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SolarCity and Honda Announce $50 Million Commitment to Provide Solar Power to Honda and Acura Customers and Dealerships

Today, at the SXSW Eco conference in Austin, TX, SolarCity® (Nasdaq: SCTY) and Honda have renewed their partnership with a new fund expected to finance $50 million in solar projects. The new commitment will make solar power more affordable and available to Honda and Acura customers and dealerships in the U.S. The companies have completed or initiated a range of solar projects for homeowners, dealerships and corporate facilities that total more than 12.5 MW of solar generation capacity. The two companies have already brought enough solar capacity online to offset more than 400 million pounds of CO2 over a 30-year lifecyclei. The $50 million fund is a follow-up to a $65 million fund the companies created in 2013.

The partnership, which is aimed at addressing air pollution and global climate change by reducing CO2 emissions and particulate emissions from home, business and transportation energy use, covers the cost of solar equipment and installation and makes it possible for many homeowners to pay less for solar electricity than they pay for electricity from utilities, with insurance, repairs and monitoring service included.ii

Envisioning a future in which personal mobility products will be powered in large part by renewable energy, the two companies have begun implementing co-marketing programs that specifically encourage owners of either solar powered homes or plug-in electric vehicles to adopt the complementary product. The companies have also collaborated on advanced projects that demonstrate the full potential of distributed renewables combined with plug-in electric vehicles, including Honda Smart Home US. SolarCity installed the high-efficiency and cost-effective solar system used in this project.

SolarCity has developed a proprietary system that has greatly simplified the process by which homeowners can go solar. From an initial phone call or Web consultation, SolarCity can quickly assess whether a homeowner is a good candidate for solar, and can design a custom solar system to meet a customer’s specific energy needs. Honda and Acura customers and dealers interested in solar can find more information at www.hondasolarcity.com.

Executive Quotes
“The first phase of this partnership has proven that Honda drivers have a high affinity for solar power, while owners of solar-powered homes have a high affinity for Honda products,” said Steven Center, Vice President of the Environmental Business Development Office of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “As we look toward a future in which renewable energy will be an increasingly pervasive fuel source for personal mobility products, we are excited about capitalizing on the technological, environmental and market opportunities available through partnerships of this nature.”

“Our partnership with Honda is creating local jobs and helping to address air pollution, water pollution and climate change,” said SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive. “Honda’s commitment is making a difference for the economy and the environment.”

About Honda
Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns through a diverse lineup of products and technologies, including more fuel-efficient gasoline engines, natural gas, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

Today, Honda is targeting a 30-percent reduction in CO2 emissions from its U.S. automobile product lineup by 2020, compared to 2000 levels. In pursuit of its vision for a zero-carbon future, the company is advancing electromotive technologies in many forms, and will introduce an advanced new fuel cell electric car in 2015.

In keeping with its commitment to produce vehicles with the lowest CO2 emissions at plants with the smallest environmental footprint, the company is broadly addressing emissions, energy, water use and waste in all phases of its products life cycles. In the manufacturing realm, this includes a 95 percent reduction in waste sent to landfills in North America. Honda is working to extend its “green factory” and “green purchasing” initiatives to its more than 650 parts suppliers in North America and is also pursuing more environmentally responsible business practices among its U.S. dealers through the company’s “Green Dealer” program.

Honda is also demonstrating its vision for zero-carbon mobility and living with the creation of the Honda Smart Home US, in Davis, California, which was opened in early 2014 and is capable of producing more energy on-site from renewable sources than it consumes annually, including enough energy to power a Honda Fit EV for daily commuting.

About SolarCity
SolarCity® (NASDAQ: SCTY) provides clean energy. The company has disrupted the century-old energy industry by providing renewable electricity directly to homeowners, businesses and government organizations for less than they spend on utility bills. SolarCity gives customers control of their energy costs to protect them from rising rates. The company makes clean energy easy by taking care of everything from design and permitting to monitoring and maintenance. SolarCity currently serves 15 states and signs a new customer every minute of the workday. Visit the company online atwww.solarcity.com and follow the company on Facebook Twitter.

Wind Turbines Outperforming Expectations at Honda Transmission Plant

Two turbines have exceeded power projections in first six months of operation

Just six months after the landmark installation of two power-producing wind turbines at Honda Transmission Mfg. of America, Inc., the turbines are producing more renewable, low emissions electrical power than was anticipated when the towers went into operation in January.

