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Saint Paul gets charged up for electric vehicles with solar-powered EV stations

As the market for electric vehicles (EVs) grows and local dealerships begin stocking more of them, consumers will be thinking about where to find charging stations. While most EV owners charge their vehicles at home, drivers looking for a charge around town may struggle with an EV charging infrastructure in its infancy.
This project will also support the City of Saint Paul’s broader sustainability mission and help the city achieve its goal of a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions by the year 2020.

This project will also support the City of Saint Paul’s broader sustainability mission and help the city achieve its goal of a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions by the year 2020.

Luckily, the City of Saint Paul has been working to implement plug-in EV charging infrastructure in collaboration with Drive Electric Minnesota, a partnership of local and state governments, Xcel Energy, local businesses, and non-profits. This project will also support the City of Saint Paul’s broader sustainability mission and help the city achieve its goal of a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions by the year 2020.

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the City of Saint Paul received $286,000 of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funding for the development of EV infrastructure. The EECBG funding provided the city a unique opportunity to purchase and install a variety of EV charging stations. Saint Paul now offers several options for EV charging including metered charging stations, plug-in stations in parking ramps, and even solar-powered marquee stations. The city was able to install 25 electric charging stations, including six solar-powered stations at eleven different locations in the area. To see a map of the charging stations, click here.

Two of these new solar-powered EV charging stations were installed at Saint Paul’s Como Regional Park. Located at Como Lake Pavilion and McMurray Fields, they are the first of their kind in Minnesota. These sites were chosen because Como Park is a regional destination and a popular attraction for visitors who may be driving a fair distance. While the solar-powered units are popular for their use of renewable technology, they come at a substantially higher cost than electric-powered stations. The units installed at Como Park each cost $35,000, while electric-powered on-street charging stations were originally estimated to cost only $6,700 each. While EECBG funding was able to help cover the cost of the solar-powered stations, they were also eligible for a total rebate of $8,910 from Xcel Energy as part of their Solar*Rewards program.
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