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Drive Oregon presented us with a beautiful token of recognition for our efforts to provide EV charging for our employees.  The award was given to our EVSE specialist Andrea Tousignant at a luncheon ceremony during the EV Roadmap 9 conference in Portland.

We have had at least one EV driver since 2006, and installed Level 2 charging at our shop in 2008. 

In 2009 a new standard was adopted for the J1772 vehicle connector (plug) and in November 2010 we installed a Level 2 Eaton PowRStation in front of 805 Rainier Ave S.  As we have expanded our shop we have added charging stations; a second Eaton, an EMW 15 kW Juice Box, and a Clippercreek HCS40.

This summer we have just replaced the two Eatons with two Chargepoint CT4023 dual-plug charging stations.  They are a very nice upgrade and we will feature them in another news post.  Today we have 9 employees who drive electric vehicles and 6 charging ports.

This is in addition to 6 trucks that we run on sustainable biodiesel.  We hope to encourage more of our crew to drive electric as transportation is our biggest GHG emitter locally.

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Started Puget Sound Solar in 2001 with 30 years of construction contracting experience, and a desire to turn Seattle on to solar energy. Achieving NABCEP certification in 2004, Jeremy believes that our customers often follow a path similar to the one he took, starting out with solar daydreaming, then progressing to education on the subject, and eventually leading to action. In addition to leading the company he also does some teaching and speaking engagements about various aspects of solar energy, and experiments relentlessly with various solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle projects.

Jeremy Smithson

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