California and China agree to work together on renewable energy and clean technology

Renewable Energy Partnership

Governor Brown negotiates renewable energy deal between California and China California has signed a memorandum of understanding with China. Governor Jerry Brown met with Chinese representatives earlier this week and established a new partnership focused on renewable energy and clean technology. The partnership between California and China comes a week after the United States withdrew from the Paris Agreement in a controversial and heavily criticized move by President Donald Trump. California is among several states that have committed themselves to maintaining support of the Paris Agreement despite lack of federal…

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Fuel cell trucks to benefit from new partnership in California

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Partnership aims to provide economic assessment of fuel cell trucks Ricardo Strategic Consulting has announced that it will be collaborating with the California Fuel Cell Partnership in order to promote the use of fuel cell trucks. Through the collaboration, Ricardo Strategic Consulting will be providing the organization with economic modeling tools, which will help assess the costs associated with the ownership of fuel cell trucks. These modeling tools will also help assess the cost of developing new hydrogen stations that would be needed to support the commercial use of fuel…

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Los Angeles will be receiving power from geothermal energy sources

Geothermal Energy Hot Spring

LADWP forms agreement to make use of geothermal energy The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has formed a new agreement to make use of geothermal energy. This is expected to help Los Angeles accomplish its environmental goals within the coming years. By 2025, the city intends to become coal-free, relying completely on renewable energy. The agreement to acquire geothermal energy was approved by the City Council and finally signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti shortly thereafter. Geothermal energy will be coming from projects in Nevada Per the agreement,…

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Mercedes-Benz and Vivint solar to offer new solar energy system in California

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Companies come together to offer a combined solar energy and storage solution Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will be combining solar energy with an innovative new storage system. To accomplish this, the company has partnered with Vivint Solar. The new solution may be particularly attractive to homeowners that are showing interest in clean power. Solar energy has come to establish a powerful presence within the residential sector, where homeowners are purchasing solar energy systems in order to save money on electricity. New system will initially be available in California Mercedes-Benz…

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California sets a new renewable energy record

Renewable Energy Record - Wind and Solar

State derived 67.2% of its electricity from renewable energy sources California has reached a new major milestone in its journey to embrace renewable energy. Last month, the state generated 67.2% of its electrical power from renewable sources, beating its previous energy generation records. When the state’s hydropower capacity is accounted for, this figure reaches 80.7%. California has established itself as a leader in the renewable energy space, beating other states in terms of the adoption and expansion of renewable capacity. Solar power has become very popular in California Notably, solar…

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UPS to begin testing new truck equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system

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Company will begin test of its new fuel cell truck later this year UPS is preparing to begin testing a new delivery truck that is equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system. The test will take place in California, where an expansive hydrogen infrastructure is beginning to take form. In September of this year, UPS plans to begin testing its new fuel cell truck in Sacramento. Eventually, the company may opt to power more of its fleet with hydrogen fuel cell systems in order to cut down on emissions production.…

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REC Solar begins production on its new solar panels

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Company has begun production on its TwinPeak 2 solar panels REC Solar, a company specializing in the manufacture of photovoltaic products, has become the largest solar manufacturer of solar panels in Europe. The company has now begun production on its new TwinPeak 2 solar panels, each of which can produce a maximum of 350 watts of electrical power. The new panels could further bolster the company’s position in the solar energy market, which is expanding at a rapid pace, especially in European countries that are showing a strong interest in…

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UPS to begin testing fuel cells in California

Fuel Cells for Transportation - UPS Truck

Delivery company has set its sights on fuel cells UPS is preparing to test a new medium-duty delivery truck in California. The truck will be equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell and electric battery. The fuel cell will generate electricity for the battery system, which will then be used to power the truck’s motor. UPS will be testing the new truck in Sacramento in the very near future. If the test is successful, UPS plans to introduce more hydrogen-powered vehicles to its fleet. Test will determine the viability of fuel…

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California agencies aim to demonstrate the capabilities of hydrogen fuel cells in vehicles

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Agencies will be testing fuel cell vehicles on a road trip Officials from three major agencies in California have announced that they will be traveling from Sacramento to the bay area and back again. The venture is meant to showcase the capabilities of hydrogen fuel cells and how they can be used to power vehicles. The initiative will also highlight the expansion of the state’s hydrogen infrastructure, which has been steadily growing due to a greater focus that California has placed on clean transportation. The future of transportation may be…

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Toyota to test freight truck equipped with hydrogen fuel cells in California

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Automaker will be testing a new hydrogen-powered truck in California Toyota has announced that it will begin testing a new heavy-duty truck powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The truck will operate at the Port of Los Angeles in California. The technology that powers the truck is part of what Toyota calls “Project Portal.” This project focuses on how hydrogen fuel cells can be used to power a wide range of vehicles, from compact sedans to heavy-duty trucks. Toyota’s new truck will be making use of two hydrogen systems that come…

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SEIA releases new white paper calling for modernized energy grids to prepare for solar energy

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States may need to make efforts to modernize their grids in order to embrace solar energy The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has released a new white paper that calls for the modernization of the United States’ energy grid. Notably, modernization efforts should be taken more seriously in both New York and California. Both states represent very strong and increasingly popular solar energy markets. The problem, however, is that the energy grids in these states are not well suited for clean power. According to the SEIA, these states can do…

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Solar energy industry employs more than Apple, Google, and Facebook combined

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The solar energy industry is experiencing unprecedented growth The use of solar power throughout the world has accelerated over the past few years. This has led to impressive growth in the solar energy industry. The past nine years has seen a 30-fold increase in photovoltaic sales and now the industry employs a staggering amount of people. According to a new report from GTM Research, the annual global demand for photovoltaic products grew by more than 50% last year. This has contributed to a decline in cost of these products, making…

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Solar energy is breaking power generation records in California

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Solar energy continues to make progress in California A recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that on March 11 of this year, utility-scale solar energy accounted for 40% of electricity generated in California. The EIA estimates that when residential and commercial solar energy production is factored in, solar may have provided more than 50% of the state’s electricity generated on March 11. Solar energy production had an impact on the price of wholesale electricity, driving down rates by a significant degree. Clean energy is helping reduce…

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New legislation could boost solar energy and battery storage in California

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California continues to set impressive solar energy records California has been setting many renewable energy records in recent months. In February, the state finally broke its all-time solar energy record, generating nearly 8,800 megawatts of electrical power on a single afternoon. The record was beaten the following week, with solar energy production surpassing 9,000 megawatts. Not even 24 hours after this new record was set, it was beaten again. There is no doubt that solar energy is on track to play a major role in the state’s future, but California…

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Growing number of cities are showing support for renewable energy

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Two more cities opt to abandon fossil-fuels in favor of renewable energy More cities throughout the United States are making the commitment to abandon fossil-fuels. Madison, Wisconsin, and Abita Springs, Louisiana, have become the latest cities to make renewable energy a major priority. They have joined 23 other cities, such as San Diego, California, in committing to derive no less than 100% of their power from renewable sources in the coming years. Both cities have plans to invest heavily in renewable energy in order to achieve their goals. City council…

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California’s hydrogen infrastructure reaches major pricing milestone

Hydrogen Infrastructure - Road in California

Air Products announces that its hydrogen stations have reached a new milestone Air Products, a leading producer of industrial gases, has reached a significant pricing milestone with its hydrogen fuel stations in California. The company has been building these fueling stations in order to help prepare for the eventual launch of fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles will rely heavily on an established hydrogen infrastructure in order to appeal to consumers and become successful. Building this hydrogen infrastructure has been somewhat expensive, which has called into question just how costly hydrogen…

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