San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Network

Helping Entrepreneurs Bring Their
Energy Innovations to Market

What is the San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Network?

The San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Network is a California Energy Commission-supported program for entrepreneurs who are developing solutions to help address the region’s energy priorities. It provides entrepreneurs with access to the facilities and services of a number of regional partner organizations (listed below) and connection with industry to help accelerate the commercialization of their energy technologies.

What Business Services Are Available?

The San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Network 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
  • Proof-of-Concept Pilots
  • End-User Pilots
  • Networking Forums
  • Access to Capital
  • Technology Commercialization

Who is Eligible?

In order to be eligible for the San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Network, 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 by having a breakthrough electric 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 Energized. 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.

Technical Advisory Committee:

The Technical Advisory Committee aids in the screening of entrepreneurs/technologies that are seeking support from the program. The committee is composed of diverse professionals from the private, public, and academic sectors who have domain expertise across the broad scope of technologies that span the evolving energy industry.

The Technical Advisory Committee includes domain experts from:

  • Barney & Barney
  • Better Energies
  • Black & Veatch
  • Center for Sustainable Energy
  • City of Carlsbad
  • City of Chula Vista
  • City of San Diego
  • DNV GL
  • EDF Renewable Energy
  • Energy Policy Initiatives Center – USD
  • EvoNexus
  • Imperial Irrigation District
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • Perkins Coie
  • Port of San Diego
  • Power Analytics
  • Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch
  • Proteus Consulting
  • Renovate America
  • Tech Coast Angels
  • Qualcomm Technologies
  • San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
  • San Diego State University
  • SDG&E
  • Sempra Infrastructure, LLC
  • Solar Turbines
  • Southern California Edison
  • Stoel Rives
  • UC San Diego

Accepted Companies by Category

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response
Clean Generation/Renewables
Smart Grid Enabling Clean Energy
Clean Transportation

Partner Organizations

Supporting Organizations

Related Funding Programs

CalSEED and CalCEF

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