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SDG&E To Open Green Technology Center

— SDG&E has announced plans to open an education center for green technology this coming spring in San Diego. Spokeswoman April Sharp said the utility company will renovate an abandoned retail building in Kearny Mesa to house the facility. Sharp said the center will showcase new energy-efficient technology that's being developed in San Diego.

“So we'll have a central resource for businesses and customers to learn how they can integrate energy efficiency into their building, their business practices, and help them save money and help them save energy,” she said.

Among the technologies featured at the education center: Solar "trees" in the parking lot to generate energy for the building, and fuel cells that are designed for residential and commercial use. Lisa Bicker is president of CleanTECH San Diego, which is a partner in the project.

“It's a real opportunity to increase the energy IQ of our already pretty connected citizenry,” said Bicker, “while also showcasing the best of our region."

Bicker says San Diego is home to 750 clean-tech companies. SDG&E says it will spend $7 million to renovate the Kearny Mesa building where the center will be located.

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