The wind turbines have exceeded the projected power output figures by 6.3 percent, and have contributed toward reducing the CO2 emissions of power production, helping Honda reach its voluntary goals to reduce the environmental impact of its products and manufacturing operations by 2020.  This includes a 30 percent reduction in CO2 emissions from Honda products, and significant CO2 reductions from the company’s plants and other operations, compared with year 2000 levels.

The two turbines, standing 260 feet tall with 160-foot blades, were initially projected to produce upwards of 10,000 megawatt hours (MWH) of electricity per year, accounting for approximately 10 percent of the plant’s annual power needs. The turbines have outperformed company projections in four of the six months since operation began. At their highest output, the turbines provided 16.26 percent of the plant’s power requirements for the month of April.

“We are extremely pleased with the performance of the wind turbines’ production over their first six months,” said Gary Hand, Vice President of Honda Transmission Mfg. of America.  “The turbines’ operation has exceeded the projections established during the project development.”

The installation of the turbines makes the Russells Point, Ohio plant the first major automotive facility in the United States to receive a substantial amount of its power from on-site wind turbines. The project was developed and installed by Juhl Energy (OTCQB: JUHL) from Pipestone, Minnesota. The two turbines are owned by ConEdison Solutions.

“We are pleased to observe the performance of the two on-site wind turbines are achieving results over and above what Honda had anticipated. From the outset, we were confident that the site location selected would allow the GE turbines to produce a significant amount of the facility’s’ energy requirements,” stated Tyler Juhl, Vice President of Operations for Juhl Energy.”

“ConEdison Solutions takes tremendous pride in our commitment to customers, and we are proud to be helping Honda implement its innovative energy program at Russells Point,” said Michael W. Gibson, Vice President of Energy Services at ConEdison Solutions. “With this initiative, Honda has set an excellent example for the American manufacturing sector, and we are gratified that they have been pleased with its success.”

To achieve their new environmental targets, Honda is accelerating its efforts to advance the environmental performance of its products, and its operations throughout North America.  The wind turbine project is among a number of other initiatives at Honda plants to reduce energy use and waste from manufacturing operations.

Honda Environmental Leadership
Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns through a diverse lineup of products and technologies, including more fuel-efficient gasoline engines, natural gas, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

Today, Honda is targeting a 30-percent reduction in CO2 emissions from its U.S. automobile product lineup by 2020, compared to 2000 levels. In pursuit of its vision for a zero-carbon future, the company is advancing electromotive technologies in many forms, and will introduce an advanced new fuel cell car in 2015.

In keeping with its commitment to produce vehicles with the lowest CO2 emissions at plants with the smallest environmental footprint, the company is broadly addressing emissions, energy, water use and waste in all phases of its products life cycles.  In the manufacturing realm, this includes a 95 percent reduction in waste sent to landfills in North America.  Honda is working to extend its “green factory” and “green purchasing” initiatives to its more than 650 parts suppliers in North America and is also pursuing more environmentally responsible business practices among its U.S. dealers.

Honda is also demonstrating its vision for zero-carbon mobility and living with the creation of the Honda Smart Home US, in Davis, California, which was opened in early 2014 and is designed to operate with half the energy use and CO2 emissions of a typical home in that region.

About Honda
Honda (NYSE: HMC) established operations in America in 1959 and now employs more than 39,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with total capital investment in North America exceeding $22 billion.

Based on its longstanding commitment to “build products close to the customer,” Honda operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, and the HondaJet advanced light jet.

Eight Honda auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. In 2013, more than 94 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America. Those plants today manufacture 11 different models, including four passenger cars and seven light trucks using domestic and globally sourced parts.  A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, is under construction in Marysville, Ohio, and next year will become the exclusive global production location for the next generation Acura NSX supercar.

Honda also operates 16 major research and development centers in the U.S. with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.

About Juhl Energy, Inc.
Juhl Energy is an established leader in the renewable energy industry with a focus on competitive, clean energy solutions and community-based wind power development, ownership and management throughout the United States and Canada. Juhl Energy pioneered community-based wind farms, developing the currently accepted financial, operational and legal structure providing local ownership of medium-to-large scale wind farms in rural America. To date, the Company has completed 23 wind farm projects totaling 240 MW and provides operations management and oversight across the portfolio. Juhl Energy services every aspect of wind farm development from full development and ownership, general consultation, construction management and system operations and maintenance. Juhl Energy also provides a broad range of clean energy solutions.

