Saranac Lake plans to add car charging station

SARANAC LAKE — The village will add a charging station for electric cars, thanks to a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the village’s past efforts to become a Clean Energy Community.

The charging station will provide two outlets for people to plug in their electric cars behind the police department at 3 Main St. The station will be next to the beginning of the River Walk, where there are two parking spaces.

On Monday night, village trustees passed a resolution to install the charging station, having received final numbers for the project. The cost to the village will be $1,330 after grants are factored in. Funds from NYSERDA contribute $2,500, and an Urban Development Action Grant will kick in another $3,418.

Community Development Director Jamie Konkowski has shepherded the village through the grant application process, as well as the Clean Energy Community program. Konkowski explained at an earlier meeting that an incentive payment of $2,500 from CEC for implementing high-impact energy efficiency actions has already covered the village’s cost for the car charging station.

It would be at least the sixth station in the Tri-Lakes area. Electric car manufacturer Tesla has provided three Level 2 charging stations — places where you can plug in your car to receive a full charge over several hours, as opposed to plugging it into the wall of your home and leaving it overnight — within a 50-mile radius of Saranac Lake: one at the Point Resort on Upper Saranac Lake and two in Lake Placid, at the Best Western Adirondack Inn and the Whiteface Lodge. Other charging stations are at the Wild Center museum in Tupper Lake and the Price Chopper supermarket in Lake Placid.