Hawai’i launches charging station rebates
The energy supplier Hawai’i Energy has launched a new EV charging station incentive programme to improve the island state’s electric vehicle infrastructure. The state will grant $400,000 to rebate EVCS installation projects completed between January 2020 and 30 June 2021.
Hawai‘i Energy will administer the state-funded program on behalf of the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission. To improve the environmental impact of traffic on the island paradise, the scheme now offers $4,500 for a networked Level 2 station with a minimum of 2 charging ports, with an impressive $35,500 going for a networked DC fast charging station. An interesting aspect here is that the programme does not only focus on new stations but also includes funding for retro-fitting old stations to improve their performance capacity. In this case, a retrofitted, networked Level 2 station will bring in $3,000 in subsidies, while $28,000 are available for those who choose to retrofit a charger to a networked DC Fast Charging station.
“In Hawai’i, the transportation sector far exceeds the power sector as a source of emissions, and the implementation of this program will facilitate Hawai’i’s transition from a transportation sector that runs on fossil fuels to one that is powered by clean energy,” said State Representative Nicole Lowen, chair of the House Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection. “These incentives for publicly accessible charging stations will help people who live in condos, renters, and low- and moderate-income families to participate in this transition.”
The incentives will be carried out in two rounds, with the first going from the start of this year until 30 June, with a $150,000 pot funding the initiative. The second round will start on July 1st and last until June 30th 2021. The second round will see the funding pot grow to $250,000 to a total of $400,000.
Note that funding happens on a “first-come-first-served basis while funding lasts”. As of yet, the counter on the Hawai’i Energy site shows that 100% of the funds are still available.