FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2014
Peabody Charter School Contact: Demian Barnett, 805-563-1172
Air Pollution Control District Contact: Molly Pearson, 805-961-8838
Caption: (from left) Demian Barnett, Peabody Principal, Molly Pearson, Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District Community Programs Supervisor, and Peabody family John and Barbara Gilner with their sons, Luke and John, with their EV at the new Peabody charging station.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Peabody Charter School today announced the installation of a new electric vehicle (EV) charging station, made possible with grant funds provided through the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District’s EV Infrastructure Program. Peabody Principal Demian Barnett said, “Installing an EV charger at Peabody makes so much sense and is aligned with our school values. With it, we can educate students, provide a way for people to help the environment, and show that community partnerships like this one with the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District can make a difference.” The station is open to the public and will be used by local EV owners including parents, teachers, administrators, and visitors to the school. The air district’s program was created in 2011 to help public entities in the county install charging stations in anticipation of increased numbers of EVs on the road. The program has funded installation of seven public charging stations around the county. In April 2014, the tri-county region was selected to receive a $498,000 Energy Commission grant to install many more charging stations in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties. District Director Dave Van Mullem noted, “In California, our electricity will be produced from cleaner and more renewable energy sources as time goes on, so we can truly say that the EV is a clean car that gets even cleaner over time. It’s a great choice for our air, and public charging stations like this one will help more people make this choice.”