Product News & Announcements

Tuesday 01/08/2019
Toyota and Kenworth Collaborate to Develop Zero Emission Trucks

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Kenworth Truck Company and Toyota Motor North America are collaborating to develop 10 zero-emission Kenworth T680s powered by Toyota hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrains. This collaboration is part of a $41 million Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities grant preliminarily awarded by the California Air Resources Board, with the Port of Los Angeles as the prime applicant. The grant monies are part of a larger $82 million program that will put fuel cell electric tractors, hydrogen fueling infrastructure, and zero emissions cargo handling equipment into operation in the ports and Los Angeles basin in 2020.

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First Commercial Near-Zero Trucks Deployed at Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Clean Energy Fuels Corp., announced it will supply Redeem renewable natural gas to intermodal trucking company Overseas Freight as part of an emissions reduction initiative in the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

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Boston Orders Nearly 200 Electric-Hybrid Systems for New Buses

ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- BAE Systems, a global provider of more than 10,000 electric-hybrid, battery-electric, and fuel-cell electric systems, announced that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has ordered 194 electric-hybrid buses using the BAE Systems Series-ER extended range propulsion system. As transit agencies continue to advance toward more electric systems to help them meet their environmental goals, the demand for BAE Systems’ reliable and efficient hybrid-electric systems continues to grow. Half of the 10,000 system deliveries were made in the past three years, demonstrating a rising trend for BAE Systems’ propulsion systems.

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Tuesday 12/18/2018
Community Energy Secures Approval for 70 MW Solar PPA with City of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Clean energy developer Community Energy, Inc., announced the approval of a 70 MW solar Power Purchase Agreement in Adams County, Pa., to power government facilities in Philadelphia.

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EDF Renewables Canada in Partnership with the Blood Tribe Secures Wind Project

CALGARY, Alberta -- EDF Renewables, Canada announced the signing of a 20-year Renewable Electricity Support Agreement with the Alberta Electricity System Operator for the renewable attributes related to the 201.6 MW Cypress Wind Project. The contract, secured through Round 2 of the Renewable Electricity Program’s competitive procurement process managed by the AESO on behalf of the Alberta Government, represents a partnership between EDF Renewables, Canada and the Blood Tribe.

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Tuesday 12/04/2018
Constellation and Enel Green Power Sign Energy Deal with Starbucks

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Constellation, an Exelon company, has signed a long-term agreement with Starbucks to power more than 340 company-operated Illinois stores with 100 percent renewable energy produced by Enel Green Power North America, Inc.'s HillTopper wind project in Logan County, Ill. The deal is made possible by a separate long-term agreement between Enel and Constellation under which Constellation will purchase a 14 MW portion of the energy generated by HillTopper.

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Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning Introduces New Indoor Climate Systems

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. -- Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning will introduce multiple new products at the AHR Expo in Atlanta in January 2019, including Hitachi Water Source Variable Refrigerant Flow heat pump and heat recovery cooling and heating systems. These compact systems:

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Tuesday 11/20/2018
Electricity Cooperatives to Modernize Grid with Itron OpenWay Riva IoT Solution

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -- Itron, Inc., which is innovating the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, has signed a contract with Conelectricas R.L. in partnership with iTECNA, Itron’s certified partner in Costa Rica. Conelectricas R.L. is a group comprised of four electricity cooperatives in Costa Rica, targeting operations improvement where they operate. The cooperatives will deploy Itron’s OpenWay Riva IoT solution, including nearly 250,000 smart meters, over the next five years.

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Eaton Supports Effort to Reduce Commercial Vehicle Emissions

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Over the past decade, power management company Eaton has worked closely with other industry leaders and regulatory agencies to ensure that emissions regulations are quantifiable and precise, and to establish one national standard that provides long-term regulatory stability and technology leadership for the industry.

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FedEx Acquires 1,000 Chanje Electric Vehicles

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- FedEx Corp., announced it is expanding its fleet to add 1,000 Chanje V8100 electric delivery vehicles. FedEx is purchasing 100 of the vehicles from Chanje Energy Inc and leasing 900 from Ryder System, Inc. The purpose-built electric vehicles will be operated by FedEx Express for commercial and residential pick-up and delivery services in the United States.

