Electric Vehicle Charging and Solar Panels Heading to Oxford – The Oxford Eagle

The city of Oxford is set to sign an agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority to bring electric vehicle charging stations and a solar panel to the city.

The board is expected to approve TVA’s electric vehicle fast-charging program deal at its meeting on Tuesday.

In 2021, Oxford Utilities submitted grant applications to TVA and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to install an electric vehicle fast-charging station in the city’s service territory. This program was designed to create a network of charging stations every 50 miles along major corridors in the Tennessee Valley region.

Although there are few electric car users in the city, Oxford Utilities director Rob Neely said Oxford can meet the needs of tourists or drivers passing through the city.

“I don’t envision the primary user of Oxford Utility’s fast charger being local residents, but EV owners who are traveling in the area and need to ‘refuel’, much like a gas station on the freeway,” Neely said. . “Similarly, the energy consumed will be billed to the EV owner at the time of charging. The most efficient way for local EV owners to charge their vehicles will be at home.”

Once the agreement is signed and approved, TVA will finance up to $150,000 for two chargers, which covers three-quarters of the station’s costs. MDEQ listed Oxford Utilities as one of 22 recipients of a $50,000 grant needed to fund the rest of the station. The cost of the station will be minimal for Oxford Utilities and our customers.

It is planned that the station will be located in or near the Oxford city center car park due to the fact that it is well lit, secure, offers toilets and shops nearby. It can take 20 minutes to an hour to fully charge an electric vehicle with a fast charger.

The council of aldermen will also allow Oxford Utilities to solicit proposals for a large solar panel from solar developers in a bid to make Oxford a ‘forward-thinking community’. The service organization aims to use its 5% wholesale flexibility granted by the VAT to purchase energy from a different source.

“Oxford Utilities will purchase the power generated by the solar panel, offsetting an equivalent bulk purchase from TVA,” Neely said. “This will generate savings for Oxford Utilities on our wholesale energy bill and allow the utility to purchase 3.335 megawatts of clean, renewable energy.”

Once the proposals have been submitted to the developers and reviewed, Oxford Utilities will return to the Board for approval to move forward with the project.

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