayor Jerry Sanders and Jim Waring, its founder chairman.

Kyocera Solar director pursues calling to help humanity

When Cecilia Aguillon, director of marketing and government relations for Kyocera Solar Inc., immigrated to the United States from El Salvador as a teen, she grew into a young adult with a lofty goal in mind: to save the world.

Newsmaker videos

Southwestern Solar Systems

Clint Walker from Southwestern Solar Systems explains the benefits of Solar Electric for your business.

Environmental Innovation Videos

CCSE's Sachu Constantine on the solar industry

Oct. 9, 2012 -- George Chamberlin talks with Sachu Constantine, director of policy at the California Center for Sustainable Energy, about the solar industry and what its impacts are on the region, state and country.

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