Craig Bell of Solar Source presented members of the Cornish and Plainfield Energy Committees with a $1000 check on Oct 27, 2014 (L to R: Craig Bell, Bill Cable, Steve Ladd, Ron Eberhardt, Mary Boyle, Anne Yates, Nancy Mogielnicki)

Cornish and Plainfield Charge Ahead

The Cornish and Plainfield Energy Committees Invite You To Inaugurate NH’s 39th Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station

(Guest Post from STEVE LADD, one of our Solarize volunteers from 2014)

The Upper Valley now has one more Electric Vehicle Charging Station, conveniently located at Anne’s Plainfield Country Convenience Store, at 1190 Rt 12A, Plainfield, halfway between Claremont and West Lebanon.  You are invited to join us for a short inaugural ceremony on April 29th, 6:30pm at Anne’s Country Store.

The Plainfield and Cornish Energy Committees elected to install an EV charging station as the towns’  commitment to alternative energy use by increasing the number of EV charge points in NH.  There are currently 38 public charging stations in NH, and 54 in Vermont (according to the US Dept of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center).  Other public Upper Valley chargers are located at the Hartland Exit 9 Commuter lot, King Arthur Flour in Norwich, the Hanover Parking Garage, and DHMC in Lebanon.  This new location fills a gap between these charging stations.

The charger is  Siemens VC30GRYU Versicharge 30-Amp, 240 volt level 2 Electric Vehicle Charger, which can completely recharge most EV batteries in less than 3.5 hours.  A more typical use would be to recharge a vehicle for 30 minutes to provide an additional range of 6-11 miles to get home or to continue to a fast-charge location.  It is compatible with all plug-in electric vehicles (SAE J1772 vehicle plug).

Anne’s Country Store is offering the charging service free of charge to all EV owners. Customers can enjoy Anne’s food, dining room, WiFi and restroom while they charge their cars. There is also an ATM and if you still need fossil fuels, there’s gas and diesel too! Walking maps of Plainfield Village are also available at the store, so you can take a pleasant stroll to some of the historic sites nearby while your car is charging. Anne Yates, the proprietor of Anne’s Country Store, is considering installing solar panels in the near future so that charging a car would take advantage of a renewable energy source.

Frank Perotti charging his Chevy Volt. Bill Cable is in the background holding an award from the Cornish Conservation Commitee.

Much of the funding for the charger came from a $1000 donation from Solar Source of Keene, in recognition for exceeding Solarize Cornish-Plainfield’s goal of installing 60kW of new residential PV solar systems. Over the past summer, 33 new PV solar systems were installed in Cornish and Plainfield for a total of 180 kW in potential renewable energy production.  This initiative was a joint effort between the towns’ energy committees and Vital Communities aimed at making residential and small business solar photovoltaic (PV) energy more accessible across our region.  It served to educate the communities on energy alternatives, provide coordination and group pricing on solar installation, and inspired additional community projects such as the EV charging station, DIY options and net metering/group solar installations. Solar Source was selected as the project’s preferred solar vendor and installed 23 of the systems.

The Cornish Conservation Commission recently awarded Solarize Cornish-Plainfield a plaque mounted on a solar panel that reads, “The Cornish and Plainfield Energy Committees, with the help of Vital Communities helped support energy independence and the lowering of our communities’ carbon footprint through the successful promotion of solar energy in the two communities.”  The plaque is displayed at the charging station kiosk.