The San Diego region continues to be a strong leader in the cleantech economy and smart cities movement. This year, Cleantech San Diego and our members spearheaded a number of exciting new projects and initiatives that underscore our region’s position as a global leader in the cleantech economy and will support its growth for years to come. Most notably, we were awarded a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission to help energy entrepreneurs bring their innovations to market with support from ten regional partners through the new San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Cluster. This grant has the potential to transform the San Diego region’s ability to foster bright cleantech innovators with breakthrough technologies that will benefit our energy future. Other programs introduced this year expanded the cleantech industry’s reach into the college/career preparation and healthcare sectors. We also continue to support the growth of San Diego’s regional solar, wind, storage, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle markets and remain committed to working with public and private Cleantech San Diego members to hold our region’s place at the forefront of the rapidly growing smart cities movement. Whether you work for a technology company, government, academia, a nonprofit, or the military – your commitment to innovation, sustainability, and collaboration is shaping a positive, clean energy future for San Diego and the world. Thank you for all that you do.
Jason Anderson, President and CEO, Cleantech San Diego