They say San Diego is “America’s Finest City” and they are right, especially in terms of clean technology leadership and renewable innovation.
Sullivan Solar Power’s hometown recently received two amazing recognitions that prove we’re doing a lot more with all of the sunshine than just getting a nice tan.
Local Universities Receive Clean Energy Grant
A $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission will help launch a new San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Cluster shared by San Diego State University, the University of California San Diego, the University of San Diego and other regional partners.
This money will help the universities’ students, faculty and staff who have ideas for establishing clean energy companies to evaluate market potential, develop successful business plans, handle their intellectual property needs and identify funding partners to help carry their work forward.
Individually, SDSU will use the money they receive to establish energy technology priorities to guide innovators and solicit ideas that meet those needs.
“SDSU is prioritizing ideas that create jobs where the sun hits the dirt,” said John Crockett, senior director for research project development at the SDSU Research Foundation. “That means ideas that require people to be out there to extract the energy. We want to use people and resources to generate energy efficiently.”
San Diego Ranks 3rd in the Nation in Clean Tech Leadership
In other news, the city was ranked #3 in the United States for clean technology leadership by Clean Edge Inc., a leading clean tech research firm. The firm released its 7th annual U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index, which tracks and ranks clean energy and clean tech activities of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country.
San Diego moved up from fourth place on the list, which was topped by San Francisco and San Jose.
“The San Diego metro area continues to show strong leadership in deployment of advanced vehicles and their charging/fuelling infrastructure, clean electricity and carbon management and clean tech investment,” said Clint Wilder, senior editor at Clean Edge. “But San Diego’s crown jewel may be its passage of a new Climate Action Plan in December 2015.”
The city’s Climate Action Plan calls for significantly reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 2035 by relying on solar power and other green technologies.
Stay Classy, San Diego!
It’s great to see our home town being recognized for its hard work toward achieving renewable energy independence. By continuing to work on developing the next generation of clean tech innovators and building a path toward a cleaner and greener future, San Diego can continue to be a national and global leader in solar power and other renewable energy programs. We’re proud to be San Diegans!