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'Moving Parklet' design competition finalists selected

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.

Construction around the corner on Chula Vista energy substation

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.

Women’s detention facility nearing completion

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.

Lindbergh's new fixed-base operator complete

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.

Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute nearly complete

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.

Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center on schedule for spring 2015 opening

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.

County's first desalination plant ahead of schedule

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.

Rapid bus project nearly complete in Mid-City

Just more than a year ago, the infrastructure project to bring bus transit service likened to a "trolley on wheels" through the Mid-City neighborhood broke ground. Originally planned to begin service in June, the $44 million project experienced a slight delay after construction crews encountered some unexpected finds underground and were slowed down by rainstorms in February. But according to the project's administrator, the San Diego Association of Governments, the Mid-City Rapid bus line is looking good for an opening around early fall.

OneRoof Energy in $58M solar fund agreement

OneRoof Energy Inc., a residential solar services provider and wholly owned subsidiary of San Diego-based OneRoof Energy Group Inc. (TSXV:ON) reached an agreement with an unrelated third-party securing equity for a $58 million residential solar financing fund that will support an estimated portfolio of more than 2,000 residential solar power purchase agreements to be originated over the next 12 months initially in California, Hawaii, Massachusetts and New York.

Can the Chinese help save African elephants?

There’s no consensus on just how many of Africa’s elephants are left. The World Wildlife Fund, for example, estimates that the population could be as few as 470,000 and as many as 690,000.

Transportation industry roadblocks discussed

Four C-suite women in the transportation field shared their thoughts on roadblocks facing the industry and gave leadership advice at a Women's Transportation Seminar Thursday morning at the University Club.

Coastal panel OKs North Coast Corridor project

The California Coastal Commission approved on Wednesday the public works plan for the $6 billion North Coast Corridor project.

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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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