Vermont B&B offers solar-powered car charging for its visitors

From now on, the West Hill House B&B and Retreat Center in Warren, Vermont, offers electric-car charging. Electricity comes from a solar farm that has enough energy to power 1850s homes as well as to charge a few electric vehicles.

10/13/15 5:00 am chumakdenis 1

Good news for Vermont-residents and its tourists.

 In Vermont, 1850s homes received 21st century makeover.

From now on, people that are staying/will stay in the West Hill House B&B or Retreat Center in Warren, Vermont, are able/ will be able to charge their vehicles absolutely for free – isn’t it cool?

Electricity comes from solar panels and there is enough power for not only 1850s houses, but also enough juice to charge simultaneously at least 2 electric vehicles – there are plenty of 240-volt charging stations.

Some history

Everything has started when hotel owners recently acquired a 25-percent stake in the Same Sun Solar Society solar farm in Poultney, Vermont.

Landlords were  not thinking first about installing EV chargers – the main goal was to install solar panels in order to supply electricity to its houses --,but somehow ended up installing two on-site Tesla charging stations.

This 240-volt charging stations  were installed last December, along with a third 240-Volt Level 2 station for non-Tesla models.

Tesla has been installing AC charging stations at locations such as hotels, parks, and restaurants, where drivers are expected to park for longer periods of time.

A few words about destination chargers

This supplements the Supercharger DC fast-charging stations, usually located along major highways, which Tesla wants to reserve for quick stops on long-distance drives.

Adding solar power helps the B&B lower the carbon footprint of drivers who stay overnight at the West Hill House, and recharge their cars there.

Solar farm

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The solar farm was designed by Same Sun of Vermont, and incorporates U.S. manufactured solar panels.

In making their investment, co-owners Peter and Susan MacLaren felt it was important to support local green businesses, as well as try to make a positive environmental impact.

It's one of several green initiatives undertaken by the owners over the past few years.

In February 2009, they added a solar hot water pre-heating system, designed to supply up to two thirds of needed hot water year round.

Verdict

While carmakers, government agencies, and other large entities often seem to be the driving force behind charging infrastructure, small businesses can still do their part by installing stations on their properties.

A comprehensive network of charging stations is needed to make electric vehicles attractive to a greater swath of consumers.

And this added perk for electric-car drivers could even bring in more customers, who have nothing else to do but wait while their vehicles charge.

As restaurateur Tom Moloughney can attest, electric-car drivers will seek out businesses with charging stations and patronize them -- including Nauna's, his Italian restaurant in Montclair, New Jersey.

Well, good luck with that.

The more EV chargers there are, the more electric drivers there will be.

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