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Cleantech San Diego Annual Report 2022

Building a thriving cleantech industry for the benefit of the economy, the environment, and all members of the community.

Message from the President and CEO

This year, Cleantech San Diego celebrated its 15 Year Anniversary, a milestone that further validates the vision our founders had for the promise of a thriving cleantech economy that could bring enduring benefits for business and the planet alike.

Our membership continues to be a well-rounded mix of public, private, and academic institutions, boosted this year by increased interest from venture capital firms, attracted by the exciting technologies being developed by the startups in our flagship Southern California Energy Innovation Network (SCEIN). We are also happy to have welcomed a growing number of SCEIN companies deepening their industry connections and becoming Cleantech San Diego members.

Now in its seventh year, SCEIN continues to be a powerful catalyst for clean energy startups as well as an inspiring forum for idea exchange. Leveraging newly expanded program offerings such as grant-writing support, we are excited to even further boost the positive impact SCEIN entrepreneurs will have on California’s climate goals and the cleantech economy.

Looking ahead into 2023, I am encouraged by the strong market growth our members have secured for the cleantech industry amid shifting policy drivers and investment trends. This year, our industry saw the passage of major legislation at the state and federal levels, resulting in new policies and significant investments that will help drive the cleantech industry well into the future. It will be exciting to see how those investments are coming into the San Diego region and into the hands of our member companies and entrepreneurs.

As we enter the new year, Cleantech San Diego remains committed to supporting our members’ endeavors with an eye on the technologies of the future. Be it hydrogen power, lithium extraction, carbon capture, or even nuclear fusion, we look forward to exploring what’s next.

Thank you for all you do to make our region a pillar of cleantech leadership.

Jason Anderson
President and CEO
Cleantech San Diego

15 years of industry growth.

A reception was held at Latham & Watkins on September 14, 2022, to celebrate Cleantech San Diego’s 15th anniversary with the leaders and members who have helped make the San Diego region a globally-recognized cleantech leader. San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria attended the event and delivered congratulatory remarks commending Cleantech San Diego as an impressive and productive advocate for San Diego’s cleantech sector.

In the news: our top stories

CBS 8 featured Cleantech San Diego in a California Renewable Energy Earth 8 special

San Diego Business Journal reported on Cleantech San Diego’s 15 years of supporting sustainability innovation

ABC 10News interviewed Jason Anderson about the San Diego region’s status as a thriving clean energy hub

Zac Dobbin discussed our region’s energy startup ecosystem on the Startempire Wire Founders Podcast

Economic Impact


Cleantech Jobs


Payrolled Business Locations



Direct 20,689
Indirect 8,672
Induced 10,030


$8.8 Billion

Direct $5.2 Billion
Indirect $1.8 Billion
Induced $1.8 Billion


Solar Installation Jobs


Average Earnings per Cleantech Job

Cleantech advocacy
in  action.

  • Submitted more than 50 letters and provided public testimony in support of policies, projects, and programs that impact Cleantech San Diego members and regional partners.
  • Mayor Todd Gloria appointed Jason Anderson as Chair of the City of San Diego Climate Action Plan Review Committee.
  • Hosted a roundtable with California Energy Commission Chair David Hochschild to highlight San Diego’s clean energy leaders and SCEIN entrepreneurs.
  • Held members webinars with legislative analysts from Mintz/ML Strategies and CohnReznick to stay apprised of Inflation Reduction Act impacts for San Diego.
  • Convened nine meetings of the Cleantech San Diego Energy Working Group focused on local utility and community choice energy programs.

Energy Startups Making a Scene

Southern California Energy Innovation Network (SCEIN) companies surpassed the $300 million fundraising milestone this year, helping regional companies advance breakthrough clean energy technologies for the benefit of California ratepayers.

“The SCEIN program helps entrepreneurs with great ideas get the support they need that gives them credibility and confidence in the most difficult phases of early validation and growth.”

Dover Janis

Founder and CEO, Ivy Energy

“The SCEIN program was instrumental in helping grow our startup into a formidable challenger in the energy storage space today.”

