Easy Charge Station

Lancaster Unveils ebee EV Chargers on Lancaster BLVD

EBEE Picture for Outlook
,

Lancaster Gets Charging Stations

“Lancaster has paired up with a German company to provide electric vehicle charging stations at the base of five streetlights in the downtown area.

The charging units made by Ebee Smart Technologies GmbH in Berlin have been installed throughout Europe.

A grant from the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District covers 80 percent of the cost of installation, operations and maintenance costs as well as five years of data collection. The balance is being picked up by private-sector sponsors, including Eluminocity in Munich, the company that makes the outer housing of the charging units. The cost, if any, to users was not specified.

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said the city was excited about the venture with Ebee.

“The city of Lancaster is at the forefront of alternative energy developments because of our commitment to progress through innovation and collaboration,” Parris said in a prepared statement.”

___________________________________________

Article written by Mark Madler from the San Fernando Business Journal

June 26, 2017

ebee group

City of Lancaster, CA Partners with ebee Smart Technologies to Launch BLVD Streetlight Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Today marks the launch of the City of Lancaster’s BLVD Streetlight Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging demonstration, a cutting-edge project which seamlessly integrates EV chargers into five streetlights along the City’s popular central downtown destination, The BLVD. These charging units are made by ebee Smart Technologies, whose innovative controller technology makes installing public and semi-public charging cheaper, faster, and more flexible by incorporating charging units into existing infrastructure, such as streetlights. Already a market leader in Europe, with approximately 10,000 controllers installed in EV charging units throughout the European Union (EU), ebee Smart Technologies holds a key to accelerating advanced clean transportation in California, as well as internationally.

“We bring knowledge from decades in the international automotive industry and have applied it to make installing state-of-the-art EV charging technology simpler and more cost-effective for cities and workplaces,” said ebee Smart Technology CEO Dr. Henning Heppner, who traveled from Berlin, Germany for the ceremony. “We’re excited to bring our solutions to North America and to partner with the City of Lancaster on realizing their vision for a more sustainable community.”

Lancaster’s BLVD Streetlight EV Charging demonstration project is a collaboration engaging local and regional government with private enterprise. A grant from the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) will cover 80% of the total project cost, which includes installation, operations and maintenance, as well as five years of data collection. The remaining 20% will be covered by private sponsors, which include ebee Smart Technologies’ partners, EasyCharge and eluminocity, the company which created the outer housing of the charging units.

The project host is the City of Lancaster, CA – a natural home for this zero emissions transportation infrastructure demonstration, given the City’s strong and far-reaching commitment to advancing clean energy solutions.

“The City of Lancaster’s sustainability platform thrives on integrating new technologies – that are not only leading the way for sustainable industry advancement, but also offering affordable options, such as these charging units which can be utilized by nearly any infrastructure base for the benefit of many. Our goal is to not only better our environment, but to increase the overall quality of life for our residents,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “I am continuously astonished by all of the wonderful ideas coming to fruition and making ‘greener’ living tangible for communities around the globe. There are no more excuses for not transitioning to clean energy resources.”

“As municipal leaders, we understand and embrace the value of public-private partnerships, both domestically and abroad,” concluded Mayor Parris. “The City of Lancaster is at the forefront of alternative energy developments because of our commitment to progress through innovation and collaboration. This is evidenced by our many successes with companies such as BYD and KB Home. We could not be more excited about this new venture with ebee Smart Technologies, and are looking forward to the ongoing deployment of EV charging stations throughout our City.”

Mayor R. Rex Parris Community Choice Energy Forum 2017

City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris Keynote Speaker at San Diego Community Choice Energy Forum 2017

Lancaster, CA. March 10, 2017 – City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris today delivered the keynote address at the San Diego Community Choice Energy Forum 2017, conveying the importance and impact of the City of Lancaster’s numerous sustainability and climate change initiatives. The event — which is hosted by the Climate Action Campaign, Renovate America, and the San Diego Energy District — was designed to provide government, business, and community leaders with a thorough understanding of community choice energy. The City of Lancaster has been leading the way with its new Lancaster Choice Energy utility, as well as a number of other unprecedented initiatives within the sustainability sphere. As such, Mayor Parris had much to share with the hundreds of attendees regarding both community choice energy and climate change.

