High schools install car-charging stations


The Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District announced this week that two 240-volt car chargers have been installed at both Mountain View and Los Altos high schools, according to a district press release.

The chargers and battery storage were provided at no cost by Santa Clara-based Green Charge Networks.

The district expects to reduce its annual energy bill by about $86,000 by diverting energy usage to the newly-installed batteries rather than drawing from the grid and racking up costs from PG&E during peak usage hours.

The chargers are designed for use by teachers and district staff, who will pay a monthly fee for use during school hours. After school hours, on the weekend and during the summer they will be available to the public, starting mid-August. Payment will be through a mobile phone app.

The ribbon-cutting event at Los Altos High School on June 22 honored Superintendent Barry Groves, who is retiring this year, for heading the effort to get the chargers installed.

"None of this would have been possible without the vision and direction of Dr. Barry Groves, who in 2013 decided our school district needed to install EV charging stations," said Associate Superintendent Mike Mathiesen in the press release.

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