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Solar carports and new electric charging stations lead changes for the City of Coachella!

Post Date:10/08/2014 10:53 AM

COACHELLA, Sept. 30, 2014 — The soon-to-be-constructed solar powered carport at the City of Coachella’s Corporate Yard will do more than provide the city with clean energy.

            It will also offset the carbon produced by 41 passenger vehicles each year, and it will provide two electric vehicle charging stations for tourists as Coachella works to position itself as major venue with Hispanic cultural events in Southern California, according to officials who spoke at a groundbreaking ceremony at the Corporate Yard this morning.

            “We are bringing in more visitors to Coachella with our growing roster of special cultural events involving everything from El Grito to varios Dia de los Muertos events to Cinco de Mayo. Now we’ll be able to provide them with a place to recharge their electric vehicles when they arrive or before they leave town,” said Coachella Mayor Eduardo Garcia.

            He added, “Our new electric vehicle charging stations will accommodate travelers who are heading east or west on I-10. In fact, they will be the last EV charging stations that travelers heading east on I-10 will see in 125 miles. Coachella’s EV charging stations will also be the first electric vehicle charging stations available to travelers coming into the Coachella Valley from the east or from the Imperial Valley in the south on Highway 86.”

            Mark Weber, Coachella’s economic development manager, said the EV charging stations will also benefit employees and visitors at the neighboring Rancho California Business Park.

            Scheduled to come online in December, Coachella’s two EV charging stations will bring to 35 the number of EV charging stations that located within a 25-mile radius of Coachella, said Sandy King, director of renewable energy development for Riverside-based Stronghold Engineering, which is building the solar powered carport.

            Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, King noted that Coachella’s carbon reduction is equivalent to removing 196 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air.

            “That’s equivalent to removing 41 passenger vehicles 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 later this year 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 on a 24/7 basis. 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

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