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Driving green cars won't save the Earth

A massive polar ice cap seems to be melting. What are we going to do to stop it?

Winning mobile 'parklet' design unveiled downtown

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.

Envision Solar product selected for 'Driving on Sunshine' project

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.

Supervisor Cox wins planning award

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.

Supervisor touts program to replace lawns

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.

EDF Renewable Energy to sell solar projects to Dominion

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).

SDG&E seeks up to 800 new megawatts of energy

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.

Finavera Wind Energy to acquire Solar Alliance of America

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.

Electric vehicles reach important milestones

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.

Rideshare Challenge registration open until Sept. 26

A friendly challenge focused on ridesharing will run throughout October, but companies must register by Sept. 26.

Updated transport plan focus of SANDAG meeting

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 releases survey results on sustainability in chemical industry

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.

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

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

Building industry needs education on energy efficiency, experts say

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

Renewables not a flash in the pan, energy leaders say

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

Local companies, nonprofits work to battle longstanding skepticism

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


Lee Krevat talks future of the smart grid

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

Pearson Fuels celebrates 10 years

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

Making a life from a father's gift

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

Clean tech advocate, woman of action

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

Kyocera Solar director pursues calling to help humanity

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

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Southwestern Solar Systems

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

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CCSE's Sachu Constantine on the solar industry

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

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