Lompoc will receive two solar-powered electric vehicle stations at Lompoc Valley Medical Center by the end of the year, city officials said at National Drive Electric Week on Wednesday.
EV charging stations will be available for public use after being delivered in mid-December by Beam EV Arc and passed a Air pollution control district inspection, officials explained.
âBy delivering high-tech, off-grid solutions for electric vehicle charging like the EV ARC, cities like Lompoc can help minimize our impact on the power grid,â said Mayor Jenelle Osborne. “I hope we will see more cities and communities begin to test and adopt similar clean and renewable energy technologies in the years to come.”
Officials say the city is currently purchasing the units with help from the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District’s Clean Air Grants for Infrastructure program.
Each charging station, which includes a 222 square foot solar panel with âBeamTrakâ sun tracking technology, will be fitted with two charging cables allowing four cars to charge simultaneously between the two stations. The stations are also built to withstand winds of up to 120 mph, are flood proof up to 9 1/2 feet, and have a minimum clearance height of 9 feet, officials said.
Steve Popkin, CEO of the hospital, welcomes the new additions, which will be installed in the parking lot of Lompoc Valley Medical Center, 1515 E. Ocean Ave.
âLVMC is pleased to partner with the city of Lompoc in efforts to improve the environment and, by extension, public health,â said Popkin. âThese charging stations in the hospital parking lot will be accessible to the public and are another way the hospital has the privilege of serving our community.
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Lisa AndrÃ© covers lifestyle and local news for Santa Ynez Valley News and Lompoc Record, both produced by the Santa Maria Times.