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Regional Initiatives

City of San Diego

The City of San Diego has been selected to participate in two exciting smart cities programs initiated by The White House. San Diego is one of 10 U.S. cities selected to join Envision America, in which cities will leverage technology collaborators and businesses to address climate change challenges and improve city services. The City of San Diego is also partnering with UC San Diego to participate in the White House’s MetroLab Network, which brings together university researchers with city decision-makers to research, develop, and deploy technologically‐ and analytically‐based solutions to improve our infrastructure, services, and other public sector priorities.


Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan

The City to Chula Vista and Port of San Diego have significant sustainability goals for the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan, the largest waterfront development opportunity on the West Coast. Cleantech San Diego is playing a key role in this Smart Cities San Diego project that will bring the latest technologies to the Bayfront Master Plan for maximum energy-efficiency and sustainability outcomes. 


Smart Port

In December 2014, the Port of San Diego became the first demonstration site in a series of regional public-private smart building initiatives led by Cleantech San Diego and a team of Internet of Things (IoT) technology providers to advance the region’s smart city goals.


Combining end-to-end IoT gateway solutions provided by Intel CorporationOSIsoftBlack & VeatchDell, and San Diego Gas & Electric, this smart building project uses sensors to detect energy consumption and translate it into easy-to-manage, real-time data for building operators at the Port of San Diego to act upon.



San Diego International Airport

The Green Build was the largest project in the history of San Diego international Airport. Called “The Green Build” due to the Airport Authority’s commitment to sustainability and the environment, as well as its positive economic impact, The Green Build created approximately 1,000 jobs at peak construction and provided a number of contract opportunities for small businesses. Thanks to these efforts, in 2014 San Diego International Airport became the world’s first LEED Platinum certified commercial airport terminal.

The airport is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, creating unique challenges as they seek to minimize their energy needs and carbon footprint. Overall efficiency and sustainability efforts at the airport include energy-efficiency upgrades to lighting, HVAC, and escalators, 20 electric vehicle charging stations, and an alternative-fuel Airport Authority vehicle fleet, among other ongoing advancements.


Electric Vehicles

Smart Cities San Diego is facilitating the expansion of a public electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure that ensures the safe, reliable, and efficient integration of EV charging loads with the power grid across the greater San Diego region.


Working with companies like NRG eVgocar2goChargePointBlack & Veatch, and Envision Solar, Smart Cities San Diego supports the electric vehicle and renewable energy programs already taking place in the region and works to expand those projects.


Street Lights

The San Diego region is working with technology innovators such as GEAcuity Brands, and others on intelligent lighting solutions. With involvement from Cleantech San Diego, the City of San Diego installed 3,000 LED street lights with adaptive controls downtown – one of the first deployments of this technology in the country.


In 2014, street light retrofit initiatives were also launched by the County of San DiegoCity of OceansideCity of San Marcos, and Port of San DiegoOnce completed and combined with street light retrofits already implemented by the cities of Chula Vista, Carlsbad, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside, Santee, Solana Beach and Vista, these projects will total: 75,000 street lights retrofitted, 30 million kWh in annual energy savings, 12,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide eliminated, $30 million in economic development, and $4 million in annual taxpayer savings.



San Diego has one of the nation’s highest levels of electric vehicle drivers per capita. Results from a strategically placed infrastructure pilot project show the region’s interest in the technology. Five solar-to-electric vehicle (EV) charging stations located at the iconic San Diego Zoo in the heart of the city’s world-renowned Balboa Park have been increasingly used month over month. The Solar-to-EV project launched by Smart Cities San Diego in September 2012 and managed by SDG&E is one of the first of its kind in the world. The charging stations use energy from the sun to directly charge plug-in EVs, store solar power for future use, and provide renewable energy to the surrounding community.


Net Zero Living

Smart Cities San Diego supported H.G. Fenton Company and its launch of the Solterra EcoLuxury Apartments in Scripps Ranch. This smart living community is designed with photovoltaic solar installations providing 100 percent electricity needs for all 114 units and common areas, garages that are pre-wired for electric vehicle charging, in-home virtual net metering displays provided by SDG&E allowing residents to monitor energy usage, and smart thermostats that can be programmed from anywhere or anytime by computer or smart mobile device. Solterra is the first all-solar apartment complex in San Diego and one of the first market-rate multifamily complexes in the nation to offer “net zero” living to its residents.