High School Student to tour Coachella's newly constructed solar carport and electric vehicle charging stations
COACHELLA, Jan. 22, 2015 — Students from the Green Energy and Technology (GrEAT) Academy at Desert Mirage High School will be the first to tour the city’s new solar powered carport and electric vehicle charging stations when it officially opens today.
“Desert Mirage High School students are not only going to see how Coachella is using solar power and electric vehicles, but they will begin to appreciate the new job opportunities that are resulting from investments in green technologies,” said Coachella Mayor Steven Hernandez.
The students will also get a chance to check out a brand new 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf, an electric vehicle, courtesy of Coachella Valley Volkswagen.
“We think it’s important that our children see first hand what this technology is, how it works and how it will benefit the city of Coachella,” said Sandy King, director of renewable energy development for Stronghold Engineering.
Erica Ward, who recently published a picture history book on Coachella, will also address the students during the tour, which starts at 10 a.m. today at the city’s Corporate Yard at 53-462 Enterprise Way.
Coachella’s two General Electric DuraStation EV charging stations can allow up to four cars to charge simultaneously, King said.
And with Coachella’s EV charging stations now open for business, there are now nearly 40 EV charging stations within a 25-mile radius of Coachella.
King added that the 194-kilowatt solar-powered carport does more than provide the city with clean energy. It will also offset the carbon produced by 41 passenger vehicles each year. “That’s equivalent to removing 196 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air, removing 41 passenger cars from the road or eliminating 70.4 metric tons of waste sent to a landfill,” she said.
Using grant funds, the Coachella City Council awarded an $897,000 contract in May to Stronghold Engineering to build a solar carport and two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at the city’s Corporate Yard facility at 53462 Enterprise Way.
The solar carport and electric vehicle charging stations are the first of several energy saving and pollution reducing projects the city is undertaking with $5.1 million in grant funds from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).
Additional projects to be completed in the coming months with SCAQMD grant funding include construction of a compressed natural gas (CNG) station at the Coachella Corporate Yard at a cost of about $1 million. The station will be open to the public. Traffic signals at 11 interchanges along Harrison and Grapefruit are also being synchronized to maximize motorists’ fuel efficiency and minimize air pollution.
Statistics on Coachella’s Carbon Reduction:
The Coachella system's carbon reduction is equivalent to removing 196 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air. This is also equivalent to:
Removing 41 passenger vehicles from the road.
Eliminating 70.4 metric tons of waste sent to a landfill.
Removing 10 garbage trucks from the road.
Equivalent to 22,110 gallons of gasoline consumed in 1 year.
Equivalent to 211,052 lbs of burned coal.
Can Power 27 homes for 1 year.
Equivalent to 457 barrels of oil consumed in 1 yr.
Equivalent to 8,187 propane cylinders used for home barbeques.
Equivalent to 5,038 tree seedlings grown in 10 yrs.
Equivalent to 161 acres of US forests in 1 yr.
Overview of EV charging stations within a 25-mile radius of Coachella:
— 33 Operational - Public Use - EV Charging Stations within a 25 mile radius
— None are presently within Coachella's city limits
— 15 of those are owned by City of Palm Desert
— 15 are owned by private companies such as Walgreens, car dealers, hotels, and shopping centers
EV charging station locations, owners and distances from Coachella:
1. Walgreens - Indio, CA #9080 Distance: 4.9 mi
2. Best Western Date Tree Hotel Distance: 5.3 mi
3. Torre Nissan Distance: 6.6 mi
4. TORRE Distance: 6.6 mi
5. Marriott - Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort & Spa Distance: 9.4 mi
6. Indian Wells Resort Hotel Distance: 11 mi
7. JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa Distance: 12 mi
8. PALM DESERT Distance: 12 mi
9. City of Palm Desert - Park View Building Distance: 12 mi
10. City of Palm Desert - City Hall Distance: 12 m
11. PALM DESERT Distance: 13 mi
12. Walgreens - Palm Desert, CA #4756 Distance: 13 mi
13. PALM DESERT Distance: 14 mi
14. Walgreens - Cathedral City, CA #5301 Distance: 18 mi
15. Palm Springs Nissan Distance: 19 mi
16. Walgreens - Cathedral City, CA #9229 Distance: 19 mi
17. BMW PALM SPRING Distance: 21 mi
18. City of Palm Springs - City Hall Distance: 22 mi
19. City of Palm Springs - International Airport Distance: 22 mi
20. City of Palm Springs - Coachella Valley Economic Partnership Distance: 22 mi
21. City of Palm Springs - Fleet Maintenance Yard Distance: 22 mi
22. City of Palm Springs - Camelot Theatre Distance: 22 mi
23. City of Palm Springs - Accelerator Park Distance: 22 mi
24. City of Palm Springs - Pavilion Distance: 22 mi
25. City of Palm Springs - Library Distance: 23 mi
26. City of Palm Springs - Convention Center Distance: 23 mi
27. Walgreens - Palm Springs, CA #1079 Distance: 23 mi
28. City of Palm Springs - Desert AIDS Project Distance: 23 mi
29. Hilton Palm Springs Distance: 23 mi
30. City of Palm Springs - Downtown Parking Structure Distance: 23 mi
31. City of Palm Springs - Village Green Distance: 24 mi
32. City of Palm Springs - Wellness Park Distance: 24 mi
33. Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs - Distance: 24 mi