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Yeves Perez ( TheChiefGreenOfficer )

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San Diego Unified School District Considering 900 Layoffs To Balance Budget

I tried to listen carefully regarding the debate on what to prioritize first... cutting vs. more revenue for the operating budget... short terms solutions vs. long term. I was delighted to hear Maureen ask calls to phone in if we had ideas to help the district bring in more revenue and I called in to pitch my idea is to "sell power to the local utility". Please, let me explain.

San Diego is absorbing the new identity as the #1 Solar City in the State of CA. The city even boast a solar map that shows all of the current installations. However, when this story came up, I Googled the San Diego School District. In the right hand corner of my search a map with all schools popped up. And, I said... "Whoa that's alot of schools!" My idea then materialized based on one of my complaints living next to Steele Canyon High School, which is the crazy traffic in the morning because of students and faculty rushing to park their cars. Well, turn those large, wide open, sun drenched parking lots into solar power plants. These schools (collectively) hold a lot of property as a District and the District needs the revenue (short term and long term) for the operating budget right? Solar farms out in the desert make money because of how much land the project can use to determine the size of the systems. Solar parking structures exist in San Diego, but have not caught on in a big way yet. This could be our chance to show these kids what innovate leadership looks like.

If the District leadership went to the County Board of Supervisors and City Officials to grant waivers to sell power produced on all of the school properties, everyday, I am confident the revenue gap would be bridged. The sun will always rise in San Diego and today, those parking lots are not making a dime for the schools. Tomorrow, the sun will beat down on them again and no money will be made. Several months from now, they could be... However, a new public private partnership may be required.

You asked for ideas, so here you go...

March 9, 2011 at 10:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Where Are The Green Jobs In San Diego?

I find it frustrating that small businesses and startups are always excluded from the guest list for these type of conversations, especially when the national dialog is about small business and entrepreneurs taking all the necessary risks to create jobs. Feel free to go to my website (http://www.ecohubinc.com/) and learn more about the "other" green jobs that are being created in San Diego.

January 19, 2011 at 10:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Horn And Gronke Debate Over District 5 Seat - Join The Live Chat At 9 A.M.

I and other CEOs want to know where the candidates stand on Prop 23. Political leaders from both parties including the mayors and city councils of San Diego, La Mesa, Del Mar, Imperial Beach, Solana Beach and Chula Vista, along with over 1,000 companies, investors and business leaders across the state are in agreement with us that Prop 23 is bad for California and San Diego businesses.

October 27, 2010 at 9:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Growing San Diego's Green Economy

My name is Yeves and I represent a a new co-working space and
incubator for Clean technology/ green business start-up companies in
San Diego.

I don't think this story (as it stands) accurately represents the current path we are on. Incubators have always played a vital roll in the development of any and almost all technology based industries emerging to take their right places in their local economies and Cleantech is no different. SD has over 700 registered companies and most over them are less the two years old and many more will be started out someone's second bedroom or garage! I am expanding my horizon and am seeking new ventures to work with and
startup everyday! We currently support the Sustainability Alliance of
Southern California (no-profit), Armorgraphix (for-profit) and many many others but we're looking for more!

Check out out on here: http://www.facebook.com/EcoHub

Or, read more about us in our latest articles:

http://sdbj.com/news/2010/jun/28/incu...

http://www.sheepless.org/magazine/sho...

If you don't know about us, now you do...

July 6, 2010 at 5:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Tops List of CA Solar Cities

Hello again...

I must say that when the timing is right with any lucrative business or industry, every investor should be paying serious attention... right?

Well this story hitting the NY Times on the same day!!!!

Feed-in Tariffs for Solar Continue To Spread
By FELICITY BARRINGER

The policy, called a feed-in tariff, offers small-scale producers of solar energy long-term contracts (usually at above-market rates) for the electricity they sell. Last week, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, which serves 1.4 million people, approved a feed-in tariff that allows homeowners with solar panels a chance to sign up for 10, 15 or 20 years of guaranteed payments. The policy will take effect next January. The city of Gainesville, Fla., adopted a feed-in tariff this spring, as did Vermont. Washington state also has such a policy, and Hawaii is currently considering one.

While feed-in tariffs are most closely associated with solar photovoltaic panels, utilities managing the programs in Vermont and Sacramento will also pay a set price for electricity generated from other renewable sources, like wind.

The Sacramento program is open to homeowners who are not participating in another program, called net metering, which allows anyone whose system is producing more electricity than they need to sell the excess back to the utility, thus reducing their electric bill. But once their bill falls to zero, the homeowner gets no more money from the system.

Jon Bertolino, a spokesman for the Sacramento utility, said that customers with land to spare had been asking whether, if they put up small solar farms, the utility would buy the excess electricity.

As long as they are not part of the net-metering program and not seeking the $2.80$1.90- to $2.20-per-watt ratepayer subsidy for their new panels under the state’s “Million Solar Roofs” program, Mr. Bertolino said, small generators can sell their power to S.M.U.D. The rates would depend on the time of day the power is generated, ranging from a low of 5 or 6 cents a kilowatt-hour to 30 cents on a hot summer afternoon; the size of eligible systems is capped at 5 megawatts (and the program overall has a 100-megawatt cap).

Are you ready to see a Solar explosion???

July 23, 2009 at 2:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Tops List of CA Solar Cities

This is achievement, "San Diego Tops List of CA Solar Cities" is just another signal of a growing prediction made by Senior Editor for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, who claimed back in 2007 that, “Green Investing is the Next Big Thing…" And today, the Eco Investment Club is working hard to prepare investors for Climate Bill passing.

