CleanTECH San Diego – Unlocking the Potential of Solar Power


To most of the CleanTECH San Diego members attending a recent meeting at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel it seemed inevitable that solar would by be a large part of the electric power coming from alternative and sustainable sources in the future.

Keynote speaker Michael R. Peevey, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, presented both the potential and challenges for solar energy. The panelists, including Byron Washom, UCSD’s director of the Strategic Energy Initiative; Tom Dyer, Kyocera’s vice president of marketing and government affairs, and Daniel Drolet, vice president of business development for PCN Technology made known the problems of storage and transmission facing solar.

The panelists also pointed out the conflict between consumers using solar energy panels becoming self-sufficient in terms of energy use while still being charged for and dependent on the utility for access to the electric grid for emergency and back-up needs.

Speakers also noted that a few consumers are expressing privacy-related concerns as a result of the new meters being installed by SDG&E and other California utilities that register specific appliance usage and timing. Also, the new meters, being more accurate than those replaced, can result in higher charges to some utility customers, one speaker said.

Dyer noted the cost of solar panels has declined 40 percent to 50 percent in recent years and that solar is therefore increasingly attractive.

Nevertheless, Peevey said that solar currently accounts for about 2.5 percent of renewable energy deliveries whereas in 2020 it is expected to account for 37 percent.

Peevey talked about what he called unfortunate and unexpected delays in the implementation of solar power transmission due to CalFire’s failure to issue the necessary approvals for certain projects. Peevey was generally optimistic as to the future of solar energy but also realistic as to the bureaucratic challenges slowing the progress.

Byron Washom indicated that in the case of wind power the California producers had to sell the power generated at night to Arizona at very low prices as there was presently no ability to store the power once generated until it was needed.

Related posts:

  1. UCSD gets grant for solar research
  2. SCE plans to buy electricity generated by solar panels
  3. Supervisors call for solar buy-back incentive
  4. Canyon Crest to get solar power system
  5. Kyocera announces plans to build solar panels in San Diego

Short URL:

Posted by on Mar 30, 2010. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply



Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6





  • Next step in Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club sale likely to be mid-October
    The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club board won’t likely make a decision on the sale of its clubhouse until mid-October, according to co-president Fred Wasserman. The 1.04-acre property, home to the 7,974-square-foot clubhouse, has been listed with Colliers International and the realtors are handling all offers submitted. Nobody on the board is discussing the offe […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe water district director resigns after qualifying for ballot
    An announcement by John Ingalls, a 12-year veteran of the Santa Fe Irrigation District board, that he would immediately step down from his seat and not seek a fourth term, means that none of the three open seats on the panel will be contested at the voting booth this November. Ingalls, a Rancho Santa Fe resident who had filed his papers to run for a fourth t […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe resident among seven new trustees joining UC San Diego Foundation Board
    Proactive stewards, higher education advocates and expert financial strategists, UC San Diego Foundation trustees play an important role in cultivating community partnerships and garnering resources to support UC San Diego research, teaching and public service initiatives. Trustees govern the Foundation, including managing net assets totaling $717 million, i […]