 

“Community choice aggregation is all about taking back the power. It allows municipalities to have more influence on the future of their communities and more options for setting sustainable practices in place, while providing numerous benefits for their residents,” said Mayor Parris. “Pursuing community choice aggregation with our Lancaster Choice Energy utility has drastically advanced Lancaster’s sustainability efforts, as we continue to aggressively pursue our goal of soon becoming a Net Zero city.”

Launched in May 2015, Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE) is Lancaster’s locally-controlled electricity provider, created to offer residents and businesses within the City of Lancaster a viable alternative to traditional investor-owned utilities — while offering more affordable rates and higher renewable content. More information regarding LCE may be found at www.LancasterChoiceEnergy.com.

New sPower Solar Field
,

City of Lancaster and sPower Announce Completion of First 10MW Renewable Energy Project in Support of Lancaster Choice Energy

Lancaster, CA. December 16, 2016  – Marking yet another milestone in its journey toward Zero Net Energy status, today the City of Lancaster and sPower, an independent energy producer, announced that the Western Antelope Dry Ranch utility-scale solar power facility became operational at the beginning of this month. This new facility is now producing 10MW of renewable energy, which supports the City’s Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE) utility.

“The completion of sPower’s first renewable energy project specifically for LCE is a truly momentous milestone,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “sPower has been, and continues to be, an innovative partner in Lancaster’s efforts to become a Zero Net Energy City.”

In August of 2016, the City of Lancaster joined sPower to break ground on the Western Antelope Dry Ranch project. Over the past few months, a crew of approximately 80 workers installed more than 41,000 photovoltaic (PV) modules, placing them on special tracking mounts which allow the panels to capture energy more efficiently than stationary panels. Now that the facility is operational, it will provide enough renewable energy to power more than 1,800 homes in Lancaster, ensuring low energy costs for LCE customers while also advancing the City’s Zero Net Energy goals.

sPower has already invested $1.6 billion, providing direct and indirect economic benefits to the City of Lancaster and the surrounding area. The company has plans for continued investment and creation of high quality jobs to support the City in achieving its Zero Net Energy goals.

About Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE):
Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE) is the new, locally-controlled electricity provider, created to offer residents and businesses within the City of Lancaster a viable alternative to traditional investor-owned utilities, while offering more affordable rates and higher renewable content. Visit www.LancasterChoiceEnergy.com for more information.

About sPower:
About sPower: Headquartered in Salt Lake City, with offices in San Francisco, Long Beach and New York City, sPower is the largest private owner of utility-scale operating solar assets in the United States (more than 150 utility and commercial distributed electrical generation systems). To date, sPower has deployed more than $2 billion of capital for its solar and wind projects. With 7.0 gigawatts between operating, construction and pipeline, sPower is actively buying select utility-scale renewable assets in virtually any stage of development in the U.S. www.sPower.com.

Bike Giveaway 3
,

City of Lancaster Flips the Switch on the Holiday Season with Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Lancaster, CA. December 15, 2016 – Tuesday night, joined by special guest Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, the City of Lancaster hosted its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, complete with carolers and a visit from Santa Claus himself. For the second year, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies helped Santa deliver special gifts to a number of deserving boys and girls from throughout the community.

“Christmas is the perfect opportunity for the community to gather together in celebration of the true meaning of the season – the joy of giving,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “When we focus on ‘giving back’ to those around us, we create a spirit of true community. I encourage residents to ponder how they can give back – not just during the holidays, but throughout the entire year.”

