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San Diego’s Regional Cleantech Economy

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CLEANTECH SAN DIEGO WAS FOUNDED IN 2007:

  • Mission: To accelerate clean technology innovation and adoption of sustainable business practices for the benefit of the economy and the environment.
  • Vision: To position the greater San Diego region as the globally recognized leader in the innovation and adoption of clean technologies and sustainable business practices
  • In 2011, we launched Smart Cities San Diego, a collaboration between public, private, and academic organizations working together to deploy IoT technologies, advance urban connectivity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase water and energy efficiency, and drive economic growth in the San Diego region

 

SAN DIEGO’S CLEANTECH ECONOMY:

  • The San Diego region is home to 3,300 cleantech companies
  • San Diego’s cleantech sector supports nearly 40,000 jobs
  • San Diego’s cleantech economy has an economic impact of  $7.1 billion
  • San Diego became the largest American city to pursue a clean energy community choice program
  • Nine cities in San Diego County have adopted Climate Action Plans
  • FACT SHEET: City of San Diego Climate Action Plan (pdf)
  • REPORT: The San Diego Cleantech Landscape (pdf) (Clean Edge)

 

ENERGY STARTUPS:

  • Awarded $5 million over five years from the California Energy Commission to develop the Southern California Energy Innovation Network (SCEIN) (2016)
  • To date, 50 companies have been served by the program, 34 of which are currently active in the program. Together, these startups employ 268 people and have raised $51 million in private capital investment and $23.5 million in public capital investment since being accepted into the program. (2020)

 

REGIONAL RANKINGS:

  • San Diego ranks nation’s #4 metro city for cleantech leadership (Clean Edge 2017)
  • Cleantech San Diego is a Smart Cities Readiness Challenge Award winner (Smart Cities Council, 2019)

 

SMART CITIES SAN DIEGO:

  • A collaboration between public, private, and academic organizations working together to deploy IoT technologies, advance urban connectivity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase water and energy efficiency, and drive economic growth in the San Diego region

 

SOLAR:

  • San Diego is #2 in the nation in solar installations (Environment America, 2019)
  • The San Diego region is home to 9,400 jobs in the solar industry
  • The San Diego region has 351 MW of solar installed (California Solar Initiative, 2019)
  • California is #1 in solar jobs and employs 74,255 solar workers (The Solar Foundation, 2019)

 

ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION:

  • San Diego County developed an Electric Vehicle Roadmap to help boost EV use in the region (2019)
  • U.S Department of Transportation designated San Diego and Chula Vista as proving grounds for self-driving cars and drones
  • 49,439 electric vehicles in SDG&E service territory
  • 1,761 public charging stations in SDG&E service territory

 

ENERGY STORAGE:

  • SDG&E runs the world’s 2nd largest lithium-ion battery 
storage facility
    • 30 MW, 120 MWh facility/capable of 
serving 20,000 customers for four hours
  • 1,911 energy storage projects equaling 34 MW of capacity have been completed in San Diego County (Center for Sustainable Energy, 2019)
  • Over $117 million of incentives for projects in SDG&E territory

 

K-12 SCHOOLS SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY COLLABORATIVE:

  • Cleantech San Diego and SDG&E engaging San Diego’s 45 school districts to gain maximum benefit from Prop 39 by expediting the application process and sharing best practices
  • $120 million granted to San Diego for energy upgrades at 468 schools
  • 44 million kWh annual electricity savings
  • 13 MW demand reduction

 

UC SAN DIEGO MICROGRID:

  • One of the world’s most advanced microgrids
  • Generates 85% of campus electricity
  • $8 Million+ in annual savings

 

SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:

  • One of the first major U.S. airports to implement a sustainability policy
  • Operating first-in-industry Innovation Lab
  • Microgrid (among first at a North American airport) delivers 80% renewable electricity
  • Aggregated building data analytics systems maximize efficiencies across campus
  • World’s first LEED Platinum commercial terminal
  • At least LEED-Gold certified on all new buildings since 2009
  • Parking Plaza has advanced parking guidance technologies, extensive EV charging, and a storm water harvesting system    

 

PORT OF SAN DIEGO:

  • Among first ports in the nation to adopt a Climate Action Plan
  • Advancing regional smart city goals through Internet of Things energy efficiency demonstration project at Port Administration Building
  • 23 streetlight sensors viewing real-time traffic
  • Deploying smart kiosks along the bay front
  • Building mirogrid at Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal
  • Commercial solar project to power B Street Cruise Ship Terminal
  • Sustainable Freight Demonstration Project
  • Installing EV charging for port employees

 

CITY OF CHULA VISTA:

  • Developing Smart Bayfront
  • Adopted award-winning Smart Cities Strategic Action Plan
  • Designated by U.S. Department of Transportation as a proving ground for autonomous vehicles and drones
  • Created Traffic Signal Communications Master Plan
  • Deploying smart lighting pilot project

 

MILITARY:

  • San Diego has the largest concentration of military personnel in the world
  • Committed to advancing its renewable energy portfolio
  • Advanced microgrids at Camp Pendleton and three Navy bases
  • Using energy storage to optimize microgrids
  • Goal of energy and water security and independence

 

SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY:

  • 115-year-old San Diego institution
  • Keeling Curve: Scripps scientists first sounded the alarm 60 years ago about climate changes that could affect every aspect of life on Earth
  • Today, Scripps continues to be the world leader in climate change research
  • Leading local and global efforts to understand and protect our planet

 

*Updated June 2019

 

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