Juhl Energy operates three primary business segments: renewable energy development, renewable power plant ownership, and energy and field services. Through its Juhl Energy Development Inc. (JEDI) subsidiary, the Company provides medium and large-scale wind, solar, and cogeneration energy development services. The Company holds ownership interests in five wind farm projects comprising approximately 25 MWs of wind power in Minnesota and Iowa, primarily through its subsidiary, Juhl Renewable Assets, Inc. Through its wind farm operations subsidiary, Juhl Energy Services, Inc. (JESI), the Company performs maintenance and management services to over 100 MW of operating wind farms. The acquisition of Power Engineers Collaborative enables the Company to provide a full range of engineering services to the utility industry and for central plant energy systems. The Company also provides full sales and service to smaller, on-site wind and solar projects through its Juhl Renewable Energy Systems division. Juhl leverages the Company’s deep experience with wind towers to also provide cell and radio tower services through its Juhl Tower Services division. Juhl Energy is based in Pipestone, Minnesota and has offices in Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison and Milwaukee. Juhl Energy is traded on the OTCQB under the symbol ‘JUHL’. Additional information is available at the Company’s website at www.juhlenergy.com or by calling (507) 562-8090.

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About ConEdison Solutions
ConEdison Solutions is a leading energy services company that provides competitive electricity and natural gas supply, renewable energy, sustainability services, cost-effective energy efficiency solutions, and energy performance contracting.  The company serves commercial, industrial, residential and government customers, including universities, public school districts, and hospitals nationwide. Offering innovative products, financial stability, and a commitment to customer service, the company is based in Valhalla, New York, with offices in Burlington, Massachusetts; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Chicago, Illinois; Falls Church, Virginia; Houston, Texas; Duncanville, Texas: Tampa, Florida; Overland Park, Kansas, Nashville, Tennessee; and Bloomington, Minnesota. The firm’s dedicated team of energy professionals delivers a broad range of energy solutions. ConEdison Solutions offers programs and services designed to help customers achieve their individual energy objectives and is accredited as an Energy Services Provider (ESP) by the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO).

ConEdisonSolutions is a subsidiary and registered trademark of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED). More information can be obtained by calling 1-888-210-8899 or visiting the ConEdison Solutions website at www.conedsolutions.com. You can also visit the Consolidated Edison, Inc. website at http://investor.conedison.com for information on all of the Consolidated Edison companies.

Honda’s Award-Winning Environmental Short Film Series Takes Home Two 2014 Telly Trophies

Both short films are less than 3 minutes long and linked near the bottom of the article; we definitely recommend you take 5 minutes to watch them both and be prepared to be impressed by the ingenuity and innovation of Honda employees as they work hard to protect our environment.

Honda’s Environmental Short Film Series has received national recognition for the second consecutive year. “Never Ending Race,” a film that captures Honda’s pioneering efforts to dramatically reduce vehicle emissions over four decades, has received 2014 Telly Awards in two online video categories: Green/Eco-Friendly and Social Responsibility. The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding video and film productions. With nearly 12,000 entries from five continents, this year’s competition was one of the most sought-after in history.

Honda’s Environmental Short Film Series highlights remarkable initiatives – dreamed up and developed by Honda associates – that fulfill the company’s vision for reducing its environmental impact and creating a sustainable future. “Never Ending Race,” the third film in the series, tells the story of Honda’s industry-leading efforts to reduce vehicle emissions, and how its technology leadership led to more stringent exhaust emissions standards. Today, as a result, smog-forming emissions from new vehicles are one one-thousandth of 1970 levels.1 The video has garnered more than 130,000 views online since its release.

“Our greatest challenge in creating “Never Ending Race” was to successfully capture in just four minutes a story that unfolded over four decades,” said Marcos Frommer of Honda North America, Inc., one of the producers of the film series. “In accepting this award, Honda thanks its associates – past and present – who have worked to reduce vehicle tailpipe emissions with the same competitive spirit and vigor that defines our racing spirit.”

