Community Solar in California: A Missed Opportunity

California lags behind many other states in efforts to embrace community solar through the programs of its regulated utilities. This is a missed opportunity on two fronts given that well-designed community solar programs can help make access to renewable energy more equitable and allow distributed solar photovoltaics (PV) to work better with the electricity grid.

  March 2018

City of San Diego Point Loma‐Hervey Branch Library ASHRAE Level II Audit Report

The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) conducted an American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air‐Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Level II audit for the City of San Diego’s Point Loma‐Hervey Branch Public Library (PLH or PLH facility) as part of an Electric Program Investment Charge demonstration agreement (EPC‐15‐0851) developed in partnership with the City of San Diego Environmental Services Department and funded by the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission).

  January 2018

Center for Solar Energy

CSE draws upon the expertise and experience we gained as CSI program managers to assist consumers nationwide through our Center for Solar Energy.

  November 2017

Event Network Case Study

In 2016, Event Network evaluated energy usage at its headquarters in San Diego to look for energy- and cost-saving opportunities even though the facility is LEED® Gold for Interior Design and Construction.

  November 2017

Understanding San Diego's Path to 100% Renewable Energy

Two years ago, San Diego took the national spotlight for its commitment to source 100% renewable energy by 2035. The city is now poised to make decisions that chart the path toward this bold goal. This summary examines how we got here and what you need to know to join the conversation about where we go next.

  August 2017

AvalonBay Communities Case Study

Raising the Bar: AvalonBay Communities in Pursuit of Excellence in Benchmarking

  August 2017

Electric Vehicle Charging Station (EVCS) Toolkit Guide: Checklist for Residential and Nonresidential Permit Application

The checklists are one page reference sheets to ensure proper EVCS installation. Submittal and documentation requirements are also clearly listed in the checklists. Required by AB1236, this checklist is a guide for permit applicants. These checklists are in the public domain, and may be used or modified for individual jurisdictions as seen fit for a specific jurisdiction to post on their corresponding website.

  July 2017

Electric Vehicle Charging Station (EVCS) Toolkit Guide: Plan Review and Permit Correction Sheet for Residential and Nonresidential

The correction sheets provide code references and detailed guidance for both residential and nonresidential EVCS installations. These correction sheets may be used alongside the permit application checklists listed above.

  July 2017

Targeting EV Consumer Segments & Incentivizing Dealers

This presentation was delivered as part of a panel on “Strengthening EV Outreach & Education” at the EV Roadmap 10 Conference in Portland, Oregon. It describes 1) consumer research aimed at growing markets for electric vehicles, and 2) incentivizing dealers. For additional information visit:

  June 2017

Clean Vehicle Rebate Project: Summary Documentation of the Electric Vehicle Consumer Survey, 2013-2015 Edition

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project’s EV Consumer Survey (2013-2015 edition) collected data from 19,460 rebated consumers who purchased or leased their vehicles from September 2012 through May 2015. This summary documentation describes the survey implementation process. It also provides tables summarizing the responses to each survey question that have been weighted to better represent 91,085 program participants during the survey administration period.

  June 2017


Upcoming Events

Find more on our events page.

  Wednesday, March 21
San Diego, CA
  Thursday, March 22
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:00pm
San Diego, CA
  Friday, March 23
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 12:00am
San Diego, CA
  Tuesday, March 27
San Diego, CA