During the ceremony, ten lucky children were surprised with the gift of a new bicycle, presented to them by Sheriff McDonnell, local deputies, and Santa Claus. These gifts represent just a small portion of a much larger bicycle giveaway taking place throughout the Lancaster community. This larger giveaway is being coordinated by the City of Lancaster, Antelope Valley Sheriff’s Boosters, Wal-Mart, and Grace Chapel, with hundreds of bicycles being donated to local children during this year’s holiday season.

Following the bicycle presentation, the children joined Santa and City officials to light the Christmas tree. Dedicated to the City of Lancaster on February 14, 1986, City Hall’s Christmas tree serves as a reminder of the community’s strength and unity.

“Christmas time is an opportunity to make every child feel special,” added Vice Marvin Mayor Crist. “We thank those who have partnered with us for the bicycle giveaway, not only for their role in spreading holiday cheer to children throughout the Antelope Valley, but the many ways they contribute to improving our community’s quality of life on an ongoing basis.”

Lancaster City Hall Address Sign

City of Lancaster Recognized as a Green Power Community by United States Environmental Protection Agency

Lancaster, CA. September 30, 2016 – Through the leadership of the Lancaster City Council, the City of Lancaster has been established as a municipal frontrunner in the alternative energy arena, both locally and abroad. The City’s ongoing achievements toward the goal of establishing a fully sustainable community environment have garnered its recent designation as the first Green Power Community in Southern California, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This distinguishes Lancaster as the leading municipality in the State of California focused on utilizing zero-emissions electricity.

“The City of Lancaster is working hard to give our residents and businesses easier access to renewable energy, as we strive to become a Zero Net Energy City,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “This recognition from the EPA reaffirms that we are on the right path, performing the right tasks, and pursuing the right vision as a community. We are proud to be forward-thinking, and a city of firsts, time and time again.”

Green Power Communities are areas which prioritize the use of “green” power in large quantities. Green power is zero-emissions electricity which is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, and low-impact hydro power. The EPA recognizes these communities’ efforts to provide a better quality of life to both their current and future residents through improved air quality, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and more sustainable practices. Lancaster is currently using more than 15 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of solar and wind energy annually — enough to power excess of 1,400 homes per year.

The City’s Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE) utility was instrumental in garnering Lancaster’s designation from the EPA. LCE Customers now realize significantly higher renewable energy content than what has been previously available. In addition, LCE offers a Clear Choice program that provides customers with 35% renewable energy. Customers may also “opt up” to the Smart Choice program, which uses 100% renewable energy. This offering, along with the City’s many other green initiatives, has propelled Lancaster into the forefront of alternative energy advocacy locally, regionally, and abroad.

Breaking Ground

City of Lancaster, sPower, and Lancaster Choice Energy Break Ground on First 10MW Local Renewable Energy Project to Support Lan

Lancaster, CA. August 11, 2016 – Today, the City of Lancaster and sPower, an independent energy producer, broke ground at sPower’s Western Antelope Dry Ranch facility located at 106th Street West and Avenue J. Once completed, this utility-scale solar power resource will serve up 10MWs of renewable energy to support Lancaster Choice Energy’s (LCE) Clear Choice and Smart Choice programs, marking just the beginning of what’s to come.

Last summer, Lancaster Choice Energy and sPower entered into a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Moving forward with this environmentally-conscious endeavor, the partners anticipate a commercial operations date in late 2016. Once operational, the facility will not only reduce energy costs for LCE customers, but also advance the City’s Zero Net Energy agenda.

“We continue to work hard to establish Lancaster as the alternative energy capital of the world. Thus, our partnership with sPower is yet another step in the right direction,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “We, as a City, look forward to seeing how this partnership will positively impact our citizens’ energy savings. We are proud to be taking the journey with sPower.”

The sPower Western Antelope Dry Ranch facility will dependably generate enough clean, renewable energy for more than 1,800 Lancaster homes. sPower will install roughly 41,000 photovoltaic (PV) modules mounted on a tracking system that follows the sun, thus allowing the panels to more efficiently capture energy. The company estimates a peak construction crew size of 75 to 80 employees for the Western Antelope Dry Ranch project.

