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RED BLUFF, Calif.- After two years of planning, Tehama County now has their first of its kind solar-powered car charging station.
It's located right next to the Tehama County Agriculture Commission Department on Walnut Street in Red Bluff.
Air pollution control officer, Joseph Tona, said they have been testing the station for a week and have now officially opened it up to the public.
The solar panel charging station was granted $69,000 by the Rural Assistance Program and the Air Control District.
These solar panels can be ordered in different ways, but Tona says they ordered one charger to serve more cars in a day because multiple chargers intact can slow down the charging rate.
“A vehicle like this can from zero to full is about two and a half hours, for a Nissan Leaf 50 at zero, it can take 8 hours but most vehicles that are going to be using a station like this are only going to need to replenish only about 40 miles of range,” Tona said.
Tona says they can track the usage of the energy from the panel and when the device is plugged in online.
“It kind of inspired me to get a car that’s a hybrid so I can use it,” Lori Burke, Public Health worker said.
Tona says it has an emergency backup power built-in as well as an onboard battery pack to charge vehicles during storms or at night.
The project was funded without using any general fund money, according to Tona, and he says there are no immediate plans for getting another solar charging panel but if they receive more funding, it may come into play.