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Solar-powered quick station provides city with cheap solution

Charging spot for electric cars

by: Photo by Holly M. Gill - Brickwork went up last week on the back (south side) of the new Madras City Hall-Police Station at Fourth and E streets. A sidewalk leads from Third Street to the back of the facility, as well as the Westside building to the south. At its Aug. 28 meeting, the Madras City Council approved a lease agreement for installation of a two-stall solar-powered electric charging station, which will be located in the southwest corner of the new facility’s parking lot.

With the installation of a solar-powered quick charge station for electric cars at the new Madras City Hall-Police Station, the city will meet a new state requirement without much expense.
   Lease-It Inc. will install the station, which will cost an estimated $198,000, in the southwest corner of the new building's parking lot. Under a lease agreement with the city, the company would be responsible for all construction, operation and maintenance costs for the station.
   The station -- an ETM, or energy transfer merchant -- will be equipped with a DC fast charger and two level 2 chargers for electric vehicles.
   As a result of House Bill 2620, passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2007, all new public buildings which cost over $1 million are required to spend at least 1.5 percent of the total cost for solar energy technology.
   Public Works Director Jeff Hurd noted that the total contract for the Madras City Hall-Police Station that applies under the requirement is $4,041,263. That means that the city is required to invest $60,618.95 toward solar energy.
   "We don't have to spend all the funds," explained City Administrator Gus Burril, pointing out that it will still meet the state requirement.
   In his report, Hurd said that he has met with EV4 Oregon, which designs, develops and supplies ETMs, and Steele Associates Architects, which designed the city hall-police station, in order to finalize plans before the parking lot is put in.
   Lease-It will pay the city $1 per year for its lease to install and operate the station, in addition to 5 percent of all revenue generated at the station.