San Diego to receive a thousand car chargers
Initiative aims to help transition to electric cars
These new San Diego chargers won’t ever be moving to Los Angeles, and Sequoia Solar Chief Executive Officer Marty Reed is pretty excited about that.
That’s because San Diego is one of five regions selected by a U.S. Department
of Energy sponsored program to place more than 1,000 electric car chargers throughout the county. This paves the way for a whole generation of electric cars, including the upcoming release of the Nissan Leaf, which will travel up to 100 miles on a single charge.
The chargers should be in place by the end of this year.
“We’re going through the third industrial revolution and that’s not hyperbole. The whole world is changing the way they produce and use electricity, and in the United States if we don’t invest in technology we’re going to be left behind by other countries in the world,” Reed said.
The Solana Beach-based company already offers one of the area’s first electric car charging stations. Located on Highway 101 in Solana Beach, it is free for drivers, and can be a good starting point on curing what Reed calls range anxiety that comes with electric cars.
Traditional hybrids have a small gasoline engine to back up the battery-powered motor. The Leaf, as an example of next-generation electric cars, will only rely on a battery that has to be recharged every 100 miles.
“How you counter that is by building the infrastructure of charging stations in the area,” Reed said, adding that this program, called the EV Project, will allow for quick-charging stations at malls, theatres and businesses.
Sequoia also recently announced that it is subsidizing the city of San Diego’s solar power-licensing fee, which increased last month from $93 to $565.
The higher price is reflective of the increased cost of issuing permits and inspecting plans for solar conversion.
“It’s just that when it used to be five times less, that’ll give you pause,” Reed said. “It’s no small thing to eat $500 in installation, but we have so many proposals out there people are considering right now and we don’t want to lose them.”
Reed said installing a solar-power system generally costs $35,000 after tax rebates and incentives. Solana Beach and Del Mar both charge $190 for a permit.
The company recently entered into a deal with local weathercaster Loren Nancarrow to work on business developments.
“Basically I’m taking my Rolodex and all the people I’ve met over the years and forming partnerships, business opportunities, talking to the folks I know and opening doors,” he said.
In other Sequoia Solar news, Bryan Pruden, who is heading up the fundraising efforts for renovating Fletcher Cove Community Center, is Sequoia’s new chief financial officer.
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