Also on the rise: Fluence wins an investor, Cap Dynamics buys a solar array in Arizona, and legislation would encourage DER as a safeguard against devastated California.
New York State is donating $ 16. 4 million incentives to expand the use of electric buses by public transport authorities and $ 2. 5 million for school bus operators to buy cleaner, lower-emission transportation.
Under the NYTVIP (New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program) 16 USD. Five of the state’s largest public transportation companies are receiving $ 4 million in funding from the Volkswagen emissions scandal: the Capital District Transportation Authority, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, Suffolk County Transportation, and the Westchester County Bee bus system. The aim is to push the transition of fleets to zero-emission vehicles 100% by 2035. Together, these transit companies currently operate more than 1. 300 transit buses.
As part of the newly announced program, buyers of new emission-free, fully electric transit buses can cover all additional vehicle costs. In return, the buses must be housed in bus depots or travel on routes that are within half a mile of a disadvantaged community.
In addition, the New York Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will allocate more than $ 1 million to a new program to help the five transit operators develop plans for the switch to fully electric should help transit buses. Under this program, NYSERDA and NYPA will work with a competitively selected, pre-qualified contractor to investigate how to convert to electric bus fleets and install the required charging stations cost-effectively.
Areas of study include walk-through facilities and parking lots that could become large charging centers, utility upgrades, route-based charging, high-speed charging to extend bus range, resilience planning and emergency power solutions.
$ 2 left. School bus operators also have $ 5 million available through NYTVIP to help buy cleaner, greener buses. The money will help cover up to 100% of the additional cost of all-electric school buses operating near a disadvantaged community. The program is designed to reduce the cost of buying new, clean electric or alternatively powered buses through POS discounts offered by a qualified vendor.
The New York State Office for General Services (OGS) announced on Jan.. December published a request for information (RFI) asking manufacturers and dealers for information on electric and hybrid transit buses currently available on the market. The answers to the RFI are until 21. Due January and will be used to develop an advertisement for electric and hybrid buses.
To date, NYTVIP has assisted the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority with the purchase of five of their ten electric transit buses. The Capital District Transportation Authority has acquired three of its four electric buses as part of the program. Other transit companies, including Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit and the New York and New Jersey Port Authority, have also purchased electric buses as part of the program. The Niagara-Frontier Transportation Authority, Suffolk County Transportation, and the Westchester County Bee-Line Bus System are currently purchasing electric buses.
Global energy storage company Fluence announced that it will receive $ 125 million from the Qatar Investment Authority through a private placement transaction. The net proceeds will be used to further develop the company’s product offering, especially digital products, and to deploy existing products in more markets around the world. Read the whole story here.
Wealth management firm Capital Dynamics announced that the clean energy infrastructure business has acquired the remaining 69. 98% interest in Arlington Valley Solar Energy II, a 175 MW solar photovoltaic project in Arizona. The project was purchased with funds managed by subsidiaries of Apollo Global Management.
CEI earned a 30. 02% stake in AVSE II as part of the acquisition of three solar PV projects from LS Power in November. With the acquisition of Apollo Funds, Capital Dynamics now has a 100% interest in the project. The company’s solar PV portfolio includes Centinela Solar Energy, a 252 MW project in Imperial County, California; Arlington Valley Solar Energy II, a 175 MW project in Maricopa County, Arizona; and Dover Sun Park, an 11 MW project in Dover, Delaware.
Distributed energy resources such as solar and electric vehicles could play a bigger role in keeping lights on when forest fires threaten widespread blackouts in California. State Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, introduced legislation to encourage the state to schedule continuous power without relying on fossil fuel generation in the event of power outages caused by forest fires.
« Power outages during our ever-increasing fire seasons create huge costs in California and lead to a rush to purchase carbon-emitting emergency power generators to power critical facilities, » said Dodd. His law is known as Senate Bill 99, the Community Energy Resilience Act of 2021. In the event of an enactment, a grant program would be set up, partly administered by the California Energy Commission. Interested local governments could then plan alternative energy sources such as solar energy for critical systems.
Dodd represents a part of the state that was hit hard by forest fires this year. He said the proposal builds on the fact that more than a million California companies already have solar power and that electric vehicles are a significant contributor to the power grid.
The proposal was first introduced in February as Senate Act 1314, but actions have been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Supporters at the time included the Climate Center, the Microgrid Resources Coalition, the Center for Sustainable Energy, the Clean Coalition, Vote Solar, and the California Solar and Storage Association.
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