In addition to the Western Antelope Dry Ranch facility, sPower has planned a number of projects in the surrounding area which will bring their renewable energy development total to 420MWs in the City of Lancaster. sPower continues to explore additional opportunities to assist the City with achieving its Zero Net Energy goals.

About Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE)

Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE) is the new, locally-controlled electricity provider, created to offer residents and businesses within the City of Lancaster a viable alternative to traditional investor-owned utilities, offering more affordable rates and higher renewable content. www.LancasterChoiceEnergy.com.

About sPower

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, with offices in San Francisco and New York City, sPower is a prominent independent power producer (IPP) that owns and/or operates more than 150 utility and commercial distributed electrical generation systems across the United States and the UK. With greater than 1.7 gigawatts between construction and pipeline, sPower is actively buying select renewable assets in virtually any stage of development in North America and the UK. sPower is a portfolio company of Fir Tree Partners, a leading global investment fund with more than 20 years of investing history and approximately $13 billion of capital under management.

Green E Energy Certified

Lancaster Choice Energy’s Smart Choice Option Certified by Center for Resource Solutions’ Green-e Energy Program

SAN FRANCISCO, CA July 21, 2016—Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced today that Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE)’s Smart Choice renewable power option is now certified by Green-e Energy – North America’s leading independent certification program for renewable energy. LCE’s Smart Choice program, powered by 100% wind power, offers LCE customers the ability to “opt-up” to 100% renewable energy.

Launched in May 2015, LCE is a municipal community choice aggregation program serving approximately 52,000 electric service customers within the City of Lancaster, located in the northern Los Angeles County region of California. Renewable power generation for Smart Choice is sourced from wind facilities in the Western region.

“Lancaster has long been a pioneer in promoting renewable energy and reducing its environmental impact,” said CRS Executive Director Jennifer Martin. “We are excited that Lancaster Choice Energy is offering Smart Choice as an option for its customers to use 100% Green-e certified clean energy in their homes and businesses.”

“We are truly honored to receive the Green-e Energy designation,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “We are proud to offer our residents and businesses 100% renewable energy through LCE’s Smart Choice option. Smart Choice is a key element of our City’s ongoing initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint, as we progress to our ultimate goal of becoming a Net Zero City.”

Green-e Energy is the leading renewable energy certification and verification program in North America. Administered by CRS, the program is the only one of its kind in the U.S., providing independent, third-party certification to ensure that certified renewable energy meets strict environmental and consumer-protection standards. In fact, during 2014 more than 836,000 total retail customers—including 50,000 businesses—purchased nearly 38 million megawatt‐hours of Green-e certified electricity; enough to supply nearly half of all residential electricity use in California for a year.

Providers of Green-e Energy certified renewable energy agree to abide by the Green-e Energy Code of Conduct, and meet strict disclosure and truth-in-advertising requirements. All participants in Green-e Energy undergo an annual third-party verification audit to document that the company purchased or generated enough quantity and type of renewable energy to meet customer demand and marketing claims.

Customers can visit www.lancasterchoiceenergy.com/lce-smart-choice.html to learn more about the Smart Choice renewable power option.

About Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE)

Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE) is a new, locally-controlled electricity provider, created to offer residents and businesses within the City of Lancaster, CA, a viable alternative to traditional investor-owned utilities; with affordable rates and higher renewable content. Visit www.LancasterChoiceEnergy.com for more information.

About Green-e and Center for Resource Solutions

A program of the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions, Green-e is North America’s leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. Green-e offers certification and verification services through Green-e Energy, a renewable energy certification program; Green-e Climate, a greenhouse gas emission reduction certification program; and Green-e Marketplace, a program that provides forward-thinking organizations a simple, nationally recognized logo they can use to communicate their renewable energy and climate commitment to their customers and stakeholders. To learn more about Green-e Certified products and programs available in all 50 states and Canada, visit www.green-e.org.

©2016 Center for Resource Solutions. For more information, visit www.resource-solutions.org or call 415-561-2100.