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Sempra Energy Subsidiary Buys Mexican Wind Farm

A Mexican subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy has agreed to buy a 252-megawatt wind farm in the northern state of Nuevo Leon for $375 million, not including its assumption of debt totaling $477 million.

ViaSat to Supply European Air Carrier With Wi-Fi

ViaSat Inc. will supply the European air carrier Finnair with Wi-Fi connectivity under a deal announced on Sept. 1.

Sullivan Solar Power Completes Work at 6 Schools for Encinitas Union School District

Sullivan Solar Power has completed construction of six solar projects expected to save Encinitas Union School District more than $21 million during the next 25 years.

Qelzal Corp. Names Benson Its CEO.

Qelzal Corp. has named Rob Benson its CEO.

Sempra’s Ensenada Terminal Seen as Option In Event of Shortage

ENERGY: Regulatory Hurdles Would Have To Be Navigated

A liquefied natural gas terminal Sempra Energy owns near Ensenada may help Southern Californians get through the winter — but it may depend on state regulators waiving anti-competitive rules limiting transactions between affiliate companies.

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Software Firm Realizing Big Power in Microgrids

ENERGY: CleanSpark Seeks Solar Sweet Spot

The recently acquired Poway energy software company that developed the microgrid running Camp Pendleton’s power system has completed the initial phase of a larger version serving a commercial client in Borrego Springs.

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Engineers Race to Develop Lucrative Software

Automobiles are not just a Detroit thing. The auto industry has been in Southern California for decades — several automakers have designed cars in San Diego — and Detroit’s marquee industry could very easily have a future in the region.

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Driverless Cars’ Off-Road Impact Will Be Big

Major business players in the automotive sector are now placing multimillion-dollar bets on a future where self-driving cars take people wherever they want to go.

Qualcomm and Boehringer Ingelheim to Work on Digital Tracking Device to Monitor Inhaler Use

San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced Aug. 30 that they will jointly develop a small, wireless device to track patients’ use of the Connecticut company’s Respimat inhaler for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Hylton Named Executive Director of Contextual Robotics Institute at UCSD

Officials at the University of California, San Diego announced on Aug. 29 that Todd Hylton of Brain Corp. is joining the university’s Contextual Robotics Institute as executive director.

ViaSat Gets 2 Pentagon Contracts

The U.S. Navy’s satellite network is trusty, but it needs an update. So it has tapped ViaSat Inc. for some help.

Former Qualcomm Executive Touts Intel’s 5G Ambitions

Intel Corp. sees a significant role for itself in the ultrafast, fifth-generation wireless communications system due out in the next few years. The business “intends to play a unique role in the end-to-end deployment of 5G,” said Murthy Renduchintala, the second-highest ranking executive with the Silicon Valley chip maker.

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Airgain’s Action Breaks San Diego’s 15-Month IPO Drought

TECH: Antenna Maker Expects to Have at Least $9.8M to Work With

After a 15-month absence, a rare bird called the IPO returned to San Diego.

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Toy Technology Unleashed: Robotic Dog Groomed for Success

TECH: Co.’s Toys Aim to Take Advantage Of Emphasis on STEM

It’s almost noon and the sidewalks of La Jolla are busy with people walking their dogs.

Marketing Division Gives SDG&E Voice on Issue

ENERGY: CCA Energy Buying Option at Center of Utility’s Move

San Diego Gas & Electric Co. has become the first investor-owned utility in California to create a shareholder-funded marketing division to speak up about the growing number of local organizations being proposed to sell electricity to residential users.