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Tuesday 11/06/2018
Champion Charter Bus Makes Its Way into Denver

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Champion Charter Bus has announced service expansion into Colorado, now providing transportation in Denver and the surrounding area. Champion Charter Bus has gradually expanded into different regions, stretching to the West Coast. The charter bus rental service has provided quality transportation logistics for groups throughout the Western United States and aims to offer the same level of service to Denver.

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Companies Announce Plans to Install 1,500 Smart Electric Chargers

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- EDF Energy is announcing a partnership with a leading green technology company, Nuvve, to install up to 1,500 Vehicle to Grid chargers in the UK.

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Tuesday 10/23/2018
Walmart, SunPower Announce 23-Megawatt Solar Agreement

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Walmart recently announced that it has reached an agreement with SunPower to have the commercial energy provider install solar systems at 19 stores and two distribution centers in Illinois.

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Contract Awarded to Operate Bus Services for Greensboro Transit Authority

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Keolis, a global provider of passenger transportation systems, has been awarded a $20 million-a-year contract to operate the Greensboro Transit Authority’s fixed-route bus and paratransit services. The fixed route service comprises 16 routes and five Higher Education Area Transit routes, delivering approximately 3.8 million passenger trips annually. GTA’s paratransit services provide an additional 250,000 trips per year.

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City Greening Parks and Recreation Fleet with New Electrified Vehicles

BOSTON, Mass. -- XL, a provider in connected vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, announced it is upfitting six hybrid electric Ford F-250 trucks and one hybrid electric Ford Transit passenger van for the city of Sacramento to improve their municipal fleet’s fuel efficiency, increase MPG and reduce CO2 emissions.

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Tuesday 10/09/2018
NEC Energy Solutions Announces DC-Coupled Energy Storage Solution for Solar

BOSTON, Mass. -- NEC Energy Solutions announced that they have introduced a DC-coupled energy storage solution for solar adding to their existing AC-coupled solution to leverage the rapidly expanding solar+storage market. NEC’s DC-coupled and AC-coupled solutions combined with the company’s proprietary AEROS controls system allow for seamless integration of new and retrofit PV systems. Both options for adding energy storage to solar are available on NEC’s GSS grid energy storage platform.

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City Signs Long-Term Power Purchase Agreement with NTE Energy

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The city of Camden, S.C., is the latest municipality to approve a long-term power purchase agreement with NTE Energy, company officials announced.

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First Blue Bird Electric School Buses Delivered in North America

FORT VALLEY, Ga. -- Blue Bird just delivered the first electric-powered school buses to customers in California and Ontario, just in time for the new school year. Seven Type-D All American Rear Engine Electric school buses and one Type A Micro Bird G5 Electric school bus will be in operation this year.

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Tuesday 09/25/2018
FHWA Task Order Awarded for Transportation Systems Architecture Program

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Iteris, Inc., a provider of applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, announced that it has been awarded a $4.7 million task order under its indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the Federal Highway Administration to provide continued development, evolution and deployment support for the intelligent transportation systems reference architecture program.

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TomTom Teams-Up with DKV to Help Truckers Save Fuel

HANNOVER, Germany -- TomTom recently announced that it has teamed-up with DKV, a provider of cash-free fuel services, to help truckers to drive more efficiently by minimizing their fuel consumption.

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Siemens Launches Tool to Help Cities Map Electric Transportation Needs

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Siemens is launching the eMobility calculator, a tool that will estimate the infrastructure requirements and potential impacts of electric transportation in cities over the next 30 years. As more cities look to electrify transportation to cut carbon footprints, reduce congestion and create new economic opportunities, they face the equally important need to support these new systems with robust infrastructure across vehicle charging, power grids and the roads themselves. This tool will give cities of any size a clear map of what type of infrastructure improvements will be required in order to electrify private cars, public buses, and other fleets, including estimates on the number of electric vehicles chargers needed and on parking and land use.