The Honda Environmental Short Film Series, featured on Honda’s YouTube Channel, was launched in August 2012 with the film, “Paint by Numbers,” which told the story of Honda engineer Shubho Bhattacharya who, inspired by his belief that global climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing mankind today, developed technology to reduce energy use in the auto body-painting process at Honda manufacturing plants in North America. The second film, “Every Drop Counts,” released in October 2012, tells the story of how a retired plant engineer’s sketch inspires a team of associates to generate clean, renewable energy using a simple but ingenious device. “Paint by Numbers” was awarded two 2013 Telly Awards.

Honda’s Blue Skies for Our Children: Rallying Cry Still Rings True

A special message Honda Vice President Ben Knight

Honda has adopted a global environmental slogan — Blue Skies for Our Children — to inspire our company to achieve new targets we have established to reduce CO2 emissions from our products and the operations that produce them. These words arouse strong emotions in Honda engineers, and take me back to a time four decades ago when the same phrase served as the rallying cry for Honda’s first effort to tackle a challenging environmental issue.

I joined Honda as a young engineer in 1976. What attracted me, as with so many Honda customers and fans, was a brand that showed a can-do spirit in creating something the rest of the auto industry argued couldn’t be done – a vehicle with cleaner emissions and high fuel economy that was also fun to drive.

This vehicle was the Honda Civic – and it had something else that was truly revolutionary — CVCC engine technology, for Compound Vortex Combustion Controlled. That’s a mouthful of complex engineering, but what CVCC helped create is simpler — a lean burn engine that made Civic the first car to meet the stringent tailpipe emissions standards of the U.S. Clean Air Act without the need for after treatment of the exhaust. The Civic CVCC was also #1 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) very first list of the most fuel efficient vehicles in America.

Based on his own belief in the importance of advancing mobility to address the issue of environmental sustainability, Honda founder Soichiro Honda pulled our company out of Formula One racing in 1969 in order to devote Honda’s full engineering resources to developing advanced environmental technologies. He then challenged Honda engineers to create a cleaner-burning engine to address air pollution – which was then the most serious environmental sustainability issue facing the automobile industry.

Honda engineers were reading reports about the serious impact pollution would have on the health of children. A group of doctors in Japan published a report about high levels of lead in the blood streams of children. The Club of Rome, founded in Italy in April 1968 by a small international group of academics, scientists, government and industry leaders, focused global attention on negative environmental consequences, forecasting limits to human expansion within less than 100 years if no major change in society occurred. In 1970, Congress passed the 1970 Clean Air Act, creating stringent new emissions standards and the U.S. government created the EPA.

Mr. Honda saw this as a great way to compete against more established companies. But Honda engineers suggested that their real motivation and goal was to ensure “Blue Skies for Our Children,” in other words, to ensure the future of mobility and the health of the planet for future generations. This phrase became the team’s rallying cry in the effort to find and develop technology that could improve air quality.

Mr. Honda was proud that his engineers had looked at this challenge as more than a competitive challenge. With a great deal of passion and energy, the team of Honda engineers addressed the challenge of sustainable mobility. And this led to the breakthrough with the CVCC engine that powered the Honda Civic. When I learned of these events, it helped deepen my appreciation that the purpose of our technology was to help people and society. That certainly made Honda a company I wanted to contribute my best efforts to.

In the ensuing years, Honda continued to advance its engine technologies. Over the past four decades, we led the global auto industry in meeting a series of increasingly stringent tailpipe emissions requirements, starting with the first gasoline-powered Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) in the hands of consumers, sparking an era of fundamental improvements to air quality. Of course, we were proud to be first, but Honda’s strategy for reducing emissions was something of our gift to the world. We provided the auto industry with a practical and economical pathway to reducing exhaust emissions on a broad scale that no one thought possible. At the same time, we have been a consistent leader in fuel-efficiency, topping fuel-economy rankings for 22 of the past 36 years

Today, the challenge of environmental sustainability is much broader than air pollution – encompassing numerous energy and environmental issues, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (primarily CO2) that contribute to global climate change and the transition from fossil fuels to renewable forms of energy, among other issues.

But I am excited that Honda’s environmental vision to pursue the joy of mobility and a sustainable society where people can enjoy life continues to be inspired by the original rallying cry of Honda engineers – something that Honda associates throughout our company embrace on a daily basis. Once again, our effort to achieve a challenging target to reduce CO2 emissions is guided by our mission to leave “Blue Skies for Our Children.”

