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 free program for startups that are developing solutions to help California meet its energy goals. The program provides access to the resources and facilities of a number of regional partner organizations (listed below) and connections with industry in order to accelerate the commercialization of emerging energy technologies.


The program is the result of a five-year, $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission awarded in 2016 to advance the San Diego region’s energy innovation industry.


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
  • Research and Testing Facilities
  • Pilot Project Opportunities
  • Regulatory and Policy Guidance
  • Market Intelligence
  • Mentoring
  • Workshops/Training
  • Marketing Support
  • Access to Capital Providers
  • IP and Export Assistance


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.

Accepted Companies by Category

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response
Renewable Energy Generation
Smart Grid Enabling Clean Energy
Clean Transportation

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:

  • Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
  • Better Energies
  • Black & Veatch
  • Calpine Energy Solutions
  • Cisco
  • City of Carlsbad
  • City of Chula Vista
  • City of San Diego
  • DNV GL
  • EDF Renewable Energy
  • Enel Green Power North America
  • EvoNexus
  • Impala Ventures
  • Itron
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Marsh & McLennan Agency
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • Perkins Coie
  • Port of San Diego
  • Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch
  • Proteus Consulting
  • Qualcomm Technologies
  • Renovate America
  • S Curve Strategies
  • San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
  • SDG&E
  • SEED San Diego
  • Sempra Infrastructure, LLC
  • Solar Turbines
  • Southern California Edison
  • Stoel Rives
  • Tech Coast Angels

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