Toyota to begin testing new trucks equipped with hydrogen fuel cells

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Automaker is set to begin tests through its Project Portal initiative Japanese automaker Toyota has begun testing new heavy-duty trucks that are part of its Project Portal initiative. These trucks are being put to use at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The vehicles are equipped with hydrogen fuel cells, which generate electricity without also producing harmful emissions. Toyota believes that these energy systems can be used to effectively operate clean vehicles. Indeed, Toyota already offers a fuel cell vehicle that has managed to find modest success. Project…

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Los Angeles will be receiving power from geothermal energy sources

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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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Honolulu leads the US in installed solar energy capacity per capita

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Report highlights the growth of solar energy in Hawaii A new report from the Environment America Research & Policy Center shows that Honolulu, Hawaii, ranks first in the United States in terms of solar energy installations per capita. The state’s capital has beaten other, larger cities with solar installations. While Honolulu has established a lead in solar installations per capita, it falls behind both San Diego and Los Angeles in terms of overall solar energy capacity, with approximately 175 watts of solar power per person. Solar sector continues to thrive…

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Toyota’s Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge aims to help students build fuel cell vehicles

Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge is providing students with new opportunities Japanese automaker Toyota has taken initiative on clean transportation and is teaching students how to build vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. This is part of the company’s Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge. Through this challenge, the automaker is instructing high school students on how to develop fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles are small and controlled via remote. Toyota believes that the program will help teach teens about climate change and the growing importance of clean transportation. Program aims to facilitate…

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California invests $20 million in hydrogen fuel infrastructure

State agency plans to build 50 new hydrogen fuel stations in order to bolster the fuel infrastructure The California Energy Commission will be spending $20 million to build 50 hydrogen fuel stations that will comprise California’s “hydrogen highway.” The hydrogen highway is meant to serve as a fueling structure that extends along the state’s most popular highways. This will allow those with fuel cell vehicles to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco without having to worry about running out of fuel during the journey. Lack of a working infrastructure…

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New hydrogen fuel station opens at California State University, Los Angeles

New fueling station comes to life at California university A new hydrogen fuel station has been opened to the public in California. The new fuel station is located at California State University, Los Angeles, where it is being called the first public hydrogen station that can supply drivers with hydrogen by the kilogram. California is currently home to the majority of fuel cell vehicles that are operational in the country, but the state still lacks a comprehensive hydrogen fuel infrastructure that can support these vehicles. New station will help bolster…

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State university joins effort to expand California’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure

California State University shows off its new fuel station The California State University, Los Angeles, has announced that it is joining the state’s Hydrogen Highway initiative. The university recently unveiled its first hydrogen fuel station, which was built with funding coming primarily from the California Air Resources Board. The new fuel station is part of California’s Hydrogen Highway, which is an expansive fuel infrastructure that is beginning to take form in the state. The initiative was launched under former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s tenure. Hydrogen Highway initiative continues to make progress…

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Alternative energy news: Los Angeles activates first feed-in tariff backed solar system

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California again makes alternative energy news for its support of solar power Six months ago, the City of Los Angeles introduced the largest solar energy feed-in tariff in the U.S. The initiative was meant to provide financial support for solar energy, with city officials believing that this support would spur the adoption of solar power among residents and businesses. For the past several months, the particulars of the feed-in tariff initiative have been being fine tuned and various solar energy projects have been going through the process of receiving funding…

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Renewable energy enters the limelight in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles looks to lean on renewable energy more heavily in the future California has long been a strong advocate for sustainability and the use of renewable energy, but Los Angeles is beginning to take more aggressive steps toward reducing its impact on the environment and fighting climate change. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to sign two new agreements that will help the city break away from coal by 2025. These agreements will put more emphasis on the use of renewable energy and will move the city toward…

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FiT Program wins approval in Los Angeles

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FiT Program approved by Department of Water and Power The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has adopted a new feed-in tariff program, called the FiT Program, that focuses on solar energy. The program was pushed heavily by Vote Solar, a non-profit organization that works to derail climate change and promote the use of solar energy. The feed-in tariff is designed to help spur the adoption of solar energy systems by providing adopters with financial incentives and a chance to sell any surplus energy their systems generate to the…

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Solar energy from a new source for Los Angeles

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Los Angeles to receive solar energy from Moapa Band of the Paiute California has long been known as a beacon of alternative energy for the U.S., but its largest city, Los Angeles, has heavily relied on fossil-fuels. That may change, as the City Council has approved a new purchase agreement with K Road Moapa Solar, a solar energy project located in the Moapa Band of the Paiute in Nevada. The agreement encompasses a 25-year deal that will funnel clean electricity to Los Angeles. The deal could have major economic implications…

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California reopens Solar Incentive Program

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Solar Incentive Program rebooted to push for more solar energy installations California has long been one of the strongest advocates for solar energy in the U.S. The state continues to show its support for alternative energy and sustainability through various initiatives that encourage the adoption of energy efficient practices and solar energy. These initiatives are readily apparent in Los Angeles, where homeowners have been signing up to receive rooftop solar energy installations in droves. The city is well on its way to reaching the 1 million milestone of rooftop solar…

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