Ben Knight
Vice President
Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

Honda R&D Installs Advanced Fast-Fill Hydrogen Refueling Station

Preparing for the 2015 introduction of the next Honda fuel cell-electric vehicle (FCEV), Honda R&D Americas has installed a state-of-the-art hydrogen refueling station on its Torrance, California campus. This advanced station will serve as a platform for demonstrating and validating the enhanced hydrogen fueling protocol developed by Honda, named the MC Fill. With the aim of standardizing this new protocol, Honda will make the new research station available to other automakers to further validate the MC Fill protocol’s performance and functionality.

The MC Fill fast-fill protocol is designed for fuel systems that store hydrogen at a pressure of 700 bar (70MPa or 10,000 psi). This new fueling protocol reduces 700-bar fueling times by up to 45 percent versus comparable fueling protocols, and can complete most fills in less than three minutes under normal temperature conditions. The MC Fill more precisely monitors the dispenser outlet temperature and uses this information to calculate the shortest fueling time possible. This dynamic, fast-fill control not only provides FCEV customers with shorter fueling times, but it also allows the dispenser to continuously adjust to current temperature and other conditions which normally affect the refueling time.

Derived from two key values in a heat transfer equation—”M” for mass and “C” for specific heat—the MC Fill name refers to the heat capacity of the hydrogen storage system and represents the capability of the system to absorb the heat that is generated during fueling. The MC Fill protocol utilizes this value, as well as the dispenser outlet gas temperature and pressure, in its fill control logic.

“In order to meet customer expectations, hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles need driving ranges and fueling times comparable to conventional gasoline vehicles,” said Steve Mathison, Senior Engineer at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “This new fueling protocol will allow FCEV customers everywhere to realize short fueling times over a wide range of temperatures.”

Honda has led the industry for nearly two decades in the development and deployment of fuel cell technology through extensive real world testing, including the first government fleet deployment and retail customer lease programs in the United States. Honda has also made significant technological advancements in fuel cell operation in both hot and sub-freezing temperatures and safety regulations, since the introduction of its first generation fuel cell vehicle, the FCX, in 2002. Honda launched its current fuel cell-electric vehicle, the FCX Clarity, in July 2008 as a real technological breakthrough in the areas of design, sedan packaging, assembly line manufacturing, and fuel cell stack size and efficiency, winning “World Green Car of the Year.”

In November 2013, the new Honda FCEV Concept debuted at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, pointing the way to an all-new Honda fuel cell car launching in the U.S. and Japan in 2015 and later in Europe. Honda’s next-generation fuel cell-electric vehicle will feature a fuel cell powertrain packaged completely in the engine room of the vehicle, allowing for efficiencies in cabin space as well as flexibility in the potential application of FC technology to multiple vehicle types in the future. The next-generation Honda FCEV is anticipated to have a driving range of more than 300 miles.

Honda Environmental Leadership
Honda is committed to further advancements in environmental technologies and the effort to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions from its products, including the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid and Plug-In, the Fit EV, Civic Natural Gas and the Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle. Honda also has led the Union of Concerned Scientists’ (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle environmental performance since 2000, and a Honda vehicle has been included on the list of America’s greenest vehicles from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for the past 16 years.

Honda Dealership in New Jersey is First in Nation to Achieve “Electric Grid Neutral” Status

Of the approximately 17,500 automobile dealers in the United States, Rossi Honda of Vineland, New Jersey is the nation’s first and only dealer to achieve “Electric Grid Neutral” status, producing as much as or more energy from renewable energy sources than it consumes from its local electric utility over a one-year period.[1] Working closely with Honda’s Environmental Leadership Program team, the independently-owned dealership was able to quantify its energy use and develop and execute a plan to make it the nation’s first electric grid neutral dealer, a significant achievement for a type of business that has large energy needs.

Watch a video about it here: http://youtu.be/5NyUf_Kn6Pg

Electric Grid Neutral buildings reduce CO2 emissions resulting from the generation of electricity by the nation’s electric grid. CO2 (carbon dioxide) is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global climate change.

Rossi’s precedent-setting achievement earned it a top-level “Platinum” Honda Environmental Leadership Award, reserved for dealers who verifiably reduce their net grid electricity use to zero (Electric Grid Neutral) or achieve LEED[2] certification. Through a combination of energy efficiency measures and on-site solar energy, the dealership reduced its annual grid electricity consumption by approximately 321,000 kWh and annual CO2 output by approximately 341,000 lbs.

