TEMPE, Ariz. -- First Solar Inc., the solar manufacturer that gets almost two-thirds of sales from building and selling utility-scale power plants, agreed to buy TetraSun, a startup developing photovoltaic technology for rooftops.
Climate activists amassed an impressive army to march on Washington against the Keystone XL pipeline and the dirty oil it would bring from Canada to U.S. refineries and world energy markets. In this fight, however, a relatively small volume of carbon-dioxide emissions is at stake — the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that those from Keystone amount to a mere 0.2 percent of the “carbon budget” that scientists say we need to shrink in order to avoid catastrophic warming.
In the absence of carbon pricing, rising electricity consumption exacerbates the risk of severe climate change. Yet, one of the most critical consumers of electricity, the commercial property sector, is also one we know little about in terms of environmental performance. For example, the most comprehensive source of data, the Department of Energy’s Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), was last released in 2003, with information on the energy consumption of just 5,000 buildings.
County legislators will consider next week a way forward on a comprehensive renewable energy plan and will be asked to approve the agreement between the county and its former redevelopment agency’s successor agency for cooperation and reimbursement of loans.
Currently under way at the San Diego International Airport is the Green Build, the largest construction project in the airport’s history. A $1 billion project, the Green Build is essential in supporting this nearly 100 percent anticipated increase in airport traffic over the next 20 years. Long term, the project is critical in supporting San Diego’s thriving hospitality, technology, and science industries.
Engaging small, local and disadvantaged subcontractors in an area of high unemployment is a priority for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, and on the San Diego International Airport’s Terminal 2 Landside Improvements project, it was also a priority for the Kiewit/Sundt Joint Venture. Kiewit/Sundt set the bar high for small, local and disadvantaged business participation. and achieved an actual participation rate of 34% of total contract value.
For a number of years, Silva General Construction Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary West Pac Interiors Inc. (SGC/WPI) had been bidding unsuccessfully on jobs for the Airport Authority’s Quieter Home Program. It was the Airport Authority’s small business department that suggested to Rosalie Silva, president/owner of SGC/WPI, that she look at bid opportunities for the Green Build and attend the Turner School of Construction to learn how to improve her bid packages.
The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is committed to the growth of the San Diego region, and works relentlessly to ensure that local, small, historically underutilized, disabled veteran and emerging businesses have every opportunity to work with the airport.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oct. 6, 2010 -- Sept. 23, 2010 -- Executive Editor George Chamberlin speaks with David Steel, CEO of Green Chamber of San Diego County, and Sidnee Chong, owner of EcoPackStore LLC, about green businesses.