Cyrus Rustomji

Co-Founder and CEO, South 8 Technologies

Pitch Competition

Cleantech San Diego held its first SCEIN pitch competition, awarding a $50,000 prize thanks to support from MUFG Americas.

SCEIN By the Numbers

  • 10 companies graduated from the Southern California Energy Innovation Network (SCEIN) this year.
  • To date, 62 energy startup companies have been accepted into SCEIN, 39 of which were active in the program in 2022.
  • SCEIN companies employ 629 people and have raised over $300 million in follow-on capital from private and public sources.
  • 386 patents have been approved by SCEIN companies.
  • 79% of SCEIN companies have female, minority, or veteran representation on their C-Suite leadership teams.

Top awards for innovation.

SCEIN companies earned major recognition at national awards competitions in 2022.

Gold Edison Award

NREL Industry Growth Forum Overall Best Venture Award

VERGE Accelerate
Grand Prize

Still Shining

  • The San Diego region ranked #2 in solar the nation with a total solar capacity of 468 MW and a per capita capacity of 337.4 watts per person

  • There are more than 250,000 solar customers in SDG&E’s service territory

  • Baker Electric Home Energy launched the ChargeOn Battery Rewards Program with sonnen

Plugged in to Clean Transportation

  • San Diego County has 70,095 electric vehicles on the road supported by 2,365 public charging stations plus 3,400 SDG&E owned charging stations.
  • SDG&E, Nuvve, and Cajon Valley Union School District launched the region’s first V2G project featuring eight EV school busses and six bi-directional chargers.
  • Poway Unified School District received 28 electric buses for the new school year.

Energy Storage Projects

Connecting and Learning

  • Hosted the fifth annual Southern California Energy Innovation Network (SCEIN) showcase with record VC participation that featured virtual presentations from eight SCEIN startups that are currently fundraising.
  • Held seven member webinars focused on topics ranging from new federal policies affecting the clean energy industry to first-of-its-kind hydrogen technology, innovative solar + storage rewards programs, and timely updates from member companies.
  • Cleantech San Diego helped introduce National Science Foundation Director Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan to the region’s cleantech industry as part of a visit hosted by UC San Diego.

Cleantech San Diego represented its members at more than 17 industry conferences and events.

14th Annual Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate & Energy Law
American-Made Network Summit
California Energy Commission EPIC Symposium
Cleantech Forum San Fransisco
DOE EnergyTech University Prize
EarthX E-Capital Summit
Five.Ten.Thirty San Diego Innovation Day
Fully Charged LIVE North America
Imperial Valley Economic & Energy Summit
NREL Industry Growth Forum
San Diego Angel Conference IV
San Diego Innovation Showcase
SoCal Venture Summit
startBlue Demo Day
Utility Analytics Conference
Women’s Venture Summit

Awards & Recognition

Jason Anderson was selected by San Diego Business Journal as one of San Diego’s Top 40 LGBTQ+ Leaders of Influence.

Zac Dobbin was recognized as a 40 Next Top Business Leader Under 40 by both the San Diego Business Journal and SD Metro Magazine.

Community Engagement

Cleantech San Diego participates on a number of boards and advisory groups throughout the San Diego region to advocate on behalf of our members and the clean energy industry.

Chair, City of San Diego Climate Action Plan Review Committee

Advisor, UC San Diego Center for Energy Research

Advisor, UC San Diego Smart Transportation Innovation Program (STIP)

Board Member, CONNECT

Board Member, San Diego Climate Collaborative

Board Member, San Diego Innovation Council

Board Member, San Diego Regional EDC

Board Member, San Diego Urban Sustainability Coalition

Steering Committee, Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE)

Member, Accelerate to Zero Emissions Steering Committee

Member, Incubatenergy Network (EPRI)

Member, StartBlue Advisory Committee

Member, Wells Fargo IN2 Channel Partner Network


131 Cleantech San Diego Members

  • 7 Academic

  • 15 Government

  • 17 Community Partners

  • 68 Energy and Technology

  • 4 Building and Construction

  • 6 Business and Financial

  • 14 Professional Services

14 New Member Companies


$1,616,619 Revenue

$1,567,893 Expenses

$417,449 Assets