How Rossi Honda Did It
In 2012, Rossi installed a 223kW solar PV system that generated 90 percent of its total electricity consumption from solar energy. In March 2013 Rossi replaced the metal halide lamps on its parking lot light poles with LED lamps, reducing its energy consumption by 22 percent. After the lighting upgrade, the solar PV system now generates over 100% of the dealership’s annual electricity use, achieving Rossi’s goal of Electric Grid Neutral.

The local electric utility invoices Rossi Honda the difference between its electricity consumed and electricity generated by the dealer’s photovoltaic solar system. Ron Rossi, the dealership’s owner, saw a steep decrease in the electricity he consumed from the utility, and a corresponding steep decrease on his utility bills.

The Challenge of “Greening” Auto Dealers
Automobile dealers have unique energy use characteristics that are different from other typical commercial or industrial energy users. Abundant parking lot and interior lighting, an auto service and repair operation, and an on-site car wash are all common features that can contribute to high energy demand.

Honda, which launched its U.S. “Green Dealer” program in 2012, has developed a measurable and verifiable system to help its dealers achieve significant reductions in energy use and cut their CO2 emissions. The voluntary program has three successive target levels – Silver, Gold and Platinum – that allow dealers to develop incremental improvement strategies.

To achieve the entry-level Silver award, dealers must achieve a 10 percent minimum reduction in total energy use. The Gold level award requires dealers to reduce their energy use by 30 percent or more. To date, 200 dealers have enrolled in the program, and 28 have earned an award.

Rossi is the first Electric Grid Neutral Honda dealer in the country and the fourth to earn the highest level Platinum Environmental Leadership Award from Honda.

Honda Environmental Leadership
Over the past three decades, Honda has been working to reduce the environmental impact of its products, manufacturing and logistics operations, and facilities in North America. These initiatives are reported annually in the company’s North American Environmental Report. Expanding its environmental initiatives to its dealer body is the logical next step in the company’s effort to reduce waste, energy use and CO2 emissions across the full spectrum of its operations and throughout the lifecycle of Honda and Acura products, including at the point of sale.

In 2006, Honda became the first automaker to announce voluntary CO2 emissions reduction targets for its global fleet of automobile, power sports and power equipment products and its global network of manufacturing plants. Today, the company is striving for even greater reductions in CO2 emissions that contribute to global climate change, while also working to minimize waste, water use and the total environmental footprint of its operations worldwide.

Executive Quotes
“Rossi Honda has pioneered a new era for automobile dealers in which they too can be environmental leaders,” said Steven Center, vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in charge of the company’s Environmental Business Development Office. “By virtually eliminating CO2 from the consumption of electricity and saving money in the process, Rossi has created a path that other dealers can follow.”

“By becoming the first Electric Grid Neutral dealer in the nation, we want to demonstrate that even automobile dealers, which are big energy consumers, can take a leadership role in being environmentally responsible businesses, and save money at the same time,” said Ron Rossi, owner of Rossi Honda. “We encourage all dealers to join us in this effort.”

Honda on Cutting Edge of V2G Technology

Honda is partnering up with the University of Delaware to pioneer something that seems more futuristic than hydrogen fuel cell technology, something you may never even have heard of yet: vehicle to grid, or V2G.

Basically the idea is similar to that of homes that use solar power; any excess energy that is produced and is not used by the home can be sold to the energy company and the homeowner paid for that energy. With this experimental V2G technology, hybrid/electric cars would plug into a grid that would allow stored up, unused battery energy to go back into the grid and be used to charge other vehicles.

According to this article on Torquenews.com, “Your Accord plug in or FCEV(if it has plug -in capacity) will reverse -flow excess battery storage capacity back into the power grid via a controller developed through the UD’s Center for Carbon Free Integration. You can read about the program here. Assuming that electric car production reaches critical mass in the not too distant future, this energy swap will be critical in maintaining grid-flow during peak energy usage hours. And that’s a big if.

“The partnership project between UD and Honda is on an ‘ experimental’ basis. For the program to be successful, a major manufacturer such as Honda would agree to integrate UD’s board into mass produced EV’s.”

We think this is an incredibly forward-thinking and brave step on Honda’s part. Electric vehicles are just emerging as a popular option among the average car-buyer and this V2G idea is one that has yet to be proven effective, let alone appealing to consumers. But we are excited to see that Honda is taking this step to power vehicles with renewable energy that could potentially be shared by all on the grid.

