Auburn, South Placer auto charging stations on the way
Gus Thomson/Auburn Journal
Stephen Spaulding prepares to charge a vehicle at one of the stations outside Save Mart in Auburn.
Funding is now in place for more charging stations in the Auburn and South Placer areas.
Placer County supervisors gave their OK this past week to a $284,000 plan that projects new electric vehicle charging stations in parking lots serving the county’s Community Development Resource Center and Finance Administration Building in North Auburn and at its administration center “Domes” headquarters on Auburn’s Fulweiler Avenue.
More than half of the funding would come from a California Air Resources Board grant targeting pollutant emission reductions in area’s affected by air pollution.
According to county business process analyst Gretchen Nedved, the county pursued the grant after determining that county residents, visitors and employees would benefit from “pay to use” electric vehicle charging stations.
With the blessing of the board, county staff will now put out a bid request to determine full costs and project feasibility at proposed sites.
Also being proposed are charging stations at the 1000 Sunset Building and Building B at the Santucci Justice Center in the Rocklin-Roseville area.
The state grant is for $151,669. The county is anticipating its share will be $133,000.
According to a statement released by the county after the board decision Tuesday: “A natural synergy for the campus plan for the Placer County Government Center in North Auburn (where the resource center and finance administration building are located) will be to bring electric vehicle charging stations to strategic locations of the campus to provide the community a convenient place to charge while receiving public services."
The Placer County Air Pollution Control District chose the county's proposal from grant applicants for the state funding.