Zero Emissions Summit San Diego

Zero Emissions Summit & Expo in San Diego 

Focuses on “Energy Sovereignty” for Communities


San Diego, California   Clean energy innovators and financial advisors will gather in the San Diego Convention Center, September 7 – 9, 2022 to help “Communities” learn to fund, build and sustain energy sovereignty.  Tribal representatives are encouraged to participate in this event as speakers, exhibitors, and attendees.  Conference rooms will be available exclusively for tribal members to conduct meetings and for other functions.

This event is meant to help deliver, “Clean Energy, Equitably, for all,” so communities of various types will attend.  However, displays and programming, specifically for tribal communities, will be a priority. 

Jamul Indian Village Chairwoman Erica Pinto (Kumeyaay) will speak at this event on the “Unique Needs for Energy Resilience and Autonomy Among Tribal Communities.”  Numerous additional speakers will present technologies of special interest to tribes, such as microgrids.  These systems can provide enough energy to power homes, community centers, schools and infrastructure in tribal communities of any size or location – no matter how remote.  They are meant to create “off-the-grid” power, delivered by nature, not utility lines requiring structures that often disturbs sensitive cultural sites.  

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, and U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm are also invited to speak.   Over 30 additional speakers will participate, including Alok Singhania of Gridscape Solutions, who worked with the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians to install a microgrid in their village.  

Nearly $1 trillion in federal funding is available for clean energy and infrastructure projects, and in some cases priority is given to tribal communities.  Funding opportunities will be among the topics discussed at this Summit. Financial and government representatives will speak on this topic, and be available to meet with community members to provide more information about product and funding programs.

In addition to Indigenous communities, other groups to attend will be Universities, Island Governments, U.S. Navy and Marines, School Districts, Municipalities, and more.  Many such groups facilitate energy programs within “semi-autonomous communities.”  Much like tribal communities, they can, and in many cases have, benefitted from their own micro-grid systems.  Lessons learned from their projects could help Indigenous Communities be more efficient in the systems they may choose to help provide energy resilience and sovereignty.  

“Energy is the new Gaming” is a term being used by some in this industry.  Meaning, some tribes could create enough clean energy on their lands to sell back to local communities or utility companies.  Further, some reservations are in ideal locations for charging stations for trucking and delivery operations.  These, too, provide income opportunities for tribal communities, which could prove very profitable.  

The Zero Emissions Summit & Expo stresses diversity and equity, so various “Communities” are invited in the spirit of advancing clean energy and protecting cultural and natural resources.  To find out more about speaking, exhibiting, or simply attending this important event, please visit