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New Funding to Install Electric Vehicle Chargers in the Kootenays!

In 2018, the Accelerate Kootenays network was completed. The program deployed 40 Level 2 and 13 DCFCs in communities across the Kootenays with local governments as the partners. Since 2018 EV ownership by Kootenay residents, and visits to our region by EV tourists, has ballooned! In order to ensure convenient charging options for residents and tourists alike - and with collaborative support again from the Regional Districts of Kootenay Boundary, Central Kootenay and East Kootenay - we are thrilled to launch Accelerate Kootenays 2.0!  As part of the Kootenay Clean Energy Transition, this funding program will fill in gaps in our region, improve connectivity and further energize travel to and within the Kootenays.
If you are ready to EVolve your business or facility, read on about funding available for Level 2 and Level 3 (DCFC) chargers.

Program Timeline

Prepare

We anticipate the 2.0 funding program will be very competitive, so November will be the preparation phase of the program. This ensures everyone has time to gather the necessary information to meet program requirements and then apply for the program.

Apply

Applications for funding for both streams (see below) will be accepted starting December 1, 2021. All applications must meet program requirements to be considered.

Deadline

The application period ends January 28, 2022.

Program Details

The Accelerate Kootenays 2.0 funding program is intended to diversify the places and spaces where EV drivers can access charging. This program is therefore open to private businesses as well as public and non-profit organizations, local governments and Indigenous local governments. While a variety of groups can receive funding to install Level 2 and/or DCFC charging, the stations must be accessible to the public 24/7.

Funding through this program is provided as a reimbursement, 50% of costs up to a total of:

  • $5,000 per level 2 installed
  • $15,000 per 20 kW – 49 kW Fast Charger installed
  • $50,000 per 50 kW – 100 kW DC Fast Charger installed

**the maximum disbursement per ultimate recipient is $100,000. So, for example, a maximum of 2 DC Fast Chargers, or 20 Level 2.

**Applicants are welcome to leverage additional funding available from the Province of BC.

See below for general program eligibility. To submit your interest or ask a question please click the "I'm interested" button, below. Our team will follow up to answer questions and ensure you alerted when applications open.

Information Sessions - Recorded Webinars

Review the webinar recording below to hear about the 2.0 program as well as the opportunities, site host criteria, and funding available for EV charging infrastructure in the Kootenay and Boundary regions:

Review the webinar recording below to hear about the 2.0 program electrical considerations on designing and installing EV charging solutions as the demand and funding available grows across the Kootenay and Boundary regions:

Funding Requirements

Level 2 Charger Program

Please review the following high level program requirements to see if your location is a fit.

  • Application is for two or more networked Level 2 stations
  • Applicant owns the land or can demonstrate a long-term license of occupation (10 years) with landowner
  • Access to 240V, 40 amp service minimum (40 amp required per EV charger)
  • Acknowledge responsibility for provision of power by site host
  • Proposed equipment is networked, minimum 30 amp and warrantied for operation at -40 to +40 degrees Celsius
  • Dedicated parking spot (EV only) with 24/7 access
  • Short walking distance to amenities (< 500 m)
  • Appropriate lighting and perceived driver safety considerations (lighting, visibility)
  • Minor site preparation, if required (i.e. prep of location, removal of any barriers, etc.)
  • Confirmation that the preferred site does not have subsurface utilities, including water, gas or irrigation

DCFC Charger Program

Please review the following high level program requirements to see if your location is a fit.

  • Application is for 2 DCFC, minimum 50kW networked stations
  • Applicant owns the land or can demonstrate a long-term license of occupation (10 years) with landowner
  • Access to 3-Phase Power, or demonstrated funding to cover additional extension costs
  • Preliminary confirmation of available power, or demonstrated funding to install capacity through a dedicated transformer for the site
  • Acknowledge responsibility for provision of power by site host
  • Proposed equipment is networked, minimum 50 kW and warranted for operations at -40 to +40 degrees Celsius
  • Dedicated parking spot (EV only) with 24/7 access
  • Short walking distance to amenities (< 500 m)
  • Appropriate lighting and perceived driver safety considerations (lighting, visibility)
  • Minor site preparation, if required (i.e. prep of location, removal of any barriers, etc.)
  • Confirmation that the preferred site does not have subsurface utilities, including water, gas or irrigation

More EV charger funding options...

If you are a municipality, Indigenous local government or non-profit that owns tourism assets...

Kootenay Rockies Tourism (KRT) was recently awarded funding through the StrongerBC Plan Targeted Regional Tourism Initiative (TRTI) to support a variety of initiatives, including the expansion of Destination Level 2 charging infrastructure. KRT has partnered with Community Energy Association (CEA), Fernie office, to facilitate a new funding program that aims to install Level 2 chargers at municipally, Indigenous or non-profit owned tourism assets.

Building off the existing EV Road Trip itineraries, this "Destination Level 2 Charging" program seeks to grow the network of EV charging infrastructure through installation of charging stations at key tourism assets that are municipally, Indigenous or non-profit owned. Strengthening the network will provide an opportunity for the up-and-coming EV consumer market to tour the region and access the many of the signature experiences including hot springs, golf courses, Nordic clubs, museums and campgrounds. This project will contribute to market diversification, namely attracting an urban market from BC, Alberta and the Pacific Northwest, which will support the tourism region's COVID recovery. To learn more, email info@communityenergy.bc.ca