LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como is among four municipalities in the state — and the only in Monmouth County — to receive a Sustainable Jersey grant to install electric vehicle charging stations in their towns.
The $10,000 award is earmarked to fund a public EV station in the parking lot of Lake Como Borough Hall at 1740 Main Street. It would be operated by Lake Como, and users would pay a standard or competitive rate to plug in and charge their vehicles.
“We are excited for this opportunity, as this will put Lake Como on the map and draw electric vehicle car owners to town, and allow them to enjoy our restaurants and businesses while they wait for their vehicle to charge," said Lake Como Councilwoman Hawley Scull, former chair of the borough's "Green Team" advisory committee. “The next closest charging stations are Asbury Park and Manasquan, so this is a perfect location.”
Although not confirmed, the most likely location would be the southeast corner of the municipal parking lot, near the borough hall building and adjacent to the 7-11 property, said Scull, who is managing the project.
While the borough is expected to receive $5,000 of the grant within the next several weeks, the remaining $5,000 will be dispersed after the project is completed and approved, according to the grant criteria. It is also awaiting word on another state grant to help cover the project’s estimated $14,000 cost.
Lake Como’s grant is being funded by the Gardinier Environmental Fund, which is distributing a total $160,000 in awards for 12 projects in municipalities and school facilities across the state. In addition to the four proposals by Lake Como, Park Ridge, Bridgewater and Warren to support public electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and education, other initiatives included a solar energy feasibility study and community solar education; and innovative energy efficiency projects. Click here to read more.
“We’re giving local communities the help they need to drive down energy costs and emissions,” said Randall Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey. “These grant recipients demonstrate leadership and a commitment to advancing climate action that will help New Jersey meet more ambitious targets moving forward toward a low-carbon future.”
“The Gardinier Environmental Fund is committed to conserving the earth’s energy resources and enhancing renewable energy measures,” said Gene Wentzel, the fund’s president. “We are proud to stand alongside Sustainable Jersey, and to continue to fund worthy projects that support our mutual goals in New Jersey.”
Now in its 10th year, Sustainable Jersey has distributed more than $4.9 million in grants to New Jersey schools and municipalities to “help make their communities more livable, environmentally friendly and prosperous,” according to the nonprofit group, which is based at the Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey, Ewing.
In 2017, Lake Como established its Green Team, an advisory committee of borough residents and employees that is required to earn certification as a Sustainable Jersey municipality,
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