Honda Will Continue its “Green” Dominance

We like to brag about the efforts the Honda corporation makes in every step of the design and manufacturing of its products to be environmentally friendly. And we are not the only ones who notice that Honda is truly and industry-leader in it’s “green” efforts.

This article on Torque.com, “Honda’s philosophy will insure company’s green automotive dominance,” he gives several reasons why Honda is a global leader in environmentally friendly automotive manufacturing and why that won’t change.

  • “The Fit and CV-R manufacturing facility scheduled to open in Mexico in 2014, will be the first zero manufacturing waste by product plant in North America.”
  • The 2014 Honda Accord has been named “greenest car”
  • It is developing fuel cell technology
  • The redesigned Honda Ridgeline will be the first half-ton truck to get more 30 mpgs
  • Fuel economy levels have increased 9.5% from 2012

But it all comes back to their philosophy as nicely summed up with this quote: ”Honda is not so much in the business of selling cars as it is in the business of selling products that improve and enrich people’s lives,” says Honda design engineer Toriyama.

From the manufacturing, selling, and operating of the vehicles, Honda’s automobiles are ones you can be proud to own because they are designed, not with just future owners in mind, but future generations of our world.

Honda Release 2013 North American Environmental Report

TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 10, 2013 – /PRNewswire/ – Honda today released its ninth annual North American Environmental Report. Honda’s ongoing efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its products and business operations resulted in a number of significant advancements, including a 9.5% year-over-year increase in the CO2-adjusted fleet average fuel economy of model year 2012 Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S., to 26.4 miles per gallon (mpg); a 16.2% year-over-year reduction in the COemission intensity of automobile production in North America; and an 8% year-over-year reduction in CO2 emissions resulting from the shipment of finished products from factories to dealers in the U.S.

The 2013 Honda North American Environmental Report also details Honda’s ongoing actions to effectively minimize the company’s impact on the environment, including waste reduction,resource conservation and energy efficiency improvement. The report covers the period from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013 (fiscal year 2013) and is published digitally. The 2013 Honda North American Environmental Report is available for viewing and can be downloaded at: http://corporate.honda.com/environment/2013-report.

2013 North American Environmental Report Highlights:

 

  • Product Development
    • In the automobile lineup, Honda launched the new, ninth-generation Accord as the first vehicle in North America to apply engines and transmissions from Honda’s new Earth Dreams Technology powertrain series, significantly advancing both fuel efficiency and fun-to-drive performance.
  • Purchasing
    • Through implementation of “green logistics” programs, Honda avoided more than 4.3 million miles of truck travel and an estimated 6.7 million pounds of CO2 emissions associated with the transportation of mass production parts from North American suppliers to Honda plants in the region in FY13.
  • Manufacturing 
    • Total CO2 emissions from production activity in North America[ii] rose 14.8% to 1.01 million metric tons, due in large part to a significant rise in production activity, including a 37% increase in automobile production.  At 582 kg/auto, the CO2emissions intensity of automobile production fell 16.2% in FY13.
    • Honda maintained its commitment to send less than 1% of waste from manufacturing operations in North America to landfills. Landfill waste per unit of automobile production has been reduced 94.7% from FY01 baseline levels to just 2.4 kg/auto.
    • Water use rose 19.1% on higher production volumes, while water use per unit ofautomobile production fell 12.9% versus year-ago levels.
  • Sales and Service
    • The COemissions intensity of transporting finished products (automobiles, powersports and power equipment products) to U.S. dealerships was reduced 8% from year-ago results and 17.9% over a five-year period (FY08-FY13).
    • The CO2 emissions intensity of transporting Honda and Acura service parts to U.S. dealerships (metric tons of CO2 per $1 million of parts sales) was reduced 13.5% from year-ago levels and 34% over a four-year period (FY09-FY13).
    • American Honda achieved zero waste-to-landfill for three of its nine parts distribution facilities in the U.S., as more than 95% of all waste materials associated with service parts packaging and shipment were reduced, reused or recycled in FY13.
  • In Use
    • The CO2-adjusted fleet-average fuel economy[iii] of Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. in model year 2012 (MY12) was improved 9.5% versus the previous model year 2011 to 26.4 miles per gallon (mpg), and was 10.9% higher (better) than the U.S. auto industry average for model year 2012[iv].
    • The fleet-wide average fuel economy[v] of Honda powerports products was improved 24% from the FY00 baseline.
  • Administration
    • American Honda completed the installation of a one-megawatt fuel cell system at its Torrance, California campus, which is anticipated to reduce COemissions by an estimated 1,300 metric tons per year.
  • Environmental Business Innovation
    • Honda entered into a unique partnership with solar installer SolarCity, establishing a $65 million fund to help homeowners and dealerships in the U.S. adopt solar power on more affordable terms.
    • Honda broke ground on the Honda Smart Home U.S. project in Davis, California, a project that will showcase environmental innovation and renewable energy-enabling technologies that demonstrate Honda’s vision for zero-carbon living.
  • Global CO2 Targets – In 2011, Honda introduced a global target of reducing CO2emissions from the in-use stage of its automobile, motorcycle, and power equipment product lines by 30 percent by 2020 (compared to year 2000 levels).
    • In 2013, CO2 emissions compared to FY00 baseline levels were reduced 15.2% for automobiles, 27.4% for motorcycles, and 14.7% for power equipment.

