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Napa Valley College Triples Access to Electric Vehicle Charging with $64,000 from MCE

11 May 2022

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.