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Tuesday 08/28/2018
Partnership to Build Next-Gen Renewable Diesel Fuel Plants

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Ryze Renewables announced that construction is underway for two renewable diesel production facilities in Nevada. Once operational, these plants will manufacture high-cetane renewable diesel fuel from agricultural oils and animal fats, using a patented hydrogenation technology that is more efficient than current conversion processes.

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Kings Mountain Energy Center Begins Operations

KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. -- Cleveland County officially became home to one of the cleanest and most efficient power plants in the nation, as NTE Energy’s Kings Mountain Energy Center formally began operations.

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Wells Fargo Commits Funds to Establish Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund

DENVER, Colo. -- Wells Fargo recently announced a philanthropic commitment of $5 million over three years to support solar projects in tribal communities across the U.S.

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Iteris to Provide Information System for Virginia DOT

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Iteris, Inc., a provider of applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, announced that it has been awarded four new task orders with a total value of $3.3 million as part of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s transportation video and data distribution project, continuing its support of the state’s 511 traveler information system.

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Tuesday 08/14/2018
Mandalay Bay Unleashes GE Digital Lighting Controls to Maximize Efficiency

BOSTON, Mass. -- MGM Resorts International has implemented an innovative wireless control network at its Mandalay Bay Convention Center to digitize more than 1,600 light fixtures covering approximately 1 million sq. ft. of floor space across six exhibit halls. Current powered by GE, installed its Daintree wireless controls network to reduce the amount of supplemental lighting required for major trade shows while gaining exhibitor-specific control capabilities in Mandalay Bay’s giant convention center, the second-largest in Las Vegas. Daintree, which combines Intel technology with web-based software to automate energy management, building control and system configuration from any location, was recently designated as an Intel Market Ready Solution.

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Envoy Technologies Inks New Deployment Partnerships Across California

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Envoy Technologies, a provider of shared, all-electric mobility as an amenity, announced its work with seven new real estate and technology partners, capping a period of substantial growth over 14 months. Since its founding in April 2017, Envoy has grown from just two electric vehicles deployed at partner sites to more than 30, with a confirmed pipeline of hundreds more vehicles and thousands of charging stations in forward-thinking markets across the United States.

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Quebec Orders Nearly 500 More Electric-Hybrid Systems

ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- BAE Systems, a provider of more than 9,000 electric-hybrid, battery-electric, and fuel-cell electric systems, announced that the Association du Transport Urbain du Quebec ordered 497 electric-hybrid buses using the BAE Systems Series-E electric drive propulsion system. The five-year contract includes an option for up to 1,028 additional systems.

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Tuesday 07/31/2018
Construction Begins on FPL's Four Newest Solar Power Plants

JUNO BEACH, Fla. -- Florida Power & Light Company announced the start of construction of its four newest solar power plants, continuing to build on the success of its affordable clean energy strategy that has helped Florida become a leader in clean energy while keeping customer bills among the lowest in America.

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Standard Solar Completes 9.8 MW Solar Farm Project in New Mexico

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Standard Solar, Inc., a solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of solar electric systems nationwide, recently celebrated the completion of a 9.8 MW solar project for city of Gallup, N.M. Standard Solar provided financing for the 28,896 panel single-axis tracker array. The solar farm is expected to generate more than 20 million kWh of power annually saving the city approximately $785,000 and providing nearly 10 percent of the city’s energy use.

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Monday 07/30/2018
$26 Million Paratransit Bus Contract from New York City Transit Awarded

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. -- REV Group, a manufacturer of industry-leading specialty vehicle brands and a leading provider of aftermarket parts and services, has announced that its Collins Bus Corporation subsidiary has been awarded a $26 million contract from the New York City Transit to provide 400 paratransit buses.

