Installation of station in Beacon Falls moves forward
BEACON FALLS — The town is one step closer to getting its new electric vehicle charging station.
CT Electric Car, a division of Newington Electric Co., visited the town last week to assess the site of the charging station, which will be in the commuter parking lot near the train station.
According to First Selectman Christopher Bielik, the company said it should be an “easy installation” thanks to an on-site transformer and a town-owned utility pole. Bielik said the town should receive a written quote from CT Electric Car this week so the majority of the site work can be complete by the time of delivery.
“It’ll be all but plug and play,” he said.
The town was awarded an $8,400 grant from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to purchase and install the station.
The grant requires the charging station to be operational by Nov. 14. Bielik said everything is on schedule to meet that deadline.
The charging station itself will cost $1,900 and the rest of the grant money will cover the installation. A California-based company, Broadband TelCom Power, will build the station and deliver it later this month.
The town will need to provide the charging station’s services to the public for free for the first three years of its existence and must also foot the electricity bill.
For Beacon Falls, that usage cost could be anywhere between $50 and $150, which Bielik said was an unplanned expense in this year’s budget. He said he didn’t anticipate financial issues, though.
“It’s almost certainly a cost we can reasonably bear out of our contingency,” Bielik said.
The charging stations closest to Beacon Falls are near Middlebury and Southington, according to the DEEP website.