Winona State University installs electric charging stations

Charging Station

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) – Winona State University (WSU) installed two new electric car charging stations.

According to a news release, the stations, located in the Kryzsko Commons parking lot, are ready for use and open to students, faculty, staff, and the public.

To utilize the charging stations, all users will need the free smartphone application, ampUp. The charging stations are free to use for WSU students. Faculty and staff will be receiving a reduced fee of $0.10 per kilowatt-hour. Public users will be charged a one-dollar flat-rate connection fee as well as $0.10 per kilowatt-hour. Fees are collected through the app and then returned to the university. To receive reduced costs, students and faculty will need to register through email to the sustainability director.

WSU partnered with the community group Winona Climate Action Network to apply for and receive a CERTs Seed Grant for the charging stations. Clean Energy Resource Teams, or CERTs, connect individuals and communities in Minnesota to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects. Additional funding came from WSU’s Student Green Fee grant program. The Student Green Fee is a student initiative designed to increase WSU’s sustainability efforts and enhance student experience. Any WSU student, faculty or staff member can submit a grant application for a Student Green Fee project.

Sustainability Director, Nathan Engstrom explains, “WSU has been working to find a cost-effective way to bring EV charging to campus. The opportunity to collaborate with a community partner on a grant, as well as partner internally with our students through their Green Fee Grant program, made for a compelling case to contribute the necessary campus funds to round out funding for the project.”