Vehicle charger, town building upgrades in Gill covered by state grant

  • Town Hall will soon be the third town-owned building in Gill with all-electric heating and cooling, thanks to a grant from the state Department of Energy Resources. Staff File Photo

Staff Writer
Published: 9/27/2020 2:45:50 PM

GILL — An electric vehicle charging station is expected to be installed by the Riverside Municipal Building this fall, thanks to grant funding from the state Department of Energy Resources.

The $53,400 grant will also support transitioning Town Hall to all-electric heating and cooling, making it the third town-owned building to switch from oil heating. The funding comes from the Department of Energy Resources’ Green Communities Division, which supports towns and cities in reducing their energy consumption and in switching to clean energy sources.

Earlier this year, the Selectboard had been unsure of whether the electric vehicle charging station would still be feasible. Because of the pandemic, the timetables on the two different funding sources for the charging station had been adjusted. However, both funding sources were ultimately secured.

In addition to the Green Communities funding, Town Administrator Ray Purington said the charger is also supported by Eversource, which has been covering installation costs for electric vehicle charging stations as part of a campaign to support the adoption of electric vehicles.

The Green Communities grant covers $7,500 of the $7,900 charging station equipment purchase, leaving only about $400 for the town to pay itself, according to documents reviewed by the Selectboard.

The installation is expected to be finished before Thanksgiving, but could be later, depending on how soon the grant is issued, Purington said.

Town Hall’s heating and cooling is also set to be upgraded. The remaining $45,900 of the grant will cover the installation of new electric machinery for the basement and first floor of Town Hall.

The second floor is not used frequently enough to qualify for the grant, so the town has budgeted $30,000 to do that part of the upgrade itself, Purington said.

While the old oil heating system will be kept as a backup, the upgrades will essentially make Town Hall’s heating and cooling all electric, Purington said. The Slate Memorial Library and the Riverside Municipal Building are also totally electric.

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