ENGIE Subsidiary OpTerra Opens San Diego Office
Cleantech San Diego member company OpTerra Energy Services, an Oakland-based energy services company that has achieved $2 billion in energy savings for its partners to date, has opened a new office in San Diego to support the region’s growing sustainability needs in both the private and public sector. OpTerra was recently acquired by global energy player, ENGIE, headquartered in Paris, France. ENGIE, which operates in the U.S. through its subsidiary GDF SUEZ, is an expert operator in electricity, natural gas, and energy services. The new OpTerra branch will be located at 201 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite 480 in Solana Beach.
OpTerra works with private- and public-sector facilities to reduce energy consumption and energy cost, enabling customers to save valuable dollars that can be redirected to address other, mission-critical priorities. The company works with customers in K-12, higher education, and local government institutions, as well as commercial and industrial entities in industries such as biotechnology, healthcare, hospitality, data centers, supermarkets, and more.
OpTerra has already helped advance San Diego’s sustainable energy economy through projects with the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) and the City of Solana Beach. A 2MW solar project was completed at SDUHSD with an anticipated energy savings of over $10 million for the district. OpTerra also reduced annual energy consumption for the City of Solana Beach by upgrading more than 500 streetlights to highly efficient LED lighting, installing a “cool roof” and a new HVAC system at City Hall – saving more than $40,000 in its first year alone.
“San Diego is a world-recognized leader in innovation, clean technologies, and sustainable business practices, which means OpTerra is extremely well poised to do business here,” said Jason Anderson, President and CEO of Cleantech San Diego. “We are excited by OpTerra’s commitment to advancing their business within the San Diego region, and believe the company will become a critical player in helping to advance San Diego’s cleantech economy.”
Now backed by ENGIE, OpTerra is even better positioned to serve the sustainability needs of the local San Diego market. Founded in 1822, ENGIE is present in 70 countries, employs over 150,000 people, and achieved revenues of $99.2 billion in 2014.
“San Diego is a cutting-edge leader in innovation and sustainability, so naturally, we’re seeing more demand for our services in the region,” said John Mahoney, CEO of OpTerra Energy Services. “We look forward to partnering with customers in San Diego to create safer, greener, and more inviting communities for residents and businesses.”