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CleanTECH San Diego Programs & Services

Clean TECH San Diego is a private, non-profit membership 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. We serve as a catalyst for a diverse group of stakeholders to advance a common agenda. CleanTECH San Diego advocates for new sources of investment capital, workforce development, international trade, federal and state research funding, targeted regulation, and sustainable land-use planning and development.

CleanTECH San Diego’s offers its members a variety of programs and services aimed at advancing the region as a world leader in the clean technology innovation economy and addressing gaps in the commercialization cycle.


Advocacy
CleanTECH San Diego provides support to member companies needing help with local regulatory matters. In addition, we participate in a number of coalitions designed to ensure that San Diego is prepared for and will benefit from major new regulatory schemes.


Biofuels
With nearly 30 biofuels companies located in the San Diego region, San Diego is fast becoming a hub for biofuels discovery, production, and commercialization. To fuel this growth, CleanTECH San Diego instituted its Biofuels Initiative two years ago to bring together private industry with policy makers and elected officials to discuss opportunities and challenges in building the industry.


Capital Formation
The capital formation objective for CleanTECH San Diego is to provide a service to the community of early-stage cleantech entrepreneurs, and to anecdotally assess the quality and quantity of deal flow in the region.


Economic Development
CleanTECH San Diego and Bank of America commissioned San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to compile regional data in Biofuels, Clean Transportation, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Smart Grid and Solar Energy Generation for sector-by-sector economic impact reports.


Energy Efficiency
CleanTECH San Diego’s goal is to advance and extend our leadership position in renewable energy, as well as energy efficiency technology development and installation. We are also in support of California’s AB 32, also known as the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, a bill focused on renewable energy while also requiring the state of California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Smart Grid
CleanTECH San Diego works to advance the San Diego region’s leadership position on Smart Grid in numerous ways. We partnered with UCSD in a winning bid from the California Energy Commission to establish Clean Renewable Energy Communities (RESCOs). In this innovative project, CleanTECH will serve as the link between UCSD’s best practices and market users such as municipalities and private industry. In addition, we continue to support key partners in bids to realize improvements in the grid to more effectively integrate new renewable and energy-efficiency technologies.


Solar Power
CleanTECH San Diego solar-related programs are a complementary set of initiatives designed to attract federal stimulus dollars to the region and equip our 18 municipalities to adopt solar technologies; to demonstrate and showcase new proven technologies while transferring those learnings into the marketplace; and to further stimulate the uptake of solar technologies through creative financing mechanisms.


Sustainable Communities
CleanTECH San Diego is focused on the adoption and proliferation of sustainable solutions in our community. With the help from local facilitators and innovators, San Diego is leading the way as a notable sustainable community.


Transportation
CleanTECH San Diego has participated in stakeholder working groups for the revolution of the transportation energy, specifically, to determine charging station cites throughout the city.