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newsrel -- California's cap-and-trade money brings clean buses and solar charging to San Joaquin Valley communities

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 12:09:47
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board:



June 1, 2017



Karen Caesar
(916) 799-7151

California’s cap-and-trade money brings clean buses and solar
charging to San Joaquin Valley communities

$9.5 million from California Climate Investments will support
purchase of 10 all-electric buses and solar charging stations 

PORTERVILLE- On Friday, June 2, the State of California and the
south San Joaquin Valley city of Porterville will celebrate the
award of $9.5 million that will bring 10 zero-emission
battery-electric buses and supportive infrastructure to serve
disadvantaged communities in the region.  In addition to the
buses, the project will include installation of charging stations
and solar panels.  Funding is from the California Climate
Investments (CCI), the state’s climate change-fighting,
cap-and-trade program.

The special event, which will include presentation of a giant
check, will take place on Friday, June 2 at 11 a.m. at the
Porterville Airport, 1700 Hope Avenue in Porterville.  Also on
the schedule is a groundbreaking ceremony for GreenPower’s
planned manufacturing facility, which will bring much needed jobs
and on-site job training opportunities to the area.

“Thanks to proceeds from the cap-and-trade program, California is
on a roll to put zero emission cars, trucks and buses in the
communities that need them the most,” said CARB Chair Mary
Nichols.  “And the City of Porterville is a dynamic leader in the
Central Valley, taking the first step to a fully zero-emission
transit fleet over the next decade.”

”This  exciting project in Porterville delivers fully on the
promise of California’s efforts to fight climate change,” said
CARB board member Alex Sherriffs M.D., who also serves on the
board of the San Joaquin Valley Air Quality Management District. 
“It clears the air with zero-emission buses in a community that
faces serious air quality issues. It supports the deployment of
breakthrough clean technology that cuts carbon pollution.  And it
provides employment-- and perhaps most importantly --  on-site
job training  for the young people in this and other San Joaquin
Valley communities who have all too often been left out of the
clean tech boom in California.”  

Manufactured by GreenPower Motor Company and expected to arrive
by early 2018, the ten new GreenPower EV350 40-foot zero-emission
all-electric transit buses and the charging infrastructure will
service all nine of the Porterville Transit routes in the
disadvantaged communities of Porterville, East Porterville,
Strathmore and the Tule River Indian Reservation, all heavily
affected by air pollution.  GreenPower will build a manufacturing
facility for all-electric buses and batteries, expected to open
in 2018. Southern California Edison will support the installation
of infrastructure and provide special rates for high-voltage bus

“With sincere gratitude for the support of the California Air
Resources Board and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control
District, and in partnership with GreenPower, the City of
Porterville is excited at the unique opportunity for fleet-wide
implementation of the latest in electric transit technology in
service to our community,” said Milt Stowe, Mayor of Porterville.
 “We are thrilled by the commitment by GreenPower Motor Company
to establish its manufacturing facility in Porterville and the
hundreds of local jobs it will generate, in addition to the
economic and technological benefit to the greater San Joaquin

“We are excited to be working with the City of Porterville on a
system-wide deployment of our all-electric transit buses and
charging infrastructure,” said Fraser Atkinson, Chairman of
GreenPower.  “The Porterville project will serve as a model for
other operators in the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control
District and across North America who are seeking to deploy not
just a zero-emission vehicle, but a zero-emission solution.”

The $9.5 million award to the City of Porterville was one of only
nine awards from the highly competitive Zero-Emission Truck and
Bus Pilot Project solicitation. In addition to the grant amount,
the project partners – GreenPower, San Joaquin Valley Air Quality
Management District, and Southern California Edison -- will
contribute more than $7 million in a combination of cash and
in-kind matching funds.
The award is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide
program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work
reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and
improving public health and the environment — particularly in
disadvantaged communities. The cap-and-trade program also creates
a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean
technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution.
California Climate Investments projects include affordable
housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission
vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable
agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of
these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income
communities. For more information, visit

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