Bon Accord will soon be home to several electric vehicle charging stations.
On Mar. 29, town council approved moving forward with a funding agreement for the Electric Vehicle Charging Program. The funds, estimated at $140,709, will be rebated through the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC), a collaboration between Alberta Municipalities, Rural Municipalities of Alberta, and the Government of Alberta.
“Many of our ratepayers want to see their municipality accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, including the installation of electric vehicle chargers,” explained mayor Brian Holden.
“It was an easy decision, seven charging stations were installed at no cost to our residents.”
The two sites selected for the chargers are the town office and arena, which will include one level 3 charger and six level 2 chargers.
Dandelion Renewables is leading the project, with construction set to begin in the coming weeks.
Bon Accord has worked with the MCCAC in the past. Their solar farm, which began producing power in August 2020, was funded partly by a grant from the MCCAC. Once the farm is paid off, it will serve as a revenue generator for the town.
In nearby Gibbons, the town received an $89,146 grant from the MCCAC to upgrade the lighting at the Gibbons Arena, Curling Club, and Cultural Centre. The upgrade project will reduce CO2 emissions by 49.2 tons per year, a 72,400 KWh decrease in electricity consumption per year, and an annual savings of $11,100 on electrical utility expenses.