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Working toward a ‘net zero’ community

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Will the 21,500-home Newhall Ranch project be California’s greenest development?
Newhall Ranch project’s plan to curtail greenhouse gases:
On-site measures:

Installing roof-top solar panels and creating neighborhood grids so every home will have solar energy.
Designing energy-efficient homes and buildings to meet net-zero energy standards, with as much energy produced on-site as is consumed.
Installing 21,500 electric vehicle chargers in homes, one for every garage.
In addition, 2,000 more EV charging stations will be installed throughout the development.
Promoting public transit and car- and bike-sharing.
More than $21.5 million in subsidies for residents and bus providers to buy electric vehicles, electric school and city buses and electric bikes as part of a bike-share program.

Off-site measures:

Installing 2,000 additional electric vehicle charging stations throughout Los Angeles County, plus 1,000 more elsewhere in Southern California.
Partnering with Climate Resolve, a Los Angeles environmental group, to install solar systems and “cool roofs” on 100 to 200 homes in low-income areas of Los Angeles County. Energy-efficient retrofits also will be installed on public buildings, and public pools will get covers to reduce heating with natural gas.
Buying forest land in California and elsewhere to conserve it so it won’t be harvested for timber.
Investing in methane capture program on dairy farms in California.
Buying clean cook stoves for distribution to families in Africa who rely on open fires for cooking to reduce pollution and health hazards.

Source: Oc Register

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