San Diego’s Regional Cleantech Economy

  |   Highlights

CLEANTECH SAN DIEGO WAS FOUNDED IN 2007:

  • Mission: To accelerate clean technology innovation and adoption of sustainable business practices for the benefit of the economy and the environment.
  • Vision: To position the greater San Diego region as the globally recognized leader in the innovation and adoption of clean technologies and sustainable business practices
  • In 2011, we launched Smart Cities San Diego, a collaboration between public, private, and academic organizations working together to deploy IoT technologies, advance urban connectivity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase water and energy efficiency, and drive economic growth in the San Diego region

 

SAN DIEGO’S CLEANTECH ECONOMY:

 

REGIONAL RANKINGS:

  • San Diego ranks nation’s #4 metro city for cleantech leadership (Clean Edge 2017)
  • San Diego ranked among the top ten cities in the world aiming for 100% clean energy (Mother Nature Network)
  • Cleantech among top 10 industries most likely to grow San Diego’s economy (Our City San Diego)
  • Clean energy named a top five field prime for job growth in San Diego (San Diego Workforce Partnership)
  • Forbes ranks San Diego the nation’s #1 best place to launch a startup
  • San Diego ranked a global top 15 Internet of Things city (Verizon 2015)

 

WHAT MAKES SAN DIEGO A SMART CITY:

  • One of the leading high-tech hubs in the nation
  • Innovation fueled by a collaborative culture
  • Thriving startup community
  • Largest concentration of military in the world
  • Six universities and 80+ research institutes
  • 43% of local energy comes from renewable sources
  • City of San Diego and other regional cities adopting 100% renewable energy goals
  • San Diego is the only U.S. city featured in National Geographic Channel’s World’s Smart Cities documentary series
  • San Diego’s smart city solutions named among the World’s Top 10 Smart City Projects (Smart Cities Summit 2016)

 

SMART CITIES SAN DIEGO:

  • A collaboration between public, private, and academic organizations working together to deploy IoT technologies, advance urban connectivity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase water and energy efficiency, and drive economic growth in the San Diego region

 

SOLAR:

  • San Diego is #2 in the nation in solar installations (Environment America, 2018)
  • The San Diego region is home to 11,306 jobs in the solar industry
  • 100,000 rooftop solar rooftop arrays in SDG&E territory (November 2016)
  • The San Diego region had 200 MW of solar installed through the California Solar Initiative in 2007–2016.
  • California leads the nation in terms of both installed capacity and employment
  • California is #1 in solar jobs and employs 86,414 solar workers (The Solar Foundation)

 

ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION:

  • UC San Diego has more advanced electric vehicle charging infrastructure than any other campus in the nation
  • U.S Department of Transportation designated San Diego and Chula Vista as proving grounds for self-driving cars and drones
  • San Diego ranked nation’s #4 city for electric vehicle adoption (fleetcarma, 2016)
  • San Diego ranked nation’s #4 friendliest city for electric vehicles drivers (ChargePoint)
  • 28,272 electric vehicles in SDG&E service territory
  • 1,273 public charging stations in SDG&E service territory
  • 111 DC Fast Chargers in SDG&E service territory

 

ENERGY STORAGE:

  • SDG&E runs the world’s 2nd largest lithium-ion battery 
storage facility
    • 30 MW, 120 MWh facility/capable of 
serving 20,000 customers for four hours
  • 280 energy storage projects installed (220 MW)
  • Over $117M of incentives for projects in SDG&E territory

 

INTELLIGENT STREET LIGHTS:

  • City of San Diego deploying world’s largest city-based Internet of Things platform using streetlights in partnership with Current by GE and AT&T
  • Includes 14,000 energy efficiency retrofits and saves $2.4 million per year
  • 3,400 sensors will enable larger deployment of smart cities applications

 

K-12 SCHOOLS SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY COLLABORATIVE:

  • Cleantech San Diego and SDG&E engaging San Diego’s 45 school districts to gain maximum benefit from Prop 39 by expediting the application process and sharing best practices
  • $120 million granted to San Diego for energy upgrades at 468 schools
  • 44 million kWh annual electricity savings
  • 13 MW demand reduction

 

UC SAN DIEGO MICROGRID:

  • One of the world’s most advanced microgrids
  • Generates 85% of campus electricity
  • $8 Million+ in annual savings

 

SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:

  • One of the first major U.S. airports to implement a sustainability policy
  • Operating first-in-industry Innovation Lab
  • Microgrid (among first at a North American airport) delivers 80% renewable electricity
  • Aggregated building data analytics systems maximize efficiencies across campus
  • World’s first LEED Platinum commercial terminal
  • At least LEED-Gold certified on all new buildings since 2009
  • Parking Plaza has advanced parking guidance technologies, extensive EV charging, and a storm water harvesting system    

 

PORT OF SAN DIEGO:

  • Among first ports in the nation to adopt a Climate Action Plan
  • Advancing regional smart city goals through Internet of Things energy efficiency demonstration project at Port Administration Building
  • 23 streetlight sensors viewing real-time traffic
  • Deploying smart kiosks along the bay front
  • Building mirogrid at Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal
  • Commercial solar project to power B Street Cruise Ship Terminal
  • Sustainable Freight Demonstration Project
  • Installing EV charging for port employees

 

CITY OF CHULA VISTA:

  • Developing Smart Bayfront
  • Adopted award-winning Smart Cities Strategic Action Plan
  • Designated by U.S. Department of Transportation as a proving ground for autonomous vehicles and drones
  • Created Traffic Signal Communications Master Plan
  • Deploying smart lighting pilot project

 

MILITARY:

  • San Diego has the largest concentration of military personnel in the world
  • Committed to advancing its renewable energy portfolio
  • Advanced microgrids at Camp Pendleton and three Navy bases
  • Using energy storage to optimize microgrids
  • Goal of energy and water security and independence

 

SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY:

  • 115-year-old San Diego institution
  • Keeling Curve: Scripps scientists first sounded the alarm 60 years ago about climate changes that could affect every aspect of life on Earth
  • Today, Scripps continues to be the world leader in climate change research
  • Leading local and global efforts to understand and protect our planet

 

*Updated May 2018

 

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