Helping Entrepreneurs Bring Their
Energy Innovations to Market

What is the San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Cluster?Screenshot 2016-04-01 11.43.16

The San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Cluster is a resource for innovative entrepreneurs that are developing solutions to the region’s priority energy needs. The free program provides entrepreneurs with customized service plans that access the facilities, training, and resources of a number of regional partner organizations (listed below) to help bring new energy innovations to market. 

What Business Services Are Available?

The San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Cluster engages with partners, regional stakeholders, and other local service providers to offer free business services customized to the unique needs of each company, including:


  • Industry Connections
  • Advisory Support
  • Mentoring
  • Workshops/Training
  • Testing Facilities
  • IP and Export Assistance
  • Market Intelligence
  • Networking Forums
  • Access to Capital
  • Technology Commercialization

Who is Eligible?

In order to be eligible for the San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Cluster, companies must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must have a business office in California
  • Must have a business presence in San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, or San Bernardino county
  • Must ultimately deliver benefits to California ratepayers
  • Must have a breakthrough energy technology in the domains of:


Energy Efficiency (envelope, lighting, HVAC, plugload, pumps)
Renewable Energy (hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, wave)
Energy Storage (mechanical, electrochemical, electrical, thermal)
Smart Metering/Smart Grid (hardware, software, data analytics, microgrids)
Transportation (electric vehicles, hybrids, infrastructure, software platforms)
Energy Services (energy planning, analysis, and management)


If your company does not meet these criteria, you may still apply for an opportunity to present your business case to a panel of Cleantech San Diego members.


Marty Turock, Program Manager,

Alyssa Gutner-Davis, Project Manager,

Get Involved. Apply Now:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Applicants who
 pass the pre-screening process will be invited to present at an Entrepreneur Intake Session, where a selection committee will determine who is accepted into the program.

Partner Organizations

Related Funding Programs

CalSEED and CalCEF

The San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Cluster is a partner in the CalSEED Initiative. Through the CalSEED Initiative, the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) will distribute $25 million in Series A and Series B grants and provide a robust suite of business development services—business planning, research teaming, fund development, and mentoring—for emerging entrepreneurs. Learn More

California Energy Commission Grants

The San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Cluster is funded by the California Energy Commission. Sign up to receive future grant opportunity announcements from the Energy Commission. Learn More