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USA: Town Installs Solar Powered Charging Stations

Solar road race unveils electric cars, ‘gators’ at Point Lookout

Temperatures surpassed 90 degrees, with a heat index well over 100 degrees on undeniably one of the hottest days this summer, so far. On June 21, the Town of Hempstead held a solar road race, unveiling electric cars and solar-powered energy-charging carport stations at the East Marina in Point Lookout.
Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, along with Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, environmental partners and community leaders, and residents celebrated the grand opening of the town’s new state-of-the-art solar car charging stations.

Clavin and Murray take the solar road race at Point Lookout Marina. The two vehicles competed head-to-head in a celebratory race to welcome the new additions to the town fleet.

The three charging stations together can power six cars. Each station offers two levels of charging (120V and 240V) to provide power for an array of electric vehicles. The charging stations will be used for charging Town of Hempstead vehicles, but will also be open to the public and available for free use during the evaluation period of about one year. A fourth charging station has also been added to the West Marina.

“It’s the first full day of summer and the sun is out in full force. Is there any better setting to hold a road race with electric cars powered by the sun?” Murray asked. “We’re excited to celebrate the opening of three solar charging stations here at East Marina and one more next door at our Conservation and Waterways office.”

Green Power Technologies secured funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and have provided the charging stations to the town at no cost. The solar-paneled canopies above the charging stations, which provide all of the energy needed to run the stations, were funded by a $4.6 million grant that the town received from the Department of Energy.

“This is a wonderful and meaningful project,” said David Schieren, co-founder of EmPower Solar, whose company installed the system. EmPower Solar, of Island Park, is a leading solar, engineering and contracting company in the tri-state area.

“[It is believed] that solar and wind will lead to a more prosperous, healthy, and civil world,” said Schieren. “Critically, solar is cost-effective, it’s a wise investment today.”

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