Cleantech San Diego Annual Report 2016

Message from the President and CEO

The San Diego region continues to be a strong leader in the cleantech economy and smart cities movement. This year, Cleantech San Diego and our members spearheaded a number of exciting new projects and initiatives that underscore our region’s position as a global leader in the cleantech economy and will support its growth for years to come. Most notably, we were awarded a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission to help energy entrepreneurs bring their innovations to market with support from ten regional partners through the new San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Cluster. This grant has the potential to transform the San Diego region’s ability to foster bright cleantech innovators with breakthrough technologies that will benefit our energy future. Other programs introduced this year expanded the cleantech industry’s reach into the college/career preparation and healthcare sectors. We also continue to support the growth of San Diego’s regional solar, wind, storage, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle markets and remain committed to working with public and private Cleantech San Diego members to hold our region’s place at the forefront of the rapidly growing smart cities movement. Whether you work for a technology company, government, academia, a nonprofit, or the military – your commitment to innovation, sustainability, and collaboration is shaping a positive, clean energy future for San Diego and the world. Thank you for all that you do.

Jason Anderson, President and CEO, Cleantech San Diego


104 Cleantech San Diego Members

13 New Member Companies

(As of June 30, 2016)


$870,018 Revenue

$670,226 Expenses

$431,460 Assets

(As of June 30, 2016)


3,681 Twitter followers (up 10%)
1,003 Facebook likes (up 13%)
861 LinkedIn members (up 10%)
36 Media mentions of Cleantech San Diego
92 Partnered events

(As of June 30, 2016)


Cleantech San Diego and regional partners were awarded $5 million from the California Energy Commission to develop the San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Cluster

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San Diego region ranked #3 in U.S. for cleantech leadership

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The Cleantech Industry in San Diego


City of San Diego adopted a comprehensive Climate Action Plan committed to clean energy goals

Government, community, and scientific leaders represented the San Diego region at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference in support of the world’s first comprehensive climate agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions

“The Paris Agreement comes to the same conclusion that we did in San Diego a long time ago: we do not have to choose between a clean environment and a prosperous economy.”

– Scott Peters, U.S. Congressman (CA-52)

San Diego's smart city solutions were named among the World's Top 10 Smart City Projects

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OSIsoft, Qualcomm, and SDG&E worked with the San Diego Padres to deploy energy- and cost-saving smart cities technologies at PETCO Park


Qualcomm partnered with GE to increase the intelligence of its smart campus with smart, digital sensing technology


The City of San Diego and UC San Diego became partners in the White House Smart Cities MetroLab Network and hosted Metrolab’s first ever network-wide summit


The City of Chula Vista took part in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Communities Alliance to provide support in tackling energy and climate challenges


The San Diego region ranks #2 in the nation in solar installations with more than 93,500 rooftop systems

SDG&E become the first utility in California to reach the Net Energy Metering cap

EVer Forward video and website launched to promote the fun and benefits of an electric vehicle lifestyle in San Diego and to help drivers understand their options

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21,710 electric vehicles
1,092 public charging stations at 392 locations
75 DC Fast Chargers in 40 locations
The Fourth Annual Electric Vehicle Day – San Diego was the largest EV event in the world

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San Diego was ranked the nation’s #4 city for electric vehicle adoption
SDG&E launched the Power Your Drive program to install 3,500 EV charging stations at apartments, condos, and businesses

A Path to Cleantech Careers

Cleantech San Diego’s College and Career Readiness Program supported nearly 700 students and 10 teachers through June 2016. The program is on target to support career experiences for 5,000 high school and community college students in the coming school year.

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$76 million in Clean Energy Jobs Act funding has been granted to the San Diego region for energy efficiency upgrades at 314 San Diego schools. Projects will result in more than 27 million kWh in annual electricity savings.

We were pretty busy this year...

Named Jeff Schwartz of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Chair of the Cleantech San Diego Board of Directors
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Welcomed Alyssa Gutner-Davis and Melissa Fischel to the Cleantech San Diego team
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Added new officers to the Cleantech San Diego Board of Directors
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Created industry job board to support cleantech job-seekers and employers in the San Diego region
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Presented at 15 conferences in nine cities
Launched Healthcare Sustainability Collaborative to help identify energy and cost savings opportunities at hospitals and medical facilities
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Launched College and Career Readiness program to prepare students for jobs in sustainability
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Held Education Series events focused on technologies driving our region’s cleantech future, San Diego’s role in the Paris Climate Agreement, and smart cities
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San Diego: A Clean Energy Playground

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