LANCASTER, Calif. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Lancaster has partnered with Green Charge Networks to install an intelligent energy storage system and an electric vehicle charging station at the Lancaster Museum of Art & History (MOAH). During its regular meeting Tuesday, March 26, 2014, the Lancaster City Council approved the initiative. Funded by a California Energy Commission (CEC) grant, the system will be installed by private partner Green Charge Networks at no cost to the City. The project will generate an estimated $3,200 annually in cost savings.
"The City of Lancaster continues to seek new and innovative ways to foster the use of renewable energy, protect the environment, and create cost savings for our taxpayers in the process," said Mayor R. Rex Parris. "Energy storage is the cutting edge of renewable energy technology and it will propel our city toward becoming America's first truly Net Zero City. We are proud to partner with Green Charge Networks to implement this technology in our community."
The energy storage system will be the first installed in the High Desert region of California. The electric vehicle (EV) charging station – specifically, a Nissan DC fast charger – will also be the first of its kind in the High Desert. The charger features rapid charging capability which can charge compatible electric vehicles to 80 percent capacity in approximately 20 minutes. The charging station, to be located in MOAH's rear parking lot, will be available for use by the public.
"Quite simply, this is a win-win for the citizens of Lancaster," said Vice Mayor Marvin Crist. "Not only will this project contribute to protecting the environment by fostering the use of electric vehicles; it will also save taxpayer dollars by lowering MOAH's energy costs and make a new charging station available for electric vehicle owners throughout our community. We'd like to thank the California Energy Commission for making this grant opportunity available."
"We're honored to partner with the City of Lancaster to help the city continue utilizing power more efficiently. Since solar-generated power is now required in new homes in the City of Lancaster, the next evolution will come from intelligent energy storage and power efficiency, which will help offset demand charges," said Steve Kelley, Senior Vice President of Sales at Green Charge Networks.
The energy storage system and EV charging station will be installed in April. The charging station will be available for public use immediately upon installation.
MOAH is located at 665 W. Lancaster Boulevard. For more information regarding the museum, visit www.lancastermoah.org.
About Green Charge Networks
Founded in 2009, Green Charge Networks is a leader in intelligent customer-sited energy storage. The company gives commercial and industrial customers control of rising demand rates on their monthly electric bills. Green Charge Networks' product complements solar PV, electric vehicle charging, and energy efficiency. The GreenStationTM was developed in partnership with leading utilities around the country, the U.S. Department of Energy, and Fortune 500 customers. GCN is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA with offices in New York City. For more information, visit www.GreenChargeNet.com or connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter @GreenChargeNet.
About the City of Lancaster:
The City of Lancaster is a thriving community of more than 158,600 in northern Los Angeles County. Clean air, attainable housing, wide open spaces, and a close-knit community make Lancaster an ideal place for families. A low cost of doing business, endless potential for growth, and a strong commitment to business from local leaders has earned Lancaster the Eddy Award for "Most Business-Friendly City" in Los Angeles County from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. In addition, Lancaster boasts more than 300 days of sunshine per year, making it the ideal place to pioneer new solar energy technologies. No matter how you look at it, it's positively clear that Lancaster is the perfect place to live, work and play.
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SOURCE Green Charge Networks