We recently launched EcoInvestmentClub.com, the new website for the leading international membership organization for Eco Investors and the Green Economy. The Beta platform was launched July 1, 2009 and provides a Professional Network for participants to interact with other users, provide content and browse content that Wall Street could not offer, within an interactive web 2.0-enabled community combined with in-person club meetings. Led by sustainable brand developer Eco Investment Network International, Inc. (EINI), the for-profit parent company set out to prove that business model innovation does not just exist within the high-tech industry.

We believe that Jeffrey Kosnett was right about green investing. Especially with the world watching the financial center move from Wall Street to K Street. In the October 2007 ‘Green’ Issue, Jeffrey R. Kosnett, the Senior Editor for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, claimed, “Green Investing is the Next Big Thing…from Wall Street to Main Street.” Today, the club provides solutions for investors and entrepreneurs seeking a center of excellence and a Return on Investment from the Green Economy. One such solution is the web 2.0 experience --- "Eco Talks" --- designed for green investors and sustainable opportunities worldwide, this forum aims to be the largest green investment discussion forum on the internet.

Five top discussion are: Ethanol 2.0 - Pump-stations and Distillers at Home, President Obama Meets with Energy Job Leaders - Yes New Jobs, The Historic "American Clean Energy and Security Act", Why Advertising Is Failing On The Internet, Are VC's really committed to Investing Green?

Notable Actor and Activist Ed Begley, Jr. noted in an online discussion with Perez, stating, "I certainly believe in green investing…. As far as HOW you choose to invest, it's important to have good advice - so whether it's an investment expert or a club, make sure you are investing with experts that have a good track record."

With over 1000 members worldwide, EcoInvestmentClub.com is one of a family of informational, educational and entertainment-oriented websites brought to you by Eco Investment Network International, Inc. (EINI, Inc.) and its subsidiaries and affiliates.

Thank you Maureen for covering this story.

July 22, 2009 at 10:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Tops List of CA Solar Cities

I would also like to add that among those already investing with an investment professional, 78% say that even though the market has been performing poorly, they are still looking to their financial adviser to bring them interesting investment opportunities.

Of those, 85% say their adviser had yet to recommend an environment-related investing opportunity. (The newness of this investment category could be the reason why advisers are not recommending green opportunities, Allianz suggests.)

With no recommendations being made (early on) in environment-related investment opportunities, many investors missed out on the returns and other successes, such as San Diego topping the list of "Solar Cities".

"This is a rapid-growing and rapid-changing sector of the market, so investors are looking for help to smartly and profitably participate," says Gaffney. "Innovation in environmental technology is occurring at an increasing pace and on a global scale, so evaluating the opportunities may be difficult for individual investors. Financial advisers can help investors navigate the space and in turn, professionally managed products offer advisers access to experience, technical expertise and diversification in this complex sector." And we at the Eco Investment Club believe that the next big thing is access to (understand) the next big thing, so we perform a very important role to open up the dialog for the investment community to talk about their own experiences in investing in the emerging solar industry (online) and help others find confidence in the technology.

I like to end my thoughts with another title I believe San Diego is ramping up to achieve which is, one of the nation's top "Green Investment Hub". San Diego is producing headline stories of "green investment related developments" at a rapid pace, such as major investments in Alge Biofuels (Exxon Mobil Corp makes a major green investment/ partnership totaling $600 million in the La Jolla based, Synthetic Genomics Inc.), and even the launch of resident green funds. One such launch this year was the Green Economy Fund, L.P. for investors seeking risk-managed exposure to the green economy. The fund will invest in alternative energy, efficiency, and environmental leaders and offers an alternative to the highly volatile investment offerings that currently occupy the green investing space.

We are a small, for-profit startup with a very big passion for eco investing. Here is a link to my most recent interview: Five questions: Yeves Perez on eco investing by Business Editor, Helen Chang, SDNN. http://www.sdnn.com/sandiego/2009-06-...

July 22, 2009 at 10:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Tops List of CA Solar Cities

I absolutely agree with the points that Bernadette has made and this information is not quite surprising, however I think the credit for this achievement should also go to the investment community for "believing" that solar would bare market.

The fact is that there were many ultra conservative investors (and they know who there are) that were approached in the early days of solar and they truly believed that this was a fade in a long line of fades, and that they were investing in a dream with no Return on Investment.

As founder of a new startup that educates investors on investing in various "green industries", called the Eco Investment Club, I speak with many investors that want to know where to begin to invest as they have 'fired' their financial advisors for "guiding them away from Solar and Wind". And this collective guidance away from green investments has been documented, but not publicly discussed.

The Eco Investment Club has been at the forefront of this discussion as nearly eight in ten U.S. investors (78%) say environmental technology has the potential to be the "next great American industry," according to a new survey by Allianz Global Investors.

This 2008 landmark survey states than better than nine in ten survey respondents (91%) believe that finding solutions to environmental problems will be a major issue for years to come, and nearly seven in 10 (69%) say it is important to look at investments in companies that are capitalizing on addressing environmental problems.

Back in January, Eco Investment Club published the following comments on the matter:

"The need for pollution control, clean water and energy efficiency is not going away. Investors perceive there is real opportunity here and they want to capitalize on it," says Brian Gaffney, CEO of Allianz Global Investors Distributors.

Investors continue to view the environmental technology sector as a "buy," with 64% classifying the environment as their most desirable investment opportunity. In addition, the survey notes a 30% increase from 2007 to 2008 in the number of investors who say they have already made investments in companies that are capitalizing on environmental trends.

"Investors' bright outlook on the environmental technology sector is telling. This is perceived as a long-term opportunity," says Gaffney. "Investors understand that robust demand for innovation and solutions will fuel growth, and consequently profits, for years to come."

Yet the survey also suggests that investors, while hungry for green opportunities, are still unsure where to find them.

July 22, 2009 at 10:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )