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The Borough of Lansdale’s commitment to current and future residents, business owners and visitors has never been greater. As a recipient of funding for solar panel purchase and installation on two borough locations along with procuring grant dollars for purchase of three electric vehicles, the Borough continues to make an investment in alternative energy and fuel sources by receiving rebates to cover 100% of the cost for purchase and installation of five electric vehicle charging stations within Borough boundaries.
In November 2018, the Borough received $22,500 from The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the purchase of three electric vehicles that will help improve air quality and public health in Lansdale. Whenever allocating funds, the Borough must consider that we answer to our residents and need to be economical when purchasing new vehicles. The initial cost to purchase alternative fuel vehicles is higher than regular vehicles, but the total cost of owning, operating and maintaining an electric car is proven to be lower over time. These statistics show that purchasing electric vehicles not only makes environmental sense, but economic sense as well. The Borough’s shift to utilizing electric vehicles in our fleet comes from our recognition that our fleet accounts for a significant contribution to our community's overall emissions. Electric Superintendent and Fleet Manager Andrew Krauss is thrilled to be leading this charge. “We are building a fleet for the future that provides benefits to our residents as well as the regional economy, increases energy independence, improves public health and protects the environment. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and will continue to look for these funding opportunities.”
This week, Lansdale received notification that applications for rebates on five electronic charging stations were approved by DEP as well. The Borough will receive $43,325 in rebates to completely cover the cost of purchasing and installing the two plug units in strategic locations within the Borough. “With more electric vehicles on our Borough roads than ever, our citizens are looking to minimize overall emissions and protect the quality of life in Lansdale,” stated Borough Manager John J. Ernst. “These charging stations will serve to incentivize those who have made the investment and encourage more to make the switch to electric vehicles.” The station locations include Borough Hall, Borough Utilities Complex on Ninth Street, Vine Street Parking Lot, Susquehanna Parking Lot and along Madison Street. The locations of the stations not only provide convenience for users, but also offer safety as they feature LED lighting and security camera feeds directly to our Police Department.
Lansdale Borough has illustrated that we have the knowledge and expertise to manage this process from start to finish. As Krauss noted, “With the Borough’s experienced staff and our committed community, Lansdale is focusing on creative solutions to cut our community carbon footprint while maintaining our Lansdale lifestyle.”