Green energy comes to The Diamond, as the Lake Elsinore Storm (High A; California League) and the City of Lake Elsinore announce the installation of two Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations at the ballpark.
The installation of these stations – the first of their kind at a Minor League ballpark, though four are installed at AT&T Park – represents a commitment to eco-consciousness and sustainable energy. Since 2008, the organization has outfitted The Diamond with tankless water heaters, energy efficient lighting and waterless urinals, along with an in-ballpark recycling initiative that collects recyclables during each game.
“The Storm takes tremendous pride in being at the forefront of the ‘Going Green’ movement by not only promoting sustainable, eco-friendly business practices but by doing and showing how they can be done,” Storm President Dave Oster said. “We have a wonderful partnership with the City of Lake Elsinore and it’s great to see the positive changes we’ve made together both in the stadium and among our community. We look forward to accomplishing even more in the future.”
The charging stations, which were manufactured and installed by NRG eVgo (a division of NRG Energy Inc.), are two of five installations throughout the city. Each station can service two cars at once with a 400 amp panel used for Level 2 chargers. Electric car drivers will be treated to three months of free charging from September 5 through December 5, after which a “charge up” card can be purchased and loaded with funds for future charging visits. Drivers are encouraged to call NRG’s 24/7 call center to request a card for the free charging period and beyond.
“With the support of Storm Baseball and South Coast Air Quality Management District, the City is excited to fulfill a much needed service in our community,” Mayor Steve Manos said. “This is just one of many steps we are taking to embrace environmental and sustainability measures.”