Silicon Valley Power

Silicon Valley Power

The City of Santa Clara celebrates the opening of the largest multi-standard public charging center in California.

The Santa Clara Electric Vehicle Charging Center is located at the city’s Tasman Parking Garage (which is the busy parking structure situated near the Santa Clara Convention Center, Levi’s Stadium and the California Great America theme park).

In total some 49 spots were installed - 48 AC Level 2 and single DC fast charger.

The project was suppored by a grant of $393,000 from the California Energy Commission, and we think represents a pretty good return on the money spent as compared to previous endeavors:

"Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility Silicon Valley Power (SVP) collaborated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Joint Venture Silicon Valley, ChargePoint and MJR Electric to obtain a grant of $393,000 from the California Energy Commission to pay for the equipment and construction of the charging center. Santa Clara staff provided labor, and operational expenses of the facility are expected to be covered by usage fees from EV drivers.

The 6-story parking structure also features a 370kW solar installation, and uses load-shifting battery technology from Green Charge Networks to help offset peak power demand (and costs) with stored power. As always, it is not a closed system,  solar power does not go directly to the charging stations, but rather flows into the local SVP grid, which returns the facility’s electricity.

The press release surrounding the debut event notes that "The grand opening ceremony featured a showcase of the latest models from local EV dealers. Industry analysts say that California accounts for 40 percent of the 116,000 EVs reported sold in the U.S. in 2015."

Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor was on hand for the launch and said:

“This is a milestone in our city’s commitment to fighting climate change, and it sets a standard for local action in California. This garage also features a rooftop solar array and state-of-the-art power storage capability.”