The United States Department of Energy has announced that it will be offering the Abengoa Mojave Solar project outside Hinkley a conditional $1.2 billion federal loan. Once it is completed and fully operational, the 1,765-acre, 250 megawatt project will power up to 80,000 homes once it is completed. The project is designed to use parabolic solar trough technology, which tracks the sun and allows for storage.
Southern California Edison (SCE) is expanding its SmartConnect initiative by deploying smart electric meters in select Gateway and South Bay cities. Communities in the upcoming installation phase include Bell, Bell Gardens, Carson, Compton, City of Commerce, Cudahy, Gardena, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Maywood, Montebello, Paramount, South Gate, Torrance and a small cross-section of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Many of these communities serve lower income neighborhoods, which will stand to benefit from the potential cost savings.
PERI Software Solutions President & CEO Sarav Periasamy says smart grid technology is here to stay. “Smart grid technology is mainly used by utilities, and thanks to President Obama, it will be more affordable to municipalities and their customers,” Periasamy believes. “Research shows that 60 percent of the electricity generated in this country is lost to inefficiencies, and the fact that smart grid technology is green and does not cost more, customers will feel good about saving energy and the planet.”
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has expanded ECOtality’s EV Project to include Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. In addition, the project will also offer free home chargers to qualified new owners of Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended-range capability and an additional 1,000 Nissan LEAF zero-emission cars. The expansion of the EV Project is funded by a $30 million DOE grant extension which includes $15 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding which will be matched by private funds.
Sarav Periasamy, President and CEO of PERI Software Solutions Inc., predicts the next hot technology for business in Southern California will be smart grid. Periasamy told Business Life: “Smart Grid technology, mainly used by utilities, and thanks the Obama Administration will be more affordable to customers and consumers. Research show that 60 percent of the electricity generated in this country is lost to inefficiencies, and the fact that smart grid technology is green and does not cost more, customers will feel good about saving energy and the environment.”
Southern California Edison (SCE) will begin deploying smart electric meters throughout the South Bay communities of Los Angeles County. As part of Edison’s SmartConnect program, SCE customers in El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, San Pedro and Torrance will receive new meters beginning this week through the end of July.