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Tuesday 07/17/2018
Facedrive Launches Toronto’s New Eco-Clean Ride-Sharing Platform

TORONTO -- Facedrive recently launched Canada’s first environmentally-conscious ridesharing platform in Toronto. Facedrive’s official introduction grants drivers a higher percentage of trip rates, and riders, an alternative way to commute, prioritizes safety and offsets carbon emissions through joint green initiatives with Toronto Trees and Parks Organization. Facedrive calculates CO2 emissions on each ride and allocates equivalent monetary value towards planting trees.

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Companies Pair Up to Deliver Smart Ticketing Across Network

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & GLASGOW, Scotland -- Rambus Inc., announced the implementation of its smart ticketing software, including a Host Operator or Processing System, Card Management System and mobile app by West Midlands Trains Ltd, operated by Abellio and its Japanese partners JR East and Mitsui. Rambus is working with West Midlands Trains to support the rollout of smart ticketing back-office systems across its rail network. This new deployment will help deliver a modern smart travel experience for passengers.

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PG&E Launches Sustainability Goal to Reduce 1 Million Tons of Emissions

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.-- Building on ongoing sustainability efforts, Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced a new goal to reduce 1 million tons of greenhouse-gas emissions from company operations through 2022. The goal advances PG&E’s progress toward meeting the challenge of climate change and creating a sustainable energy future.

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Monday 07/02/2018
Itron Launches Intelligent Gas Meter

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -- Itron, Inc., which is innovating the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, announced the launch of the Itron Intelis gas meter. The new meter transforms the gas distribution network from the one-way gas delivery mechanism that has been a standard for decades to an interactive energy network delivering gas more safely and efficiently. Featuring embedded intelligence, the meter is designed to increase safety for utility personnel, end customers and communities by enabling safety shutoff at all service points in a timely manner, among other features.

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Southern California Edison Proposes Program to Expand EV Infrastructure

ROSEMEAD, Calif. -- Two years ago, Southern California Edison launched Charge Ready, a pilot program to increase the availability of charging for passenger electric vehicles.

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Tuesday 06/19/2018
SunDirected to Install Local Solar Carport System

SPRING MILLS, Pa. -- SunDirected, a SunPower Commercial Dealer located in State College, Pa., has been selected to complete the installation of a 581 kW high efficiency solar power system at Burkholder’s Country Market in Spring Mills. The installation will span three solar carports and is projected to produce more than 700,000 kWh of electricity for the local grocery store in its first year of operation.

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Partnership to Expand Transportation Options for Patients

BOSTON, Mass. -- Partners HealthCare has entered into an agreement with Circulation to coordinate medical transportation logistics through Circulation’s on-demand ride ordering exchange. The agreement, which utilizes ride sharing technology and partners like Lyft to transport patients, aligns with the work Partners is doing to enhance care continuity and mitigate the social determinants that directly impact patient health. The relationship also allows for expansion to serve Partners employees in addition to patient travel.

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Ford Acquires Michigan Central Station as Centerpiece of New Campus

DETROIT, Mich. -- Ford’s Highland Park plant helped create America’s middle class. At Willow Run, Ford workers built the planes and tanks that helped win World War II, setting the stage for American prosperity. Generations of families have worked at the 100-year-old Rouge factory, putting the world on wheels and helping grow the middle class.

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Tuesday 06/05/2018
Miovision Unveils the World’s Smartest Intersection in Detroit

DETROIT, Mich. -- Miovision, a provider of smart intersection technology, recently unveiled the World’s Smartest Intersection in the city of Detroit. The World’s Smartest Intersection, a system of sensors, video-based detection, connected traffic signals and remote monitoring capabilities, is composed of five intersections along a busy corridor, in the heart of Detroit. With a focus on safety, the World’s Smartest Intersection generates data that pinpoints areas where traffic-related fatalities and injuries can be reduced. Cities can use this type of data to advance their Vision Zero goals to eliminate deaths and serious injuries involving road traffic.