 

Additional information on Honda’s environmental performance outside of North America can be found in Honda Motor Company’s Environmental Report, with a focus on the company’s activities in Japan – available at world.honda.com (or by clicking here).

Honda Executive Quote “We have maintained a strong focus on the fuel efficiency of Honda and Acura products as the single most important step we can take to reduce our environmental impact,” said Tetsuo Iwamura, Chief Operating Officer of Honda North America, Inc. “Beyond the products themselves, we are aggressively seeking new ways of applying Honda innovation to realize our vision for a sustainable society and clean mobility. This report is an important part of our effort to be transparent in reporting on our environmental impact and our efforts to achieve Honda’s environmental vision.”

Honda Environmental Leadership Honda is a leader in the development of leading-edge technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. Honda has led the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle environmental performance since 2000, and a Honda vehicle has topped the list of America’s greenest vehicles from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for eleven out of the past twelve years. The company leads all automakers with twelve LEED-Certified “Green Buildings” in North America, and is producing products in North America with virtually zero-waste to landfill. In 2006, Honda became the first automaker to announce voluntary CO2 emissions reduction targets for its global fleet of automobile, power sports and power equipment products and its global network of manufacturing plants. In 2011, the company set a new CO2 emissions reduction targets for 2020, including a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions from its products compared with 2000 levels.

The ninth-generation Honda Accord was named as Green Car Journal’s 2013 Green Car of the Year® during the Los Angeles Auto Show. The ninth-generation Accord is the first vehicle to apply Honda Earth Dreams Technology powertrains, with highly efficient 4-cylinder and V-6 engines, a sporty new CVT transmission, and an all-new two-motor gas-electric hybrid system that powers both the Accord Hybrid and Accord Plug-In.  The Accord Sedan and Coupe with Earth Dreams Technology achieve both fun-to-drive performance and fuel efficiency at a very high level. The Accord Hybrid with Honda’s new iMMD two-motor hybrid system has a 50 mpg EPA city fuel-economy rating[vi], the highest city EPA fuel-economy rating of any 4-door sedan in America. The 2014 Accord Plug-In sedan has an EPA-rated 115 MPGe combined fuel-economy rating[vi] in electric-only mode, the highest EPA fuel-economy rating of any 5-passenger, 4-door sedan in America.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/12/10/5987689/honda-releases-2013-north-american.html#storylink=cpy

 

Honda Accord Earns 2014 “Green Car of the Year” Award

The 2014 Honda Accord series continues to collect awards and accolades, this time at the L.A. Auto Show with the “Green Car of the Year” Award for 2014.

The Green Car Journal bestowed this honor on the Honda Accord.

According to this article, “This year, the prize’s jurors _ among them environmentalists and comedian/car enthusiast Jay Leno  opted to honor an already-popular model that has a gas-electric hybrid version, but also an internal combustion engine that runs on gas.’

Not only is the technology right, but so is the price.

“The 2014 Honda Accord is such a high quality car with the technology and materials that come standard,” said Keith Hofkamp of Sims Honda in Burlington. “People read all about all the features and assume it’s out of their price range. You might be surprised to find out that it starts just over $20,000. The hybrid version is one of the most affordable hybrids on the market!”

If you are an environmentally conscious car buyer, then be sure to stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda to take the “Green Car of the Year” out for a test drive!

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