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Winchester Road gets free solar-powered car charger

Mike Warner, left, of Koller Warner Construction and Jamie Clark of Synergy, holding a charger for an electric car, outside the building on Winchester Road.
Mike Warner, left, of Koller Warner Construction and Jamie Clark of Synergy, holding a charger for an electric car, outside the building on Winchester Road.

In a Winchester Road parking lot is a sign of the times: an electric car refueling space, free for any electric car owner.

It’s powered by the two rows of solar panels on the front of the south-oriented building at 801 Winchester Road, installed by Synergy Home, which provides heating and cooling, geothermal and solar panels. Synergy Home, with Koller Warner Construction, recently moved into the building at 801 Winchester Road.

Not only is Jamie Clark of Synergy Home using solar panels — two rows of eight panels each — on the front of the building, he’s adapting one as a conference table for his office. The electric recharging space will be run for free from the solar energy from the panels, which will offset energy needs in the Synergy office.

Clark said the solar-powered car-charging station is the first in the region, and he’s probably correct: Lexington city government runs a charging station at 449 Parkway Drive, next to the parks administration building, which also is free. Kentucky Utilities has two Chargepoint Stations, at 10 Quality Street and 159 East High Street. Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa, A Storybook Inn in Versailles, the Meijer in Hamburg and the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill all have Tesla chargers. None of those are solar powered.

LexTran’s battery electric, zero emissions buses are fueled by an overhead charger on High Street near the Post Office.

Cheryl Truman: 859-231-3202, @CherylTruman

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