Maui residents and business owners seeking to use the new technology of the EV-Power Conditioning System may qualify for a no-cost station installation courtesy of JUMPSmartMaui. Principals of the eco-friendly project are currently seeking homeowner and business volunteers for their next phase of operations, dubbed “SmartPower”.
Utilizing the new technology of the EV-Power Conditioning System (EV-PCS), SmartPower’s volunteers will have the opportunity to charge their Nissan LEAFs and discharge the power to their homes and businesses; the EV-PCS is an EV charger that can charge a vehicle at twice the speed of the Level-1 charger equipped with LEAF. It also serves as a power source during power outages or as needed.
In Phase 1, the JUMPSmartMaui project recruited more than 200 EV and 30 residential volunteers. The project offered participants access to EV Fast Charging stations at sites across the island, as well as free installation of Level II chargers and smart energy monitoring devices at their homes. The Project met its initial recruitment goals and is continuing to gather valuable data from its volunteers to evaluate and balance electric grid supply and demand.
JUMPSmartMaui’s Phase 2 advances the next phase of energy management for homes and businesses.
“Our hope is that these types of programs will generate more community interest in clean energy and promote the adoption of EVs on Maui,” said Jeanne Skog, President of Maui Economic Development Board, one of key organizations partnering on the JUMPSmartMaui project. “Through our collective efforts we can continue to reduce the use of fossil fuels on Maui and contribute to our state’s renewable energy goal at 100 percent by 2045.”
Qualified volunteers will receive an EV-PCS installed at no charge (determined by site visit), charging/discharging capability from EV-PCS, and use of JUMPSmartMaui’s DC Fast Charging stations through March 2016 at no charge.
Up to 300 volunteers are needed to help create what JUMPSmart is calling a “virtual power plant”.
Interested homeowner and business can find out more about eligibility and benefits by attending one of the upcoming informational meetings that will be held at the JUMPSmartMaui Innovation Center in Queen Ka`ahumanu Center in Kahului: Fri., Jan. 15, 12:15-1:30pm; Wed., Jan. 20, 5:30-7pm ; or Mon., Jan. 25, 5:30-7pm.
Advanced reservations are requested. Please RSVP to Lory Basa at Maui Economic Development Board at 808-270-6802 or email [email protected] Meeting dates are subject to change with notice.
Photo courtesy of JUMPSmartMaui