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MVLA to install electric-vehicle charging stations

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees last week approved the installation of electric-vehicle charging stations at its Los Altos and Mountain View high school campuses.

The district is partnering with Green Charge Networks to install a dual-port charger at each campus at no cost to the district. The charging stations are intended for staff who commute far enough to require recharging their electric vehicles to complete the return trip home. Users will pay a small fee to cover the cost of electricity.

“This is a natural next step in our commitment to being a green district,” said Associate Superintendent of Business Services Mike Mathiesen. “In the past two years, we have had an increasing number of inquiries from staff as to whether we had plans to install EV charging stations. We can finally answer them with a yes.”

Two vehicles will be able to plug in at a time, and the 240-volt chargers can fully charge a vehicle in approximately four hours.

A combination of incentive grants and private donations secured by Green Charging Networks funded the charging stations. Through the partnership, each campus will receive an energy storage unit to store electricity for peak-use times. PG&E charges higher rates for electricity during peak demand hours, so reducing the district’s demand should help reduce its energy bills.

“It’s a win-win for the district,” Mathiesen said. “Not only do we get EV charging stations at no cost, we have the opportunity to save the district money.”

The charging stations are scheduled for installation in the spring.

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