San Diego’s Regional Cleantech Economy

  |   Highlights

CLEANTECH SAN DIEGO WAS CREATED 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

 

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 the nation’s #9 metro area for startup activities (Kauffman Index 2015)
  • 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
  • Established life science, communications, cleantech, and software industries
  • Innovation fueled by a collaborative culture
  • Largest concentration of military in the world
  • Six universities and 80+ research institutes
  • Small enough to get things done; large enough to make a difference
  • San Diego is the only U.S. city featured in National Geographic Channel’s World’s Smart Cities documentary series

 

SMART CITIES SAN DIEGO:

  • San Diego’s smart city solutions named among the World’s Top 10 Smart City Projects (Smart Cities Summit 2016)
  • Private-Public-Academic collaboration
  • Tapping technologies to transform our region’s energy profile
  • Develop and implement sustainability initiatives that address the region’s current and future energy needs

 

SOLAR:

  • San Diego is #1 in the nation in solar installations (Environment California Research & Policy Center, 2017)
  • The San Diego region is home to 8,400 jobs in the solar industry (2016)
  • 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.
  • Sullivan Solar Power installed 1,197 solar power systems in San Diego County in 2015. Its San Diego County office employs 113 people.
  • 11,570 solar workers are employed in Southern California (SD, OC, LA)
  • California leads the nation in terms of both installed capacity and employment
  • California is #1 in solar jobs and employs 75,598 solar workers; Up 38% in 2015 (The Solar Foundation)
  • Net Energy Metering Dashboard

 

ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION:

  • UC San Diego will have more advanced electric vehicle charging infrastructure than any other campus in the nation
  • San Diego and Chula Vista have been designated as proving grounds for self-driving cars (U.S. Department of Transportation, 2017)
  • 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)
  • 25,000 electric vehicles in SDG&E service territory
  • 1,092 public charging stations installed at 392 locations
  • 75 DC Fast Chargers in 40 locations

 

ENERGY STORAGE:

  • SDG&E operates the world’s largest lithium-ion battery energy storage facility
  • Number and capacity of behind-the-meter installations in SDG&E territory (as of August 30, 2017)
    • Commercial: 123 projects, totaling 15 MW of capacity (plus 176 projects pending installation in the next 18 months, totaling 28 MW of capacity)
    • Residential: 90 projects, totaling 450 kW of capacity (plus 550 projects pending installation in the next 12 months, totaling 3.47 MW of capacity)
  • $24M of incentives for behind-the-meter energy storage projects in SDG&E territory (as of August 30, 2017)

 

INTELLIGENT STREET LIGHTS:

  • City of San Diego and Current by GE are deploying world’s largest city-based Internet of Things platform using streetlights
  • San Diego region retrofitted 75,000 streetlights
  • Downtown LED post-top streetlights among the nation’s first remotely monitored and wirelessly controlled
  • $4 million in annual energy savings
  • Eliminates 12,700 metric tons of carbon emissions annually

 

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
    • $108 million granted to San Diego schools to date
    • 38 million kWh annual electricity savings
    • 9.9 MW demand reduction

 

UC SAN DIEGO’S WORLD-RENOWNED MICROGRID:

  • Generates 92% of campus electricity
  • $8 Million+ in annual savings

 

SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:

 

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 with Intel, Dell, Black & Veatch, OSIsoft, SDG&E, and Cleantech San Diego.
  • Early smart building results will save the port $5,000 annually

 

CITY OF CHULA VISTA:

  • Bayfront Master Plan: Largest waterfront development opportunity on the West Coast
  • Cleantech San Diego is working with City officials to make Chula Vista a model “smart city” through deployment of the best available technologies and systems
  • Adopted its first Climate Action Plan in 2000
  • Won U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Organizational Leadership Award for efforts to address and respond to climate change

 

 

MILITARY:

  • San Diego has largest concentration of military personnel in the world
  • Aggressively committed to advancing its renewable energy portfolio
  • Goal of energy and water security
  • Navy buying biofuel for warships and jets
  • Advanced microgrids at Camp Pendleton and Navy bases

 

CLIMATE SCIENCE AT SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY:

  • Home of the Keeling Curve: First to measure atmospheric carbon dioxide

 

*Updated September 2017

 

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