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EV Charging Stations Coming to SRCS Campuses
Posted 11/5/19

Over the next several months, Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations are being installed at eight San Rafael City Schools campuses are getting thanks to the combined resources and support from several organizations. Adding these charging stations positions SRCS as a leader supporting California’s clean energy goals.

The schools that are getting EV stations include: Terra Linda High School; San Rafael High School; Davidson Middle School; and Glenwood, Bahia Vista, Coleman, Sun Valley and San Pedro elementary schools.

The District successfully applied for and acquired specialized grants and rebates to install and cover the EV charging equipment cost. PG&E’s EV Charge Network grant provided approximately two million dollars of infrastructure work, prepared plans and specifications for these installations. Additional funding resources include: the Marin Clean Energy “Early Adopters” grant and the Transportation Fund for Clean Air grant. The District is also anticipating funds from PG&E's rebate program, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Transportation Authority of Marin.  

Charging stations will be a mix of dual and single head stations, following accessibility requirements. The projects have been through a Division of State Architect review. As many SRCS campuses are undergoing construction as part of Measures A and B, the installation of the chargers is seamless.

Nicholas Nguyen, Principal Project Manager for the Transportation Authority of Marin, stated, “Installing electric vehicle charging stations is an important, forward-thinking move by San Rafael School Board. TAM is glad to be a guiding resource and funding partner in this effort by the District to combat climate change and accelerate the transition to fossil-free transportation. While TAM advocates for carpooling and alternative modes of transportation to reduce congestion and emissions, we believe electric vehicles offers a clean choice when the other options are not available. Working together, we can make a big difference.”

Dan Zaich, Senior Director of Capital Improvements explained, “Our intentions with these preliminary plans include a four-hour time limit at each station with posted signage outlining guidelines.  SRCS plans ‘pass through charges’ where the vehicle owner pays only for the electricity used via a punch key and credit card system, similar to those systems seen at shopping malls.”

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