The Environmental Safety Company (EPA) has awarded $1.5 million to East Bay Neighborhood Power (EBCE) and the cities of Richmond and Vallejo to establish and put together contaminated properties referred to as “brownfields” for redevelopment.
EBCE, a not-for-profit supplier of renewable power, will use its $300,000 share of the grant to finish environmental assessments of brownfields in Alameda County and town of Tracy, in San Joaquin County, with the aim of creating electrical automobile (EV) charging hubs.
EBCE stated the charging hubs, which would come with solar-energy arrays and battery storage, may additionally present electrical energy throughout blackouts.
Created by Alameda County and several other municipalities in 2018, the company presently serves Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, Tracy, Union Metropolis, and unincorporated areas of the county.
Vallejo obtained $600,000 to fund redevelopment efforts on Mare Island and alongside town’s downtown waterfront. Richmond will use its $600,000 share of the grant to repurpose brownfields near transit in central and northern elements of town for reasonably priced and workforce housing.