Benefiting the Community: Overview

There are many reasons why Kern County is a good location for the HECA plant, ranging from its advantageous location in Central California to its combination of natural resources, skilled labor, strong infrastructure, low operating costs and business-friendly atmosphere.  All of these attributes will enable the HECA plant to operate successfully and generate significant economic benefits to our local and state economy – from thousands of high quality jobs during construction to much-needed tax revenues.  Kern County has welcomed HECA to the community, and as a good corporate citizen HECA is committed to playing an integral role in the region’s business and community life.  Here’s how HECA has been working with residents, business and civic leaders, and supporting local schools and organizations…

Community Involvement

From events and fundraisers to sports programs and parades, HECA donates staff time and other resources to contribute to their success.



Supporting Local Business

HECA is a source of information and insight to local business organizations who are interested in learning more about how HECA’s solution for low-carbon power is good for business and good for the local work force.



Public Outreach Summaries

Periodic public outreach status reports to the California Energy Commission (CEC) summarize and track HECA’s community involvement activities and business outreach.




2010 and 2011 Activities

Hydrogen Energy California Delivers $30,000 to West Kern County Community Programs for the Winter of 2010-2011

As part of Hydrogen Energy California’s tri-annual community giving program that supports Kern County communities, HECA is funding several programs and initiatives aimed at quality of life in West Kern County.

The beneficiaries include the Community Park Initiative in Kern County, linked to the Elk Hills School, field trip grants for the Buttonwillow School, funding for Holiday programs at the Buttonwillow Parks and Recreation center and several other educational and social projects. On the ground these investments will help Tupman move towards the construction of their first community park, help the Buttonwillow School finance field trips and organizations such as the Kern Adult Literacy Council in both of these local programs.

HECA Provides $15,000 in Support of Summer Youth Programs (Summer 2010)

Hydrogen Energy California has donated $15,000 to West Kern County schools for scholarships and programs throughout summer 2010. Beneficiaries include the Tupman School for its field trip to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, the Buttonwillow School for its annual science camp, a West Kern County graduate for a scholarship through the Buttonwillow Chamber of Commerce, the Alpha House women shelter and California State University’s Geology Department.

HECA Delivers $14,000 to Local Charities that Provide Services During Holidays (Winter 2009).

As part of a growing program to support Kern County communities, Hydrogen Energy California is conducting a wide range of Holiday Giving initiatives. The company has donated $14,000 to local charity activities that provide services to those in need throughout Kern Country.

The beneficiaries include organizations such as the Golden Empire Gleaners, Community Action Partnership of Kern, the Bakersfield Rescue Mission, the Bakersfield Homeless Center, Buttonwillow Healthy Start, NEEDS Center of Taft and the Parks and Recreation community programs of Kern County.

Our proposed Hydrogen Energy power project for Kern County aims at developing …low-carbon electricity and has at its core a strong sense of corporate social responsibility. As this project grows and moves forward we will strive to be active members of the community.

– Tiffany Rau

HECA Provides $5,000 Grant to Promote Young Women’s Interest in Science (Fall 2009).

Hydrogen Energy California donated funds to support the Alliance of Women in their Energy Mentoring Initiative. The program promotes female students’ achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses through a coordinated, year-long mentoring program in high schools throughout Bakersfield, CA.

HECA Annually Supports the Kern Economic Development Corporation’s Energy Summit (2009, 2010)

(November 12, 2009) Hydrogen Energy California representatives Pete Kefalas, Jordan Feilders and Rachael Cleghorn staffed the HECA booth at the energy summit in Bakersfield. The Department will fund a student research project on Carbon Capture Storage.

Photo by Jennifer Baldwin, Editor
(Used With Permission)

HECA supports that annual Kern Economic Summit (2010).

(March 24, 2012) HECA was a sponsor of the 10th annual Kern County Economic Summit in Bakersfield. The event was presented by the Kern Economic Development Corporation, Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, and California State University in Bakersfield, all of whom are dedicated to issues impacting the county’s economy, growth and diversification.

HECA Supports the Annual Chamber of Commerce Energy and Clean Air Expo (2009, 2010)

For HECA, the annual Energy & Clean Air Expo in Bakersfield is another opportunity to spread the word about the project’s promise of low-carbon energy.

The event, organized by the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, provides a unique opportunity for local business leaders to interact with key state and regional regulators, learn about pending regulations and offer feedback.