KEENE — Two electric vehicle charging stations are operational on Route 73 here.

One sits in the Town of Keene hamlet of Keene and the other in the Keene Valley hamlet.

A private donor funded the EV stations through the Adirondack Foundation, the Keene Clean Energy Team said in a press release.

A public celebration for the project is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 26.

 

'FANTASTIC'

"The work of the Keene Clean Energy Team and generous partners to establish EV charging stations in Keene is fantastic,” Keene Town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson said in the release.

“Residents of Keene and visitors alike will benefit from the convenience of charging their EV’s while having a meal or shopping. The Clean Energy Team also had the foresight to plan for charging stations suitable for buses at Marcy Field to facilitate an electric shuttle system in the future.

"My thanks to the residents of Keene and the Adirondack Foundation, which supports our community in so many ways."

“The Clean Energy Team accomplishments are the result of the diligence of the team members combined with their strong commitment to the well-being of the Town of Keene. That, along with the close cooperation and support from the Town Board allowed all the members to work quickly and thoroughly to propose solutions that saved money at no cost to the town. It’s a success all of us can be proud of and which can be emulated by others,” said Dan Mason, co-leader of KCET.

 

 

BY DONATION

Both charging sites have industry standard Level 2 chargers that support virtually any EV on the road today, the release said, and are visible online to potential visitors and easy to use.

Users need only to plug in and can make a donation at the charger to cover electricity costs, the release said.

The requested donation is about the equivalent of $1 per gallon of gasoline.

The Keene charger is located at the corner of Route 73 and Hurricane Road, across the street from the Town Hall.

"The Keene Valley charger represents a unique aspect of the project," the committee said. "It is located at a private business, McDonough’s Valley Hardware on Route 73."

“McDonough’s really stepped up,” Energy Team member Amy Nelson said in the release.

“They wanted to support their community by helping to encourage visitors who will be driving EVs.

"McDonough’s support for our plans is an example of this town’s spirit and reminds me why I’m glad I live here.”

 

PRIVATE PHILANTHROPY

Paula McDonough, who owns the business, was happy to host the charger,

“We love helping to make Keene Valley more welcoming and supportive of visitors," she said in the release.

"It seemed like a good thing to do. Plus, it looks pretty nice.”

The June 26th celebration at McDonough’s will feature food, music and remarks from Supervisor Wilson and Adirondack Foundation President and CEO Cali Brooks.

“We are thrilled to see this project come together and inspired by the cooperation behind it," she said in the release.

"This is a shining example of how private philanthropy can support a public good and we are proud to facilitate this kind of giving.”

 

MORE TO COME

The next phase of the project will involve the design and installation of several chargers at the Marcy Field hiker parking area, including high-speed DC Fast chargers, intended not only to support hikers and visitors, but also to power electric shuttles that can be part of a comprehensive approach to managing transportation on the busy Route 73 corridor, the Energy Team said.

“We hope the State of New York will step up with a robust shuttle network that serves the many destinations along Route 73,” said team member Pete Nelson in the release.

“The Town of Keene, which already operates a shuttle for hikers using the Garden trailhead, recognizes that we’re part of the solution.

"We want to be ready to support the next generation of drivers and transportation users in a smart, green manner.”

Keene’s EV charging project coincides with passage of New York state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, requiring carbon-free energy generation by 2040.

 

ABOUT THE TEAM

The Keene Clean Energy Team, formed in 2017, comprises 11 volunteers whose mission is to advise the Keene Town Council on real renewable energy technology and real credits from that technology, as well as leading money-saving projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support a clean environment.

KEENE ENERGY TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

• Obtained certification for the town as a Clean Energy Community from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

• Won a $50,000 grant to install a solar power generation system on the town’s highway garage that supplies half of the town’s municipal energy demands.

• Conducted an energy audit of town buildings.

• Led a project to convert the town’s streetlights to energy-saving LEDs.

• Supported the town electric contract to reduce the electric bills.

• Supported installation of LED lights for town buildings.

• Enabled the continued expansion of solar pv sites (now over 50 sites).

• Enabled the adoption of a unified solar permit and code enforcement officer training.

• Supported energy tracking with three years of data input into the EPA’s energy database.