Message from the President and CEO
Additionally, our Smart Cities San Diego efforts expanded this year thanks to increased engagement from cities and agencies from across the region. In the coming year, this program will continue to promote collaboration across city boundaries to advance smart cities planning on a regional scale.
We are proud that Cleantech San Diego’s commitment to advancing the region’s cleantech industry continues to be considered a best practice across the state and the nation. Thank you to our dedicated members in the public, private, and academic sectors for the work you do to advance technologies and initiatives that benefit both the economy and the environment.
Jason Anderson, President and CEO, Cleantech San Diego
108 Cleantech San Diego Members
15 Community Partners
51 Energy and Technology
3 Building and Construction
7 Business and Financial
14 Professional Services
Payrolled Business Locations
TOTAL CLEANTECH AND
SOLAR JOBS SUPPORTED
TOTAL ECONOMIC OUTPUT
Direct $4.1 Billion
Indirect $1.6 Billion
Induced $1.5 Billion
*Cleantech and solar jobs are not mutually exclusive
Solar Installation Jobs
Average Earnings per Cleantech Job
the Startup Scene
42 energy startup companies have been accepted into the Southern California Energy Innovation Network (SCEIN), which launched in 2016 thanks to a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission.
SCEIN companies employ more than 217 people and have raised $43.1 million of private capital and $5.8 million in public capital since acceptance into the program, almost double the amount of follow-on funding raised since December 2018.
14 percent of current SCEIN companies have female C-Suite leadership; 21% have minority C-Suite leadership.
the Inland Empire
Awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to expand SCEIN services in the Inland Empire.
Hired Michael Ford as SCEIN Inland Empire Program Manager to conduct outreach to clean energy stakeholders and entrepreneurs in the Inland Empire region.
“The Southern California Energy Innovation Network continues to be a critical resource for our business. The SCEIN management team, mentors, service providers, learning opportunities, and investor connections have been pivotal in helping our company grow. The SCEIN-provided resources and introductions have helped Aquacycl meet funding goals, build our team, and better leverage and expand our network.”
CEO and Founder, Aquacycl
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San Diego became the largest American city to pursue a clean energy community choice program.
The San Diego City Council approved the formation of a community choice energy program and entered into a joint powers agreement with Chula Vista, La Mesa, Encinitas, and Imperial Beach to form San Diego Community Power.
The cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, and Solana Beach launched the Clean Energy Alliance, the second community choice energy program in San Diego County.
Cleantech San Diego is leading a Community Choice Energy Working Group and held an Energy 101 Briefing to help support the region’s newly launched regional community choice energy programs.
The cleantech industry is unique in that our successes are measured in dollars made as well as in energy saved and greenhouse gas emissions reduced.
Still Stellar in Solar
The San Diego region ranked #2 in the nation in solar installations per capita and total solar installations with 351 megawatts of installed solar capacity.
Leading the EV Charge
Electric Vehicles on the Road
For the fourth year in a row, San Diego was home to the largest electric vehicle event in the world, attracting 3,300 attendees who took 2,600 test drives at EV Day San Diego.
Proposition 39 state funding ended in 2018 and the San Diego Regional K-12 Schools Sustainability Collaborative has shifted its primary focus to zero net energy (ZNE) buildings and transportation electrification.
San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) completed lighting and mechanical upgrades at Vista Grande Elementary School, which will be the first ZNE retrofit elementary school when the solar PV installation is completed in early 2020. SDUSD is developing a district-wide ZNE plan for its 189 sites to meet the State’s 2030 ZNE targets for commercial buildings.
Cajon Valley Union School District secured an EPA DERA Grant, which funded the first five EV school buses in San Diego, plus three other school districts secured California Energy Commission grants to launch their bus fleet electrification.
With Smart Cities San Diego, we’ve created an atmosphere where companies can talk to cities and ask them what they are looking at, what keeps them up at night, and how industry can help.
President and CEO, Cleantech San Diego
Smart Cities San Diego
San Diego has proven time and again that it is all in when it comes to cutting greenhouse gases and creating clean energy jobs. In order to meet our goals, we need to invest in a variety of technologies — and energy storage is key.
Energy Storage Takes Off
San Diego International Airport partnered with ENGIE to install a 4 MWh battery energy storage system that will charge and discharge during strategic points throughout the day to reduce the airport’s utility demand charges, while also enabling the airport to install more onsite solar.
1,911 energy storage projects equaling 34 MW of capacity have been completed in San Diego County.