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Lewis County to Install Two Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles
01/02/19 12:30pm        By: Nick Altmire
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    Lowville, NY- Residents in Lewis County will soon have access to a pair of
    charging stations for electric vehicles, set to be installed this month.

    At the December 20th meeting of the Lewis County Board of Legislators, the
    board approved a contract with PlugIn Stations Online, LLC to install the
    stations at two locations in Lowville.

    One unit will be placed at the Lewis County Department of Social Services
    (DSS), mounted on the record storage building. The second unit will be located
    at the new Lewis County Jefferson Community College Education Center,
    mounted on the maintenance garage.

    The stations will allow users to charge electric vehicles, using a credit card,
    while away from home. The publicly accessible units will be the first of their
    kind in Lewis County.

    The project, which is expected to cost $15,477, will be paid for with funds from
    a $100,000 Clean Energy Communities grant the county received from the New
    York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in 2018.

    The bulk of the grant was used to upgrade the County's interior lighting fixtures
    to energy-efficient LEDs at the DSS, Public Safety and old Courthouse
    buildings. Exterior LED lighting and poles were also installed at the Courthouse
    and will soon be upgraded at the Public Safety Building.

    Both projects were submitted to and approved by NYSERDA during the grant
    application process.

    Matt O'Connor, Lewis County Buildings and Grounds Supervisor, anticipates
    the electric charging stations should be installed and operational by the end of
    January.