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Partners Announce Largest Solar Project Ever on Tribal Land

SAN FRANCISCO & LAS VEGAS -- 8minutenergy Renewables, LLC, the largest independent solar and storage developer in the U.S., and NV Energy announced that 8minutenergy has been chosen by NV Energy to develop the 300 MW Eagle Shadow Mountain Solar Farm in Clark County, Nev. The project will be built on the Moapa River Indian Reservation about 30 miles north of Las Vegas, and will be the largest solar installation to date built on tribal land. Eagle Shadow Mountain will also be the largest solar PV project ever built for NV Energy, as part of its latest tranche of renewable projects totaling over 1 GW.

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Solar Farm on Capped Landfill Completed

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. & BETHEL, Conn. -- Ameresco, Inc., an energy efficiency and renewable energy company and the town of Bethel, Conn., are hosting a ribbon-cutting today at the town’s capped landfill to celebrate the completion of the solar photovoltaic facility. The town partnered with Ameresco to develop the solar PV project under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement. Ameresco will operate and maintain the system for the term of the contract to ensure optimal energy production.

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Pittsburgh to Launch Shared Electric Scooters

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Residents, workers, students and tourists in Pittsburgh will soon be able to experience the city like never before. Starting in June, on-demand mobility service Scoobi will introduce Pittsburgh’s first dockless electric scooter fleet, offering a new transportation option to the city’s 300,000-plus residents and visitors.

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Tuesday 05/22/2018
Reliant Bank Partners with Hytch to Offer Rewards for Ridesharing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Reliant Bank is paying incentives to motivate commuters to share rides in an eight-county area of Middle Tennessee and in Chattanooga’s Hamilton County. To help relieve traffic congestion and ease commutes, Reliant is partnering with Nashville-based Hytch Rewards, a free smartphone app that validates and rewards ridesharing behavior through synchronized GPS technology.

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Ultra Clean Near-Zero RNG Trucks Deployed

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Six trucking firms operating in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are deploying trucks powered by Cummins Westport near-zero ISX12N engines, and fueled with Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s Redeem brand renewable natural gas in an effort to reduce emissions and improve air quality in the ports and surrounding communities.

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Civil Maps’ Migration to Arm Drives Autonomous Vehicle Development

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Civil Maps, a pioneer in edge-based HD mapping and localization for autonomous vehicles, announced that the company has ported its vehicular cognition stack to run on the Arm family of processors. Arm is the world's leading licensor of automotive-grade system-on-chips and system-on-modules, with more than 1,000 technology partners. The move by Civil Maps marks a disruptive paradigm shift in which self-driving car developers can leverage an Arm SoC with Civil Maps embedded software for enabling vehicles to navigate safely and localize on the road. Currently, no other competing solutions, which commonly rely on x86 and/or GPU-based architectures, offer developers a path to production-scale vehicle autonomy.

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Tuesday 05/08/2018
GSB Products Maintain Pavement for 39 Years and Counting

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Asphalt Systems Inc. (ASI), based in Salt Lake City, Utah, has evidence that if used properly and at recommended intervals, its GSB products can maintain asphalt pavement for decades in the same surface condition it was in upon first application.

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Sunday 05/06/2018
Standard Solar Launches Commercial Solar Financing eBook

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Designed to help businesses, organizations, municipalities, educational institutions and others navigate the often complicated solar financing landscape, Standard Solar, Inc. released a free eBook, Commercial Solar Financing – The Definitive Guide.

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Willdan Selected for County School District Energy Performance Contract

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Willdan Group, Inc., announced that Pueblo County School District 70, a school district in Colorado, has selected Willdan for a $14 million performance contract for energy-efficient facility improvements. Willdan will leverage energy savings from energy-efficiency projects to fund capital improvements.

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Blink Charging and Bay Area McDonald's Upgrade 41 Charging Stations

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- The San Francisco Bay Area will now have access to 41 enhanced industry-leading electric vehicle charging stations owned, operated and provided by Blink Charging Co., at 16 area McDonald’s restaurants. These stations are just an additional example of Bay Area McDonald’s commitment to sustainability. In January, McDonald’s announced new packaging and recycling goals, and in March, McDonald’s became the first restaurant company to set an approved science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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