San Diego’s Cleantech Industry

The San Diego clean technology industry is a collaboration between public, private, and academic organizations working together to deploy IoT technologies and advance urban connectivity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase water and energy efficiency, and drive economic growth in the San Diego region.

San Diego is home to more than 925 cleantech establishments, supporting nearly 12,000 jobs with average annual earnings per job of $117,784. The firms included in this cluster specialize in energy efficiency industrial products and semiconductor manufacturing, research, and development, testing, and as well as design, environmental, and technical consulting services.

Economic impact report: Cleantech







Key Companies

  • Aquacycl
  • Baker Electric Home Energy
  • Conectric
  • Cascade Energy
  • Intellecy Inc.
  • Luciant
  • NeoCharge
  • KULR Technology
  • Measurabl
  • Nuvve
  • Oberon Fuels
  • Qubitekk

Key Resources

Cleantech San Diego is a member-based business association that positions the greater San Diego region as a global leader in the cleantech economy and smart cities movement. As a nonprofit organization, Cleantech San Diego is uniquely suited to support the industry by fostering collaborations across the private-public-academic landscape, leading advocacy efforts to promote cleantech priorities, and encouraging more equitable investment across the San Diego region.

City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a package of policies launched in 2015 that will benefit San Diego’s environment and economy by calling for half of all greenhouse gas emissions to be eliminated and all electricity used in the City to be from renewable sources by 2035. San Diego is one nine cities to commit to a CAPs across the County.

The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) works with policymakers, regulators, public agencies, and businesses as an expert implementation partner and trusted information resource. CSE helps drive the adoption of clean, sustainable energy solutions, and measures waste disposal by tracking the historical trend in average daily pounds of waste disposed per person in San Diego County and across California.

Verified Programs of Engineering talent have been identified by employers as the top training programs in San Diego for high-demand jobs. Through EDC’s Advancing San Diego program, Verified Programs participate in a competitive application process and are evaluated annually against a skills-based criteria developed by industry, a commitment to industry engagement, and their ability to reach and serve a diverse student body.

San Diego Community Power (SDCP) is a Community Choice Aggregation program that partners with local investor-owned utility SDG&E to deliver and service cleaner, affordable, and reliable electricity to the City of San Diego, Chula Vista, La Mesa, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, and National City.

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Sofia Nelson-Ferezi
Sofia Nelson-Ferezi

Coordinator, Research