GLENVILLE – The town will push to have 30% of its about 70 town vehicles electric by 2025, the town supervisor said.
“We all can do our part to make this community more sustainable,” said Supervisor Chris Koetzle Thursday during the unveiling of six electric vehicle charging stations at Indian Meadows Park as part of Earth Day.
The six charging stations will join the dozens of others stationed at town parks, the Town Hall and the senior center. With almost all charging stations having double ports, about 44 cars would be able to hook up.
The installation of the stations would typically cost between $80,000 to $100,000, but state and federal grants plus donated labor from installers at New York Renewable Energy, Engineering & Recycling meant the town didn’t pay to have them put in. Stanley said a number of the grants came from National Grid and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority(NYSERDA).
“I’m proud to be a part of this,” said Brian Stanley, the vice president of engineering sales for the renewable energy company.
Koetzle said electric vehicles have 43% lower emissions than cars that run on diesel.
“One EV [electric vehicle] would take out the emissions of three gas or diesel vehicles,” Koetzle said.
Koetzle said he is working on getting some stations installed at the Highway Department as well.
He also said there are ongoing discussions with two car dealerships, Mohawk Honda and Mohawk Chevrolet about possibly getting electric vehicles for town business through them.
Over the years the town has pushed to be more environmentally active in the community, Koetzle said, even proclaiming in 2018 it would become a Climate Smart Community – a state program that helps municipalities reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change.
Grant-funded solar panels were installed on town hall after Koetzle was first elected as town supervisor in 2007.
“Since then we’ve led the way, I believe, on protecting our environment,” Koetzle said.
Other environmental actions the town has taken include:
- Charging stations at all parks, town hall and the senior center
- Enacting new solar laws that allow for renewable energy, but makes them aesthetically pleasing
- Partnering with Schenectady County to build a solar farm on the town’s former landfill.
- Securing grants for water quality
- Worked with the state to clean contaminated properties
This week the town also installed bird, bat and duck houses at the parks, which provides a protective habitat for those animals, he said.
These initiatives reduce the town’s carbon footprint greatly, Koetzle said.
He said the solar farm at the former landfill will reduce energy costs by 25% and over time save the town millions of dollars.
“I’m proud Glenville is becoming known as Greenville, but we’re not done yet,” Koetzle said.