Cleantech San Diego and SDMAC Partner to Examine Synergies between US Department of the Navy and San Diego’s Cleantech Cluster
SAN DIEGO, CA, July 11, 2012 – In an effort to increase awareness about the Department of the Navy’s surge toward “Energy Independence,” CleanTECH San Diego and the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) are co-hosting an inaugural event on July 26 at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. This eventwill feature keynote remarks from Rear Admiral Dixon Smith, Commander, Navy Region Southwest and the Honorable Mayor Jerry Sanders, delivered to more than 300 stakeholders.
In 2010, US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced his commitment that 40 percent of the Department of the Navy’s total energy consumption will come from alternative sources by 2020. San Diego’s cleantech cluster – comprising more than 800 companies from startups to large multinational enterprises – will play an integral role in satisfying this mandate.
“The Department of the Navy has a long history of leading energy transformations, from sail to coal to oil to nuclear power,” said SDMAC President Rear Admiral Jim Johnson, USN (Ret.) . “This event will showcase the Navy’s long term vision for energy security and how they will transform energy vulnerabilities into mission advantages.”
The defense industry and the San Diego region have enjoyed a long tradition and strong history around research, innovation and economic development. According to a recent SDMAC economic impact study, the military accounts for 25 percent of all San Diego jobs and the region boasts the largest concentration of military forces in the world with 67 percent of the nation’s military training airspace located in the Southwest. The military is a powerful force for the local economy, generating more than $32 billion in gross regional product annually.
“This is a unique opportunity to accelerate San Diego’s clean energy leadership through partnerships between the Department of the Navy and the companies based here,” said Jim Waring, President & CEO, CleanTECH San Diego. “This timely event will convene key defense and cleantech industry stakeholders to examine how our region can promptly aid the Navy in reaching its ambitious renewable energy goals.”
Several case studies will be showcased with companies that are delivering clean energy solutions to the US Armed Forces. CleanTECH San Diego members, SDMAC members and other industry stakeholders are invited to attend and learn what clean technologies are enabling the Department of the Navy in realizing its energy production and consumption objectives.
To register, visit http://navycleantech2012.eventbrite.com/.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. PT
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier
1000 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
The San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation supporting, promoting, and representing the common business of the military, its quality of life, and defense industry community in San Diego. For more information, visit www.sdmac.org.
About CleanTECH San Diego
CleanTECH San Diego is a private, non-profit member organization formed in 2007. As one of the nation’s premier cleantech cluster organizations, its mission is to position the region as a global leader in the cleantech economy. CleanTECH San Diego serves as a catalyst for a diverse group of stakeholders to advance a common agenda. For more information, visit www.cleantechsandiego.org.