Cleantech San Diego Annual Report 2017

message from the


and CEO

Cleantech San Diego marked a proud milestone for our members and our industry when we celebrated our 10th anniversary this year. We were founded thanks to gutsy and visionary leaders from the private, public, and academic sectors who recognized a growing cleantech industry as the next great economic opportunity for the San Diego region. They were guided by the premise that sustainable business practices also make financial sense. Today, we are seeing that vision materialize in ways we couldn’t have imagined a decade ago. And our industry’s role in securing a clean and prosperous future for the next generation is more important than ever. If the last 10 years are any indication, it is clear that we are fortunate to be part of a community in San Diego that values innovation, sustainability, and collaboration. To our forward-thinking stakeholders in industry, government, academia, nonprofits, and the military, we thank you for your commitment to shaping a positive clean energy future for San Diego and the world that will carry us into the next decade and beyond. Your passion and support make our region an inspiration to the rest of the nation and the world, and we couldn’t be prouder to share your story.

Jason Anderson, President and CEO, Cleantech San Diego

117 Cleantech

San Diego Members

+ 25 New Member Companies



Media & Outreach

4,127 Twitter followers
(12% increase)
1,073 Facebook likes
(7% increase)
901 LinkedIn group members
(5% increase)
38 Media mentions of Cleantech San Diego
94 Partnered events

In the clean energy business, regulations are not the enemy of economic growth. On the contrary, when governing bodies set clear and aggressive goals for greenhouse gas reductions, they set a goal that will be met with innovation and result in progress and economic growth. It is a proven fact in San Diego, California, and beyond that we no longer live in a time when economic growth has to come at the expense of the environment.

Jason Anderson, President and CEO, Cleantech San Diego
From April 2017 Cleantech San Diego letter to the White House
The Cleantech Industry in San Diego

Cheers to
10 Years

Cleantech San Diego proudly celebrated our 10-year anniversary with the visionaries and members who have helped us make the San Diego region a globally-recognized cleantech leader.


Scroll over (or click on) the boxes below to read about the exciting things happening on the energy startup scene


16 energy startup companies have been accepted into Southern California Energy Innovation Network, which launched in 2017 thanks to a grant from the California Energy Commission.


100+ regional energy leaders joined the Technical Advisory Committee, which helps screen entrepreneurs looking to join the Southern California Energy Innovation Network.
“The Southern California Energy Innovation Network has been a phenomenal resource for our company. Unlike other startup programs we have participated in, our mentor has been very engaged, helpful, and understands our complex cleantech business. The various resources and institutions within the program have also produced great work and introduced us to potential investors, grants, and strategic partners.”
Phillip Kopp, CEO, Conectric

The San Diego region ranked #1 in the nation in solar installations with 303 megawatts of installed solar capacity.


Holding Power

SDG&E completed the world’s largest lithium-ion battery energy storage facility. Located in Escondido, the 30 MW facility is capable of storing up to 120 MWh of energy.


Smart Cities San Diego


The City of San Diego was selected as a U.S. Ignite Smart Gigabit Community and Cleantech San Diego and CyberTECH were named as key innovation partners to lead the program.


The City of San Diego, in partnership with Current by GE and AT&T, began deployment of the world’s largest city-based Internet of Things platform using streetlights.


Established the San Diego 2030 District, a high-performance building community with a goal of reducing energy, water, and transportation emissions 50% by 2030.

“Measurabl was born in San Diego. Many individuals on our team were educated at UC San Diego. To now apply our software at home and advance the smart cities revolution the San Diego 2030 District is leading is a dream come true.”
Matt Ellis, Founder and CEO, Measurabl

San Diego Schools

$120 million in Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) funding has been granted to 468 San Diego schools for energy efficiency upgrades that will result in 44 million kWh in annual electricity savings.

We no longer live in a time when economic growth has to come at the expense of the environment.


Scroll over (or click on) the boxes below to read about how Cleantech San Diego got involved to affect change in 2017

Cleantech San Diego sent a letter to President Trump outlining the business case for the federal Clean Power Plan and climate action policies

Cleantech San Diego supported the March for Science and the People’s Climate March in San Diego and Washington, D.C.

California Policy

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law to extend cap and trade (AB 32) by 10 years, securing the future of California’s key climate program


Thanks to you, we are advancing sustainable solutions for the benefit of the economy and the environment.



In honor of our 10th anniversary, June 28, 2017, was declared Cleantech San Diego Day in the City of San Diego
Put Smart Cities San Diego on the global stage at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona
Cleantech San Diego Vice President Shannon Casey recognized with SD Metro “40 Under 40” Award
Held Education Series events focused on smart water, solar energy, 100% renewable energy goals, and innovations that are transforming the energy scene
Held Leadership Series events with Congressman Scott Peters, Tom Steyer, Michael Picker, Barbara Hale, and Mike Levin
Launched Cleantech San Diego Member Breakfast Series and held ten events focused on climate science 101, smart water projects, regional energy priorities, autonomous vehicles, and more
Held Smart Cities San Diego Hackathon to explore how real-time data from sensors on City of San Diego streetlights will help with traffic, parking, public safety, urban planning, and environmental challenges

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