[San Rafael and Concord, Calif.] — MCE and Enel X Way partnered with Napa Valley College to add 8 new Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging ports and replace 4 older ports. The 12 new ports tripled charging access available to campus visitors and reflect Napa Valley College’s larger commitment to sustainability by increasing accessibility to green transportation.
“Napa Valley College is excited to significantly increase the number of charging stations available to our faculty and students,” said Holly Dawson, Director of Public Affairs and Communications at Napa Valley College. “MCE and Enel X Way have been excellent partners throughout this process, making it easy and affordable for us to better serve our community.”
MCE provided $64,000 to help fund the Napa Valley College charging ports. This included $24,000 in rebates and an additional $40,000 as part of MCE’s celebratory efforts to mark their first 10 years in service. Napa Valley College was selected to receive this additional funding due to their high need for charging access as a centrally located public hub.
“Increasing the number of charging stations in our service area is critical because it’s one of the biggest barriers to EV adoption,” said Brad Wagenknecht, MCE Board Director and Napa County Supervisor. “The new stations at Napa Valley College make clean energy transportation options more accessible to everyone. Combined with MCE’s income-qualified EV rebates, this project helps residents adopt cleaner, cheaper transportation options that combat climate change and local air pollution.”
The 12 new ports at Napa Valley College are now operational. Enel X Way’s project support enabled the college to navigate pandemic-related supply chain issues and successfully complete the project. EV drivers attending or visiting Napa Valley College can access these networked charging ports at three new locations across the campus including the Performing Arts Center. Drivers can also manage their charging on their smartphone.
“We’re proud to partner with MCE and Napa Valley College in their clean energy transition through smart EV infrastructure,” said Chris Baker, Vice President, Sales at Enel X Way North America. “We’re seeing more communities and campuses electrify across North America, and MCE’s incentive is a material development for accelerating local EV adoption and improving local air quality.”
MCE has installed over 850 charging ports across the Bay Area to date with an additional 550 planned. Learn more about MCE’s EV charging rebates for qualifying commercial and multifamily properties at mceCleanEnergy.org/ev-charging/.
About MCE: MCE is a groundbreaking, not-for-profit, public agency that has been setting the standard for clean energy in ourcommunities since 2010. MCE offers more renewable power at stable rates, significantly reducing energy-related greenhouse emissions and enabling millions of dollars of reinvestment in local energy programs. MCE is a load-serving entity supporting a 1,200 MW peak load. MCE provides electricity service and innovative programs to more than 540,000 customer accounts and more than one million residents and businesses in 37 member communities across four Bay Area counties: Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano. For more information about MCE, visit mceCleanEnergy.org, or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.
About Enel X Way: Enel X Way is the Enel group’s global business line that offers services to accelerate innovation and drive the energy transition. A world leader in the sector of advanced energy solutions, the brand Enel X Way manages services such as demand response with 7.7 GW of total capacity globally and 195 MW of storage capacity installed worldwide. In January 2022, a new Global Business Line fully dedicated to electric mobility was created, managing approximately 250,000 public and private charging ports for electric vehicles available all over the world, promoting and developing projects and solutions for the spread of e-Mobility in the countries in which Enel Group operates. For more information about Enel X Way, visit https://evcharging.enelx.com/.
About Napa Valley College: Napa Valley College prepares students for evolving roles in a diverse, dynamic, and interdependent world. The college is an accredited, open-access, degree- and certificate-granting institution that is committed to student achievement through high-quality programs and services that are continuously evaluated and improved. The college serves students and the community in the following areas: transfer courses, career-technical education and training, basic skills, and self-supporting contract education and community education classes. Napa Valley College is located at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway in Napa. Learn more at www.napavalley.edu.