Carlos Echeverria and Sons (CE&S) Dairy Biogas Project, Kern County

Located outside Bakersfield, the Carlos Echeverria and Sons (CE&S) Dairy Biogas project will use anaerobic digester technology to produce energy, reduce GHG emissions, comply with environmental regulations and increase nutrient availability to crops. The project is funded through CDFA’s Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP), supported by Cap-and-Trade dollars and the California Energy Commission. 

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Cecchini Farm Agricultural Conservation Easement, Contra Costa County

The Cecchinis worked with a local land trust that was willing to purchase an easement on their property, and the land trust secured Cap-and-Trade dollars through the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Program to purchase the conservation easement and permanently protect the land. The easement holder, Central Valley Farmland Trust, extinguished development rights on the property while the landowners retained ownership of the land. 

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Clean Vehicle Rebate Program

Clean cars are a cool and growing trend in California. Each month, California moves closer towards its goal of five million ZEVs by 2030 – with more than 367,000 on the road as of February 2018. This trend is happening as more drivers, like Jimmy Chang, become aware of the benefits clean vehicles bring to the environment and to their pocketbooks, and learn about the programs available to make cleaner vehicles more to accessible to all Californians. 

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Command Packaging Recycled Plastic Manufacturing Upgrade Project, LA County

Move over Farm-to-Fork! There is a new sustainability movement emerging in California that is reducing waste, cutting GHG emissions, and providing access to new green jobs in communities across the State. You can see it on display at Command Packaging’s manufacturing facility south of downtown Los Angeles in Vernon. Think of it as “Ag-to-Bag.”

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Desert Fresh Irrigation and Filtration Project, Riverside County

With support from CDFA’s State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), the Desert Fresh project lowered irrigation water use by nearly 15 percent while producing the same yield using precision agriculture technology. The system also uses soil moisture sensing technology to identify when the crop needs water and know exactly how much to apply—taking the guesswork out of irrigation.

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Low-Income Weatherization Program, Single-Family Energy Efficiency & Solar PV, Vargas Family Project, Riverside County

For years, Irma Vargas’ family of four struggled to pay the high utility bills that come with living on the north shore of the Salton Sea in Mecca while still maintaining a comfortable and healthy home for their children. The family’s limited income made the $400 per month bill nearly impossible during the summer months when temperatures can exceed 110°F in their Riverside County community.

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Low-Income Weatherization Program, Multi-Family Energy Efficiency & Renewables, Casas de la Viña Project, Madera County

Dana Guzman is a resident of Casas de la Viña, a 56-unit affordable apartment rental community that serves low-income families and farmworkers. The mother of two boys, Dana moved to Casas de la Viña when she needed to find a new home after the death of her husband. Self-Help Enterprises was able to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and make energy efficiency improvements at Casas de la Viña with Cap-and-Trade dollars.

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Sierra Village Affordable Housing Project, Tulare County

As early as this summer, Sierra Village will offer 44 affordable homes with easy access to bike lanes and sidewalks in the rural community of Dinuba. This apartment rental community will not only bring an affordable housing option to hardworking low-income families, but it will also feature a vanpool program and other transportation improvements, solar and water conservation features — all of which are designed to reduce GHG emissions.

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Ten Mile River Watershed Easement Acquisition Project, Mendocino County

Over 23,000 acres of ecologically valuable forest and wildlife habitat will be protected using Cap-and-Trade dollars through a project selected by CAL FIRE’s Forest Health Program. When implemented, the Nature Conservancy’s (Conservancy) Reef to Ridge Coastal Forest Protection: Ten Mile River Watershed Easement Acquisition Project (Phase I) will protect the upper watershed of the Ten Mile River with a conservation easement. The easement will prohibit subdivision, retire development rights, expand protection of riparian forests and improve forest management practices.

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