Construction has reached completion on major green energy and electric-battery vehicle charging infrastructure addition for the west parking lot of Burnaby City Hall. There are now a total of 100 electric vehicle chargers, along with installing a large-scale solar panel canopy. This will generate emissions-free energy. It also helps the municipal government reach its strategy of eliminating emissions from all city operations by 2040.
It is billed by the City of Burnaby. It’s one of the largest electric-battery vehicle parking lots in the country. In particular, the new charging stations allow the City of Burnaby to accelerate its transition to an EV fleet.
The municipal government has already installed 28 charging stations at its Still Creek Work yards. Over the next three years, it has plans to install 200 more charging stations, mostly for its city fleet vehicles.
For the latest project at City Hall, the total cost reached over $1.1 million. However, the federal government contributes $500,000 and the municipal government covering $650,000.
“This is an exciting project for the City of Burnaby as we strive to activate our community to more rapid action on climate change,” said Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley in a statement.
“We are grateful for the federal government’s significant contribution to this project, as it will not only act as a catalyst for our fleet electrification but also as a source of inspiration for our community to act fast to achieve carbon neutrality.”
The solar panel scheme over City Hall’s parking lots is modeled after the ground-mounted solar panels on shade structures at the nearby BCIT Burnaby campus, known as the “Energy Oasis.” This infrastructure also supplies the electricity needs for electric-battery vehicle charging stations beneath the canopies at BCIT.