In 2020, MPCA solicited applications for $170,000 in grants to help fund the purchase and installation of dual-port electric vehicle (EV) Level 2 charging stations in public places and workplace locations. Level 2 charging stations are ideally placed where drivers will be parked for at least 30 minutes, such as retail, restaurants, workplaces, or government buildings.
This grant incorporated an incentive to promote EV charging with clean, renewable energy. Applications will get extra points if the project adds power from a new solar array. The more solar added, the more points awarded.
A total of 25 dual-port Level 2 charging stations were funded through this grant round. All of the chargers will be powered with 100% renewable energy.
|Grantee||Grant||Charging station location|
|*Abbott Northwestern Hospital/Allina Health||
|"Purple Ramp" on Chicago Ave (Minneapolis)|
|*Douglas County Public Works Dept.||$15,000||Kensington Rune Stone Park (Kensington), Brophy Park (Alexandria)|
|*Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management||$15,000||Pope/Douglas Environmental Center (Alexandria)|
|Winona State University||$15,000||WSU campus (Winona)|
|City of Red Wing||$7,500||Red Wing|
|Shooting Star Casino||$15,000||Mahnomen|
|Blue Earth Light and Water||$15,000||Blue Earth|
|Crow Wing Power Electrical Cooperative||$7,200||Crow Wing State Park (Brainerd)|
|City of Shakopee||$19,406||Shakopee|
(*) Grantees building new solar arrays that will power the EV charging stations. Several others are connecting the EV chargers to existing solar arrays.
The purpose of this grant is to increase use of EVs in place of gas- or diesel-powered cars to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution in the state. Smart investments in EV charging stations will support the growing use of EVs in Minnesota.